Winter is on its way October 25 2013, 0 Comments

Autumn has arrived and we couldn't be more excited. Sure, we love the warmth of the summer sun, the sand between our toes and an occasional Mojito, but we welcome the falling leaves, crisp October air and getting to use the "something warm would be nice" excuse for a second cup of hot coffee in the afternoon. However, with Autumn comes the dreaded cold and flu season. We can attempt to avoid the tube for a few months and run from sneezing strangers, but sometimes that common cold is inescapable. 

Any physician will tell you the key to avoiding colds and flu is keeping your hands clean. Wash your hands frequently, avoid touching your mouth, nose and eyes and always keep a good antibacterial gel handy. If you don't already know the nasty truth about most store bought hand sanitizers, please take a little time to research the effects their active ingredients, Triclosan (a chemical used in wastewater treatment and pestisides) and ethanol (pure Ethanol Alcohol.)

Although washing your hands throughly with soap and water is best, this natural, plant-based hand sanitizer is a safe and effective way to help prevent illness. 

This simple recipe is made with essential oils, organic aloe vera and spring water and makes one 60ml/2oz travel size bottle.

Note, it is always wise to be mindful of the senstivity of your skin when using new products.

 

Ingredients and method:

 

60ml/2oz glass or recycled, durable plastic bottle 

 

2-4 drops of the following four oils essential oils:

Cinnamon

Clove

Rosemary

Eucalyptus 

5-10 drops of lemon oil

About 2 tablespoons Organic Aloe Vera

Natural Spring water

 

1. Pour/squeeze your aloe vera into you chosen container.

2. Add your essential oils.

3. Fill the remainder of your container with water.

4. Shake, apply to hands and rub together until absorbed.

  

And now, just in time for All Hallows' Eve, some good, old fashion folklore:

This mix of essential oils is often referred to as Thieves or Burglars blend. It is based on the legend of the four thieves, said to be sons of herbalists, who were captured and charged with robbing dead and dying victims of the plague. The thieves were offered leniency for their crimes in exchange for the secret of how they resisted contracting infection. They told of a special concoction of aromatic herbs and spices they applied, drank and inhaled before and after committing their crimes.

Mystery and historic intrigue aside, studies have determined that several essential oils, including cinnamon, rosemary, clove, lemon and eucalyptus, effectively fight bacteria; specifically six Staphylococcus varieties, including the dreaded MRSA, four Streptococcus strains and three Candida strains. 

Additional info:

 http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1693916/

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0166445X06003407