Belly Balms and oils are wonderful ways to nourish skin when pregnant. They can often lessen the appearance or occurrence of stretch marks. Eat whole foods and drink plenty of water to nourish your skin. The following recipes are from my new book 475 Herbal and Aromatherapy Recipes.
Stretch Mark Massage Oil
1 cup cocoa butter, melted
2 tablespoons flaxseed oil
2 tablespoons rose hip seed oil
3 tablespoons wheat germ oil
1 tablespoon Borage Oil
12 drops Lavender (Lavendula officinalis) EO
10 drops Neroli (Citrus aurantium) EO
6 drops Vetiver (Vetiveria zizanoides) EO
Blend the melted cocoa butter with the other oils. Pour the mixture to a clean jar. Add the essential oils. Allow the mixture to cool to a comfortable temperature before using it. Use this wonderful blend once or twice a day. This is great for pregnant bellies and breasts.
Belly Balm or Stretch Mark Prevention Oil
This oil feels wonderful going on. It is smooth and moisturizing and can help with the itching that so often happens when the skin starts stretching. In a double boiler, melt the carrier oils listed below. Carrier oils are nut or seed oils, like almond oil, Shea butter, coconut butter and olive oil, for example. These are pressed and not distilled.
1 cup coconut oil
¼ cup cocoa butter
1/8 cup apricot, almond or grape seed oil
1/8 cup Kukui nut (Aleurites moluccana) oil, Shea butter or mango butter (I love using mango butter.)
When these oils have melted completely, remove the mixture from the heat.
Stir well and add the essential oils, then incorporate them in well.
10–20 drops Sandalwood (Santalum album) (try to purchase from an ethical source*)
15 drops Patchouli (Pogostemon cablin)
15 drops Sweet Orange (Citrus sinensis) essential oil
There are additional options for essential oils. Use what you like and/or can find locally. You can also try rosewood, rose, Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia), tangerine and Neroli (Citrus aurantium). If you blend your own mixture, be sure to keep the amount of essential oils used at less than 50 drops total.
Massage the balm all over thighs, breasts, stomach and anywhere else that needs nourishing and moisturizing. I have also used this on my face. The oil is nourishing to all of you skin, not just skin that is being stretched by pregnancy. This also works on teens who are developing stretch marks from growing so fast.
Disclaimer: For educational use only. These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA.