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Keep the bugs away naturally with this DIY Bug Spray!

In keeping with this weekend’s theme of Thieves oil I am excited to try out a new recipe for a DIY Bug Spray.  The most common ingredient in bug sprays is the pesticide N,N-diethyl-m-toluamide, or DEET, which aside from preventing obnoxious bug bites has been recommended to prevent mosquito-born diseases such as malaria and West-Nile virus.  But over recent years DEET has faced a great deal of criticism.

According to Popular Science magazine, there is no direct evidence that DEET harms the nervous system and is generally regarded as safe to use on the skin.  However, according to the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) National Library of Medicine bug spray poisoning from DEET is not only possible but does include nervous system damage.  The most common side effect is skin irritation, including redness, itching, or hives.  But those who use DEET in high concentration may experience more severe reactions, such as blistering, burning, or permanent scars. And if ingested DEET can cause nausea, vomiting, hypotension (low blood pressure), bradycardia (low heart rate), or even neurological damage (such as disorientation, clumsiness when walking, seizures, coma, or even death) in the most severe cases. DEET is especially dangerous for small children and can cause seizures if their skin is exposed to the chemical over a prolonged period.

I don’t really use bug spray but my husband is like a magnet to those pesky little mosquitos and living in the South they can be especially annoying during summer BBQ’s! So naturally I wanted to find a non-toxic DIY bug spray recipe that would be safe to use around the little one.  When researching Thieves oil and all its properties I learned that it is a great bug repellant so naturally I wanted to find a DIY bug spray recipe that included Thieves oil.  I looked at several but kept coming back to the Lemondroppers YL recipe for its simplicity.  Only took a few minutes to make and I’m excited to get to try it out while gardening and during summer BBQ’s.  I’ll get back with you and let you know if its husband and family approved!

diy bug spray

DIY Bug Spray

Ingredients:

  • 4 oz Distilled Water
  • 4 oz Witch Hazel
  • 10 drops Thieves oil*
  • 10 drops Purification oil*
  • 10 drops Peppermint Oil*

* All three essential oils are included in the Everyday Oils collection by Young Living.  Ask me how to get yours or order it here!

Instructions:

  1. Fill an 8 oz glass bottle with 4 oz of distilled water
  2. Add 4 oz of witch hazel
  3. Add essential oils
  4. Shake and spray!

 

 

*These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. Products and techniques mentioned here are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Information here is in no way intended to replace proper medical help. Consult with the health authorities of your choice for treatment.

Keep the bugs away naturally with this DIY Bug Spray! was originally published on Naturally Oily Adventures

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Keep the bugs away naturally with this DIY Bug Spray!

In keeping with this weekend’s theme of Thieves oil I am excited to try out a new recipe for a DIY Bug Spray.  The most common ingredient in bug sprays is the pesticide N,N-diethyl-m-toluamide, or DEET, which aside from preventing obnoxious bug bites has been recommended to prevent mosquito-born diseases such as malaria and West-Nile virus.  But over recent years DEET has faced a great deal of criticism.

According to Popular Science magazine, there is no direct evidence that DEET harms the nervous system and is generally regarded as safe to use on the skin.  However, according to the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) National Library of Medicine bug spray poisoning from DEET is not only possible but does include nervous system damage.  The most common side effect is skin irritation, including redness, itching, or hives.  But those who use DEET in high concentration may experience more severe reactions, such as blistering, burning, or permanent scars. And if ingested DEET can cause nausea, vomiting, hypotension (low blood pressure), bradycardia (low heart rate), or even neurological damage (such as disorientation, clumsiness when walking, seizures, coma, or even death) in the most severe cases. DEET is especially dangerous for small children and can cause seizures if their skin is exposed to the chemical over a prolonged period.

I don’t really use bug spray but my husband is like a magnet to those pesky little mosquitos and living in the South they can be especially annoying during summer BBQ’s! So naturally I wanted to find a non-toxic DIY bug spray recipe that would be safe to use around the little one.  When researching Thieves oil and all its properties I learned that it is a great bug repellant so naturally I wanted to find a DIY bug spray recipe that included Thieves oil.  I looked at several but kept coming back to the Lemondroppers YL recipe for its simplicity.  Only took a few minutes to make and I’m excited to get to try it out while gardening and during summer BBQ’s.  I’ll get back with you and let you know if its husband and family approved!

