Mama Z’s 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!
- 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.
- Use a large cooking pot and mix all the ingredients together.
- Store in quart size mason jars.
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.