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Although news of Ebola has been dominating the headlines, there is currently another nasty outbreak circulating the United States. Since August, enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) has caused clusters of respiratory disease in the US with over 690 people affected. As of this writing, five children have died.
This is not something to take lightly and is reason enough to start doubling up on the frequency of handwashing and the use of hand sanitizers. This includes adults, of course, but also children who seem especially at risk.
According to Wikipedia:
EV68 almost exclusively causes respiratory illness, and varies from mild to severe. Initial symptoms are similar to those for the common cold, including a runny nose, sore throat, cough, and fever.
As the disease progresses, more serious symptoms may occur, including difficulty breathing as in pneumonia, reduced alertness, a reduction in urine production, and dehydration, and may lead to respiratory failure.
In addition to the copious use of hand sanitizers, there is something else you can do to potentially ward off a virus; you can create an easy to use anti-viral spray using readily available essential oils and witch hazel. With assistance from contributing author Rebecca Schiffhauer, here is how to create your own DIY Antiviral Sanitizing Spray.
Nature’s Antiviral Sanitizing Spray
One of the most valuable benefits of pure essential oils is their ability to kill a virus. Yes, you heard that right KILL a virus and, without side effects mind you! This reason alone makes essential oils universally beneficial for all mankind because our bodies battle bacterial and viral infections daily. Additionally, more virulent strains of bacterial infection like MRSA are growing increasingly resistant to antibiotics. But here’s the kicker…
Traditional prescription antibiotics cannot kill a virus, did you know that? However, our ever generous planet offers us a superhero solution to the complex health hazard of antibiotic resistance – essential oils. It’s so simple it’s almost unbelievable but it’s true, spend some time with Google and learn for yourself because I love validation!
Now that school is back in full swing so are microbes that make us very nervous, namely Enterovirus D68. Tis the season for enterovirus related illness especially contagious in schools. This virus isn’t new but the strain showing up this fall is spreading rapidly and that IS new. Enterovirus D68 is a big worry for children with compromised respiratory systems ie: asthma, chemo patients, infants.
After reading many articles, a common preventative is to wash hands often especially in public places like schools, stores and public transportation. “Store bought hand sanitizers are not enough”. This comment was made on national news last night. Not a good choice anyway, many contain triclosan which the Environmental Protection Agency has listed as a pesticide.
Let’s get serious and put pure essential oils to work instead. They’re portable, strong enough to kill a virus and they can protect your family safely, responsibly and effectively.
In my experience, a small spray bottle is the best application to take with you or send with your kids. Glass or PET plastic spray bottles are widely available and affordable. However, you can add antiviral EOs to Naked Salve or a roller bottle if that’s your preference!
Nature’s Antiviral Sanitizing Spray
- Witch Hazel
- 3 drops Oregano
- 20 drops Shield Protection Blend
- Pinch of salt (emulsifier)
- 1 oz. glass or PET plastic spray bottle
Add essential oils to empty spray bottle, top off with alcohol free witch hazel and a pinch of salt. The salt acts as an emulsifier but this is optional. If you decide against adding salt to emulsify, shake bottle gently before each use.
Author: Camp Wander
FYI – I made sure this blend wouldn’t be a problem for little hands that rub their eyes. I tried rubbing my eyes after sanitizing my hands and all was well, no burn from Oregano or Shield with cinnamon and clove in it!
Good news! Everything in Nature’s Antiviral Sanitizer can be used to fight infection should you or a loved one succumb to Enterovirus D68. I will suggest two additional essential oils however: Melaleuca to assist Oregano (watch how) and, Respire Respiratory Blend in case an infection goes to the lungs. Respire can be inhaled or diffused to help open up airways.
The Final Word
Over the past year, I have had some amazing results using essential oils in lieu of over the counter remedies. My favorite uses are in a healing salve (see DIY Miracle Healing Salve) and in a rollerball bottle when combined with a bit of fractionated coconut oil.
That said, as always, seek medical attention for any sort of serious illness or when you have symptoms of a high fever, persistent cough, or unbearable pain. A diy anti viral spray is great for prevention but nothing is a substitute for professional medical care for more serious matters.
If you cannot get essential oils or have decided they are not for you, remember that hydrogen peroxide and rubbing alcohol both have major disinfection properties. Here is a link to my post “8 Best Essential Oils For Disinfecting and Cleaning” for even more information on using essentials for homemade sanitizer and disinfection spray.
White vinegar and a spray bottle are also worth mentioning as an easy solution when looking for a basic diy disinfection spray. White vinegar is anti bacterial and thus makes a good food safe anti bacterial spray for cutting boards and other food prep surfaces. The odor dissipates quickly just in case you might be concerned about that.
For more information about the basics of hand sanitation, be sure to also read Survival Basics: Hand Sanitation For Good Hygiene.
Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!