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DIY Healing Skin Serum

Healing Skin Serum (1)

On my recent Essential Oils Q & A with Dr. Z I talked about a DIY anti-aging skin cream I used as a teen that really helped to heal my face after experiencing some chemical burns from store bought facial cleansers and creams. It’s one of the reasons my skin looks so young and healthy. It’s not something I like to brag about, but people usually think I’m in my 20s — even though I’m 38 years old!

So, today I’m going to share my recipe with you, as well as some tips for modifying it for your own use, and a story of how this helped my dad with some skin cancer on his hands.

My Dad’s Story

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My dad is a retired PhD agriscientist and farms as his life hobby. In addition to his full-time job, he has literally spent more than 40 hours per week in the garden since as long as I can remember. Basically, he lived outside during the growing season and sun time hours after getting home from work, and a lot of our family time was spent picking weeds and harvesting our produce. Now that he’s been long retired from the ag business, he’s still in the garden year round. I have him to thank for my work ethic, my green thumb and my sensitive skin!

You see, dad’s been bald for years now and he’s always had a problem developing cancerous lesions on his scalp. He goes through ball caps like my mom and I go through panty hose, but that still doesn’t keep all the sun away from his pale, Irish/Scandinavian skin. For decades, my dad has battled melanoma on his head and has recently developed lesions on his arms and hands.

During my dad’s most recent bout with skin cancer two years ago, he showed me the cream his doctor prescribed him and one of the side effects was cancer! Isn’t that crazy! I still can’t get over the insanity behind an anti-skin cancer cream causing cancer in other parts of the body. Blows my mind. Anyway…

Dad had pre-cancerous spots all over his arms and hands, and he was applying this cream on his skin for months after having several tumors removed. Unfortunately, this approach didn’t really help at all. In fact, the skin began to scale and resembled a candida infection when I saw him during his annual trip with my mom to visit me, Eric and the kids.

I asked him if he wanted to be healed and he said, “Of course!” I asked him if he’d be willing to try my DIY anti-aging skin cream and he said yes, but only if he could finish off the prescription stuff he was using. I said, “Fair enough,” and went to work!

I ended up making my dad 2 varieties of my anti-aging cream for him to try: 1 with lavender oil and another with lavender, tea tree and frankincense. He used both my cream and the prescription stuff for a short time and ended up only using my concoctions alone. Within 6 weeks, his hands and arms were completely clear and now he’s a believer in the power of DIY with essential oils!! šŸ˜‰

How to Use the Healing Serum

If you have something like eczema or dry skin it can help to nuetralize the PH of the skin and gentle exfoliate before using the cream. My favorite way to do this is to put some Bragg apple cider vinegar on a cotton circle (like you’d use for cosmetics) and gently wipe the area.

Ready to Modify the Healing Serum?

Dryness is the #1 cause of wrinkles, so we need to focus on hydrating our skin in a healthy way. This is why the recipe above works so well for anti-aging, but it also works wonders for sunburns and light eczema; which are also related to dryness. You could use it for just about anything though because it’s gentle and safe for any skin!

For bad eczema I like to cut back to 4 drops of lavender essential oil and add 2 drops each of frankincense and tea tree essential oils.

If you have other oils you’re wanting to use, or you think you might like to make up multiple blends you can make a large batch of the cream by just mixing the aloe gel and coconut oil in a 1:1 ratio, then for every one ounce (2 T) of the cream blend add up to 8 drops of essential oils of your choice. You can mix and match as desired!

