Homemade Hand Sanitizer with Essential Oils.

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It seems as though essential oils are kind of like the Tupperware of our times, or the new Pampered Chef, I guess. So many people who I know are on the essential oils bandwagon. In fact, Tom came home from work the other day laughing about all the guys he works with who are so over essential oils because they are all their wives talk about. I’ll admit that it does seem to be the trend now, but here’s why I too am buying into the hype.

Essential oils work.

I have to tell you right off the bat that I’m already a fan of alternative methods of taking care of our family. Why? Because I have been on medications for asthma, allergies, and migraines for almost all of my life and I’m completely tired of it. It depresses me to be dependent on medications just to breathe normally and be able to function on a daily basis. I’m trying desperately to find ways to get off of the meds… the side affects make me sick and I hate them, I really hate them. I wouldn’t say that we are “super crunchy” and I don’t think that many people would look at us and think of use that way. However, we do see a chiropractor every week and love it, we juice just about every day (kale, carrots, apples, ginger, lemon, cucumbers, strawberries, or any combination of those things), we take probiotic supplements, we eat a reduced gluten diet (Levi is very close to gluten-free), and we try really hard to fill up of fruits and veggies rather than junk food. We have noticed a pretty significant improvement to our family’s overall health since we have started incorporating all of these things into our life. Knowing that the more natural approach to our health and a preventative approach works for us, the essential oils really interested me.

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So I got some money for Christmas and ended up spending almost all of it, not on fabric or sewing patterns, but rather on health and fitness things. I know, I know! It’s important to me. Dare I admit that the health/fitness category sits above the sewing category in my life? It’s true. If I have to make a choice between the two you’ll find me at the gym before you’ll find me behind my sewing machine, not that I don’t LOVE to sew, because I do. Some of my gift money was spent buying this Family Physician Kit from DoTerra and joining their wholesale program so that I can get the oils at a discount. The kit came with smaller bottles of several oils that come in handy in the home. It’s a great way to test them out and see which oils you will use and which will just kind of sit there and not get used much. We have been using some of them a lot! I’m looking forward to sharing some of the ways that we are using them and whether or not they are doing what they say they will do, but today I’ll just share one easy way I have started to use them on a daily basis. We made our own hand sanitizer!

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I used this recipe, which ironically is intended for Young Living Thieves Blend (Young Living and DoTerra are kind of like feuding families). I substituted DoTerra’s On Guard Blend, which is a blend of Wild Orange, Clove Bud, Cinnamon Bark, Eucalyptus radiate, and Rosemary oils… you can imagine how amazing it smells! These oils have been studied for their abilities to kill harmful bacteria (not the good stuff that we need) mold, and viruses. Seems like the perfect thing to use as a hand sanitizer, and it contains no alcohol or harsh chemicals. Because it only kills the harmful bacteria you don’t have to worry about it actually doing more harm than good. It’s wonderful! The oil blend is combined with purified water, aloe vera gel, and vitamin E oil. It’s kind of watery and thin, but that doesn’t bother me. The heavenly smell makes up for it. I love that we are using ingredients that are all natural to prevent and stop germs from getting to us.

Do you already use essential oils for health purposes? I’d love to hear how you incorporate them into your life!

Here’s a list of the oils that are included in the Family Physician Kit, incase your curious: lavender, lemon, peppermint, Melaleuca (aka tea tree oil), frankincense, Deep Blue Soothing Blend, oregano, Digestzen Digestive Blend, On Guard Protective Blend, Breathe Respiratory Blend (which we are using A LOT!).

If you are interested in learning more you can leave a comment and I’d be happy to try to help you. :) I’ll be sharing more with you all as we keep using the oils.

Middle photo is from DoTerra’s product catalog.


  1. Karen says:

    Hey Jenny, we use doTerra, too. My friend Annie (indielovely.com) introduced me to them at a holistic health care Skillshare she did (at smallcraft.com) and I fell in LOVE. I’m allergic to frankincense, so a few of the oils aren’t okay in our house, but Serenity it my signature scent these days (and Ella’s) I put a drop of wild orange in my water every day, and onguard goes on our feet at night and in Feel-better Chai when we’re on the brink of illness. The best part is, my husband cannot stand scents of any kind, but these don’t bother him. Dreamy, seriously. So happy to see that you love them, too.

    • Awesome, Karen! I haven’t tried Serenity yet, it sounds lovely. I’ve tried the lemon in my water, but I have to dilute it a whole lot otherwise it wreaks havoc on my stomach. Not fun. The scents are absolutely one of the perks of these oils!

  2. Kellie says:

    I’ve been hearing so much about essential oils for a while now and started looking into them kinda seriously a couple of months ago but it was kind of overwhelming!! Originally I wanted to learn more about them for my migraines. A friend told me about a friend of hers who uses frankincense for her migraines. When she feels one coming on she puts a drop if it on the roof of her mouth and it takes care of the pain. Have you needed to try anything for your migraines and had it worked? I have a sampler set from doterra (lavender, peppermint, and lemon). I tried using peppermint for a migraine and didn’t realize it was a ‘hot’ oil and put it straight on my temples. Omgosh!!! Ouch! Lol. It worked in the sense that it kinda took the focus off my migraine for a few minutes. Lol. After that I diluted it with some olive oil. And now that I’ve written a book in your comment section, I’ll end with I’m glad you passed on hand sanitizer recipe and it made me laugh that it was for a Young Living oil. (I did read enough about oils to realize they’re kinda like the Red Sox and the Yankees. Great teams with passionate fans who greatly dislike each other) And I’m looking forward to hearing more. :)

    • Oh man, that peppermint oil is hot indeed! Ouch! I haven’t tried frankincense for my migraines! I had no idea! I will try that next time I get one for sure. I wonder what it tastes like? I use the Deep Blue blend for tension headaches… it doesn’t get rid of the pain, but it brings relief and it actually helps Abby greatly when she gets headaches. She gets total relief which means I haven’t given her ibuprofen in a while. YAY! Glad you’re trying them out too!

  3. Tabatha says:

    Looks good — thanks!


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