Natural Antibacterial Gel You Can Quickly Make At Home
Natural Antibacterial Gel You Can Quickly Make At Home by: Jessica W for Off the Grid News
Flu season has arrived, and we find ourselves taking extra precautions to ensure we are not the next victim of the cold and flu viruses spreading around our communities.
Perhaps we increase our vitamin intake or even obsessively wash our hands. While those are easy to do around our homestead, many of us reach for an antibacterial gel. But that’s probably not the best idea.
The Problem With Store-Bought Antibacterial Gel
Each spring our local elementary hosts a science fair. There is usually one project investigating the effectiveness of antibacterial gel versus traditional hand washing. A quick glance at the petri dishes confirms that traditional hot soapy water does the job just fine. Even the FDA has banned certain ingredients in commercially manufactured antibacterial soaps and alcohol-based gels. One controversial component now banned in soaps by the FDA is triclosan. Triclosan has been linked to thyroid problems and increasing resistant strains of bacteria. Manufacturers have until the fall of 2017 to reformulate their antibacterial soaps; however, antibacterial gels are exempt from this ruling.
Nature, though, has provided all we need to combat viruses and bacteria. From medicinal plants grown in our herb gardens to essential oils curated from the best sources, creating our own antibacterial gels and sprays to use when we are away from home, or when we need an extra layer of protection after coming in contact with those suffering from illness, is a simple process and requires few ingredients.
Here are several ways to do it …
The Best All-Natural Ingredients To Use
Grown in containers, rosemary is useful as a seasoning and as a garnish for savory dishes, but it has several medicinal qualities, as well. Rosemary is antibacterial and anti-viral. Preparing an infusion of fresh rosemary creates a non-toxic alternative to commercially produced antibacterial gels. Using a one-to-eight ratio of fresh rosemary to distilled water in a stainless steel pan, bring the water to a simmer, and then cover and remove from heat. Let the rosemary steep for 20 minutes. The infused water, when cooled, can be transferred into a spray bottle for convenient applications. It also can be added to foaming solutions of castile soap, adding a layer of antibacterial protection.