Importance of Pure Aloe

Your skin is literally a sponge and will absorb the chemicals that are in your body care products. This is why I like to use only pure, non-toxic ingredients in my DIY recipes – especially aloe gel! Most aloe you’ll find on the market is laced with a lot of fillers and junk toxins, so be sure you choose a brand that is:

  • 100% Pure
  • Chemical Free
  • Inner Leaf Gel Only
  • Preservative Free
  • Free of thickeners, citric acid and sodium benzoate
  • Raw- no pasteurization
  • Not decolorized
  • Not deodorized

We like to get our aloe from Stockton Aloe 1. We know the owners and they’re good Christian people that we trust. Their sourcing is top-notch and their product is like something we’ve never tasted before. Seriously, we can drink a glass of this stuff a day – it’s so healing for the gut and entire body! If you want to try it out, don’t forget to let Dr. Michael Haley and team know that we said, “Hi!” šŸ˜‰

Mama Z's DIY Healing Skin Serum
 
This super easy to make cream can be used as a carrier for any of your favorite essential oils. It is very good for the skin on it's own, but even better with EOs!
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Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Blend the aloe gel, coconut oil and essential oils in a Magic Bullet or food processor until smooth.
  2. Once well mixed, store in a class jar or glass salve container in a cool place so the coconut oil remains hardened.
  3. Store in fridge or cool place, and enjoy at least once per day.
Notes
* No matter what allergies you may have, there's a carrier oil that's right for you. You can use any, or a combination of these: Avocado, Fractionated Coconut, Grapeseed, Jojoba, Sweet Almond.

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When treating allergies: use the above recipe and change out the 8 drops of essential oils for 2 of each: lemon, lavender, peppermint & tea tree

When treating colds: use the above recipe with any combination of 8 drops that includes any of these oils: lemon, lavender, peppermint, tea tree, eucalyptus, rosemary, thyme, oregano & sandalwood

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This post currently has 83 comments.

  1. Glenda B.
    March 15, 2017

    If treating allergies or a cold with this cream, where do you apply it & how often? Thank you & God bless.

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  2. Glenda Beckham
    March 15, 2017

    Since the above two recipes healed your dad’s skin cancer I was wondering if they would also work on some moles I have on my back? My doctor wants to surgically remove them but before I do that I want to try and heal them, get rid of them, with natures, Gods medicine first. Thank you for all the wonderful information you give us & for the great EO healing & more recipes. God bless you both.

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  3. Kathy
    February 12, 2017

    Is the aloe used in this recipe the same one you can drink?

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  4. Jan
    January 9, 2017

    This may be a crazy question but when you make the recipe to use for when you have a cold do you rub the cream on your chest? Or what do you do with it?

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    • Customer Support
      January 11, 2017

      You can rub it on both! šŸ˜‰

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  5. cher
    November 29, 2016

    I bought some that was labeled gelly I will see if that works.

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  6. Debby
    November 22, 2016

    I had to add a capsule of sunflower lecithin in order to get the mixture to emulsify at all, it just kept separating into a layer of coconut oil and a layer of aloe juice. This addition worked well and now it is a lotion.

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    • Customer Support
      November 23, 2016

      That’s awesome!

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  7. Dorie Thiessen
    October 27, 2016

    I just want to thank you for your work, your obvious love for people, and your endless patience. At some point, I want to be part of the work you do, but for now I just want to say thank you. I have been ravenous for all the things I am learning. It’s truly been a joyful journey so far!!

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    • Dr. Z
      October 27, 2016

      “Endless patience.” I’m quoting you on this and sharing w/ Mama Z immediately! šŸ˜‰

      You’re very welcome Dorie. Thank YOU for the kinds words and support!

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  8. Linda
    October 14, 2016

    In your June 3 post you mention not to consume too much aloe. That got my attention because I’ve been putting a couple of tablespoons of fresh (from the leaves)aloe in my smoothie thinking it is good for me and would help heal my digestive track. Is this a mistake? Thank you so much for all the information and posts.

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    • Dr. Z
      October 15, 2016

      That’s a good question because there’s not much research out there to give us “dosages” and some say that consuming raw, unfiltered aloe is dangerous.

      Personally, I have taken a few ounces of the aloe that I recommend above with great results. I think it boils down to the product and its purity.

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  9. Catherine
    September 28, 2016

    In the past I have seen a dermatologist for removal of seborrheic keratosis which are scaly brown patches on all areas of my body. I’m new to EOs, and before I schedule another appointment for removal of patches on my scalp, do you have any EO recommmendations for treating this condition? These are not a cancerous lesions.

