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Mama Z’s Oil Base

Oil Base

When I was pregnant with my oldest, Esther, I put together this recipe to use on my pregnant and postpartum body. I combined some of my favorite ingredients based on their certain benefits. I used raw organic coconut oil for the anti-fungal & antibacterial properties; sweet almond oil because it was a great carrier that wouldn't affect the essential oil scent I planned to add and it's great for the skin; jojoba oil because it permeates the dermis of the skin deeper; vitamin E for its awesome skin repair as well as to help keep the collagen & elastin bond tight behind the skin.

My Favorite All-Purpose Base

You can add essential oils as you use the base to fill dispensers in your home. Use 1-2 drops for every one ounce of the mixture. Depending on the climate it may go back to a solid or semi solid state so you can easily apply the same method that I use to melt the coconut oil above.

This mixture worked wonders for keeping our baby's skin nourished. I applied it to her skin daily, even on the days we didn't bathe. I love this for babies all the way up to adults!

Mama Z's Oil Base
 
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Instructions
  1. Allow the coconut oil to turn to a liquid. Set in a warm place (76 degrees or higher) and depending on the climate this could take 1-2 days. You do not want to get this mixture too warm or it will destroy the natural antifungal and antibacterial properties that you get from a raw organic virgin coconut oil. I have used a space heater to heat a room to 80 degrees or the top of my gas stove while everything is off to gently warm my oil.
  2. Use a large cooking pot and mix all the ingredients together.
  3. Store in quart size mason jars.

Safety & Contraindications

Are you sure you're using essential oils safely and effectively? Are you confused by dilutions and conversions?

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Essential Oil Roller Bottle Dilution Guide

When it comes to drug interactions and contraindications, there are literally textbooks devoted to the study of essential oil safety and, 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. This means 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.

Nonetheless, properly diluting your essential oils is fundamental to safety and effectiveness because they are highly concentrated plant compounds. To help you along your journey, I have a created an easy-to-use dilution guide that you can download for FREE to make sure that all of your topical applications are safe and effective for the entire family. 

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As with as medicine and natural therapies, this is only a guide and be sure to discontinue use if any adverse reactions occur and consult your physician immediately.

 

 



This post currently has 39 comments.

  1. Wendy
    February 22, 2017

    When I out just coconut oil on my face as a moisturizer, it really broke out. If it is mixed with the other 2 oils recommended, while those react in some way that may prevent the break out? Can I make it with just the 2 oils. What a another one for the 54 oz. size? Thanks,
    Wendy

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  2. JuLee
    January 17, 2017

    This is a huge amount of product. Do have a smaller amount of Mama Z’s Oil Base????

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    • Dr. Z
      January 19, 2017

      Just cut the recipe in halves or quarters to fit your need. 🙂

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  3. Linda
    January 13, 2017

    Is the 54oz by weight?

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    • Dr. Z
      January 19, 2017

      Yes, like a 54 oz container.

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  4. Heather
    October 18, 2016

    Is there another oil I can sub for the coconut? I love to cook and bake with it but it makes my skin break out when applied topically, face and back.

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    • Heather
      October 18, 2016

      Oops forgot to say I have almond, apricot and jojoba. Looking for an oil that is very low on the comedogenic scale.

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    • Customer Support
      October 19, 2016

      Absolutely! Any of the oils you mentioned having are good options. That’s the thing about carrier oils… you can choose whatever you’d like!

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      • Heather
        October 24, 2016

        Thank you so much!

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  5. Dee
    September 14, 2016

    I had gastric bypass surgery and have a lot of loose skin on my arms and face. Is there a good recipe or blend that will help tighten the skin? Skin removal surgery is out of my reach at this time and, if at all possible, it would be great to avoid it all together. Thanks in advance! PS – I love all of the information you have available as well as the Essential Oils Revolution! Do you have any brand recommendations for therapeutic oils?

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    • Customer Support
      September 14, 2016

      Hi Dee,
      Thank you so much for your support! We really appreciate it! Below is an article that has wonderful information about Sandalwood essential oil. He has skin healing properties! Enjoy!

      http://drericz.com/7-ways-sandalwood-oil-can-heal/

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      • Dee
        September 15, 2016

        Thanks so much for the information on Sandalwood Oil. Upon reading the page, it states that Sandalwood has astringent properties and protects the skin. Can you please explain further how this helps tighten loose and sagging skin? I must have missed something.

