Sunday, October 7, 2012

germ gel, naturally...

School has just begun for us which means a wealth of new germs...and germ gel.  My son and I have sensitive skin and tend to react to chemicals, so the daily dose of antibacterial germ gel at school will not work for us.  Aside from sensitive skin being an issue there are many studies involving triclosan, the main ingredient in antibacterial soaps, gels, wipes, toothpastes, deoderants, etc., proving it to be an endocrine disruptor, advancing the age of puberty by suppressing thyroid hormones.

According to the FDA, "Animal studies have shown that triclosan alters hormone regulation… Other studies in bacteria have raised the possibility that triclosan contributes to making bacteria resistant to antibiotics. In light of these studies, the FDA is engaged in an ongoing scientific and regulatory review of this ingredient."

Triclosan is now being found in human breast milk, blood and urine as it is stored in the fat for long periods of time.  It also combines with chlorine in our water to form the carcinogen chloroform.  Antimicrobials contaminate the environment and further contribute to the increase in resistance of pathogens to antibiotics.  Aside from being used in surgery or in a hospital setting, antibacterial soaps are proven to be less effective against germs than a thorough washing with regular soap and water.  After researching homemade germ formulations I came up with this natural gel that is actually more effective than antibacterial gel containing triclosan, with no side effects.  Chemical antibacterial gels also target both harmful and beneficial bacteria...don't kill the good bugs, we need them! 

Humble Kitchen Germ Gel

1/2 Cup Aloe Vera Gel (100%, good quality)
1/2 Cup Witch Hazel
2 Tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar (raw, organic and unfiltered-Braggs!)
2 tsp Vegetable Glycerin
15 drops Tea Tree Oil
5-10 drops Lavender Essential Oil

*Whisk all ingredients and pour into a bottle with pump or spray top.


WHY?...

Aloe Vera Gel- skin hydrator, calming, soothing agent
Witch Hazel- astringent, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antibacterial, antifungal, and anesthetic properties
Apple Cider Vinegar- effective germ killer
Vegetable Glycerin- moisturizing and soothing
Tea Tree Oil- analgesic, antibacterial, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antiparasitic, antiseptic, antiviral, deodorant, fungicidal, immune stimulant
Lavender Oil- Analgesic, antibacterial, antidepressant, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antiseptic, aromatic
 

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