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    • Customer Support
      November 28, 2016

      My apologies, but Dr. Z is legally prohibited from giving medical advice over email. He has, however, created a special Facebook group that can help as we have hundreds of members that are actively engaged in sharing testimonies of how they have overcome similar illnesses as yours. You can be part of it by joining his essential oil’s club here –> http://essentialoilsclub.info

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  10. Diane
    September 11, 2016

    Can I just use fresh aloe, from the aloe plant?

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    • Dr. Z
      September 11, 2016

      Sure, but the consistency of the recipe will be different. šŸ™‚

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  11. kaitlyn
    September 5, 2016

    Does this cream need to stay in the refrigerator?since, the aloe I have is kept in the refrigerator.

    Thank you!

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    • Dr. Z
      September 6, 2016

      Technically, yes, but we haven’t seen it go bad or spoil if you leave it out on the counter for a few days. The EOs are powerful anti-microbial agents…

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  12. Sheila
    August 27, 2016

    The results of a food sensitivity test I did recently identified ALOE GEL as something I need to avoid consuming. What ingredient can I use as a substitute? OR do U think I can safely use aloe gel on my skin?

    with gratitude
    Sheila

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    • Dr. Z
      August 27, 2016

      Hey Sheila,

      You may want to try applying some aloe gel on the back of your hand as a “skin patch test” and see how your respond. If you can’t use it because it causes an adverse reaction, then you can use vitamin E and A gel. šŸ™‚

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  13. Kathy
    August 17, 2016

    Hi, my son has a very severe case of psoriasis, the Dermatologist said it’s one of the worst cases she has seen! He is in terrible pain all the time and the itching is intense. As a mother and watching him suffer makes me feel horrible because there’s nothing I can do! His insurance company won’t cover alot of medications for it, please help him ! Any advice would be greatly appreciated!

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    • Dr. Z
      August 19, 2016

      Hi Kathy, have you tried this serum?

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  14. Amanda Rankin
    June 2, 2016

    I live in Panama and have tons of aloe vera growing in my yard. Can I use the fresh gel and skip the commercial stuff? I would never be able to get the aloe that you recommend down here. It seems like it would work fine.

    Thanks for answering oh so many questions from people.

    God bless you in all that you are doing.
    Amanda in Panama

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    • Dr. Z
      June 3, 2016

      Yes on the fresh gel. You just don’t want to consume too much of it, but topical should be just fine. šŸ™‚

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  15. Jodie
    May 30, 2016

    Do you have any suggestions for aloe substitutes? I am allergic to aloe ????

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    • Dr. Z
      May 30, 2016

      Vitamin A & E is very healing.

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  16. Shannon
    May 30, 2016

    This sounds like a great cream! Can’t wait to try it.
    Thanks Dr. Z and Mama Z!

    Would also love to prevent sun damage… was wondering if there might be a recipe for an all natural sunscreen in the works?

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    • Dr. Z
      May 30, 2016

      But of course! šŸ˜‰

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      • Wendy
        June 11, 2016

        Hi Dr Z. How is this still good for sunscreen if it coconut oil is one of the main ingredients. Would it be like frying out the skin when exposed to the sun? I am always looking for natural ways to take care of the skin and make my own body lotions with oils, but get worry when I step outside in the sun because I am not sure the oil is protecting my skin. Or are you guys testing out ways to come up with a natural sunscreen?
        thank you, šŸ™‚

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  17. Kathy
    May 22, 2016

    My daughter had to have several stitches in her back this week. Would this cream help her once she can get the stitches wet or would you recommend something else instead?

    Thanks!

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    • Kathy
      May 26, 2016

      Your comment is awaiting moderation. How long does it take to get an answer?

      Thank you!

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      • Dr. Z
        May 26, 2016

        Sorry Kathy,

        This website is a free resource and I have thousands of visitors each day stop on by and many leave comments. I have a small team help me, but I manage these comments on my own. Please be a little patient.

        Thanks!
        Dr. Z

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    • Dr. Z
      May 26, 2016

      Hello Kathy,

      Definitely contact her physician about any contraindications, but I if she were my daughter, I would wait until the stitches were out.

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      • Kathy
        May 26, 2016

        I was going to wait until the stitches were out. I just need to know if this cream would be beneficial, or is there something that would be even better. I just want everything to heal okay.

        Thanks!

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  18. Lesia
    May 18, 2016

    How long will this cream last in the refrigerator once it is mixed up. The reason I ask is because the website for the aloe, Stockton Aloe 1 states that the aloe is only good for 7-10 days before it starts going bad. I was wondering if once you make the recipe and keep it in the refrigerator does it last longer than 7-10 days. I want to make a larger portion so I can use the cream on other parts of my body as well.

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    • Dr. Z
      May 18, 2016

      Hi Lesie,

      I definitely defer to Stockton Aloe1 on this, but this recipe should last about 2 weeks. You’ll need to make a lot of it to last long. This recipe will go pretty quickly – at the most 1 week if you’re using it daily.

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  19. Kim
    May 15, 2016

    My son is battling really bad acne on his face, back, arms and chest (15 years old). Since using coconut & even trying jojoba oil with tea tree, frankensence and lavender (all therapeutic grade oils) it seemed to make it a lot worse (cystic looking). I have just started using Apple Cider Vinigar (Braggs) and then just adding tea tree without a carrier after the ACV and then using Aloe Gel (Lilly of the Valley) on top. Looks like it is helping a little (just started though) but worried about not using a carrier with the tea tree. Would it be safe to just mix the tea tree oil with the aloe gel and apply it like that with out a carrier oil or would the Aloe Gel be considered a carrier? We have also tried baking soda, which I’m not convinced that did much good.

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    • Dr. Z
      May 17, 2016

      Hi Kim,

      From my experience, acne can be largely remedied by lifestyle changes like a no sugar-dairy-grain diet, stress reduction techniques and proper hygiene.

      Hope this article helps as well–> http://drericz.com/4-essential-oils-for-acne/

      Praying y’all find the solution because I know what suffering from cystic acne is like as a teenager. It’s tough and I’m still acne prone so I have to be careful with everything that I do!

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  20. Gal
    May 8, 2016

    What about the preservatives in the jelly? Aren’t they toxic?

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    • Dr. Z
      May 8, 2016

      Hi Gal,

      We like to use Stockton Aloe, which is pure – no toxins. You can try it out here –> goo.gl/5SwTPW. šŸ™‚

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  21. Cheryl
    May 7, 2016

    Is the only difference between the gel and the jelly the thickness of the product? I was a bit concerned with all the ingredients in the Lilly of the Desert jelly. Thanks.

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    • Dr. Z
      May 8, 2016

      Hi Cheryl,

      So sorry, that was a typo! We recommend pure, raw aloe gel from Stockton Aloe 1. You can check them out here –> goo.gl/5SwTPW

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  22. Leslie Lajes
    May 7, 2016

    Hi. Thank you for all your wonderful information and EO recipes! Will this cream help with rough skin on heels?

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    • Dr. Z
      May 8, 2016

      Yes, it can do wonders for dry, calloused skin!

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  23. Carrie
    May 6, 2016

    Coconut oil unfortunately clogs my pores and causes breakouts on my face. What would you recommend as a substitute ingredient?

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    • Dr. Z
      May 6, 2016

      Jojoba and almond work well. šŸ™‚

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    • Dr. V
      May 29, 2016

      there is a scale for how comodogenic carrier oils are. Argan oil is one of the least. Coconut oil is pretty bad for acne.

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  24. Heather
    May 1, 2016

    I have a new bottle of “Aloe Vera Gel” that I haven’t opened yet (and I’ve never used this before as I have an aloe plant). It has a pump, so I’m wondering if the consistency would be right, as Mama Z mentioned using jelly, not gel. Can you comment, or will it be just trial and error for me? And thank you so much for your ministry in the world of health!

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    • Dr. Z
      May 8, 2016

      Hi Heather,

      So sorry! This was a typo! We recommend using raw aloe gel from Stockton Aloe 1 –> goo.gl/5SwTPW. Then, keep put the mixture in the fridge or in a cool place so the coconut oil can harden to give you the consistency that you’re looking for. Plus, if you’re battling a sun burn or inflamed skin, the cold cream feels wonderful!

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  25. Ann McFarlane
    May 1, 2016

    I recently made this cream for my hands. I am a Massage Therapist and my skin reacts to practically every kind of Massage Therapy oil, gel, lotion and cream not to mention the products that people put on their bodies. I have had really immediate results from this cream. It is so easy to make, I used the link to purchase the gelly and coconut oil on Amazon, I use it daily now, at home and at work. I want to Thank you Mama Z for posting this Amazing DIY anti-aging skin cream recipe, it’s changing my life for the better. God Bless You !

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    • Dr. Z
      May 8, 2016

      Awesome – Praise God! Thanks so much for sharing your testimony with us!! šŸ™‚

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  26. Tina
    April 30, 2016

    I have granular alanoma sp? On my skin. red spots but no itching. Had allergy tests.Dermatoligsts have no idea what causes it nor any cure. Any essential oils help for this? Thankyou

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    • Customer Support
      October 19, 2016

      Unless you know the root cause, it’s going to be hard to treat. The skin serum on the rash may help to treat the symptoms.

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  27. Kristina
    April 30, 2016

    Terrific article! Question about the proportions of lavender, frankincense and tea tree oils for skin cancer: Did you use equal proportions of these (to somehow make the 8 drops essential oil in the recipe), or more of one of the oils? My husband and I are very much looking forward to trying this recipe as we both have pre-cancerous conditions. We will first try the home-grown aloe vera in the recipe as we have hundreds of these plants growing along our fence here in Mexico and see and pray that we’ll get benefit and healing.
    God bless you both and your beautiful family!

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    • Customer Support
      October 19, 2016

      Wow! What a blessing to have the freshest aloe for your recipes!
      I would say more of the lavender and frankincense and less of the tea tree, if any at all. Tea tree is great for fungal stuff.

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  28. Frank Creamer
    April 30, 2016

    I recently had a skin cancer removed from my forehead (MOHS). It been 2 weeks since the surgery and the spot has not completely healed. One small area is still red and has a dry piece of skin forming. I was told all cancer was removed. I’m a little concerned about the spot. Do you think your cream will help with the healing.

    I’ve tried Frankincense and myrrh with Fragmented Coconut oil, but the spot remains. Can you help

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    • Dr. Z
      May 11, 2016

      Hi Frank,

      It’s interesting because frankincense & myrrh works for many people, but not EVERY person. At the end of the day, EOs can only do so much. If you’ve tried for a couple weeks with no improvement, then another strategy should probably be employed. šŸ™‚

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  29. Beverly Brown
    April 30, 2016

    Any recommendations of what to put on eczema around your eyes?
    Coconut oil is what it am trying.Dermatologist have not helped.

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    • Dr. Z
      April 30, 2016

      Hi Beverly,

      All eczema approaches are the same, however, any intervention around the eyes must require EXTREME caution. I recommend against using EO therapy around your eyes unless the guidance of a trained professional…

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  30. Trish
    April 29, 2016

    I have rosacea on my face I have tried coconut oil with teetrea but didn’t help any advice? Thankyou and bless you

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    • Dr. Z
      April 30, 2016

      Hi Trish,

      Unfortunately, there’s isn’t an oil for anything and rosacea is a tough one. Any of the anti-aging oils can help. http://drericz.com/4-essential-oils-ageless-skin/

      And consider frankincense as well this skin cream…

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      • Robin
        April 30, 2016

        Going wheat-free can help with rosacea. Perhaps you could try it for a couple of weeks or so to see if it helps?