DIY Bug Spray

Ingredients:

  • 4 oz Distilled Water
  • 4 oz Witch Hazel
  • 10 drops Thieves oil*
  • 10 drops Purification oil*
  • 10 drops Peppermint Oil*

* All three essential oils are included in the Everyday Oils collection by Young Living.  Ask me how to get yours or order it here!

Instructions:

  1. Fill an 8 oz glass bottle with 4 oz of distilled water
  2. Add 4 oz of witch hazel
  3. Add essential oils
  4. Shake and spray!

 

 

*These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. Products and techniques mentioned here are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Information here is in no way intended to replace proper medical help. Consult with the health authorities of your choice for treatment.


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Are you brushing your teeth with toxic toothpaste? (Plus a DIY Thieves Toothpaste recipe!)

In 2013 I had to have oral surgery, a gum graft behind my lower front teeth to correct a receding gum line… Having only had 2 cavities in my entire life (don’t hate me) I was devastated.  (Interesting side note: according to my dental hygienist, apparently people who are not prone to cavities are often prone to periodontal disease… who knew?).  As a result of my gum loss I developed sensitivity to heat/cold as well as when brushing my teeth.  So like all good little patients I began using the recommended toothpaste, Sensodyne. It helped but is expensive compared to regular toothpaste so when I would run out I would often just use what we had on hand and my sensitivity would come back.  By this point I had started to embark on my crunchy journey so I started doing a little research into toothpaste.

What I first discovered is that my Sensodyne did not have one ingredient common in nearly all toothpaste brands, sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS).  SLS, along with Sodium Laurel Sulfate (SLES) and Ammonium Laureth Sulfate (ALS), are detergents that are commonly added to personal hygiene products such as shampoo, toothpastes, mouthwash, body wash, soaps, etc. to help create a lather and make the products more effective at cleaning.  In fact, these ingredients are so effective that they are often included in industrial strength detergents and engine degreasers!!! Say what!?! By this point I had already begun my low-poo journey (more on that at a later date) because I wanted to avoid SLS and similar sulfates in my shampoo but I was still putting it in my mouth!?! So naturally, I vowed to never use an SLS toothpaste again! But my research wasn’t over yet.

Next I began to read about fluoride.  I’m a child of the 80’s and remember getting fluoride gel treatments as a regular dental procedure to help strengthen my teeth.  Walk down any toothpaste aisle at the supermarket and it’s all about “Now with added Fluoride for extra cavity protection!” So, fluoride is good right? Not necessarily.  Fluoride does help strengthen tooth enamel and prevent cavities but in excess can be toxic.  In fact, before it was used in toothpaste it was also used as an insecticide and rat poison.

But first, a history lesson: Tooth powders and toothbrushes came into popular use in the 19th century in Britain. By the 1900’s a mixture of using a baking soda and hydrogen peroxide was the general recommendation for use with a toothbrush.  Pre-mixed pastes were available but did not gain in popularity until after WWI, most likely due to lack of financial means, access, and/or education on proper dental care.  Fluoride was first added to toothpaste in the 1980’s by a German company based on the research of chemist Albert Deninger.  Surprisingly, a similar recipe was developed by a US company in 1937 and was highly criticized by the American Dental Association (ADA). It wasn’t until the 1950’s that a fluoridated toothpaste was approved by the ADA and Proctor & Gamble’s original Crest formula entered the market as the first fluoridated toothpaste in America.

As awareness of the potential benefits of fluoride for dental health began to spread, the US Public Health Service (PHS) realized that many American’s didn’t have the financial means to purchase the new fluoridated toothpaste or access to proper dental care and in the 1940’s and 50’s they started added fluoride to community drinking water under the assumption that it was the main way that many US residents would have access to fluoride.  Since that time the incidents of dental decay have, in fact, decreased in the US and thus “led to the development of fluoride-containing products, including toothpaste (i.e., dentifrice), mouthrinse, dietary supplements, and professionally applied or prescribed gel, foam, or varnish. In addition, processed beverages, which constitute an increasing proportion of the diets of many U.S. residents, and food can contain small amounts of fluoride, especially if they are processed with fluoridated water. Thus, U.S. residents have more sources of fluoride available now than 50 years ago (CDC, 2001).”

