Shield Yourself: DIY Hand Sanitizer

Handrails. Doorknobs. Drinking fountains. Bathrooms. Refrigerator doors. Shopping carts.

We touch things everyday that hold unseen germs, and this time of year when illness rates increase due to more indoor hours and tight quarters, we essentially need a Shieldto ward them off.

Enter Shield Hand Sanitizer.

Whether you like a liquidy spray or a gel-style sanitizer, these DIY recipes are quick and easy to make.

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1-oz Glass Spray Bottle

1 Tablespoon Aloe

10-15 Drops Shield

Combine Aloe and Shield in a 1-oz spray bottle and fill to the top with water (distilled if possible, but not necessary). Shake and spray as needed.

Shield Gel Sanitizer 

2-oz PET Squeezable Bottle

1/4 Cup Aloe

15-20 Drops Shield

Fill bottle 3/4 of the way full and add 15-20 drops of Shield Blend. Slowly add small amounts of water (distilled preferred) and shake until desired consistency.

There you have it! Quick to make and easy to take everywhere you go: school, the office, family trips, or just around the house.

Do you make your own hand sanitizer? Comment below with your go-to recipes, oils, and ingredients. We want to hear from you!

~The Spark Team~

Top 5 Ways to Shield Your Family

They lurk in door ways and restrooms. They are on the playground, at the store, even at church *gasp*. No one can escape their grasp, but there is hope. For generations people have been resisting their clutches, and now you can, too.

With school back in session, and cooler weather on the horizon, SHIELDing your family-young and old-is as important as ever.  Legend has it that in 15th century England during the time of the great plague, grave robbers developed their own blend of Clove, Cinnamon Bark, Lemon, Eucalyptus, and Rosemary to protect them while robbing the plague victims. Fast Forward 600 years. With our modern blend of pure oils, here are the top 5 ways you can Shield yourself, loved ones, and community one drop (or spritz) at a time.

  1. Aromatic Diffusion: Something “in the air”? Diffuse a few drops of Shield in bedrooms, bathrooms, and other main living areas throughout the house to purify the air and allow the protective blend to enter the body’s airways. Also great for the car, office or classroom.zaq-dew-diffuser
  2. NEAT on the Feet: For preventative care, apply to the feet nightly (dilute for young or sensitive skin). When sick, apply diluted every few hours until symptoms subside. Using Base Salve, make your own Shield Salve for easy use on children and while traveling.
  3. Surface Cleaner: In a glass or PET spray bottle, combine 10 drops each of LemonShield, and Refresh, and fill to the top with distilled or purified water. Shake and spray your kitchen (and bathroom) surfaces clean!IMG_4464
  4. Sore Throat? Try this: Dilute and rub Shield onto your neck every few hours until symptoms subside. Also try gargling in one drop Shield in 4 oz. water every few hours to clean and soothe sore throats due to a Cold, Strep, Flu, etc.
  5. Hand Sanitizer: In an old hand sanitizer bottle or squeeze bottle of your choosing, combine 2 Tablespoons Aloe gel, 6 oz water, and 20-25 drops of Shield. Use when soap and water aren’t available or convenient (camping, school, dining out, etc.)img_3670

Now get out there and give it a try! Keep those icky-sick germs at bay and your friends, family, and community Shielded.

SAFETY

Dilute for young and sensitive skin-salves and roller bottles are a great way to have diluted blends on-hand. Use cautiously during pregnancy, always err on high dilution. Consult a doctor or Naturopath before using Shield if living with an autoimmune disease (such as Multiple Sclerosis) due to its immune-enhancing nature. Stop use if any adverse reactions occur.

On Guard & Shield? See The Difference – It’s More than Price:

If you use the popular On-Guard Essential Oil Blend, read this article to see why you should give Spark Naturals’ Shield Blend a try – and it isn’t just price that factors in – Here are the details:

Our Wellness Starter Kit for Your Natural Medicine Cabinet

Spark Natural’s Get well starter kit is essential during cold and flu season. Be ready for whatever this winter season brings. This kit can help boost your family’s immune system, purify the air, disinfect surfaces, and help relieve cold symptoms.

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Refresh: Cleansing Blend

With the invasion of chemicals in our homes, more and more people are moving back toward less toxic cleansing agents. Refresh is Spark Naturals proprietary blend of 100% pure essential oils of Citronella, Cilantro, Melaleuca, White Fir, Lemon, Lime & Wild Orange, with no added carrier oils.  It is designed to eliminate contaminates from coughs, sneezes, dirty hands, bug bites or even food germs naturally from the air or any cleanable surface.  Refresh has a cleansing aroma which will quickly take care of any unpleasant odors naturally.

