Summer is around the corner, and so is bikini season. That being said, I don't know anyone who thinks highly of stretch marks. But not all is lost. I am here to help rid you of those pesky stretch marks by using pure essential oils.
Stretch marks occur mainly due to sudden change in body size. This may be as a result being pregnant, when one acquires puberty, or when one rapidly gains or loses weight.
Essential oils have been singled out as one of the most effective remedies for getting rid of stretch marks.
You may be asking yourself "how can essential oils possibly assist in reducing stretch marks?" Let me further explain.
Essential oils help in improving blood circulation in your body and ensures your skin receives energy and oxygen. This plays a critically important role in keeping your skin healthy, as well as getting rid of existing stretch marks.
I recommend using some of the essential oil recipes found in this blog once or twice per day. Since our skin heals and repairs itself at night; this would be a great time to use it.
Frankincense essential oil promotes cell regeneration, and reduces the appearance of stretch marks and scars.
Myrrh essential oil contains astringent properties. This will help keep the skin in shape. It also helps to maintain healthy blood flow to the skin.
Lavender essential oil is the one "must-have" essential oil. It is a ton of properties from helping with insomnia to depression to treating stretch marks.
Geranium oil has been hailed as one of the more effective essential oils for stretch mark treatment. It helps mend collagen and improve skin’s elasticity by boosting elastin fibers.
Neroli essential oil is one of the best oils for the treatment of stretch marks, as it assists in the regeneration of scarred tissue. It also has amazing anti-scarring properties that will help prevent, as well as fade stretch marks.
Patchouli has strong cell regeneration properties. It also encourages new cell growth as well as repairs damaged tissue.
Helichrysum encourages cell and tissue regeneration. It also helps to repair and stimulate new cell growth.
Some carrier oils also have amazing cell and tissue regeneration properties. I have included a few of my favourites here.
Jojoba oil is great for healing many skin conditions as it acts just like collagen. It also has a similar molecular structure to oil glands, helping to keep skin moisturized and balanced. Jojoba is very rich in minerals and vitamins. A pricier oil, but definitely worth it.
Grape seed oil is great for so many reasons, but if we focus solely on its properties in reducing stretch marks, I note that it helps to restore skin and generate healthy new skin cells. Also, a powerful anti-oxidant that helps to prevent the development of stretch marks.
An oil that is rich in fatty acids, rosehip oil helps nourish the skin with vitamins (high in vitamin A), and anti-oxidants. Applying rosehip oil on a regular basis to areas that are known to get stretch marks is a great preventative measure. If you already have stretch marks and want to reduce the appearance, Rosehip oil is a great recommendation.
I am including some great aromatherapy recipes that can be applied directly to the skin.
Coconut Oil Salve
Mix all ingredients well and store in a glass jar or bottle. Apply to your stretch marks twice daily. Use only a pea sized amount.
When you wake up and before you go to bed, apply 5-8 drops onto your stretch marks.
Stretch Mark Cream
- ½ cup coconut oil
- ½ cup shea butter
- ¼ cup rosehip oil
- ¼ cup grape seed oil
- 2 tsp liquid vitamin E
- 1 tsp lavender essential oil
- ½ tsp myrrh essential oil
- ½ tsp frankincense essential oil
- Over low heat, melt coconut oil with shea butter.
- Turn off heat, add remaining ingredients.
- Transfer the oil mixture to a bowl. Refrigerate until solid.
- Using a fork or a beater, whisk the solid part until soft and fluffy. Make sure to not have any solid parts.
If you have any health problems, first consult your doctor before using essential oils on your body. Essential oils must always be diluted with a carrier oil before being applied topically. Do not ingest essential oils ever. It is extremely unsafe to do so.
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Marian Simone is an Certified Aromatologist and a professional member of the Canadian Federation of Aromatherapists.