Stretch marks can happen to anyone. Hell, most people I know with them earned their marks through the unavoidable process of puberty.
Of course there are other ways, like fluctuating weight, pregnancy, even cosmetic surgeries.
Thanks to the power of social media, the taboo surrounding stretch marks is starting to change for the positive. Women in particular are embracing their stretch marks and sharing their stories, making them more acceptable.
And we think that’s damn powerful!
But, if you are like so many others who would rather prevent getting stretch marks or erase ones you already have, then we’ve got the perfect stretch mark salve recipe for you.
What is a Salve?
Unlike creams, salves are designed to promote healing and protect your skin from damage. They can soothe wounds and help reduce their appearance.
Salves tend to include herbs like calendula or echinacea and earned its name from an ancient belief in their ability to draw out the skin irritant.
This particular stretch mark salve contains natural ingredients that super hydrate your skin so if feels extra supple. The more supple your skin, the better your skin will adapt to weight loss and gain that may be causing stretch marks. Best of all, these ingredients are pregnant-belly-friendly!
Eager to know what’s up?
Read on to learn how to make our homemade stretch mark cream.
You will need:
- 1/3 cup Shea butter
- 1/3 cup Coconut oil
- 3 tablespoons Apricot kernel oil
- 1/4 teaspoon Dried ginger root
- 10 drops Calendula essential oil
Mix your calendula oil, dried ginger and Apricot kernel oil together in a double boiler. Simmer together for 30 minutes on low heat so that the properties of both oils and ginger can blend together.
Once you are done simmering, add in your shea butter and coconut oil until they melt and blend together.
Once everything is mixed together nicely, remove from heat and store in a clean glass jar. Apply liberally all over your body or to areas where you are likely to experience stretch marks.
It’s that easy!
For best results we recommend using it 2-3 times daily. You can also customize it a little more by adding in different essential oils. We love a few drops of lavender for a calming scent.
If you are planning on using this while pregnant and want to add in different oils, make sure you double check that any customization are pregnancy-friendly. Not all essential oils are considered safe to a growing fetus and let’s be serious, your baby’s health comes first and foremost over aesthetics!
Now tell me, have you tried using salves or other homemade creams to treat your stretch marks? What did you find worked best? Share your comments below!