Reviews

“This is my go to blend if I want a clean and refreshing scent in the room. I take this along with my oil diffuser whenever I travel. For a more calming effect, I mix a couple drops of Lavender.”-Mari

Posts about Refresh Blend

Why Refresh Blend?

10 MORE Ways to us Refresh

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Respire: Respiratory Blend

Spark Naturals Respire blend is a great source of protection during flu season and congestion in general. The cold winter months force most of us indoors where we live work and socialize in close proximity with others who may have cold and flu germs. This blend of Peppermint, Melaleuca, Eucalyptus, Rosemary, Lemon and Clove may help in protecting against common germs. In addition to helping with Cold & Flu symptoms, this blend was formulated and may help with the common respiratory issues such as congestion.

Reviews

“I have been using this oil for over a year now and I still love it. My whole family is now using it. It works great to relieve sinus pressure and some headaches that are associated with sinus pressure. It works similar to Vicks vapor rub, but I think this works better. I just put a drop under my nose and it works instantly. I actually carry it in my purse because I use it so often. Wonderful product.”-Christina

“I ordered this oil because I had the Doterra “Breath” that was gifted to me as a gift. These oils are so similar and work for my asthma attacks. I like the price and no commitment that Sparks Naturals have. I love the smell of this oil. I also like it in the respire stick. I have both products.”-Naddie

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Melaleuca

During World War II, soldiers and sailors were issued Melaleuca essential oil as part of their kit, to treat topical infections and infected wounds. “Tea Tree” oil has over 92 different compounds and many, many uses. Melaleuca is highly purifying and can aid in clear breathing as well as clear and healthy complexion. It is one of the most powerful immune stimulant oils and helps fight infections of all kinds. Melaleuca has a strong effect on environmental threats because of its purifying qualities and is often used on skin irritations to soothe the skin. Melaleuca can also clear abscesses, acne, burns, herpes, oily skin, athlete’s foot, cold sores, blemishes, deeper rash, sunburn and infected wounds.

 

Reviews

“I or someone in the house can start to get sick and I immediately start drinking this in my water and diffusing it in the air. I myself don’t become sick. Works every time.”-Texas Pam

Posts about Melaleuca

Melaleuca (Tea Tree)

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Shield: Protective Blend

These days protecting yourself and your family is more important than ever. Spark Naturals is pleased to present this ancient blend. Legend has it that in 15th century England during the time of the great plague, grave robbers and thieves developed their own blend of Clove, Cinnamon Bark, Lemon, Eucalyptus, and Rosemary to protect them while robbing the plague victims. This potent blend only contains the essential oils and no carrier oil, so be sure to dilute before topical use.

Reviews

“If you use oils, this one is a must have for your arsenal. This shield essential oil blend is meant to keep you healthy even when cold and flu germs are all around you.….. I’ve used it diluted in some coconut oil with a few drops of the shield essential oil blend and dabbed it on my neck and arms. No reaction of any kind.”-Amanda M.

“We love Shield! The blend smells amazing and is great for so many things. I love to diffuse it during the fall and winter months. It’s also good for sore throats, colds, and illness-prevention. Excellent choice for your natural medicine cabinet.”-Jessica

Posts about Shield Blend

Top 5 Ways to Shield Your Family

Shield Yourself: DIY Hand Sanitizer

OnGuard & Shield? See the Difference

Precautions for all oils

Keep out of reach of children. Possible skin sensitivity-dilute and check blend ingredients before use. If pregnant or nursing, please consult with your physician before using. Always avoid contact with eyes.

~The Spark Team~

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Pampered Holiday DIY

It’s that time of year again! Shorter days and longer nights means more time together indoors. Emotions run high (or low) and tight quarters breeds germ city. Last year we shared a calming play dough and diffuser decor DIY, so this year we thought we’d add a few DIY gift ideas to the list! With all the craziness the holidays and colder weather can bring, take time to breath, meditate, and spend time together in harmony with these following suggestions-but first, a little bit about the essential oils used. We chose these specific oils not only for their scents, but for their calming, uplifting, and/or immunity properties.

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Calming

Bliss Blend a proprietary blend of Lavender, Sweet Marjoram, Roman Chamomile, Ylang Ylang, Sandalwood and Vanilla used to ease stress and anxiety as well as to help calm the body enough to sleep.

Zen BlendA masterful grounding blend of spruce, rosewood, blue chamomile and frankincense designed to promote clarity, calmness and an overall feeling of good and peace.

