Body & Soul: Soothe Stretch Marks

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Stretch marks are common after pregnancy. It’s important to lubricate your body daily to prevent them. This is especially important the last three months of pregnancy, so your skin will be supple and stretch during delivery. Apply this Pregnant Belly Butter to the perineal area, belly, hips, thighs and breasts, which are all areas where stretch marks can occur. Here’s how to make it:

Pregnant Belly Butter

• 1/2 ounce calendula flowers, crushed
• 1/2 ounce comfrey leaves, crushed
• 2 cups olive or coconut oil
• 1 tablespoon vitamin E oil
• 5 drops lavender essential oil

1. In a dry, clean glass jar, place crushed herbs and olive oil. Allow to steep for 2 weeks.

2. Strain through a clean, dry cotton cloth while squeezing the oil out of the herbs. Discard the herbs.

3. Stir in vitamin E and lavender oil. Bottle. Apply to areas prone to stretching at least twice daily.

Brigitte Mars and Chrystle Fiedler are the authors of The Country Almanac of Home Remedies: Time-Tested and Almost-Forgotten Wisdom for Treating Hundreds of Common Ailments, Aches & Pains Quickly and Naturally (Fair Winds Press, 2011), from which this article is excerpted.

Click here for the main article, Body & Soul: Natural Remedies for Babies.

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