Proper hand washing is of vital importance for our health. It eliminates all the bacteria on our hands, in that way preventing a variety of infections. However, as we can’t wash our hands non-stop when outside, people have begun using small bottles of hand sanitizer gels for the same purpose. They are pretty popular nowadays as they’re a supposedly easy way to stay away from germs. However, the truth is something entirely different.
These gels usually contain numerous toxic chemicals, which can actually increase the risk of numerous ailments instead of protecting your health. One of the most common toxic compounds in hand sanitizer gels is triclosan. If it sounds familiar, the compound is often used in liquid detergents, soaps, toothpastes, shaving gels and other personal care products. However, triclosan has been associated with numerous ailments including hormone disruption, and according to the CDC, it’s present in 75% of the urine of all Americans.
Recently, scientists from the Missouri University conducted a study that showed how hand sanitizers increase the skin’s absorption of BPA (bisphenol-A) tenfold. BPA is a seriously harmful chemical that is often present in plastic bottles, including the ones used for hand sanitizer. This means that using hand sanitizers is not so innocent as people seem, and that it’s actually putting your health in grave danger.
Luckily, there is a natural alternative – essential oils. Many essential oils have antibacterial and antiseptic properties and are the perfect germ fighter. Take cinnamon oil for example – it has been used against bacterial, viral and fungal infections for a long time, and it doesn’t have any adverse side-effects. It’s completely safe your skin and healthy and won’t put you at risk of serious ailments.
Tea tree oil is another powerful antibiotic. It has antiviral, antifungal and antiseptic properties, and is actually a versatile compound with healing and therapeutic properties as well. Regular use of tea tree oil will also boost your immune system and help your body deal with various infections.
Here’s how to prepare the perfect natural hand sanitizer:
- 8 drops cinnamon oil
- 10 drops tea tree oil
- 10 drops lavender oil
- ¼ cup fresh Aloe gel
It’s simple – mix the ingredients in a bowl until everything’s combined, then transfer the mixture in a spray or small plastic bottle. Whenever you need to wash your hands, shake the bottle well and apply it. If you want to get the most out of it, we suggest using 100% pure essential oils for the mixture.
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