Where I worked as a teacher, each classroom was provided with a wall-mounted hand sanitizer dispenser, the thought being that this would keep germs at bay, and in turn, keep kids from getting sick and from missing school. But for the good that hand sanitizers offer (a quick, convenient way to clean hands and kill off bacteria), store-bought versions can contain harsh, and worse yet, toxic, chemicals like Triclosan. Keep your kiddos germ-free with this homemade version brought to you by Dr. Lawrence Rosen, a nationally recognized expert in Pediatric Integrative Medicine, and holistic-minded parent Jeff Cohen, authors of Treatment Alternatives for Children: Reduce Serious Side Effects with Natural Equivalents to Conventional Remedies for Common Childhood Ailments.
Homemade Hand Sanitizer
• 3 oz. filtered water
• 1 tsp. aloe vera gel
• 10 drops cinnamon essential oil
• 10 drops clove essential oil
• 10 drops rosemary essential oil
• 10 drops eucalyptus essential oil
• 20 drops lemon oil
Instructions: Mix ingredients in a 4-ounce spray dispenser (Avoid plastics with this aluminum one), and shake gently. Spray on children’s hands, and teach them to massage the spray into their hands for 30 seconds. The result is a natural, chemical free, hand sanitizer to keep germs at bay.
Have you used essential oils as anti-bacterial agents?
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