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Homemade Herbal Antibacterial Spray

Homemade Herbal Antibacterial Spray

New research is proving that the old folk recipes using herbs and essential oils to kill germs, such as those used by 14th century doctors during the Black Plague, were based on good science. Many essential oils, such as the oils of lavender and thyme, are more antiseptic than phenol, the industry standard. Research is also showing that antibacterial plant oils may not cause drug resistance as could be the case with common chemical disinfectants.

The essential oil-based spray below, leaves a lovely, clean scent. It is a good choice to use for misting your cutting board after use.

Lightly Lavender Antibacterial Spray

1 cup water
20 drops pure essential oil of lavender

Pour the water into a spray bottle. Add the lavender essential oil and shake to blend. Spray on the surface and let set for at least 15 minutes, or don’t rinse at all.

Makes: 1 cup spray

Shelf life: Indefinite

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11:26PM PST on Feb 28, 2014

Thanks for sharing.

10:54AM PST on Feb 25, 2014

Absolutely love it. No top of that, lavender is my favorite. Will be using it often. Don and WE CAN! :-))

1:48PM PST on Feb 23, 2014

Very useful information.

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7:36AM PDT on Jun 1, 2013

Thanks for sharing...another good tip for using my favourite lavender :-)

5:03AM PDT on May 31, 2013

Befriend with our environment

7:10AM PDT on May 10, 2013

Thank you for sharing.

12:04PM PST on Mar 9, 2013

love great non-toxic ideas, thank you!

7:32AM PDT on Jul 10, 2012

Thanks for the info.

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