(Jasper, age 14, is one of the youngest members of the Earth to Body family. He is an avid reader and writer and has a particular fondness for plants, animals and team sports. We asked Jasper to share with you, once again, a favourite Earth to Body product.)
First, let me note that the All Purpose Sanitizer is one of my favourite products to date and I use it frequently. The main bunch of ingredients in this product form the powerful and legendary Thieves oil* blend of Clove, Lemon, Cinnamon, Eucalyptus, and Rosemary. This concoction has been used for over six hundred years, arising during the Bubonic (Or black) Plague which nearly wiped out Europe and Asia in the mid-1300s. It gets its name from the thieves dressed as plague doctors who robbed the dead and dying, using the oil in their beaked masks to protect them from the presumably airborne disease. Thieves oil has an endless array of benefits and properties, including boosting the immune system, being diluted and used on wounds and skin issues, such as warts and even shingles pain!
The oil gives off a strong, spicy, and rich aroma, vastly different from the harsh, toxic smell of most commercial disinfectants and cleaning products. A great additional ingredient Earth to Body adds to their sanitizer is Manuka, which hails from Australia and New Zealand and although it doesn’t give off a strong smell like the other oils it has great medicinal benefits. Manuka oil soothes irritated skin, combats body odour, is anti-fungal, anti-bacterial and anti-histaminic (cells damaged in allergic or inflammatory reactions).
But what exactly do I most commonly use the All-Purpose Sanitizer for? I utilize its properties most commonly as an odour neutralizer, everywhere from my shoes or socks to my bathroom or dirty laundry. To me, the sanitizer smells like fall and although it's terribly hard to explain, its aroma reminds me of baking, spices and dew covered leaves. This is possibly because the clove has the strongest smell of all the oils in the concoction.
Then comes the sanitizer aspect of this product of course. I often walk through the spray before a basketball or volleyball game just for the scent and pleasant feel but also on to my hands and feet after. The anti-bacterial and fungal properties of the sanitizer are very powerful for killing germs and also preventing infections, both the essential oils in the Thieves oil and the manuka working together to thoroughly disinfect and clean both skin and household materials and of course, it’s all-natural!
I just can’t help but feel naturally clean after using this wonderful product, and I hope you will enjoy it as much as I do.
* We make our own blend of Thieves Oil from scratch
~Jasper (Age 14).