Homemade Hand Sanitizer With Thieves Oil

Homemade All-Natural Hand Sanitizer Recipe

I’m a big believer in hand-washing as the best way to ward off colds and the flu. If I don’t find myself in a place where I can wash my hands, then I’m glad to have this all-natural hand sanitizer made with aloe vera, witch hazel and Thieves Oil. It packs a big punch at crushing viruses while softening my hands and keeping them free from harsh chemicals.A more natural recipe for hand sanitizer using aloe, witch hazel, and Thieves oil that's soft on skin.

Since it’s well into cold and flu season you may have heard about Thieves Oil, an essential oil blend of clove, lemon, cinnamon, eucalyptus, and rosemary. The story behind this blend is that a band of fifteenth-century thieves remained in tip top health despite ransacking the riches from the graves of those who had died from the bubonic plague. When they were captured, they were traded leniency in their sentence for sharing the secret to their impervious health. So the legend of Thieves Oil was born.

Whether you believe the story or not, the benefits of essential oils in boosting immunity and countering germs is much more plausible. I personally prefer a homemade product over one filled with ingredients I don’t recognize and hand sanitizer is one of those products that I love to have a more natural version of. That being said, please recognize that essential oils are potent and can be harmful to some. Thieves Oil contains clove, rosemary, and eucalyptus oils which are not safe for use on small children. Use this hand sanitizer on grown-ups only, please. You can replace clove, rosemary and eucalyptus oils with lavender, sweet orange, and fir oils if you plan to use it around children six months and older (no essential oils are recommended for use with babies younger than six months).

You can buy a Thieves oil blend or make your own from this recipe.

Homemade Thieves Oil Recipe

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How to make all-natural hand sanitizerMakes 1 cup


DIY Hand Sanitizer recipe

Make it!

Mix witch hazel and aloe vera gel together well in a bowl. Add essential oils and mix well, then open the vitamin E capsule and empty that into the gel. How to make natural hand sanitizer at homeMix it all together well then use a funnel to pour it into a pump or other container (I found these Gotoobs that are perfect!).

homemade hand sanitizer with thieves oil

Shake well before each use. Squeeze a dime-sized amount on the palm of your hand and massage in. It will feel sticky at first but it will absorb cleanly in no time. Your hands will feel dry, clean, and smell terrific. This all-natural hand sanitizer should last several months with the addition of vitamin E to help preserve.A more natural recipe for hand sanitizer using aloe, witch hazel, and Thieves oil that's soft on skin.


About the Author : Stephanie RoseAn artistic gardener aiming to feed the body & soul through an urban potager garden & a community veggie plot in Vancouver.View all posts by Stephanie Rose

  1. Amy
    AmyFebruary 21,15

    does it have to be in a dark glass bottle? is plastic ok to put it in?

  2. Stephanie
    StephanieFebruary 21,15

    I think it’s fine in plastic, Amy. I used plastic for mine.

  3. Debora
    DeboraOctober 15,17

    Do you have any premise that I can purchase from you, thanks.

    • Stephanie Rose
      Stephanie RoseOctober 16,17

      Hi Debora, sorry, give away the recipes but I don’t sell the finished product. They are very easy to make though!

  4. Debora
    DeboraOctober 15,17

    Premade,sorry, autotext error.

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