How EOs help in daily hygiene
The flu season is at peak in this cold winter, everyone needs to strengthen their immune system in particular, make our home cleaner and beware of better hygiene. Balancing yourself every day with high antioxidants such as Ningxia wolfberry juice, Omega 3, probiotics, and enzymes can promote daily health and personal immunity, not to forget the importance of supplements with vitamins and minerals. Some natural non-toxic cleaning products are going to make better your home hygiene.
As most of us are paying great attention to household cleaning recently, let’s look into some more information about alcohol, in which most people believe its powerful antibacterial nature.
Types of alcohol
There are three types of alcohol. The first type is Isopropyl alcohol It is also known as Rubbing alcohol, with a concentration of about 70%. When the alcohol concentration exceeds 60%, it already has an antibacterial effect. This type of alcohol contains toxins and it is a laboratory-made product. It can only be used on the surface of the skin, but it is not recommended for use on wounds. The second type is Methyl alcohol. It is also known as Wood alcohol. It is extremely toxic and it is intended for industrial use only. It cannot be used for DIY products. The third type is Ethyl alcohol. It is also known as Ethanol, which is naturally fermented. This type of alcohol is of food grade and can be found, for example, in beer and spirits, and can also be used in DIY.
The first and third type alcohol are for general household uses. Please note that we usually use 65% to 75% alcohol for sterilization purposes. The effect will be most ideal.
Do you know that many essential oils have the property of alcohol? A drop of essential oil can be applied directly to the skin, and it already is antibacterial. Some essential oils with alcohol property also have good cleaning, antiseptic, antiviral and antibacterial effects, which are both safe and natural.
When you go to places having higher risk to get in touch with bacteria such as hospitals, you can prepare yourself some DIY disinfectants with high antibacterial essential oils. One the most loved blend is a blended oil with Clove, Lemon, Eucalyptus Radiata, Cinnamon bark and Rosemary essential oil, which is highly antiviral, antiseptic, antibacterial and anti-infective. It is an all-time favorite in making DIY disinfectants.
According to book, The Chemistry of Essential Oils, by Dr. David Stewart, here are some Essential Oils that are high percentage in alcohol:
Essential Oils with High % of Alcohol
- Palmarosa (82%)
It is good to skin problem like acne and oily face that it can be used on wounds
- Geranium (60%)
- Rose (60%)
- Lavender (44%)
- Other suggested Essential Oils: Mountain Savory (highly antiviral) Ylang Ylang, Carrot Seed, Bergamot, Clary sage, Sage, Ginger, Lemongrass, Fennel, Cistus, Myrtle, Rosemary, Basil, Ravintsara, Cypress, Thyme, Parsley, Spearmint, Tea tree, Frankincense, etc.
- They are all good for making DIY disinfectant
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Still have some queries about the antibacterial property of Essential Oils?
There was a streak plate of staph and essential oils as a lab experiment in September, 2013 (Please see attached enewsletter for the photo). The triangular papers were soaked in the following solutions. A- Supermarket hand sanitizer. B- T Blend* essential oil. C- Lavender essential oil. D – Peppermint essential oil.
One week later, this was the result, there is staph (white dots surrounding the triangular paper) in the Supermarket hand sanitizer quadrant, NONE in the *T Blend quadrant and inhibited growth in the other quadrants.
– Tested by Rebecca Luttrell
*T Blend- A blend with the combination of Clove, Lemon, Cinnamon Bark, Eucalyptus Radiata, and Rosemary essential oils.
DIY Hand Sanitizer
Organic Aloe Vera Gel + Distilled Water / Floral Water + [Blended essential oil with the combination of Clove, Lemon, Eucalyptus Radiata, Cinnamon bark and Rosemary]
A dilution of 2% is sufficient
DIY disinfectant spray
Distilled water + Witch Hazel (If you choose not to add, shake it vigorously before use) + [Blended essential oil with the combination Clove, Lemon, Eucalyptus Radiata, Cinnamon bark and Rosemary]
A dilution of 2% is sufficient
DIY Immune Face Cream
- Warming the natural ointment or rose ointment until soften
- When the ointment temperature drops below 60 Degrees Celsius, add essential oils with high antiviral property or respiratory support (eg: Ravintsara, [Blended essential oil with the combination of Eucalyptus, Cypress and Spruce]), or [Blended essential oil with the combination of Ravintsara, Peppermint, Eucalyptus Radiata, Lemon and Wintergreen Compound essential oil] ……) The dilution is generally not more than 2-5% in the face cream
- Apply the ointment with essential oil on the sinus area (avoid eye area)
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