But is the decrease due to the addition of fluoride in the water or to increased education about proper dental hygiene? During the same time frame, the incidents of dental decay has also decreased in most industrialized nations, including France, Germany, Japan, Italy, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Norway, The Netherlands, Northern Ireland, Austria, Belgium, Portugal, Iceland and Greece – yet the ONLY one that adds fluoride to the public drinking water is the US.

Why is this a concern? The PHS has set recommendations for the “optimally adjusted concentration of fluoride” in public drinking water as ranging from 0.7 ppm to 1.2 ppm.  Being aware that too much fluoride can be toxic, and having a responsibility to protect the safety and quality of our drinking water, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has come in and set a maximum limit of 4 ppm and a “secondary limit (i.e., nonenforceable guideline)” at 2 ppm (CDC, 2001).  This doesn’t take into account any of the additional fluoride that we are exposed to in our daily diet and hygiene.  So clearly, we are getting more than the “optimally adjusted concentration of fluoride” daily.

So what happens if we are exposed to too much fluoride?  Ironically, too much fluoride can cause your teeth to yellow and crumble.  In addition, it can enhance the absorption of aluminum which presents concerns of Alzheimer’s disease, and has even been linked to cancer deaths (I don’t know the specifics of these studies so I can’t comment on the research).  And the FDA knows that fluoride in excess can lead to significant health problems, as evidenced by the FDA’s warnings on toothpaste read: “Keep out of the reach of children less than 6 years of age. In case of accidental ingestion, seek professional assistance or contact poison control center immediately.”  In fact, the ADA advises to only use a “smear” of fluoridated toothpaste with children 24 months and older (although they are now encouraging prevention beginning even younger than 2 due to a rising number of cavities in youth) to prevent enamel fluorosis, a developmental disturbance of dental enamel caused by the consumption of excess fluoride during tooth development. Since children often do swallow their toothpaste while learning about proper dental hygiene, several non-fluoride children’s toothpastes have entered the US market.

Another concerning ingredient in traditional toothpaste is Triclosan.  Triclosan is an antibacterial agent that is also often found in soaps, hand sanitizers, as well as detergents and other cleaning agents. It has received a great deal of media attention lately because it has been linked to health concerns, such as liver and thyroid dysfunction.  In addition, the American Medical Association has even discouraged the use of Triclosan in the home as it’s antibacterial properties may contribute to antibiotic resistance.

Given the concerns with a number of ingredients in traditional toothpaste I thought surely I can DIY this… besides, plenty of people brush their teeth with baking soda – hell, it’s even an added ingredient in many toothpaste brands. So I set out to find the perfect toothpaste recipe.  I’ve been using the same recipe for over a year now and I’m proud to say that I have no cavities and even my dental hygienist approves! I’ve recently modified my toothpaste recipe to add Thieves oil because it helps kill germs and bacteria that can thrive in the little nooks and crannies between your teeth.  Below is my new and improved DIY toothpaste recipe!

diy toothpaste

DIY Thieves Toothpaste:

Ingredients

  • 4-6 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 6 tablespoons baking soda
  • ½ – 1 small packet of stevia powder (1 packet = 1 tsp)
  • 2-5 drops Thieves oil – buy it here
  • 10-20 drops of peppermint oil* – buy it here

(oils can be adjusted to taste)

Instructions

Mix all ingredients together in a small bowl, using a fork.

*Add about half of the amount of peppermint oil to start, and test the toothpaste to see how much you want/like. Using part spearmint oil will make the toothpaste not as “hot” as using all peppermint oil.  The stevia gives a sweet taste (which most toothpastes have). The baking soda taste isn’t over-powering, but it is there — and the toothpaste definitely works well! It doesn’t foam, however. Since coconut oil melts at 76 degrees, the toothpaste becomes liquid when you brush, and coats the teeth well. The oil is very runny, though, and doesn’t leave the mouth feeling greasy in the least. It will, however, stick to your bathroom sink if you use cold water to rinse. I definitely recommend using warm water with this toothpaste!

