How To Use Essential Oils For Stretch Marks

Essential Oils For Stretch Marks

Using essential oils for stretch marks is more likely to help prevent them or to work best on newer ones. Fading older stretch marks is possible but could take six months or longer.

Stretch marks, also called striae, are tears in the elastic tissues in the dermis (the second layer of skin, under the outer epidermis). Most often, striae appear after rapid weight gain or loss, including during pregnancy and during teenage growth spurts, and may be partially heredity. Other causes of stretch marks are medications or chemicals that interfere with collagen formation and certain diseases, such as diabetes and Cushing disease.

A general measure to help prevent stretch marks during pregnancy and other weight changes is to moisturize your breasts, abdomen, hips, and buttocks three or four times a day with cocoa butter or shea butter.

You can enhance the effects of the cocoa or shea butter by adding a few drops of an essential oil. Essential oils for stretch marks recommended by Aromatherapy: A Complete Guide to the Healing Art are:

  • Atlas cedarwood
  • Carrot seed
  • Frankincense
  • Helichrysum
  • Lavender
  • Mandarin
  • Patchouli

Note: Not all essential oils are recommended during pregnancy. See below for blends for normal pregnancies, or consult a professional. 

Healing Stretch Marks

Helichrysum combined with rosehip seed oil is the classic aromatherapy recipe for getting rid of stretch marks (and scars). Here's the blend:

Apply to skin 2 or 3 times a day.

Although the following blend is for use after pregnancy, you can also try it for other stretch marks:

  • 20 drops sage
  • 40 drops rosemary verbenone
  • 4 teaspoons rosehip seed oil
  • 8 teaspoons hazelnut oil

Use a loofah daily (for 3 to 6 months) to massage a little of the blend into your skin.

Source: Advanced Aromatherapy

Preventing Stretch Marks During Pregnancy

These blends contain essential oils that are safe to use during pregnancy. Continue using these stretch mark prevention blends until you return to your previous weight after giving birth. 

Starting in the seventh month of pregnancy, gently massage your belly, hips, buttocks and thighs with this blend:

  • 2 drops lavender
  • 2 drops geranium
  • 3 tablespoons sweet almond oil

Massage & Aromatherapy: Simple Techniques to Use at Home

You can start using the next two blends in the second month of pregnancy.

  • 4 tablespoons almond oil
  • 1 tablespoon avocado oil
  • 7 drops lavender
  • 5 drops neroli or mandarin or tangerine

or

  • 80 drops mandarin essential oil
  • 4 teaspoons rosehip seed oil
  • 1/2 cup + 5 tablespoons hazelnut oil

Sources: Aromatherapy and Massage for Mother and Baby and Advanced Aromatherapy

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