During pregnancy, a woman’s body undergoes many physical changes. It’s not like the kid just appears out of thin air. As our little ones develop they cause our bellies to expand. Unfortunately, that means stretch marks.
Fortunately, here’s a go-to rub made especially for expecting moms. Cocoa, shea, olive and vitamin E will condition and nourish the skin to help keep its moisture. Geranium and lavender essential oils, on the other hand, can help minimize stretch marks by boosting collagen production.
This recipe is both safe to use during pregnancy and postpartum but remember to wash for breastfeeding moms before your baby latch.
8-ounce glass pot/jar
1/2 cup cocoa butter
1/2 cup shea butter
1/4 cup olive oil
1 TB of Vitamin E
3-5 drops of Lavender essential oil
Mix cocoa and shea butter in a double burner, low heat and let the fats melt. Take off from heat and let cool. Then add vitamin E, olive oil, and essential oils. Put in refrigerator until the mixture starts to solidify. Remove from fridge and whip with an immersion blender continuously until a whipped cream texture is achieved. Put into your glass jar/pot. Store in a dark, cool place. Apply to belly and breasts daily.
Essential Oil Properties In This Recipe
Lavender Essential Oil:
Aroma: Sweet, floral, herbaceous, light fresh and soft aroma
Pairs Well With: Bergamot, black pepper, cedarwood, chamomile, clary sage, clove, cypress, eucalyptus, frankincense, geranium, grapefruit, juniper, lemon, lemongrass, mandarin, marjoram, oakmoss, palmarosa, patchouli, peppermint, pine, ravensara, rose, rosemary, tea tree, thyme, vetiver, pine, and nutmeg.
Properties: Calming, sleep-inducing, antiseptic, analgesic, disinfectant, anti-inflammatory, anti-convulsant, anti-rheumatic, anti-spasmodic, antifungal, antiviral, bactericide, carminative, cholagogue, cicatrisant, cordial, cytophylactic, decongestant, deodorant, diuretic, emmenagogue, hypotensive, nervine, rubefacient, sedative, sudorific and vulnerary.