Soothing Cocoa Butter Recipe for Stretch Marks
Keeping the skin around the abdomen and thighs moisturized and nourished can help minimize and possibly prevent stretch marks during pregnancy.
Keeping skin well moisturized is also important when losing a significant amount of weight. It can help to minimize the appearance of stretch marks and can help maintain the elasticity of the skin.
As AromaWeb's Aromatherapy During Pregnancy page discusses, there is concern regarding the use of essential oils during pregnancy (read the information provided on that page for details). What's nice about the below recipes is that they can be made without the use of essential oils. Plus, natural Cocoa Butter is deliciously fragrant on its own.
Cocoa Butter Stretch Mark Recipe
Cocoa Butter that has not been deodorized possesses a rich, delicate aroma of cocoa.
- 3 net wt. ounces Cocoa Butter (see comment above)
- 1 fl. ounce Avocado Oil (or other carrier oil of choice)
- 4 ounce jar with tight-fitting lid
In a double boiler, gently melt the Cocoa Butter. Then, stir in the Avocado Oil. Then, carefully pour the mixture into the jar, and allow to cool. Depending on the temperature of your home, your butter may be firmer or softer than you desire. If this recipe is too firm for your preference, simply add a bit more oil. If the recipe is too soft, then use less oil.
Instructions for Use
Apply to your upper thighs and abdomen at least twice daily. Avoid genitals, and immediately discontinue use if any sensitivity occurs.
Whipped Shea Butter Recipe
Whipped Shea Butter
Although not formulated specifically for use in preventing stretch marks, AromaWeb's Whipped Shea Butter Recipe is well suited for use with stretch marks. However, be sure to avoid essential oils contraindicated during pregnancy. You can find the recipe here.
General Safety Information
These recipes are offered for educational purposes only. Before using any essential oil, carefully read AromaWeb's Essential Oil Safety Information page. For in-depth information on oil safety issues, read Essential Oil Safety by Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young. Do not take any oils internally and do not apply undiluted essential oils, absolutes, CO2s or other concentrated essences onto the skin without advanced essential oil knowledge or consultation from a qualified aromatherapy practitioner. For general dilution information, read AromaWeb's Guide to Diluting Essential Oils. If you are pregnant, epileptic, have liver damage, have cancer, or have any other medical problem, use oils only under the proper guidance of a qualified aromatherapy practitioner. Use extreme caution when using oils with children and consult a qualified aromatherapy practitioner before using oils with children, the elderly, if you have medical issues or are taking medications.