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With everyone going back to school, library outings, and activities, the kids come in contact with a lot of other children throughout
The change of the weather is the time of year my skin care regime also changes. The monsoon season is out and we are back to arid
Arizona. Over the years I have used many different flowers to make face wash and this zinnia recipe is one of my all-time favorite! The
zinnias in my backyard are plentiful and making a face care wash out of them is the perfect thing to do before the first freeze.
Betsy Jabs, from DIYNatural.com, is THE lady of DIY natural ingredients! She tests her recipes numerous times and is very attentive to
her followers, answering any questions they have and adding their recommendations to her notes. You can find these recipes of hers, as
well as many others on diynatural.com.
Make Your Own Natural Hand Sanitizer and Face Wash
The good news? There really is no need for your nose and eyes to burn every time you apply hand sanitizer, and this DIY formula won’t
dry your hands out! Learn how to make hand sanitizer that is non-chemical, naturally scented. Our version of hand sanitizer can be
beneficial properties: antibacterial, antiviral, and anti-fungal.
* Tea tree oil has been found in clinical studies to kill most types of bacteria at a concentration of 0.5-1%. If making adjustments to the
recipe, make sure your tea tree is adjusted accordingly so it remains at this concentration.
Arm yourself with a softly-scented natural version of hand sanitizer using this recipe:
5-10 drops lavender essential oil (where to buy 100% pure lavender EO)
30 drops tea tree essential oil – this is a 0.5% concentration (find 100% pure tea tree EO here)
1 Tablespoon witch hazel extract or high-proof vodka (find witch hazel here)
8 ounces 100% pure aloe vera gel (where to buy 100% pure aloe vera gel)
¼ teaspoon Vitamin E oil – a natural preservative to increase shelf life (It will also help soften hands!)
Add essential oils and Vitamin E oil to a small glass bowl or container and swirl to mix. Add witch hazel (or alcohol) to the oils and
swirl again. Combine this mixture with the aloe vera gel and mix well. Shake gently before each use. (Sanitizer should last several
months with the addition of Vitamin E and alcohol to help preserve.)
Tips and Warnings:
The lavender is used in the recipe to round out the strong scent of the tea tree oil. If you’re not a fan of lavender, choose another
antibacterial oil such as rosemary, sage, sandalwood, or peppermint. (where to buy 100% pure essential oils)
Always take care when handling essential oils. Keep in mind these are very concentrated, powerful plant extracts. If you are new to using
essential oils you may want to test for an allergic reaction before slathering on this hand sanitizer. As with any natural plant, family
members could be allergic. For a simple patch test mix one drop of essential oil with about 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Rub a bit on the
inside of your elbow, cover with a bandage, and wait 24 hours to see if there is any negative reaction.
Note: If you’ve been reading recent reports about how unhealthy the use of hand sanitizers can be, keep in mind that the danger exists
in the chemicals used in commercial sanitizers. This hand sanitizer recipe uses NONE of those harmful chemicals, and relies on pure
essential oils to kill germs. One of the unique qualities of essential oils is that they do not cause bacterial resistance like antibacterial
chemicals do, and are actually effective in killing strains of bacteria that have become resistant to our man-made medicines and
Sometimes it’s good to allow our bodies to encounter germs and strengthen our immune systems, but sometimes it’s nice to have a
hand sanitizer available for emergencies. (Think dirty porta potty, or child next to you having a sneeze-fest.) In these cases, this gentle
homemade formula is one of the best alternatives to commercial hand sanitizers.
As a former public school employee, hand sanitizer was a mainstay on
students to use it when needed.) However, I had a love-hate relationship
with this germ-fighting, often offensively-scented gel.
I typically didn’t have time for the necessary 30-second hand wash while
working with kids, but knew I had touched something icky, gooey, and
most definitely packed with tons of bacteria. Commercial hand
sanitizers were often so chemically-scented that I could not bear to have
it on my hands all day. More importantly, I worried about the safety of
these commercial formulas for myself and the kids.
How to Make Natural Hand Sanitizer
The Zinnia Flower
There are over 200 species in the Zinnia genus, so named for the man who first described the group, Johann Gottfried Zinn. At the
time of his writing, He thought the flower was related to black-eyed Susans. While the two plants are in the same sunflower family,
they are very different!
There is a long cultural history regarding the genus in the American Southwest and Northern parts of South America. Some Pueblo
tribes encouraged children to eat the blooms hoping they would impart wisdom. In shamanic traditions, the leaves are placed on the
head during ceremony to cure madness.
Zinnias bloom from spring through fall, though I feel like I am only now taking notice of them. Their bright colors look so good in
the fall sunlight against a crisp, blue sky. The most common garden zinnia is the Zinnia elegans, a species that you will readily find in
garden seed catalogs.
Here are more reasons to plant and enjoy zinnias:
Zinnia flowers are astringent. Make them into a facial wash for tightening the pores. (See recipe and instructions above!)
They are edible!
The flowers have mild activity that may improve cholesterol levels when taken internally. (Make the flowers into a tea, tincture,
capsule, vinegar, cookie, add them to food, etc.)
The flowers may work as a tonic for the liver when taken internally. (See #3 for ideas on taking them internally.)
Homemade Face Wash from Zinnia Flowers
•fresh zinnia flowers
•distilled water (enough to cover flowers)
1.Bring water to a boil.
2.Pour hot water over fresh zinnia flowers. Steep for 10-15 minutes.
3.Strain out flowers and discard or compost.
4.Allow to cool completely.
5.Transfer to a spritzer bottle or squirt bottle and label well. When kept
refrigerated, it will keep for up to three days.
Splash homemade face wash on as a soapless cleanser, or spritz it on after
your usual routine and used as an astringent to close pores.
You can make a flower essence out of these blooms on a bright, clear day. Their
effects are to encourage a childlike playfulness and curiosity, as well as to support a
strong sense of humor. They are good for those who take themselves too seriously,
who may be considered a work-aholic, or lack spontaneity.
They make a great cut flower. Their flowers appear on long stems that are easy to
make into bouquets. They are easy to sell if you have a farmer’s market stand!
The zinnia plant is well-known for its phytoremediation, meaning that it can be
used to pull toxic elements out of the soil. In this case the plants are specialists at
pulling up lead.
Endless variety! Zinnias easily cross-pollinate, so variation in color and pattern is
assured if you are a seed saver.
Zinnias are both a food source and a nursery for monarch butterflies.
As a companion plant, zinnias deter cucumber beetles and tomato worms.
Zinnias attract hummingbirds and beneficial insects.
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