Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Natural Hand Sanitizer...

Information and photo via Care2
In The New York Times article, Dr. Lawrence D. Rosen, a New Jersey pediatrician who dispenses natural health advice recommends his tried-and-true recipe for homemade hand sanitizer called thieves oil–his formula calls for cinnamon bark, lemon oil and eucalyptus. As legend has it, a group of 15th century European perfumers-turned-grave-robbers were able to defend themselves against the demons of bubonic plague (and other assorted bacterial maladies one might encounter while removing jewelry from corpses) by dousing themselves in a blend of essential oils, hence the name “thieves oil.”

Now there are any number of stories circulating about this legend, and just as many recipes, many of them with a vinegar base. But going on Dr. Rosen’s fail-safe recipe and the proven efficacy of cinnamon oil.

The fomula includes equal amounts of the following therapeutic grade essential oils:
cinnamon bark
Mix them with jojoba or olive oil as a carrier, and use on hands as a sanitizer.
(Note: pure essential oils can be very potent, it’s important to test some on a small patch of skin to check for any adverse reactions.)

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