        Thanks again!

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        • Dr. Z
          September 19, 2016

          Hi Dee!

          That’s a little bit out of my wheelhouse. I’m not 100% certain of the mechanism, just that sandalwood has traditionally been known as a natural astringent. 🙂

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  6. Val
    September 3, 2016

    I have rosacea and wondering what oils would be best for my skin?

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  7. Carla
    August 4, 2016

    Does this mixture have to be heated? Can I just mix everything together without heating it?

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    • Dr. Z
      August 4, 2016

      Yes, or it won’t emulsify properly.

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  8. Deborah J
    July 16, 2016

    Can this recipe be halved?

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    • Dr. Z
      July 16, 2016

      Sure thing. Halved, quartered, doubled – whatever you need…

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  9. Gina
    June 5, 2016

    What can I use instead of jojoba oil. I have the following oils: coconut, almond, grapeseed, avocado and shea butter.

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  10. Gina Morrison
    June 5, 2016

    I don’t have jojoba oil. What can I replace it with. I have the following oils. Coconut, almond,grape seed, avocado and shea butter

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  11. Elaine
    May 28, 2016

    Will fractionated coconut oil work as well as raw organic coconut oil?

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    • Dr. Z
      May 28, 2016

      It will be a different consistency and will lack the nutritional value. FCO is a good carrier oil for therapeutic essential oil application, but isn’t the best for DIY because of the cost, consistency and chemical make-up…

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  12. Leila
    May 21, 2016

    How long will this oil blend remain fresh? Does it require refrigeration? When do you add the EO’s? Thank you!

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    • Dr. Z
      May 26, 2016

      Hi Leila,

      This base lasts quite a while. No on refrigeration and you add in the EOs once the base cools

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  13. Denise Garland
    May 20, 2016

    My daughter and sister are allergic to coconut & palms oils. Do you have any ideas about what I can use in its place or how to restructure the recipe?

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    • Dr. Z
      May 26, 2016

      Hi Denise, you can use almond or jojoba, but the consistency will be different.

      Shea can replace coconut oil as well.

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  14. Jeanne
    May 20, 2016

    I have very bad dermatitis been to Doctor can’t get rid of it any suggestions?

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    • Dr. Z
      May 20, 2016

      Hi Jeanne,

      Try this! –> http://drericz.com/diy-essential-oil-dermatitis-salve/

      Praying for COMPLETE healing!

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    • Darlene
      May 21, 2016

      I had severe dermatitis just a few months ago and it was caused by an irritation of the skin. I was treating an allergic reaction with tea tree oil and it made it worse. Also when I ate tomatoes it flared up again. I was told that anyting citrus irritates dermatitis. You have an allergy to something and you should go on an elimination diet to find out what it is

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    • Ruby
      May 24, 2016

      Through my research and common sense, things manifested on our skin is usually a sign of a reaction to something we are putting inside our bodies (food, drink, products, etc.). If you don’t already know what is causing your skin to break out, detox your body, don’t eat or drink anything pre-packaged, remove the grain/gluten/yeast foods and go from there. Slowly reintroduce foods and you’ll notice what caused you to break out. In the meantime, Mama Z’s pip blends & salve will help your skin heal. Best wishes for a quick healing!

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  15. Melanie
    May 19, 2016

    What is the next best thing to almond oil? I am allergic to tree nuts. Do you have a suggestion?

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    • Dr. Z
      May 26, 2016

      Hi Melanie,

      Jojoba works as well as fractionated coconut oil. 🙂

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      • Heather
        February 23, 2017

        I’m using this base in conjunction with Mama Zs fibromyalgia massage blend. I’ve been using it every night for several months and really love it! Wondering though if it will lose it’s efficacy after a period of time. Can you suggest how long an oil, or group of oils can be safely/effectively used? If a break is needed, how long – weeks? Months? Thank you so much!

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        • Dr. Z
          February 24, 2017

          Hey Heather,

          We really don’t know the answer to this.

          One on side of the coin we can say, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” So keep doing what you’re doing if it’s working.

          One on the other, we know that the body develops resistance over time and it may be a good idea to switch it up every month or so.

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          • Heather
            February 25, 2017

            Thanks so much for your reply!

             

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