DIY Natural Belly Balm
Pregnant women love to care for their skin, and especially for stretching, itching, expanding pregnant skin. I think every pregnant woman worries about stretch marks, right? Let’s learn how to soothe your stretching skin with this natural belly balm!
This balm is made with natural ingredients and essential oils. Essential oils are nourishing for the skin, and very supportive for appearance of skin, for wound healing, and supporting healthy and youthful skin. Pregnant women can use essential oils, but essential oils can cross the placenta, so care should definitely be taken. North American aromatherapists generally recommend 1% dilution for pregnant women: 99% carrier oil to 1% essential oil. I personally find this to be extremely safe use of essential oils. If this what you’re comfortable with, go with that. Remember, more is not more. Essential oils should be used in small low amounts and should not be excessively used.
DIY Natural Belly Balm
1/4 Cup raw organic unrefined Shea butter
1/4 cup organic coconut oil
1 tsp vitamin e oil or sweet almond oil
10-30 drops essential oil (I like Frankincense, Lavender, Helichrysum, Gentle Baby)
- Melt the shea butter and coconut oil in a double boiler on low heat.
- Add the Vitamin E oil
- Let cool slightly and then add essential oils
- Whip together and store in glass jar.
- Massage into expanding belly to soothe and support the skin. Best applied day and night and after showering.
Shea butter is packed with vitamin E, A, and D, as well as lineolic, stearic, and oelic acids.
Vitamin A is important for the skin in fighting blemishes, eczema, wrinkles, and dermatitis. In fact, the Journal of Oleo Science found that shea nuts and shea fat (butter) “constitute a significant source of anti-inflammatory and anti-tumour promoting compounds.”
The American Journal of Science also found shea butter reduced various signs of aging. They also found shea butter has sun screening properties, and acts as an emollient (soothes and softens) and moisturizer. This emollient and moisturizing properties will help promote elasticity of the skin.
But, like essential oils, not all shea butter is made the same. As shea butter is degraded, the amount of naturally occurring cinnamic acids decrease and the shea butter loses its effectiveness. Make sure you look for raw, unrefined, organic shea butter, and make sure it’s ethically sourced as the product originates from Africa.
Coconut oil is another great fatty plant oil that acts as an emollient and moisturizer to the skin. There are over 1000 studies done on coconut oil and it’s health benefits. It’s saturated fats help the skin stay moisturized, which promotes elasticity. Coconut oil is an incredible natural lotion for the skin.
Vitamin E oil also acts as a moisturizer. There’s mixed research on it’s effectiveness for scars, but it moisturizers the skin. When the skin is dry, it may appear flaking, more aged, and may accentuate lines.
Helichrysum essential oil is a wonderful essential oil for the skin. It is used to treat acne and boils as well as minor skin irritations, cuts, burns, and bruises. Perfect for adding to the belly balm.
Lavender essential oil is another beautiful essential oil for the skin. Given its chemical makeup, it soothes skin, promotes healing, and soothes stressed skin. Lavender is our go-to skin oil.
Frankincense essential oil is our second go-to oil for the skin. It has wonderful properties for promoting the youthful and healthy appearance of skin, and diminishing and smoothing blemishes and irritated skin.
Have you tried this recipe? Tell me what you thought!