Sanitiser has become the new essential on everyone’s shopping list. However, since the COVID outbreak, our trusted brands have become hard to find introducing many new products with random pricing and disperse quality making it hard to know which ones to buy. So why not try our hand at home-made sanitiser?
The World Health Organization ( WHO) recommends hand sanitiser as it helps to destroy microorganisms including those bacteria that cause food poisoning and other diseases. This makes it a great COVID preventative measure along with handwashing. However, many can leave our hands dry and unpleasant.
This easy recipe, with ingredients that are nice and easy to get hold of, not only soothes your hands but leaves them clean when you can’t get to soap and water. Let me stress this very clearly, sanitiser is to be used when you aren’t able to wash your hands. Please wash your hands with soap and water whenever possible. This is not a replacement for good hygiene and this is NOT to be used around your face and eyes. I’d also advise you to keep it away from direct sunlight.
Home-Made Sanitiser with Soothing CBD
- 3 tbl Spoons 70% or 1 tbl 99% Rubbing (Isopropyl) Alcohol (if you are out Pure Vodka will do)
- 3 tbl Spoons Pure Aloe Vera Gel (I use it fresh from the garden but there is nothing wrong with store-bought or witch hazel)
- 20 drops tea tree essential oil
- 10 drops lavender essential oil (optional but great for soothing eczema and dry skin and smells wonders)
- 4.5 full 1mL droppers of 7% Vit E CBD oil
Hand Sanitiser Instructions
- Mix all the ingredients in a clean bowl or tub with a clean spoon. Keep pure alcohol away from the skin as it can cause itching, redness, rash, drying, and cracking if not mixed thoroughly first with the other ingredients.
- Transfer to small clean squirt or travel bottles.
Why Add CBD to Hand Sanitiser?
CBD is a superweapon against drug-resistant superbugs. One of the most amazing and valuable properties of CBD is its antibacterial properties for killing a wide range of Gram-positive bacteria (like Staphylococcus aureus and Streptococcus pneumoniae) and fighting germs.
Though COVID-19 is a virus rather than bacteria, CBD is an excellent additive to your at-home hand-sanitizer recipe to give it an added anti-bacterial boost.
But, one of the real reasons I personally choose to include CBD oil in my hand sanitizer is because it is great for keeping my hands soft, counteracting the harsh effects of the alcohol as well as healing any of the day to day tiny cuts I may have. CBD with added vitamin E is amazing for the skin. Vitamin E benefits for the skin include:
- it absorbs UVB light – the sunlight that’s responsible for burning and aging skin complementing your SPF;
- it lives in and protects cell membranes meaning that it helps to keep them healthy and hydrated providing you with that moisturized and supple feeling;
- it can also help diminish scars and marks.
Why Add Tea Tree Oil to CBD Sanitiser
What, apart from the lovely smell and that tea tree in itself is a great natural hand sanitiser.
The incredible benefits of mixing tea tree oil with CBD is that they are complementary and alternative medicines.
Australia has been benefiting from the tea tree oil’s antiseptic and anti-inflammatory actions for over a century. Studies show that tea tree kills several common bacteria and viruses responsible for causing illness, including E. coli, H. influenzae (both Gram-negative bacterium) and S. pneumoniae.
Good hygiene, like consistent hand washing, is essential to prevent the spread of all viruses. If you are not able to access soap and water, then you will need to use a product that contains at least 70% alcohol.
Hand sanitiser is a good alternative but has become a hot commodity making it hard to find one that is both value for money and that doesn’t make your hands shrivel up in the bug busting process.
By completely covering your hands, back, and front until they dry with our home-made sanitiser recipe you are not only controlling what goes into your sanitiser but ensuring that it has the right amount of alcohol.
Thanks to the CBD oil and tea tree oils you guarantee that you also have anti-inflammatory properties as well as balance the skin’s natural oil production, soothing, and calming any dry, irritated skin.
Editor’s note: So far, there is no approved treatment or vaccine for COVID-19. With the COVID-19 situation rapidly changing, always consult your local health authority and health care provider for the most up-to-date information on treatment options and cannabis use during the pandemic. Hand sanitizer of any kind may not be effective when hands are visibly greasy or dirty.