With the flu going around, we try to stay away from germs. We wash our hands frequently. That’s a good thing.
What’s not a good thing is to overuse antibacterial soaps. Most of these soaps (or cleaners) contain Triclosan and Triclocarban which are dangerous to your health and contribute to antibacterial resistance.
A natural alternative is Thieves oil. This oil is a powerful blend of essential oils that help keep germs and viruses away. According to the legend, four thieves used this oil during the 15th-century plague to protect themselves while robbing victims of the plague.
Thieves Oil Recipe
- 200 drops of Clove Oil (Syzgium aromaticum)
- 175 drops of Lemon Oil (Citrus Limon)
- 100 drops of Cinnamon Bark (Cinnamomum verum)
- 75 drops of Eucalyptus Oil (Eucalyptus radiata)
- 50 drops of Rosemary Oil (Rosmarinus officinalis)
Store in a dark glass container away from heat and sunlight. Preferably in a cool location.
You can also order thieves oil online.
For foam soap:
- ¼ cup of soap (I use pure Castile soap, but any mild soap will do – as long as you stay clear of Triclosan and Triclocarban)
- ¾ cup of distilled water
- About 10 drops of thieves oil.
(It can be difficult to find foam soap dispensers for a good price if you order only one. But since this is such a great gift, you might consider purchasing a few more and giving them to friends. I order mine here.)
For hand sanitizer:
Mix about ½ cup of distilled water with 20 drops of Thieves oil. Fill in spray bottle. Shake before use.
Here’s to a healthy winter!