Note: If you are a nursing mom you may want to avoid using peppermint oil as there is some evidence that it can cause a decrease in your milk supply.  That stated, I’ve used it every day since I had my baby and haven’t noticed any difference (but I produce milk like a Jersey cow!).

–Modified from several sources, including http://www.tammysrecipes.com/homemade_toothpaste and http://www.growing4hisglory.com/homemade-thieves-toothpaste.html

See the CDC’s “Recommendations for Using Fluoride to Prevent and Control Dental Caries in the United States” (2001) here: http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/rr5014a1.htm

Get more information about Triclosan here from the Environmental Working Group: http://www.ewg.org/research/ewgs-guide-triclosan

Read more about sulfates in your personal hygiene products here: http://slsfree.net/

 

*These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. Products and techniques mentioned here are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Information here is in no way intended to replace proper medical help. Consult with the health authorities of your choice for treatment.

Are you brushing your teeth with toxic toothpaste? (Plus a DIY Thieves Toothpaste recipe!) was originally published on Naturally Oily Adventures


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Are you brushing your teeth with toxic toothpaste? (Plus a DIY Thieves Toothpaste recipe!)

In 2013 I had to have oral surgery, a gum graft behind my lower front teeth to correct a receding gum line… Having only had 2 cavities in my entire life (don’t hate me) I was devastated.  (Interesting side note: according to my dental hygienist, apparently people who are not prone to cavities are often prone to periodontal disease… who knew?).  As a result of my gum loss I developed sensitivity to heat/cold as well as when brushing my teeth.  So like all good little patients I began using the recommended toothpaste, Sensodyne. It helped but is expensive compared to regular toothpaste so when I would run out I would often just use what we had on hand and my sensitivity would come back.  By this point I had started to embark on my crunchy journey so I started doing a little research into toothpaste.

What I first discovered is that my Sensodyne did not have one ingredient common in nearly all toothpaste brands, sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS).  SLS, along with Sodium Laurel Sulfate (SLES) and Ammonium Laureth Sulfate (ALS), are detergents that are commonly added to personal hygiene products such as shampoo, toothpastes, mouthwash, body wash, soaps, etc. to help create a lather and make the products more effective at cleaning.  In fact, these ingredients are so effective that they are often included in industrial strength detergents and engine degreasers!!! Say what!?! By this point I had already begun my low-poo journey (more on that at a later date) because I wanted to avoid SLS and similar sulfates in my shampoo but I was still putting it in my mouth!?! So naturally, I vowed to never use an SLS toothpaste again! But my research wasn’t over yet.

Next I began to read about fluoride.  I’m a child of the 80’s and remember getting fluoride gel treatments as a regular dental procedure to help strengthen my teeth.  Walk down any toothpaste aisle at the supermarket and it’s all about “Now with added Fluoride for extra cavity protection!” So, fluoride is good right? Not necessarily.  Fluoride does help strengthen tooth enamel and prevent cavities but in excess can be toxic.  In fact, before it was used in toothpaste it was also used as an insecticide and rat poison.

But first, a history lesson: Tooth powders and toothbrushes came into popular use in the 19th century in Britain. By the 1900’s a mixture of using a baking soda and hydrogen peroxide was the general recommendation for use with a toothbrush.  Pre-mixed pastes were available but did not gain in popularity until after WWI, most likely due to lack of financial means, access, and/or education on proper dental care.  Fluoride was first added to toothpaste in the 1980’s by a German company based on the research of chemist Albert Deninger.  Surprisingly, a similar recipe was developed by a US company in 1937 and was highly criticized by the American Dental Association (ADA). It wasn’t until the 1950’s that a fluoridated toothpaste was approved by the ADA and Proctor & Gamble’s original Crest formula entered the market as the first fluoridated toothpaste in America.

