Two winters ago, when our daughter was eight, she got sick. First norovirus, the bug that can shut down cruise ships made the rounds through her classroom, which then morphed into pneumonia. She didn't get vertical for almost two weeks, and when she did, she weighed a frightening 43 lbs and slept eighteen hours at a stretch. Even scarier, she was developing a fear of germs and recurrent sickness. We decided to finish out the school year at home, and get her healthy, both physically and mentally.
Because we were already using organic essential oils to mix up our Hoffman's Natural bug spray, we turned to these same resources to get our girl out of bed and back into the world. We developed our germ-fighting room and surface sprays, researching the ingredients, and blending to come up with the Original Fresh Scent and later, Holiday Woods.
We picked organic witch hazel and tea tree oil for their renowned antiseptic, antiviral and antifungal properties. Lemongrass and key lime give the spray the fresh scent, and both have the reputation for their natural abilities to cleanse and disinfect. Our organic key lime is also steam distilled, instead of cold-pressed, which means it doesn't create the negative photosensitive skin reactions many citrus oils can. Since this spray can be used in place of soap and water as a hand sanitizer, this was important to us. Organic spearmint and clove oils are more of the natural antibacterial agents, and also invigorate the senses. Finally, we added lavender, because what can't this hard-working essential oil do? It is aromatic, calming, and cleansing, all in one.
The happy result is our Hoffman's Natural Organic Germ-Fighting Room Spray, in Original Fresh Scent!
How To Use:
People typically buy several bottles of this versatile spray--one for the house, the car, school and the gym bag. Safe and effective at cleaning countertops, yoga mats, linens, dog beds, stinky shoes and sports gear, door handles and even in place of soap and water as a hand sanitizer, this uplifting spray can combat bad smells and germs in the air and on a multitude of surfaces.
Oh, and the happy post-script to the personal inspiration behind the spray, that little girl who was so sick and couldn't get out of bed? A year later, our daughter is thriving--happy, healthy and fearlessly taking on the world!