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Natural hand sanitiser recipe:

It is not often that we recommend mixing alcohol into natural remedies as it is drying to the skin, but it is necessary in this case.

You can make this hand sanitiser up in one of our 100ml blue glass bottles with an atomiser top - both available in our 'hands on' section of the website. This natural recipe will help kill bacteria & stop germs from spreading whilst on the move, but remember washing your hands with soap & water is always the best choice. This is intended for times inbetween hand washing whilst out & about:

- 80ml rubbing alcohol

- 20ml glycerin

- 5 drops each of white thyme, rosemay, tea tree & lavender oil

Fill your bottle first with the alcohol & glycerin, then add your drops of essential oil. Secure the lid, shake well before use & spray as needed.

Our top essential oils for staying healthy

Many essential oils actively support the immune system when used on a daily basis & provide a natural form of protection against infections. This is because they possess a wide range of powerful bactericidal & anticeptic properties, making them versatile tools at all times. As the old folk-lore saying goes, 'prevention is better than cure'.

Here's our top oils to help keep you healthy over this period. Use any in combination with each other in your diffuser, in home cleaning blends & when making up your own natural hand sanitiser spray:

tea tree, lemon eucalyptus, rosemary, cinnamon leaf, white thyme, balsam of peru, clove bud, ginger, orange, lemon, lemongrass, myrrh, sage, lemon myrtle & ravensara.

To learn about how effective essential oils can be against warding off unwanted airborne bacteria, read how the famous 'four thieves' blend came about when the black plague hit England in the 14th Century.

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