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We know the
answer to why we use hand sanitizer, because of course the sheer convenience of
throwing a little bottle of cleanser in your purse or your desk drawer gives a
sense of cleanliness and safety from all the those little germs that pack a nasty
punch these days!
Since our skin is our largest organ of the body and we know
that it can absorb lotions, potions and toxic substance, why wouldn’t we pay more
attention to what we put on it? The controversy lies with whether or not toxic
substances can be absorbed right into the bloodstream through topical
application of products. Some say not, but even so, reconsider why you would
apply a toxic substance onto your skin when we know for certain that it will be
absorbed at least into the dermal layers?
Here’s some food for thought on the issue of “to” or “not to”
use hand sanitizers. A few years ago I took my blood requisition into the lab,
as my family physician was having my liver enzymes tested. When I sat down, the
technician made a startling comment to me about how they (that lab, specifically)
had recently received many requisitions for liver enzyme analysis on children and
that it was connected to the over use of hand sanitizer. Now this information was relayed to me in a casual
conversation but it made me rethink all of those dirty little bottles of fruity
scented hand sanitizers that my girls have brought home from birthday party
loot bags as well as the ones I have purchased myself over the years.
As with a lot of things….hand sanitizer may serve its purpose pertaining
to medical uses, but from one average parent to another….is this something we
should be more aware of? You Bet!! And by the way, it is also my opinion that nothing
beats a good old fashion scrub with the warmest water and a bar of soap. There
are many essential oils that have anti bacterial properties and often now, I
will mix those into a mini spritzer bottle of filtered water and use that for
almost everything! This has to be my favourite multi-purpose item. Lavender,
lemon and tea tree oils go a long way. And remember, we (especially) our
children DO need to be exposed to SOME bacteria or we will never develop our immunity
to the germs that we will encounter later.