We tend to blame the cold weather for making us sick! However, it’s not the weather to blame for a virus! Instead, it’s more what we do when the temperature drops that makes us sick! Cold and flu virus germs love cold weather! That’s where doTERRA’s On Guard essential oil blend can help in a creative way!
The reason we tend to be sick more during the winter is really quite simple. When it’s cold outside, we tend to stay indoors more. In an enclosed area with other people is when you are more prone to ‘catch something.’ If those people around you have a ‘bug’ you are more likely to catch it. No matter where you are, whether at home with family, at the shopping mall, or in the coffee shop, it’s almost like you’ve entered the “Catch a Cold Lottery.” And you’re likely going to “win!” That’s where doTERRA’s On Guard essential oil blend can help in a creative way! Make your own hand sanitizer! I’ll tell you how in this post.
How do the germs spread?
When anyone with a cold coughs or sneezes, their airborne germs are looking for a way into your system! In the winter, with the heat turned up and the windows and door closed, germs tend to stay viable longer, and they’re searching for you! Handshakes and hugs are a common method of transmission of common cold and flu viruses.
When someone covers their mouth with their hand as they cough or sneeze, the germs caught in that hand are easily transferred. Germs can live for hours on hands, door knobs, counters, and anything touched. If you shake hands or hug someone at the mall, you have a very good chance of catching whatever bug that person has, especially if you rub your nose or eye after touching them.
Travel increases your chances of picking up a bug. These germs are harder on your system because they are ones you’re not used to having in your system. Your body hasn’t had a chance to develop an immunity to these germs. Once in contact with these ‘foreign’ germs, our immune system must fight extra hard to protect you. That makes getting sick all the more likely.
The bottom line is that it’s not the cold weather that makes you sick; it’s what you do when the temperature drops that makes us sick! So, what can you do?
Keep Your Hands Clean
The obvious answer is to wash your hands! Hand washing or, at the very least, using a hand sanitizer is even important in the winter. Today, many folks keep a bottle of over-the-counter hand sanitizers nearby for convenient, on-the-go solution for cleaning your hands when soap and water are unavailable. The idea is good, but over-the-counter hand sanitizer overuse have potential problems.
Traditional hand sanitizers contain either isopropyl or ethyl alcohol. In fact, they are between 60 and 90 percent alcohol. One report discovered a 2-ounce bottle of commercial hand sanitizer can contain as much alcohol as four shots of vodka! Now, you’re not planning on drinking the hand sanitizer, but can you guarantee a child won’t? In addition, the alcohol in hand sanitizers can also be a fire hazard, cause severe skin and eye irritation, and be extremely drying to the skin. For an occasional use, over-the-counter hand sanitizers are okay, but I would avoid using them every day.
On Guard DIY Hand Sanitizer
The simple solution to this problem is to make your own alcohol-free hand sanitizer. You can make your own hand sanitizer with essential oil. The ‘recipe’ below uses doTERRA On Guard essential oil blend to make a hand cleansing spray that is an easy and convenient way to clean your hands. It takes just four ingredients, is easy to make, and is safe to use every day.
- 4-ounce spray bottle, glass (*See note below.)
- 1 tablespoon aloe vera gel
- 20 drops doTERRA On Guard Protective Blend
- In the spray bottle, combine aloe vera and doTERRA On Guard.
- Fill the rest of bottle with water. Shake until combined.
- To use, shake and spray on hands; then rub together.
If you like, add 1/4 teaspoon of Vitamin E oil in step one above and you turn the mixture into a moisturizer as well as a hand sanitizer! Keep a bottle in your pocket, purse, car, or office for any time you touch anything someone else might have touched. It’s an easy way to help keep need it.
*Note: A glass container is preferred. Essential oils can be stored in plastic containers if the essential oils are highly diluted as they are in this recipe. If you do use a plastic container, make sure it is a high-quality plastic.
As a general rule, it is not recommended to use plastic containers to store undiluted essential oils. Some of the components of certain essential oils can break down some types of plastic when in high concentrations. This can compromise the integrity of the essential oil and may cause the container to leak.