I sell essential oils to go with the diffuser jewelry I make. My favorite parts of this business are hand making the ceramic jewelry and interacting with my customers with fairness and integrity. My least favorite part is the myths, lies, and misinformation about essential oils. Amazon removed more than a million products last week for misleading health claims about Coronavirus. So let me state clearly that there is NO current scientific evidence that essential oils can prevent or cure Coronavirus.
Over the years, I've had to tell quite a few customers with cancer that I won't sell them frankincense oil—they've been mislead by false claims that it's a cure. Instead, I suggest essential oils known to help with relaxation, sleep, or fighting nausea, and tell them to follow the advice of their doctor. I know it's hard to feel like we can't control everything and I don't believe that Western medicine has all the answers, but I also know that lots of individuals and big corporations are ready to make money off of our panic and wishful thinking.
Essential oils are powerful and potent substances that have been used for centuries. Research shows that some essential oils do exhibit antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, and antiseptic qualities. And current scientific research indicates that some essential oils may be effective at fighting drug-resistant bacteria. But there is no current research proving that any essential oils have anti-viral properties. Some essential oils (tea tree and eucalyptus are examples) may help sooth the symptoms of viruses, like a cold or the flu, but that doesn't mean they will keep you from catching a virus.
If you can't trust a business to be honest with you about something as important as your health and safety, do you really trust them to be offering a high quality, pure, and safe product? Instead of wasting your money or possibly endangering your health and safety by following unscrupulous advice, follow the recommendations of experts and wash your hands frequently and thoroughly, using soap and hot water. Use hand sanitizer if soap and hot water are not available. Avoid close contact with people who are sick, sneezing or coughing and avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
Clean Your Hands
When I delivered today's orders at the post office, I opened the door and then almost immediately caught myself scratching an itch on my nose. Luckily, the counter held three huge hand sanitizer bottles. Doctors say soap and hot water are more effective at preventing viruses than hand sanitizers, and commercial hand sanitizers have some scary ingredients, but what do you do when you're out and about and soap and water aren't available and the shelves are empty of hand sanitizer? You can use this recipe for homemade hand sanitizer and have it as a backup if the better options aren't available.
Super Simple Homemade Hand Sanitizer
Note: The CDC says store-bought sanitizer is preferable to homemade because it has the right combination of ingredients in the right proportions, so use that if possible. But if your store is out, this recipe is something you can use as backup when away from soap and water.
What You Need
Rubbing alcohol (99% isopropyl alcohol)
Aloe vera gel*
Tea tree or lavender essential oils (optional)
A small (1 to 2 ounce) spray bottle or other container
*If you can't find aloe vera gel, use jojoba oil, fractionated coconut oil, or grapeseed oil.
What You Do
Fill your bottle or container two-thirds full with the rubbing alcohol. If you're using essential oils, add in 10-12 drops of oil in total (more is not better and could be irritating), and then fill the rest of the bottle with aloe vera gel. Spray or squirt the sanitizer into your hands, thoroughly rub it onto the fronts and backs, and then let it dry—do not wipe it off!
You can find essential oils and diffuser jewelry in my Etsy shop: