Non Toxic D.I.Y Hand Sanitizer

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HAPPY GLOBAL HAND WASHING DAY, GUYS!!!! (well…tomorrow)

Autumn is here, and now that we are living in the Midwest again, I am beyond excited to experience everything that my favorite season has to offer! That being said, a couple of things that tend to increase around this time of the year are colds and flu – not cool, guys!

Of course, one of the biggest preventatives of these bugs, along with many other diseases and illnesses is to wash your hands regularly. Did you know that October 15 is global hand washing day?!? Good timing for this post, huh? I decided to get a jump on it, and publish this the day before, so that you all could have this recipe to celebrate on the actual day! ūüėČ

So, the question is, what to do when you’re out and about, and there’s no soap and water to wash your hands at a time when you need to (think porta-potties, being out in nature, etc)? Hand sanitizers are a great alternative, but the problem with that is that most store-bought hand sanitizers contain questionable ingredients at best, and downright dangerous ingredients at worst! Some of these ingredients to avoid in hand sanitizers and hand soaps are as follows:

  • Triclosan
  • SLS (Sodium Laurel Sulfate and Sodium Laureth Sulfate)
  • Parabens
  • DEA
  • Fragrance and Artificial Colors
  • Pthalates
  • Propylene Glycol

The list goes on and on, guys. These ingredients can be responsible for disrupting hormones, respiratory distress, skin rashes and reactions, allergies, immunotoxicity, organ system toxicity, neurotoxicity, and on and on…ugh! The following pin links to an article going into further detail of each of these ingredients to avoid in soaps and sanitizers.

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Okay, now that all that yuckiness is out of the way, on to the good news! Making your own hand sanitizer is really easy! The recipe I’ve come up with is actually great for moisturizing the skin, and it’s free of any toxic ingredients! Awesome!

NON TOXIC D.I.Y HAND SANITIZER

Ingredients:

  • 1 Tbsp. rubbing alcohol (If the rubbing alcohol concerns you, you can also use witch hazel in its place to make the recipe gentler and alcohol free, or you can even use vodka for a weaker alcohol in its place)
  • 3 Tbsp. aloe vera gel
  • 1 Tbsp. aloe vera oil
  • 1/4 tsp.colloidal silver (optional)
  • 8 drops cinnamon essential oil
  • 10 drops tea tree essential oil
  • 7 drops lavender essential oil

Directions:

1.) Put all of the ingredients in a small bowl, and stir to combine completely.

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2.) Carefully pour the mixture into a small bottle container, cover and shake to combine even more. Anytime you need to sanitize your hands, apply a small amount onto your hands and rub in.

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Safe, non-toxic, moisturizing, and it works! Enjoy!

DISCLAIMER: I am not a doctor, and any recipe for food, beauty products, cleaning products, or the like is not a means of diagnosis, treatment, prescription or cure for any disease or condition, mental or physical, real or imaginary.

DIY Homemade Lip Balm

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I have a confession to make, I am slightly addicted to lip balm! ¬†Seriously, I can’t go to bed at night without applying my lip balm. ¬†At least it makes for some soft lips. ¬†Anyway, I wanted to share my lip balm recipe with all of you! ¬†This is a really easy recipe, and it only has 3 ingredients!

The base of this is coconut oil, so that makes it a very versatile lip balm!  What?!  How can a lip balm be versatile?  Well, as it turns out, this also doubles very nicely as an excellent cuticle balm.  Massaging this into your cuticles and nails make for some really healthy, long, and strong nails.  I use this stuff for both my lips and my nails.

Another reason why this lip balm is so fantastic is because coconut oil can be used to treat and prevent cold sores. ¬†It is a great natural alternative to some of the harsh medications out there. ¬†Since this lip balm uses coconut oil as it’s base, it serves as a great way to reduce incidence of cold sores and to treat one when you have one.

Side note: ¬†If you do get a cold sore, I recommend coconut oil and lysine as an effective treatment method. ¬†I don’t get them very often, but if I get a cold or the flu or my ragweed allergies are exceptionally severe, one sometimes rears it’s ugly head (maybe once every year or so). ¬†This lip balm along with lysine usually gets rid of it lickity split (Normally, it goes within a week, whereas if I don’t use this treatment method it sticks around for 2-3 weeks…not cool).

While on the subject of cold sores, here is a pin that links to a site that gives some excellent natural remedies for those stinkers.

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Okay, so back to this lip balm.  This stuff is really smooth and goes on nicely.  The peppermint oil in it is very soothing on dry lips, so you can get relief from the symptoms of dry lips while the coconut oil goes to work to moisturize and repair.  This stuff is great, and it is easy to make, all natural, and non-toxic.  A winner by all means in my book!

DIY HOMEMADE LIP BALM

Ingredients/Materials:

  • Lip balm tins – you can just wash out an old empty tin, or you can buy empty ones on amazon here.
  • 3 Tbsp. Organic Virgin Unrefined Coconut Oil
  • 1 3/4 Tbsp. organic beeswax pellets (you can get these on amazon here)
  • 10-12 drops of peppermint essential oil

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Directions

1.) In a small saucepan, melt the coconut oil and beeswax pellets over medium heat, stirring constantly until completely melted.

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2.) Once completely melted, add the peppermint essential oil, stir to combine, then fill the tins with the mixture.  Allow to cool and harden.

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3.) Put covers on tins.  Your lip balm (or nail/cuticle balm) is now ready to use.

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Awesome! ¬†Enjoy! ūüôā