DIY: Sanitizing Spray Plus Essential Oils for a Healthy Home & Workspace

We hear a lot about wellness of all sorts including washing and sanitizing our hands but keeping your home and workspace clean is also essential for your wellness.

 

Thousands of studies have shown the anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties of Essential Oils. They can help protect us by offering extra support when we are exposed to harmful microbes. There is no single essential oil that is completely effective against all viruses, a combination or a synergistic formula is the most effective.

 

Essential oils have the ability to hamper the growth of a diverse range of pathogens because of the presence of natural compounds produced by the organs of plants. #

 

Inhaling these natural essences, will allow us to receive these therapeutic compounds throughout our Respiratory System, and even into our bloodstream. – We will talk more about this in another blog.

 

As a Certified Aromatherapist, I use them personally, especially when I travel, as well as maintaining my practice a clean and safe environment for my students, and patients.

 

Keep your home or workplace clean with just a few ingredients:

 

Ethanol- At least 120 proof grain alcohol. I like to use Everclear 151 proof as it is easily accessible (at your local liquor store) and has a high alcohol content to properly preserve your formulation and to help disperse essential oils, because as we know, oil and water don’t mix. Learn more here.

 

Water

 

Pure Essential Oils*– Since we are talking about sanitizing, these are some of my favorite Essential Oils that are anti-septic, anti-microbial, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-viral:

 

Tea Tree

Lemongrass

Eucalyptus Globulus

Eucalyptus radiata

Ravensara

Rosemary

Lime

Lemon

Clove Bud

Cinnamon

Scotch Pine

Thyme

 

Or… you can also try a synergy blend, these contain multiple Essential Oils formulated for different purposes. Here are some of my favorites for sanitizers, diffusing and cleaning purposes.

 

Thrive Eternity Blend – Particularly helpful for seasonal or environmental threats. often compared to “Thieves Oil” or “On Guard,” however it is enhanced with additional Essential Oils such as Lemon and Orange to boost its therapeutic properties.

 

Uplifting Citrus Eternity Blend (Sweet Orange, Grapefruit, Lemon, Lime and Tangerine Essential Oils) – Smells like summertime, bright, cheery and overall sanitizing.

 

Mind, Body & Spirit Eternity Blend (Clove, Lemon, Cinnamon, Sweet Orange, Cedarwood, Tea Tree and Rosemary) Supports your body’s natural defenses. Because of its disinfecting properties, you can also add to water and use as a non-toxic surface cleaner.

 

Immune Boost Eternity Blend- (Frankincense, Tea Tree, Rosemary, Lemon, Eucalyptus, and Sweet Orange). Supports a healthy immune system when you need it most.


Sanitizing Spray Recipe

This is great for using over countertops, door knobs, ect. Can also be used as a room deodorizer. 

 

For a 4oz Bottle – Add essential oils to the bottle first. Then Alcohol. Then Water. You may allow the oils to sit in the alcohol a few hours or a day to disperse. Shake wall before use.

 

  • 60-80 drops Essential Oil
  • A minimum of 20-30% 150 Proof Alcohol (such as ever clear)
  • Distilled or purified water or Tea Tree Hydrosol

Note: May use white distilled vinegar instead of the alcohol.

 

References:

Antimicrobial Properties of Plant Essential Oils against Human Pathogens and Their Mode of Action: An Updated Review – https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5206475/

Astani A, Reichling J, Schnitzler P. (2010). Comparative study on the antiviral activity of selected monoterpenes derived from essential oils. Phytotherapy Research.2010 May;24(5):673-9. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19653195

 Garozzo A, Timpanaro R, et. al. (2011). Activity of Melaleuca alternifolia oil on Influenza virus A/PR/8: study on the mechanism of action. Antiviral Research. Jan;89(1):83-8. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21095205

Li X, Duan S, et al. (2013). Melaleuca alternifolia concentrate inhibits in vitro entry of influenza virus into host cells. Molecules. Aug 9;18(8):9550-66. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23966077

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