DIY Healing Skin Serum
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
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!! 😉
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!
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!” 😉
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
Safety & Contraindications
When it comes to drug interactions and contraindications, there are literally textbooks devoted to the study of essential oil safety, and I must defer to the chemists, pharmacists and experts who understand this complicated topic more than I.
With that said, as a trained researcher and doctor, I think it’s important to note that there is virtually no research out there discussing how essential oils interact with drugs in human clinical trials. Essentially, what this means is that essential oil safety is still a wild frontier in the science community and no one really knows (for certain) how essential oils will interact with drugs or your body.
Let common sense be your guide. Still, be sure to maintain proper dilutions, and general safety considerations still apply. As always, discontinue use if any adverse reactions occur and consult your physician immediately.