With latest news about the severity and timing of flu this
season, fighting bacteria and viruses is on almost everyone’s mind. We see bottles of chemical hand sanitizer selling like hot cakes at the checkout counter. We also see antibacterial hand soaps in schools, offices, homes … just about everywhere. But are these products the safest way to stay healthy?
Anti-bacterial products you see on most shelves contain a chlorophenol chemical compound Triclosan. It is an endocrine disruptor and likely interferes with normal functioning of your thyroid hormone and estrogen. It’s associated with allergies and can become contaminated with dioxin, a known carcinogen. No good; right? So what about those waterless "instant" hand sanitizers?
Alcohol-based “instant hand sanitizers” contain the active ingredient ethyl alcohol and a list of inactive ingredients lending to a “High Hazard” ranking in the Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep database. These inactive ingredients contain toxins such as methylparaben, synthetic fragrance and diazolidinyl urea.
Surely we don’t want these products on our largest organ – our skin – whereby they are absorbed quickly into our cells.
But we do need protection when we are out and about. It’s simply not realistic to wash with pure soap and warm water as often as needed to avoid a powerful enemy like the flu. Really, who runs to the rest room to wash following every cough or sneeze? Moreover, you’d need to carry your own natural soap with you!
Thankfully, there is an alternative; one you can make yourself with a blend of essential oils including sweet smelling cinnamon.
An article in The New York Times (”Cinnamon Oil Kills Bacteria”) came to the conclusion that cinnamon oil has potent antiseptic properties. http://www.nytimes.com.
In the Times story, a group of surgeons found that a solution made with cinnamon essential oil killed a number of common infections, like streptococcus and MRSA. The solution was as effective as widely used antiseptics – yet natural. This was not the only study of its kind. In
fact, another study by French researchers in 2008 had similar results, proving that cinnamon essential oil was effective against Staphylococcus, E. coli and several antibiotic-resistant strains of bacteria.
The New York Times article noted that even one New Jersey pediatrician recommends homemade hand sanitizer containing essential oils (including oils like cinnamon & clove) over those toxic hand cleaners on the market. Kids are especially sensitive to the chemicals found in those instant hand cleaners and antibacterial soaps!
Now you can research recipes and blend together all of the powerful germ fighting oils, but at Josiah’s Oils we have done that for you. We have selected the finest organic essential oils known to fight bacterial, fungi and viruses and blended them so that you need only to add water. This is called our Germ Fighting Blend. Not only is it easy, but is saves money too – our blend works out to be
just about $1.00 or less per ounce! You can rest assured that your kids are not routinely absorbing toxins. One warning, people will stop you to ask what that great smell is you’ve just sprayed on your hands.
Check out the Germ Fighting Blend at www.JosiahsOils.com.