As awareness of the potential benefits of fluoride for dental health began to spread, the US Public Health Service (PHS) realized that many American’s didn’t have the financial means to purchase the new fluoridated toothpaste or access to proper dental care and in the 1940’s and 50’s they started added fluoride to community drinking water under the assumption that it was the main way that many US residents would have access to fluoride.  Since that time the incidents of dental decay have, in fact, decreased in the US and thus “led to the development of fluoride-containing products, including toothpaste (i.e., dentifrice), mouthrinse, dietary supplements, and professionally applied or prescribed gel, foam, or varnish. In addition, processed beverages, which constitute an increasing proportion of the diets of many U.S. residents, and food can contain small amounts of fluoride, especially if they are processed with fluoridated water. Thus, U.S. residents have more sources of fluoride available now than 50 years ago (CDC, 2001).”

But is the decrease due to the addition of fluoride in the water or to increased education about proper dental hygiene? During the same time frame, the incidents of dental decay has also decreased in most industrialized nations, including France, Germany, Japan, Italy, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Norway, The Netherlands, Northern Ireland, Austria, Belgium, Portugal, Iceland and Greece – yet the ONLY one that adds fluoride to the public drinking water is the US.

Why is this a concern? The PHS has set recommendations for the “optimally adjusted concentration of fluoride” in public drinking water as ranging from 0.7 ppm to 1.2 ppm.  Being aware that too much fluoride can be toxic, and having a responsibility to protect the safety and quality of our drinking water, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has come in and set a maximum limit of 4 ppm and a “secondary limit (i.e., nonenforceable guideline)” at 2 ppm (CDC, 2001).  This doesn’t take into account any of the additional fluoride that we are exposed to in our daily diet and hygiene.  So clearly, we are getting more than the “optimally adjusted concentration of fluoride” daily.

So what happens if we are exposed to too much fluoride?  Ironically, too much fluoride can cause your teeth to yellow and crumble.  In addition, it can enhance the absorption of aluminum which presents concerns of Alzheimer’s disease, and has even been linked to cancer deaths (I don’t know the specifics of these studies so I can’t comment on the research).  And the FDA knows that fluoride in excess can lead to significant health problems, as evidenced by the FDA’s warnings on toothpaste read: “Keep out of the reach of children less than 6 years of age. In case of accidental ingestion, seek professional assistance or contact poison control center immediately.”  In fact, the ADA advises to only use a “smear” of fluoridated toothpaste with children 24 months and older (although they are now encouraging prevention beginning even younger than 2 due to a rising number of cavities in youth) to prevent enamel fluorosis, a developmental disturbance of dental enamel caused by the consumption of excess fluoride during tooth development. Since children often do swallow their toothpaste while learning about proper dental hygiene, several non-fluoride children’s toothpastes have entered the US market.

Another concerning ingredient in traditional toothpaste is Triclosan.  Triclosan is an antibacterial agent that is also often found in soaps, hand sanitizers, as well as detergents and other cleaning agents. It has received a great deal of media attention lately because it has been linked to health concerns, such as liver and thyroid dysfunction.  In addition, the American Medical Association has even discouraged the use of Triclosan in the home as it’s antibacterial properties may contribute to antibiotic resistance.

Given the concerns with a number of ingredients in traditional toothpaste I thought surely I can DIY this… besides, plenty of people brush their teeth with baking soda – hell, it’s even an added ingredient in many toothpaste brands. So I set out to find the perfect toothpaste recipe.  I’ve been using the same recipe for over a year now and I’m proud to say that I have no cavities and even my dental hygienist approves! I’ve recently modified my toothpaste recipe to add Thieves oil because it helps kill germs and bacteria that can thrive in the little nooks and crannies between your teeth.  Below is my new and improved DIY toothpaste recipe!

DIY Thieves Toothpaste:

Ingredients

  • 4-6 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 6 tablespoons baking soda
  • ½ – 1 small packet of stevia powder (1 packet = 1 tsp)
  • 2-5 drops Thieves oil – buy it here
  • 10-20 drops of peppermint oil* – buy it here

(oils can be adjusted to taste)

Instructions

Mix all ingredients together in a small bowl, using a fork.

