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20 Antiseptic Herbs

Although these plants by themselves won’t be sufficient to make an effective natural hand sanitizer, they will however be able to give your sanitizer formulation an antimicrobial boost.


Dill (Anethum graveolens)Essential oils, Phellandrene, limonene, anithofuran

Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus globulus)Tannins, Polyphenols, Terpenoids

Garlic (Allium sativum)Allicin, Ajoene, Sulfoxide sulfated Terpenoids

German Chamomile (Matricaria recutita)Terpenoids, Flavonoids, Coumarins

Gotu kola (Centella asiatica)Terpenoids, Asiaticoside

Greater burdock (Arctium lappa)Polyacetylene, Tannins, Terpenoids

Mangosteen (Garcinia mangostana)Xanthone derivatives, Mangostins

Neem (Azadirachta indica)Triterpenes, Azadirachtin

Onion (Allium cepa)Allicin

Peppermint (Mentha piperita)Terpenoids, Menthol

Peppers (Capsicum annuum)Capsaicin, Terpenoids

Roman Chamomile (Anthemis nobilis)Terpenoids, Flavonoids, Coumarins

Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis)Essential oils, Terpenoids

Sacred Fig (Ficus religiosa)Tannins, Saponins, Flavonoids, Terpenoids

St. John’s Wort (Hypericum perforatum)Anthraquinones, Hyperecin

Tarragon (Artemisia dracunculus)Caffeic acids, Tannins, Terpenoids

Tea (Camellia sinensis)Flavonoids, Catechin

Thyme (Thymus vulgaris)Caffeic acid, Terpenoid Thymol, Phenolic alcohol,Tannins, Polyphenols, Flavones

Valerian (Valeriana officinalis)Essential oils, Terpenoids

White willow (Salix alba)Salicin, Tannins, Phenolic glucosides

*You can try using lavender, rosemary, thyme, sage, manuka essential oils too for their antiseptic properties.

Disclaimer: this post is for home-use only and has not been tested for efficacy.

Reference: Khanam, S. & Asfar, Z. 2013. Herbal Disinfectants: A Review.

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