Scraped knees and elbows are an inevitable part of childhood. Even as adults we get the occasional bump, bruise or scrape. It’s nice to have a handy, natural antiseptic spray ready to go whether you’re at home or out and about. This DIY hand sanitizer—which doubles as an antiseptic spray— uses essential oils to help fight germs, and has soothing elements like witch hazel, aloe vera and vitamin E oil. And, it’s as easy as can be to make.
The lavender, tea tree and frankincense essential oils have great natural antiseptic properties. Frankincense in particular may help protect against tetanus and sepsis when applied to wounds.It also acts as an anticoagulant to help control bleeding. Lavender oil is antibacterial and may even prevent scarring. Tea tree is one of nature’s greatest natural antiseptics, and is also good for insect bites and stings, burns, cuts, and abrasions. Vitamin E helps promote healing from the get-go. Witch hazel works as an anti-inflammatory and fights germs with its amazing antimicrobial properties. The tannins in witch hazel help promote healing and control bleeding and help with bruising.
How to make DIY hand sanitizer + antiseptic spray
- 1 tablespoon witch hazel
- 2 teaspoons pure aloe vera gel
- 2 teaspoons vitamin E oil
- 10 drops each: lavender, tea tree, and frankincense essential oils
- Filtered water
Combine witch hazel, aloe, vitamin e oil, and essential oils in a measuring cup with a spout. Transfer to a small spray bottle. Add enough filtered water to fill almost fill it, leaving a little space at the top. Shake well before each application.
Note: I used aloe vera gel that includes other ingredients; 100% aloe gel liquid can also be used, though the spray will be a little thinner.202