Lavender– Historically been used to clean and help heal wounds and burns, to repel insects, to calm and soothe emotions, to recover from minor illness, to address skin complaints, to relieve headaches, and to wash laundry, as well as in perfumery and cooking.

Holiday Inspired Room Spray

Uplifting

Wild OrangeA favorite among cosmetics, perfumes, soap and detergent manufacturers for its amazing smell, anti-fungal and antidepressant properties. Wild Orange and citrus oils are used in aromatherapy to invite and create feelings that are calming and happy.

Peppermint Great for mental fatigue and depression, renewing the spirit, and stimulating mental agility and improved concentration.

Rise BlendA blend of Tangerine, Lime, and Eucalyptus Essential Oils with a sweet fresh scent.

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Immunity

FrankincenseAids in healthy cellular function, combats major illness, speeds recovery of wounds, aids in feelings of relaxation, and reduces the appearance of skin imperfections.

MyrrhCan help with bronchitis, colds and coughs along with meditation and enhancing spiritual mood. It is often mixed with lotions, creams or carrier oils to treat wounds, athlete’s foot, cracked skin, acne or other skin ailments

ShieldLegend has it that in 15th century England, during the time of the great plague, grave robbers and other thieves developed their own blend of Clove, Cinnamon Bark, Lemon, Eucalyptus, and Rosemary to protect them while robbing the plague victims. Today this blend is great to fight off illnesses like colds and flus. 

CloveHas a spicy, pleasant aroma and is valuable for relieving respiratory and digestive problems.

Luxurious Lipbalm

The Holidays can be stressful, so while making these fun gifts for your family and friends, remember to keep some for yourself. You deserve it.

~The Spark Team~

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Cold & Flu Kit

This year the Flu is spreading like crazy! I’m pretty sure it’s made the rounds through every work place and school across the nation in record numbers. Thank goodness for inexpensive/budget friendly NATURAL remedies, am I right? I can’t tell you how many people I’ve recommended this kit to, but I love it! Not only does it have the oils I need, but they come in a convenient case. I toss it into the diaper bag, car, purse…pretty much everywhere we go for an extended period of time this kit comes, too. While some might be turned away from a kit because it has the “smaller bottles”, because you only use a few drops at a time, this kit is perfect for your winter/illness needs. Each 5ml bottle contains roughly 100 drops of oil, which will fill many capsules and several roller bottles.

Cold & Flu Kit

Oregano (origanum vulgare): Part of the Labiatae family, Oregano is considered an analgesic, antibacterial, anti fungal, antiviral, antiseptic, and anti-inflammatory and is often called “natures strongest antibiotic”. It is often used for viral and bacterial infections, as well as respiratory issues and muscular pain. Considered a “hot oil”, Oregano is one of the strongest oils on the market and should be used cautiously. After 10 days of straight use, take at least a 10 day break before using again. Best avoided if pregnant/nursing or on multiple medications. {Oregano pdf}

Melaleuca (melaleuca alternifolia): Also known as “Tea Tree”, Melaleuca is from the Myrtaceae family and is often used for acne, athlete’s foot, canker/cold sores, hives/rashes, and of course cold and flu. It is also great for laryngitis, bronchitis, lice,  and sinusitis. Melaleuca is considered to be antibacterial, anti-infectious, fungicide, antiviral, antiseptic, decongestant and anti-inflammatory. It is also generally considered safe to use with children 2months and older.  {Melaleuca pdf}

Shield (Protection Blend): The legend has its roots in 15th century England during the time of the great plague. Grave robbers and thieves developed their own blend of Clove, Cinnamon Bark, Lemon, Eucalyptus, and Rosemary to protect them while robbing the plague victims. This potent blend only contains the essential oils and no carrier oil. Dilute before applying topically.

Roller Bottle: When filling a roller bottle, add drops of essential oils to be used first, then top off with the desired carrier. For kids and most skin-types, Fractionated Coconut Oil (FCO), Rosehip Seed, or Sweet Almond carriers are recommended. Dilution depends on the age and size of the person to be using the roller. Err on the side of caution and use less if you are unsure. The younger the child, the more diluted the oil should be. *Caution: Some essential oils may interact with the Roller Fitment causing an increased flow of oil or the roller ball to fall out. Avoid using with citrus and frankincense essential oils (singles or blends). Before each use, test the roller ball to make sure it is securely in place. Please exercise caution with each use and avoid using product around the eye area.