*Add about half of the amount of peppermint oil to start, and test the toothpaste to see how much you want/like. Using part spearmint oil will make the toothpaste not as “hot” as using all peppermint oil.  The stevia gives a sweet taste (which most toothpastes have). The baking soda taste isn’t over-powering, but it is there — and the toothpaste definitely works well! It doesn’t foam, however. Since coconut oil melts at 76 degrees, the toothpaste becomes liquid when you brush, and coats the teeth well. The oil is very runny, though, and doesn’t leave the mouth feeling greasy in the least. It will, however, stick to your bathroom sink if you use cold water to rinse. I definitely recommend using warm water with this toothpaste!

Note: If you are a nursing mom you may want to avoid using peppermint oil as there is some evidence that it can cause a decrease in your milk supply.  That stated, I’ve used it every day since I had my baby and haven’t noticed any difference (but I produce milk like a Jersey cow!).

–Modified from several sources, including http://www.tammysrecipes.com/homemade_toothpaste and http://www.growing4hisglory.com/homemade-thieves-toothpaste.html

See the CDC’s “Recommendations for Using Fluoride to Prevent and Control Dental Caries in the United States” (2001) here: http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/rr5014a1.htm

Get more information about Triclosan here from the Environmental Working Group: http://www.ewg.org/research/ewgs-guide-triclosan

Read more about sulfates in your personal hygiene products here: http://slsfree.net/

 

*These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. Products and techniques mentioned here are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Information here is in no way intended to replace proper medical help. Consult with the health authorities of your choice for treatment.


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Thieves Inspired DIY Foaming Hand Soap

diy foaming hand soap

For my next DIY Thieves inspired recipe I thought I would share my DIY Foaming Hand Soap Recipe! I’ve been using a DIY hand soap recipe for about a year but have never had a foaming soap dispenser and my recipe has never passed muster with the husband.  He complained often about it and would even walk into the kitchen to wash his hands with dishwashing liquid rather than use my homemade soap! So I knew when I got my Everyday Oils collection that I wanted to modify my recipe and invest in a foaming soap dispenser.  I have an abundance of Mason jars in my house because I believe in reusing/upcycling as much as possible and I had made Christmas gifts using Mason jars as the packaging last year.  So when I saw someone use a foaming soap dispenser top with a Mason jar I knew I had to have one! Once I ordered it off Amazon (from Jarring Creations – find her etsy shop here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/jarringcreations) I set out for Pinterest to find the perfect recipe for DIY foaming hand soap.  I knew I wanted a recipe that incorporated Thieves oil as an ingredient because of its ability to prohibit bacteria and fungal growth as well as its immune enhancing properties. My favorite that I found was from The Oil Dropper and I modified it slightly to make a bigger volume and added a few extra oils. And what do you know? The husband approves!

DIY Foaming Hand Soap:

  • 2-3 Tbsp Dr. Bronner’s unscented baby mild castile soap – I used lavender Dr. Bronner’s, since it was what I had on hand, and filled up to the top of the “M” on my mason jar
  • 2-3 drops Organic Vitamin E oil
  • 4-6 drops Young Living Thieves oil – I also added a 3-4 drops each of Peppermint and Lemon EO, all part of the Everyday Oils collection.  You can buy one or the collection here
  • Add filtered water to your foaming soap container (slowly or it will create a lot of bubbles!) and Viola!

soap-close up

 

*These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. Products and techniques mentioned here are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Information here is in no way intended to replace proper medical help. Consult with the health authorities of your choice for treatment.

Thieves Inspired DIY Foaming Hand Soap was originally published on Naturally Oily Adventures


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Thieves Inspired DIY Foaming Hand Soap

For my next DIY Thieves inspired recipe I thought I would share my DIY Foaming Hand Soap Recipe! I’ve been using a DIY hand soap recipe for about a year but have never had a foaming soap dispenser and my recipe has never passed muster with the husband.  He complained often about it and would even walk into the kitchen to wash his hands with dishwashing liquid rather than use my homemade soap! So I knew when I got my Everyday Oils collection that I wanted to modify my recipe and invest in a foaming soap dispenser.  I have an abundance of Mason jars in my house because I believe in reusing/upcycling as much as possible and I had made Christmas gifts using Mason jars as the packaging last year.  So when I saw someone use a foaming soap dispenser top with a Mason jar I knew I had to have one! Once I ordered it off Amazon (from Jarring Creations – find her etsy shop here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/jarringcreations) I set out for Pinterest to find the perfect recipe for DIY foaming hand soap.  I knew I wanted a recipe that incorporated Thieves oil as an ingredient because of its ability to prohibit bacteria and fungal growth as well as its immune enhancing properties. My favorite that I found was from The Oil Dropper and I modified it slightly to make a bigger volume and added a few extra oils. And what do you know? The husband approves!

