Melaleuca is on of the most popular essential oils made by doTERRA. It is also known as “tea tree oil”. It is made from the leaves of the tea tree plant (Melaleuca alternifolia), a member of the myrtle tree family, which is native to Australia.
Melaleuca makes an ideal natural hand sanitiser. Studies have shown that it kills several common bacteria and viruses responsible for causing illness, including E. coli, S. pneumoniae and H. influenza.
The tea tree plant was highly prized by primitive Australian communities for its unique healing ability. Numerous aboriginal communities along the east coast of Australia have a long historical use of tea tree as an antiseptic for skin conditions. They simply crushed the tea tree leaves and applied it to cuts, burns and infections. Through modern distillation methods, manufacturers are now able to produce Melaleuca with a clear to very pale golden or yellow colour, and a fresh scent.
It is very easy to make your own moisturizing, all-natural hand sanitizer using Melaleuca. You simply need to apply 2 or 3 drops of Melaleuca with aloe vera gel, and run around your hands thoroughly. Alternatively, you could use a carrier essential oil such as Fractioned Coconut Oil.
To make your own hand sanitiser, you can us the following ingredients:
5 tablespoons aloe vera gel
4 tablespoons water
¼ teaspoon vitamin E oil
8–10 drops Melaleuca
2/3 cup rubbing alcohol (optional)
To make the DIY hand sanitiser, combine aloe vera gel and vitamin E oil in a bowl. Then add eight to 10 drops of Melaleuca to aloe vera mixture. After that, you should add water and mix well to combine. Simply then pour into container. You could equally use lemon essential oil instead of melaleuca, as it also works very well as a disinfectant.
This gives you your homemade hand cleanser that you can carry in your bag, car, or office … if you are leaving the house.