Every year there is a fifth “season” everyone dreads: Flu Season. This year has been particularly rough with 34 million+ having got the flu this season, but also with the emergence of the Coronavirus. This virus has made its way from China to more than 100 locations globally at a rapid rate, with more than 1,300 cases now in the United States alone.
This should not cause panic.
There are preventative measures you can take that have been laid out by the CDC, as well as additional steps you can take, like adding CBD with its antibacterial properties into your daily routine, to “stack the deck.”
CLEAN YOUR HANDS
In addition to avoiding close contact and staying home when you are sick, the most important step you can take in the battle against the Coronavirus – and any other illness – is to clean your hands often. Make sure to wash your hands for at least 20 seconds with warm water and soap at any opportunity.
However, there are times when soap and water is not readily available. Make sure to not touch your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands. Even when your hands are clean, it is best to still limit the amount of times you touch your face. This is the fastest ways for germs to spread. Instead, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer to kill roughly 99.9% of germs. This is so easy to do and can help keep virus germs away!
A homemade CBD Hand Sanitizer can be a powerful addition for day-to-day hand cleaning. The CDC recommends using at least 60% alcohol in your hand sanitizer. To use, cover all surfaces of your hands and rub together until they feel dry and the sanitizer is rubbed in.
DIY CBD Hand Sanitizer
- 2 parts 99% rubbing (isopropyl) alcohol
- 1 part 100% pure Aloe Vera gel
- 3 full droppers of 1000mg CBD tincture drops OR 6 full droppers of 500mg CBD tincture drops
- Optional: a few drops of essential oil (i.e. lavender, lemon, eucalyptus) for smell. If you have not used essential oils before, test a drop in a small dollop of carrier oil (i.e. coconut or olive oil) on your skin before use to ensure no allergic reaction.
Mix all ingredients in a bowl with a clean spoon (make sure to keep pure alcohol away from your skin). Carefully pour the mixture into an empty liquid soap bottle or hand sanitizer bottle.
*Keep in mind that hand sanitizer, of any kind, may not be effective when hands are visibly dirty or greasy.
WHY ADD CBD TO YOUR SANITIZER?
Cannabidiol (CBD) is constantly being researched in order to discover and learn more about its many benefits. There have been studies in which scientists are finding out how CBD can fight against bacteria, with potencies similar to that of antibiotics that are already established. They have found that it is effective against gram-positive bacteria, specifically. Because of its many benefits, the addition of CBD to your hand sanitizer will give it an extra boost of fighting power against germs and bacteria!
Also, because of the amount of alcohol in hand sanitizer, it has to potential to dry out hands leaving them chapped or cracked. CBD helps to nourish, hydrate and regulate oil production in your skin, so the addition of CBD in hand sanitizer can help to maintain smooth skin. For an added layer of moisture protection, you can follow your hand sanitizer with a CBD hand cream to leave your hands feeling soft.
A POWERFUL ADDITION
As always, hand washing is the most effective, but the addition of CBD in your hand sanitizer can help fight bacteria, support your immune system and help protect your skin.
Even if you do not make your own CBD hand sanitizer, you can still incorporate CBD in other ways to your daily routine in order to reap the benefits. By using products like CBD tinctures or CBD capsules, you can help support your immune system and compliment your wellness routine. For those that might have anxious feeling about the germs around them, the use of CBD gummies or CBD bath bombs can promote a sense of calmness and balance mood.
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