Who wants stretch marks? NO ONE! Unfortunately they are a very common side effect of pregnancy and difficult to avoid. Common areas affected are the giant pregnancy breasts, tummy, thighs, and rear end. Yup areas you want to look nice when you don your bikini in the summer post-pregnancy. I want to do as much as possible to try to avoid these marks of motherhood. And, of course, it has to be done the natural way.
Finding the right recipe
I did some research on the old internet. I focused on natural ingredients that are known to moisturize, sooth and smooth skin. After reading research, natural blogs and watching videos, I came across an easy recipe for a DIY stretch mark prevention cream on the Healthy Honeys blog. As you can see this is a simple recipe with just a few ingredients.
My husband and I took a trip to the local organic foods store to purchase all the ingredients. We already had coconut oil but needed the essential oils and beeswax. We struggled to find natural beeswax so we ended up buying 3 small beeswax candles.
1-Large pot to boil water
1-Quart Sized Mason Jar
3-Wide-Mouth Half-Pint Mason Jars
3-Beeswax Candles 1.5″ x 2″ or 1/2C beeswax
1 C. Olive oil
1 C. Coconut oil
8 capsules vitamin E oil or a bottle of vitamin E oil (what we used)
8 drops Frankincense oil
8-10 Drops Gentle baby blend (or 4 drops each of lemon and lavender essential oil)
8 drops Myrrh (this was really expensive so we opted not to include)
2 Tbs. Rosehip seed oil
Making the Belly Balm (as I like to call it)
We added all the ingredients listed above to the quart mason jar.
Next, we added enough water to the pot to cover 3/4 of the jar but not enough to risk water splashing into the jar.
We heated the water to a boil and waited for the ingredients to melt. This took about 10 minutes. We then removed it from the heat and stirred the ingredients.
Once it had cooled slightly, we stirred again and poured it into the three half pint mason jars.
We allowed the belly balm to cool and harden and then sealed the jars and labeled them. See one of the jars below.
As long as the weather is warm, it is very easy to apply. If it is cold out, you have to grab some out and rub between your hands to soften. It goes on thick and spreads pretty easily. I apply it after the shower when my skin is warm so it melts into my skin. The areas I apply it to are my breasts, tummy, lower back, rear end, thighs and hips. I like it but it definitely feels oily. If I go to the bathroom after applying, it leaves a residue on the toilet seat. Kinda nasty, I know. It wipes up easily with a little toilet paper though.
Overall, I recommend it but also recommend something a little less oily and hard to apply at times when you are wearing thin, white fabrics or if you did not recently get out of the shower. I intermix applying this with a Burt’s Bees Mama Bee Cream which is much less oily and more like a thick lotion. The Burt’s Bees cream is 99% natural and I’m a big fan. The only downside, the lid would not come off and we had to cut it open! I received one as a gift and imagine this was just a fluke and that the packaging is usually easy to open. Let me know if you have purchased it and had a similar experience.
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