Remedio Casero: Holistic Homemade Hand Sanitizer Recipe


For many of us with mamás or abuelitas from Latin America remedio caseros, or home remedies, were a regular part of life.  My mother made her own homemade cough syrup that included onions, honey, lemon and something green left sitting in a jar for a day before using. My grandmother used to mix together some concoction that my father AND she used to use to restore hair growth. I don’t remember what was in it but is smelled very STRONG and sadly, for my dad, it just wasn’t effective.  There are remedio caseros out there for asthma, anemia and any number of ailments.  I remember having to take some very smelling oil based concoction to prevent colds and flu.  I was a very healthy kid so it seems to have worked.

While I believe in Western medicine, I still turn to remedio caseros or holistic solutions whenever possible. I do believe they work. So I was very excited when I discovered a homemade hand sanitizer recipe from Dr. Lawrence Rosen co-author of Treatment Alternatives for Children: Reduce Serious Side Effects with Natural Equivalents to Conventional Remedies for Common Childhood Ailments.

With cold-and-flu season coming up and with back-to-school here already – where many teacher’s lists include hand sanitizer – it’s a great natural alternative to the conventional products.

Homemade Hand Sanitizer

Ingredients:
• 3 oz. filtered water
• 1 tsp. aloe vera gel
• 10 drops cinnamon essential oil
• 10 drops clove essential oil
• 10 drops rosemary essential oil
• 10 drops eucalyptus essential oil
• 20 drops lemon oil

Instructions: Mix ingredients in a 4-ounce spray dispenser, and shake gently. Spray on children’s hands, and teach them to massage the spray into their hands for 30 seconds. The result is a natural, chemical free, hand sanitizer to keep germs at bay.

EXTRA TIP FROM THE DOCTOR

Sometimes getting sick is unavoidable. So if a cold or flu does strike, to help alleviate the symptoms faster Dr. Rosen recommends using Sambucol (black elderberry extract). Dr. Rosen explains that researchers have found that influenza patients treated with elderberry recover four days faster, on average, than those not receiving treatment. Elderberry is safe for children two years or older – which means less missed school days when your children are recovering from the flu.

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  1. Yadira
    Aug 28, 2012 - 12:05 PM

    Love it. I am bookmarking this so I can buy the ingredients and do it at home. Thanks!

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  2. Isabel Garcia
    Aug 28, 2012 - 01:39 PM

    Thank you for sharing this natural hand sanitizer recipe. I always carry some form of hand sanitizer when I am away from home.

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    • Nora Diaz Bretherton
      Aug 28, 2012 - 04:57 PM

      Your welcome! I always carry hand sanitizer too and I love homemade products whenever possible, especially when it easy to make. -Nora

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  3. Sujeiry
    Aug 28, 2012 - 04:30 PM

    This is awesome! I am going to bookmark this for when I have my own place. I love having people over and entertaining. Unfortunately, people over means germs, germs, germs! This will help. Maybe I can have them in different tables when I have cocktail parties.

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    • Nora Diaz Bretherton
      Aug 28, 2012 - 04:59 PM

      That’s a great idea! A few strategically placed, cute looking, bottles to entice them. Thanks! – Nora

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  4. Comiendo en LA
    Aug 28, 2012 - 07:41 PM

    Such a great idea for me and for gifts! I would try to make it and I will tell you 😉

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    • Nora Diaz Bretherton
      Aug 28, 2012 - 10:10 PM

      Definitely let me know! And gift idea, wow, I hadn’t event thought of that but its a great idea!! Thank you:) -Nora

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  5. Ilse Giselle
    Aug 28, 2012 - 08:22 PM

    Awesome! I had no idea this could be made at home! I’m all for remedios caseros.

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    • Nora Diaz Bretherton
      Aug 28, 2012 - 10:13 PM

      I’m all for them too:) Thank you! -Nora

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  6. Melissa Reyes (Miz Meliz)
    Aug 28, 2012 - 10:01 PM

    This is a great idea! Sounds easy too!

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    • Nora Diaz Bretherton
      Aug 28, 2012 - 10:13 PM

      It’s really not difficult. Please let me know if you make it:)

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  7. Alejandra
    Aug 29, 2012 - 12:12 AM

    Que buena opción! Excelente para evitar los químicos de los antibacteriales comerciales.

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  8. Uchi
    Aug 30, 2012 - 01:02 PM

    I loved the idea!

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    • Nora Diaz Bretherton
      Aug 30, 2012 - 02:44 PM

      Thank you!

      Reply
  9. nina
    Aug 30, 2012 - 07:00 PM

    WOW, i am going to have to make this!! a natural hand sanitizer!!!

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  10. Jimmy
    Jul 22, 2016 - 12:55 AM

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