DIY Foaming Hand Soap:

  • 2-3 Tbsp Dr. Bronner’s unscented baby mild castile soap – I used lavender Dr. Bronner’s, since it was what I had on hand, and filled up to the top of the “M” on my mason jar
  • 2-3 drops Organic Vitamin E oil
  • 4-6 drops Young Living Thieves oil – I also added a 3-4 drops each of Peppermint and Lemon EO, all part of the Everyday Oils collection.  You can buy one or the collection here
  • Add filtered water to your foaming soap container (slowly or it will create a lot of bubbles!) and Viola!

soap-close up

 

*These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. Products and techniques mentioned here are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Information here is in no way intended to replace proper medical help. Consult with the health authorities of your choice for treatment.


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Is your hand sanitizer drying out your hands? Here’s an alcohol free DIY Thieves Hand Sanitizer recipe!

I don’t often use hand sanitizer as I’m a firm believer in the power of soap and water (plus, exposure to a little bit of germs is good for building up the immune system).  However, I work with people daily and people get sick.  So I do tend to keep a bottle of hand sanitizer in my counseling office to de-germ after sick clients have been in for session.  But I’ve never liked how dry the alcohol in hand sanitizer makes my hands.  Plus, if you have eczema or get cracks in your skin during winter months then alcohol burns like the dickens! We’ve already discussed in detail how wonderful I think Thieves oil is for its ability to prohibit bacteria and fungal growth as well as its immune enhancing properties so naturally as my hand sanitizer was getting low I thought Why not find a DIY hand sanitizer recipe that uses my new favorite oil! I checked out several and landed on one in particular that struck my fancy so I didn’t need to make any changes.  I like it so much I think I’m going to make a separate batch to keep in my diaper bag for when I need a quick clean after diaper blowouts!

However, if you are an avid hand sanitizer junkie you need to be aware that since this recipe contains no alcohol it does not dry as fast as you are used to… but it WILL dry! And your hands will thank you because they will feel nice and moisturized thanks to the Aloe Vera gel and Vitamin E oil!

Check out the recipe below for a DIY non-toxic, alcohol-free hand sanitizer from the Eat Craft Parent blog:

DIY Hand Sanitizer

DIY (non-toxic) Hand Sanitizer

Ingredients

  • Pure Aloe Gel
  • ¼ teaspoon Vitamin E Oil
  • 6 drops Thieves EO – buy it here
  • Distilled water (I had planned to use purified bottled water)
  • small squeeze bottle (I used a cleaned recycled hand sanitizer bottle)

Instructions

  1. Start with filling your squeeze bottle with aloe, about ⅔ full.
  2. Next, add the Vitamin E.
  3. Add 6 drops of Thieves Essential Oil and give it a shake.
  4. Lastly, add a little distilled water until it is to the consistency you like. (Because of the consistency of the aloe vera gel I bought I didn’t need to use any water)

** The pure Aloe Vera gel I purchased was actually marketed as a dietary supplement (vs the alcohol free version of aloe gel you can get in the sunscreen aisle) and I didn’t realize until I got home that it says refrigerate after opening… so, will have to see if my choice has unexpected consequences, i.e., mold, after a few months.  If you plan to make this recipe, I’d buy the cheap stuff in the sunscreen aisle, just in case!

 

*These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. Products and techniques mentioned here are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Information here is in no way intended to replace proper medical help. Consult with the health authorities of your choice for treatment.

Is your hand sanitizer drying out your hands? Here’s an alcohol free DIY Thieves Hand Sanitizer recipe! was originally published on Naturally Oily Adventures