Scars, Stretch Marks, Cellulite, Oh My!

Essential Oils for Stretch Marks

Aromatherapy encourages the attitude that prevention is better than cure for these common postpartum woes. Tangerine and lavender oils have been shown to promote healthy skin cells when combined in either a moisturizing cream or a massage oil. This can help keep skin supple and elastic and prevent stretch marks.

Basic Pregnancy/Anti-Stretch Mark Massage Oil
4 Tablespoons Sweet Almond or Pure Jojoba oil
1 Tablespoon of Avocado Oil (optional if you can find it)
10 drops therapeutic grade Tangerine essential oil
5 drops of therapeutic grade Lavender essential oil
OR 15 drops of Young Living Essential Oils Gentle Baby Blend (instead of single oils)

Gentle Baby Oil for Stretch MarksApply a small amount of oil daily and gently massage it into hips, stomach, thighs, and breasts, paying attention to any area that feels particularly taut or has previous scar tissue. The anti-stretch mark oil can also help relieve tightness and itching that comes with rapid weight gain especially in a multiple pregnancy.

Reducing Postpartum Scar Tissue
I had a cesarean section and then 6 months later abdomenal surgery (reopened c section incision with major clamping bruises-ouch!) to remove a large 4 1/2 pound fibroid from my uterus. You can read how lavender essential oil helped stop my preterm labor in my complicated pregnancy here: My Lavender Story. I understand scar pain, itching, and the extreme discomfort of having a newborn kick that area of my abdomen! Essential oils were very valuable for reducing or minimizing the formation of scar tissue as well as fighting infection at the incision site. Remember not to mix essential oils with any petroleum or antibiotic based creams as chemical interaction can occur. Three years later now, my incision scar has almost disappeared.
My Favorite Scar Care Blend
4 Tablespoons Jojoba Oil
10 drops Lavender or Frankincense Essential Oil
I made one recipe with Lavender and one with Frankincense to rotate daily. After rubbing in several drops of the blend until it was totally absorbed, I smeared Young Living Essential Oils Rose Ointment over the entire scarred area to seal in the essential oils, protect the incision, and soothe the healing itch.
Getting Rid Of Cellulite
Cellulite can affect those who are thin as often as it affects those who are overweight. Women tend to accumulate cellulite at times of hormonal flucuations and are therefore far more prone to it during pregnancy. It occurs when the body’s elimination processes aren’t functioning properly. In addition to hormonal changes, other causes are constipation, lack of exercise, fatigue, and filling the body with toxins like tobacco, alcohol, as well as tea, coffee, animal fats, and dairy products. Cellulite goes hand in hand with having poor circulation and poor lymphatic drainage.
Aromatherapy can help with cellulite, but treatment isn’t recommended until six months after birth. To make a concentrated effort to remove cellulite involves a strict detoxification diet and may include a lymph drainage massage program. A good quality digestive cleanse and liver cleansing routine helps speed up the process. Neither is advisible until you are fully healed, especially if you are breast feeding. In the meantime, cutting back on fat intake, drinking plenty of water and getting regular exercise like walking, cycling, or swimming is beneficial to begin flushing toxins from your system.
Anti-Cellulite Bath Method
To a warm bath, add 2-3 drops of either rosemary, cypress, or geranium essential oil. Swish water to disperse oil. Soak in the water for fifteen minutes. Loofah gloves work great for stimulating circulation, removes dead skin cells, unblocks pores, and helps the body eliminate wastes. Begin rubbing gently then increasing pressure over hips, buttocks, thighs in a circular motion with the loofah gloves after your soak.
Anti-Cellulite Massage Oil
3 Tablespoons Sweet Almond or Grapeseed Oil
Mix well. Use after a bath at least three times a week.

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  • Cascia , February 11, 2010

    Thank you, Jennifer! This article really helped me. I have a scar from my c-section that I wish would just disappear. I hope our readers also find this information helpful.

    Ladies, if you have any questions for Jennifer regarding the use of essential oils during pregnancy, and postpartum please ask.

  • Faith , February 11, 2010

    I so wish I had this information years back. My 'baby' is 18 and I have horrid stretch marks after going from 125 pounds to over 200 during pregnancy. Great information I am going to pass on to others.

  • 4 Lettre Words , February 13, 2010

    These are great and I know that 1st one has to smell awesome!

    I love vitamin E to prevent scars, too.

  • Anna Wright , January 16, 2017

    Lovely, I’m searching for stretch mark removal cream, I think this would be best in use 🙂

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