With all the excitement, anticipation, and “glow” that pregnancy brings, it can also bring a few unwanted friends along the way. One of the most common complaints among expectant mothers is dry, itchy skin… particularly around the belly. That’s where this all natural belly balm comes into play.
Of course, I should mention that the best way to feel your best during pregnancy is through nourishing food. I especially love adding grass-fed gelatin to my diet as it’s great to help keep skin healthy and strong. Just what the mamma ordered. (This is my favorite kind of gelatin).
But no matter how ideal your diet is, you may find that your skin calls for a little nourishment from the outside as well. And this belly balm does the trick.
Nourishing ingredients for your skin
This little recipe is full of fantastic ingredients that help moisturize, protect, and nourish the skin. It’s a great lotion to rub on your belly… or anywhere else. In fact, you don’t have to be pregnant to enjoy this balm.
Cocoa Butter is rich in vitamin E, and is an excellent skin softener and toner. Enzymes in cocoa butter also help reduce damage to skin tissue. It’s also widely used as a prevention for stretch marks. (source)
Coconut oil is my “go to” natural moisturizer. It also brings a lovely creaminess to the overall texture of this balm.
Vitamin E Oil is well known for its moisturizing properties and is often used to reduce or prevent scar tissue. It is also an antioxidant and acts as a preservative.
Beeswax is naturally hydrating and helps thicken the lotion.
Sweet Almond Oil It is also high in vitamin E. It hydrates and moisturizes, has been used as a treatment for itchy and dry skin, and may help skin conditions like eczema.
Lavender oil is the most recommended home remedy in the treatment of stretch marks. When applied three times a day to the affected area, lavender oil induces the growth of new skin tissues to make the stretch marks gradually fade away. (source)
Isn’t natural beauty awesome? Ready to make your own belly balm? Okay!
All Natural Belly Balm
1/2 cup cocoa butter (like this)
2 Tbs grated beeswax (like this)
1/4 cup coconut oil (where to find coconut products)
1/4 cup sweet almond oil (you could also use olive oil, but it’s a bit heavier and greasy)2 tsp vitamin E oil (like this)
10 drops lavender essential oil (like this)
1. Put cocoa butter, beeswax, and coconut oil in a small sauce pan. Stir continuously while heating over medium-low heat until ingredients are fully melted. (The beeswax will be the last to melt, be patient).
2. Remove from heat and add sweet almond oil, vitamin E oil, and lavender essential oils. Stir until completely incorporated.
3. Pour mixture into a container and let sit for an hour or two at room temperature until the balm goes from a liquid to creamy texture. (I love using these small jars for many of my homemade beauty products.)
Are you expecting? Will you try this belly balm?