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      • Beth
        May 30, 2016

        I had Rosacea on my face and used pure essential Frankincense for 1 month. The Rosacea has never returned, and this was before I knew to change my diet and learned that Roasacea really begins in the gut!

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        • Dr. Z
          May 30, 2016

          Wow, what a testimony! Praise God for your healing and for figuring out the ROOT cause! Great job!

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    • pPaPaptt
      April 30, 2016

      I have had rosacea for 10 years and found that a product called TEGAROME by dr Valnett really helps to keep it under control.Using BLACK CUMIN OIL also helps a lot

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    • peggy
      May 19, 2016

      I had rosacea for many years. I began taking lots of chlorophyll tablets for something else and my skin cleared up too. I also have more success with olive oil for softening my face instead of coconut oil which seems to just sit on my skin and not be absorbed.

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      • Dr. Z
        May 20, 2016

        Thanks for sharing Peggy!

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  31. Sabrina
    April 26, 2016

    Thank you for the wonderful Q & A session on Facebook. I’m not on Facebook, so I really appreciate you both adding the link to it on your site. You are such a light for Jesus. You radiate Him through your beauty, both inside and out. šŸ™‚
    I have a question re this lotion. Have you ever used Frankincense on your face? If so, can I add 8 drops of this in stead of the Lavendar? Or a combo of both perhaps? Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks again for all your hard work in sending out the ‘Good News’ about essential oils.

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    • Dr. Z
      April 27, 2016

      Hi Sabrina,

      Yes, we use frankincense on our face regularly, and you can use any combo that you’d like. Have fun and mix different oils for sure! Just make sure it’s a safe, therapeutic grade and be sure to dilute. šŸ™‚

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  32. jenny
    April 25, 2016

    i have an aloe plant is the gel from it not good for this formulation? i could keep it in the fridge to preserve? thanks so much for your generosity!!!

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    • Dr. Z
      April 27, 2016

      Yes, that could work. Although the gel you purchase from a manufactured typically filters the aloe to make sure only the best chemical constituents remain. My friend Dr. Mike Haley talks about this here –> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KIvmLaSoaa0

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    • Mama Z
      April 30, 2016

      In addition to Dr. Z’s comment, the other thing that I have found is you need the consistency of the jelly not the gel in this recipe. If the mixture is too thin it will separate or never quite gel especially in cooler weather climates.

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      • Cher
        November 18, 2016

        I don’t understand what I am doing wrong. I blend and blend and blend but it never blends. The coconut and the Aloe Vera gel stay separated. Is there a Aloe Vera Jelly?

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        • Dr. Z
          November 20, 2016

          Hi Cher,

          What kind of aloe vera gel did you purchase?

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          • cher
            November 26, 2016

            Lily of the Desert Aloe Vera Gel

             
          • Dr. Z
            November 26, 2016

            Hi Cher,

            Just not the same quality, but Lily of the Desert can work for topical applications. Definitely cannot use it internally, though. –> http://amzn.to/2gsOjhS

             
          • cher
            November 26, 2016

            I bought LIly of the Desert Aloe Vera Gel. And I checked out the Stockton web site but I only see jugs of the Aloe Gel drink and it is $93. I can not afford that.
            Thanks for a the work you and your wife do.

             
          • Dr. Z
            November 26, 2016

            Hi Cher,

            Just not the same quality, but Lily of the Desert can work for topical applications. Definitely cannot use it internally, though. –> http://amzn.to/2gsOjhS

             
          • cher
            November 26, 2016

            I sent a reply but now I don’t see it so I’ll do it again. It was Lily of the Desert gel. I looked up the one you recommended but they had the drink and it is too costly for me. Any other recommendations?

             
          • Dr. Z
            November 26, 2016

            Just not the same quality, but Lily of the Desert can work for topical applications. Definitely cannot use it internally, though. –> http://amzn.to/2gsOjhS

             

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