From rose to aloe vera to lemon balm, plants contain high-performance substances. Used in many beauty recipes, some, thanks to their moisturizing and antibacterial properties, can also allow you to make a 100% natural disinfectant gel.
Aficionados of natural products are aware that plants are endowed with a thousand and one virtues. Used for centuries, these gifts of nature are extremely appreciated in cooking, in traditional medicine, or in cosmetology. For good reason, the many properties that allow them to establish themselves as true health and beauty allies.
Care with plants
At a time when more and more people are aware of the health and ecological impact of chemicals, many are turning to mother nature’s offerings. In this sense, herbal medicine provides solutions to relieve many ailments through the power of plants. If the latter is only complementary to the treatments of classical medicine, it nevertheless represents an excellent alternative in cosmetics.
To have dense and silky hair or to provide skincare, these treatments with natural active ingredients are capable of enhancing us. Nettle helps purify the scalp, castor oil helps stimulate nail and hair growth, lemon is an outstanding lightener, wheat germ oil has anti-aging effects and witch hazel is full of astringent and firming properties.
To take care of yourself, there is no need to spend a fortune on overpriced creams with sometimes questionable compositions. You just need to know the right products to transform yourself into a modern day biologist.
Shampoos, conditioners, masks, moisturizers… So many cosmetics that you can make at home with the assurance of using only healthy products that are safe for your well-being and that of the planet. And the disinfectant gel is no exception to this rule! In the absence of an available water point, it is an excellent alternative for washing hands.
Homemade antibacterial gel recipe
To prepare your natural disinfectant gel, you will need:
- A 30 ml spray bottle
- One teaspoon of 70-degree alcohol
- 2 tablespoons of aloe vera gel
- A teaspoon of vegetable oil (olive, sweet almond, avocado, argan, etc.)
- 10 drops of tea tree essential oil
- 5 drops of lavender essential oil
In a bowl, start by mixing the alcohol and essential oils. Then pour in the vegetable oil and aloe vera gel and mix a second time. Finally, transfer your preparation to your spray bottle. Your homemade antibacterial gel is ready! If you need to clean your hands and you do not have soap and water available, you just need to place a small dab of this gel in the palm of your hand and rub for 20 or 30 seconds until they are completely dry.
Why does it work?
Thanks to its antibacterial and antiseptic properties, tea tree essential oil will help you get rid of germs that get lodged on your hands.
Lavender essential oil, also known for its antiseptic and antibacterial properties, will give you a very pleasant feeling of freshness.
The vegetable oil will help dilute essential oils that should never be applied alone to the skin. It will also provide more softness and hydration.
Aloe vera gel will help nourish and hydrate your hands. It is also rich in saponins, natural molecules with cleaning, and antiseptic properties.
Finally, for a disinfectant to be effective, it must contain between 60 and 80% alcohol, as chemist Normand Voyer recalls.
Precautions for use
It is not recommended to apply this gel to children under 3 years of age. This preparation can be stored for two months away from heat and humidity.