Stretch marks are the maps of a baby’s womb life etched permanently into the soft folds of the mother’s skin. However, drastic weight changes can also cause stretch marks in women and men. It is estimated that nearly 80 million Americans suffer from these silvery, purplish blue or reddish scars which typically appear on the belly, breasts, thighs, hips and buttocks.
The following natural remedies can help fade these marks:
• Vitamin E oil--Vitamin E oil heals and softens the skin and also helps in rebuilding tissue. Break open a vitamin E caplet and mix it with some coconut oil. Massage the blend onto the scars. Do this daily for at least 6-8 weeks to see results. A mixture of almond oil, vitamin E oil and olive oil can also be used for the same purpose.
• Castor oil-- Castor oil is one of the most effective home remedies for fading scars and stretch marks. Warm up some castor oil and make sure it is at a comfortable temperature. Dip a clean flannel cloth into the oil. Wrap the flannel around the thighs or belly (wherever the marks are most prominent). Cover up with a plastic wrap. Apply gentle heat over the wrap for 10-15 minutes. Do this every day (post delivery) to reduce stretch marks.
• Camphor-- Edgar Cayce, who is well known for his natural remedies and holistic treatments, recommended the following recipe for his patients with stretch marks:
• 2 oz camphor oil (you can easily make camphor oil by dissolving 1 oz camphor pellets into 4 oz of extra virgin olive or coconut oil)
• 1 oz cold pressed peanut oil
• ½ tsp lanolin melted
Mix all ingredients (you should be able to buy them from a whole food health store or organic stores). Apply and massage the blend onto the areas with stretch marks. Use it daily for 2 months and your scars and marks will be 70% gone.
• Shea butter--Many women use Shea butter in the second and third trimesters on their belly to prevent scars and stretch marks. Massage melted Shea butter onto arms, breasts, buttocks, etc., twice a day and you will not have stretch marks post delivery. Like Shea butter, you can also use Cocoa or Mango butter for massage and your skin will remain smooth and healthy throughout pregnancy.
• Manuka honey--Manuka honey is another powerful and effective remedy for stretch marks as well as acne scars. Using a piece of cloth, apply raw, organic manuka honey onto the affected areas. Leave the skin to dry, then wash off with warm water. You can also make a scrub with honey, glycerin and salt to exfoliate the skin gently. Use the scrub on the belly, arms, buttocks and breasts and leave it on for 5-10 minutes before washing off.
• Essential & Carrier Oils--Many essential oils & carrier oils are useful in eliminating scars and stretch marks. Orange oil, wheat germ oil (carrier oil), helichrysum oil, lavender oil, lemongrass oil and rosehip oil (carrier oil) are some of the best anti-stretch mark oils available in the market today. You can massage the essential oils mixed with the carrier oils, and rub them onto the belly, thighs, etc. If you use citrus oils such as orange, be sure not to expose your skin post application to the sun, as it can be photosensitizing.
Alternatively, use the following essential oil recipe for stretch marks: • ¾ oz melted Shea butter
• 3 tbsp Emu oil
• 1 tsp Lemongrass oil
• 2 Lecithin gel capsules
Mix and apply the blend all over the belly. (Do not use during pregnancy. This recipe is for after-delivery use only.)
• Aloe Vera Aloe vera gel helps moisturize the skin and also repairs damaged skin cells. Apply Aloe Vera gel extracted from the leaf directly onto the skin or you can use store brought aloe cream or gel.
Alternatively, use the following homemade aloe moisturizer to prevent and heal stretch marks:
• 6 caplets each of Vitamin A and E
• ½ cup warm extra virgin olive oil
• ¼ cup Aloe Vera gel
Mix all ingredients and massage onto the abdomen twice daily.
• Dermaroller blade Use a dermaroller with 1.5 mm blade on the stretch marks. You can prep the skin prior to using the roller with some vitamin A or vitamin C based serum or cream. This will help rebuild collagen. Many women have seen good results with a dermaroller in old and new stretch marks and scars.
• Eat a balanced diet Eat a diet rich in protein and vitamins A, C and E. These include citrusy foods like oranges, lemons, as well as spinach and leafy greens. Nuts and seeds are also recommended as they are rich in essential fatty acids. Do include lean meat like chicken, fatty fish, etc., for protein and omega 3 essential fatty acids. Drink plenty of water to remove toxic waste and keep the skin hydrated and supple.
• Exercise and massage therapy Exercises such as yoga and stretches add elasticity and flexibility to the body. When done regularly, they help tighten the skin, as loose skin is more prone to stretch mark formation. Gentle massage therapy can help stimulate the lymph nodes to throw out toxins and stimulate blood circulation and fat redistribution. However, you must speak to your healthcare provider before doing these exercises or massage, especially during pregnancy.
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