Wash your hands first but if you can't then sanitize. However, with nearly every store and online retailer are out of sanitizer. Not to worry, we can make our own!
2 tbsp Isopropyl alcohol (70-90%) OR high proof vodka like Everclear
2 tbsp Aloe gel OR Glycerin
10-20 drops Essential Oils
In a mixing bowl, add isopropyl alcohol (or Everclear), aloe gel (or glycerin), and 10-20 drops of essential oils. Mix with a spoon and funnel the mixture into your spray bottle. Shake and spray!
Isopropyl alcohol OR Everclear is the disinfectant
Aloe gel OR glycerin is the moisturizer (alcohol is very drying to the skin!)
*If you do not have aloe gel or glycerin, using isopropyl alcohol/vodka and essential oils is fine. Follow up with lotion as alcohol will dry out your skin*
Thieves oil is my favorite for cleaning and disinfecting. Thieves is a blend of cinnamon, clove, eucalyptus, lemon and rosemary. There are stories and legends about this blend of oils that date back to the Bubonic Plague.
If you do not have thieves oil, use any oils you have on hand! Some individual and combinations below:
Lavender - blends well with rosemary and tea tree
Rosemary - blends well with lavender, frankincense and lemon
Lemon - blends well with grapefruit and rosemary
Tea Tree - blends well with lavender
Grapefruit - beautiful on its own or blends well with lavender, rosemary, frankincense
Frankincense - blends well with lavender, rosemary, grapefruit and lemon
***COVID-19 Disclaimer: This hand sanitizer is NOT a substitute for proper hand washing. This home remedy does contain commonly-accepted natural antiviral ingredients AND it has never been tested in a lab to determine it’s efficacy against viruses such as COVID-19. Please continue to wash your hands multiple times per day for a minimum of 30 seconds.
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Here is a great recipe for natural inflammation relief for the joints, lungs, bowels etc. Been reading studies and reports about the Corona Virus (Covid-19) and anti-inflammatory OTC (over the counter) medicines, so wanted to provide something that could be a benefit-- again USING FOOD AS MEDICINE!
Makes 1 serving (about 12 ounces)
∎ 1⁄2 cup blackberries or black raspberries (or 1 tablespoon black raspberry nutritional powder)
∎ 1⁄2 cup citrus or tropical fruit (e.g., tangerine, orange, mandarin, papaya, mango, guava, apricot, nectarine, etc.)
∎ 1 large collard green leaf
∎ 1⁄2-inch knob ginger root, fresh
∎ 1 leaves kale, large
∎ 1⁄2 cup pomegranate seeds (or 2 ounces pomegranate juice)
∎ 1-inch knob turmeric root, fresh (or 1⁄2 teaspoon ground turmeric)
∎ Water, for taste and texture
Directions 1. Place all ingredients into a high-powered blender. Pulse blender a few times, then blend until desired consistency is reached
Now a warning- seeds are not for those with Crohns disease or other similar GI ailments. Please be aware of what is being advised out there and ingest what is safe for you. There are a lot of "snake oil" salesmen out there right now-- research and be sure before you use anything out of the norm.
Makes 1 serving (about 12 ounces)
½ cup Concord grapes
1 cup dark leafy greens (e.g., arugula, collard, kale, spinach, etc.)
2 to 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil (varieties such as pique, coratina, koroneiki, etc.) ½ to 1 teaspoon turmeric, ground n 1 medium orange, peeled (optional)
1. Place all ingredients into a high-powered blender. Pulse blender a few times, then blend until desired consistency is reached.
Smoothies can be a great complement to your food plan and can help to make ‘food as medicine’ delicious and nutritious. Basic guidelines for building smoothies are below. You will find examples from each category from which to choose when building your smoothie. Your healthcare provider may also indicate specific recommendations for you, or may direct you to one of the condition-specific recipes included in this handout. Add the ingredients in the order suggested below, and blend all ingredients until your smoothie is the right consistency for you.
1/4 cup ice cubes (optional)
1–2 tablespoons ground flax
2 tablespoons protein
1-2 cups whole vegetables
1/2 cup fruit
2–4 ounces unsweetened juice (optional)
4–6 ounces base liquid (optional)
Base Liquids Brew one quart of strong tea to use as a base for your smoothies. Base liquids can be made from different herb combinations, either from commercially-available tea bags or home-brewed from bulk herbs. When using bulk teas and herbs, simmer herbs in two quarts of hot water for 10-15 minutes, then cover and turn off the stove. Allow to cool for 20 minutes before straining and discarding the loose tea. Use the herb tea mixes indicated below.
Ashwaganda root, powdered – 1 T Lemon balm leaf – 2 T
Cinnamon (fresh), ground – ½ t Rosemary (fresh), chopped – 1 T
Elder berries, dried – 2 T Slippery elm bark, powdered – 1 T
Green tea, loose – 4 T Turmeric (fresh), ground – 1 t
Hawthorne, dried – 2 T White willow bark – 2 T
Base Liquids (cont.) When using commercially-available teas, brew as directed and let the tea steep 10-15 minutes. Let cool for 20 minutes, before discarding the bag. Examples of brands you might choose include Good Earth, Mighty Leaf, Numi, Pukka, Traditional Medicinals, Tulsi, and Yogi. Use the type of teas indicated below.
Green tea Nettle tea Licorice tea Other
Once your tea and herb mixture is brewed, place 4 to 6 ounces of the mixture in a blender. Store the remaining liquid in the refrigerator for 7 to 10 days.
Juices Choose an unsweetened, pure 100% fruit juice. Place 2 to 4 ounces of the chilled juice in the blender. Examples of juices to use are:
Cranberry juice Pomegranate juice Dark cherry juice
Purple grape juice Orange juice Other
Fruit Add ½ cup of unsweetened fruit (preferably organic) to the blender. Avoid processed fruits containing added sugars, sweeteners, or syrups. Types of fruits to include are:
Apple (or unsweetened applesauce) Peach Banana Pear
Berries (blackberries, blueberries, raspberries, Pineapple strawberries, etc.)
Mango Melon Other
Vegetables Next, add a cup of any seasonal leafy greens or other whole vegetables of your choice. Types of vegetables to include are:
Avocado Mint leaves Beets Zucchini Cucumber Other
Dark leafy greens (chard, kale, spinach, etc.)
Protein Add to the blender one of the following sources of protein:
Protein powder (e.g., Pro-greens, Whey powder – 2 T,UltraClear Plus, UltraInflamX, MediClear, Whole oats, soaked overnight in milk (almond, dairy, UltraMeal, etc.) – 1 scoop soy, etc.)
½ c Nut butter (almond, cashew, etc.)
1 T Yogurt or kefir (soy or dairy)
½ c Soy powder – 2 T
Flax Seeds Add 1 to 2 tablespoons of ground flax seeds (or flax meal) to the blender. Store extra ground flax seed or flax meal in fridge for up to 3 to 4 weeks.
Ice Add ¼ cup of crushed ice to the blender if you like your smoothie cold.