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Flu Bomb Capsules

Veggie or Gel Caps

2 Drops Shield

1 Drops Melaleuca

1 Drop Oregano

Add oils to capsules and take every 4-6 hours until symptoms improve, not to exceed 10 days. (For Adults)

Flu Bomb Kid Roller

5ml Roller Bottle

2-5 Drops Shield

1-3 Drops Melaleuca

1 Drops Oregano

5ml Carrier Oil 

Add essential oils into the roller bottle and top with carrier. Rub on bottoms of feet and up the spine every 6 hours until symptoms improve (not to exceed 10 days).

*Some people also like to add Lemon to their Flu Bomb-because our Shield blend is made with Lemon instead of Wild Orange, we excluded it from the above recipes.*

How do YOU like to keep your family well during times of sickness? We’d love to hear in the comments below.

~The Spark Team~

Acquaint Yourself with Cinnamon EO

Apple spice cake. Pumpkin pie. Mulled cider. Cinnamon rolls. Snickerdoodles. What do they all have in common? Cinnamon!

Cinnamon is a deep, rich spice typically associated with winter, cold, and the holidays therein-and for good reason! It is warming, can help with circulation, and can fight illness like a champ. So why limit it’s use to ciders and cakes?

 

From the same family as Cassia, Laurel (Bay), and Ravensara, Cinnamon Bark Essential Oil (cinamomum zeylanicum) is considered antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral, and a stimulant. Diffused, cinnamon cleanses the air and infuses it with a pleasant, stimulating aroma. Emotionally, Cinnamon has been known to encourage a receptive and open mind.

Fog Buster Diffuser Blend

2 drops Peppermint EO

2 drops Cinnamon EO

1 drop Rosemary EO

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Oftentimes when we think of a stimulant we think of a pill or mega caffeine, but what we tend to overlook is that it is also synonymous with tonic and restorative. Blends including Cinnamon (such as Shield and Dream) can help restore healthy cells, improve blood sugar levels, and overall boost the immune system in a natural and powerful way.

One drop packs a big punch! When cooking, one drop is the equivalent of 1 teaspoon of dried spice. In a blend, one drop per teaspoon of carrier oil or 4 oz water (or more) is usually enough.

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*Cautions: Due to Cinnamon’s strength and heat, it may cause extreme irritation to eyes and skin USE WITH CAUTION AND CARE. Not recommended for pregnancy or nursing.

~The Spark Team~

Kick the Cough

I don’t know about you, but lately it seems like everyone is sick-the kids, the neighbors, school class, coworkers…everyone. It hits fast and hard and then lingers for weeks. The coughing, hacking, and sore throats seem endless. While the fever has gone away, and energy is returning, the hacking cough still remains. The kids can’t miss THAT much school (nor can you miss THAT much work) so what can be done? Whip up a batch of these soothing cough drops and head out the door in confidence.

 

When choosing herbs and oils to use in the cough drops, it is important is use ones that will help reduce inflammation and are antibacterial/antiviral so as to not only treat the symptoms but the cause as well. That’s why for today’s recipe we chose Peppermint, Chamomile, and Lemon/Wild Orange herbs and essential oils. Pure, raw honey itself also has many healing properties including antibacterial, antiviral, cough suppressing, and is overall immunity boosting.

Homemade cough drops

1 T Chamomile (or one teabag)

1 T Peppermint Leaves (or one teabag)

6 oz  Boiling Water

¾ C Raw Honey

1 T Coconut Oil

2-4 Drops Lemon or Wild Orange Essential Oil

To Make: Steep peppermint and chamomile in boiling water for 8-10 minutes. Strain and pour into a medium saucepan (to avoid boil over). Add honey and coconut oil and cook on medium heat until boiling mixture reaches 300*F. Check with a candy thermometer or by dropping a droplet into cold water (will instantly harden when ready, carefully watch because it WILL burn if left at 300* too long). Let mixture cool for 5-10 minutes (until its syrupy) and add essential oils. Drop by small spoonfuls onto parchment paper and let cool. Dust with slippery elm bark or cornstarch and store in an airtight container.

To Use: Use one drop as needed to sooth sore, itchy throats, and coughing.

Note: Dropping by spoon is a bit less messy, but the lozenges are not uniform. Use a small silicon mold or hand form if you want uniform shapes. To take on-the-go, wrap individual drops in small squares of parchment paper.

Can’t stand peppermint? Try a drop of spearmint essential oil instead. Don’t have the herbs? Try a few drops of Shield in the honey/coconut mixture! With so many healing oils and herbs available, the flavor combos are endless. What’s YOUR favorite combo? Tell us below in the comments! Happy healing!

~The Spark Team~