I was out to lunch with a couple of my hometown girlfriends and since they’re all mommies, the topic of pregnancy came up.
Turns out a lot of funky stuff happens to your body when you get knocked up. Ankles swell, breasts become engorged, tummy’s grow and well, stretch marks are an unhappy companion.
All this talk of expansion and stretching had me peppering my friends with questions on how they dealt with it all. Turns out my girls all had the same home remedy; essential oils. So here’s a list of the best essential oils for stretch marks!
The 5 Best Essential Oils for Stretch Marks
Known as the everlasting oil, helychrysum comes from the silver-green scented leaves of an evergreen herb. It has a straw, fruity scent with a hint of honey.
The therapeutic properties of this essential oil are plenty. It is an anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, analgesic, astringent, diuretic and the list goes on.
When it comes to stretch marks, this oil helps improve circulation and regenerate the damaged skin.
Sage oil comes from an evergreen perennial herb and is extracted from the dried leaves by steam distillation. It is one of the more powerful essential oils and should not be used on your skin when pregnant.
This oil has some of the same properties as helychrysum, but it’s also an antibacterial emmenogogue. Basically that is a fancy way of saying it stimulates blood flow. Splash a few drops in a warm bath and massage your stretch marks away, post-pregnancy.
Extracted from the seed of a fruit that comes from a very thorny rose. Cold-pressed and high in essential fatty acids, it is a great source of antioxidants and vitamins.
Rosehip contains a form of vitamin A that is very similar to Retin-A. You may be familiar with Retin-A as it is commonly used in anti-aging products and helps kick wrinkles butts.
Rosehip is gentle on the skin so you can feel free to lube up your bod and massage away any and all stretch marks. It regenerates the skin and protects it from future damage. It may aggravate acne so use with caution.
The soothing scent of lavender is known for putting babies to sleep, but it’s also great for those annoying stretch marks.
Like so many other essential oils, lavender comes from an evergreen shrub and is extracted by steam distillation of the shrub’s flower. When used on the skin, it revitalizes and tones the skin.
A common ingredient in lotions and massage oils, it works to repair skin damage caused by stretching.
This is an oil I’d never heard of before writing this post. It comes from orange blossoms and has a deliciously sweet aroma. Even when diluted, it still smells great!
The properties of neroli include rejuvenating and regenerative qualities that prevent and repair skin from scarring and growing stretch marks.
If you, like my mommy friends, have suffered from ugly stretch marks, it seems I’ve given you one bad ass list of essential oils for stretch marks! And really, what’s better than delicious scented oils you can soak or rub all over your body?
While that sounds straight up luxurious, if you want to get rid of your stretch marks a-freakin-sap then check out Trilastin. V tested it out and shot a video review showcasing her results after using it for only 6 weeks and has raved about it ever since.
Of course, if you’d rather kick it au naturale then tell me in the comment section which of these essential oils for stretch marks you plan on testing out first!
Oh and side note – wanna hear what else my mommies informed me of? Apparently boiled cabbage can cure cracked nipples caused from breastfeeding. Eek! I need more single friends.