DIY Herb-Infused Stretch Mark Cream

DIY Herb-Infused Stretch Mark Cream

Guest Post By Alicia at Live Joyfully Inspired

Stretch Marks happen for a variety of reasons with pregnancy being at the top of the list. The reality is these skin scars can appear at any time. A few examples are during pregnancy, with a great weight gain, and during growth spurts in children.

If you suffer from these physical blemishes, there is something you can do about it. This all-natural DIY cream is easy to make and can help minimize the appearance of the indented stretch mark streaks.

DIY HERB-INFUSED STRETCH MARK CREAM

Stretch mark treatment can vary with the only real cure being surgical removal. For most of us, this isn’t an option either because we can’t afford it or just don’t want to.

Fortunately, there are home remedies that can help fade out the grooves, indentations, or fine lines that show up unexpectedly on our skin. This DIY herb-infused cream is one of them. It’s a topical stretch mark cream made with nourishing ingredients that are easy to find.

Further, this lightweight cream soaks in the skin quickly. Not to mention, this all-natural formula has been created while keeping in mind breastfeeding moms.

What are stretch marks exactly?

Typically, stretch marks appear when the skin has been stretched too quickly such as in the cases of pregnancy, weight gain, or growth spurts affecting boys, girls, men, and women. Essentially, the skin’s collagen (protein in connective tissue) production gets disrupted by overstretching causing scars.

When the skin is stretched beyond its limits, it creates grooves, indents, and ugly marks. These lines come from the excessive “stretching” and rupture of the elastic fibers.

In the case of pregnancy, most moms will tell you they wouldn’t trade the stretch marks for anything in the world because it meant their precious one was growing. That being said, stretch marks can affect your confidence.

Being a mom of two, my stretch marks are small and happen to be white and minor but if there’s a way to naturally get rid of them, you bet I’m going to try. So, I made this cream to try and combat the flawed skin and while it’s only been a few weeks, there has been some definite improvement in the overall appearance.

The Goodness Inside

This formula contains three amazing herbs, each with their own advantageous benefits, as well as Grapeseed oil, Shea butter, cocoa butter, and beeswax.

The first herb you’ll find is Calendula. Calendula is known to aid in the healing of wounds as well as improve the appearance of skin. It’s considered an anti-inflammatory and anti-viral.

Next, we have Lavender. This has to be one of my most favorite herbs to use for every day. Lavender is a natural purifier and has the ability to minimize scars and improve skin condition. It’s been used for acne, fight wrinkles, and it’s an anti-inflammatory.

The third powerful herb in this stretch mark cream is Rosemary. Rosemary is a natural disinfectant, it promotes circulation of the skin, and provides moisture. It’s an excellent herb for rejuvenation and contains high antioxidants.

I chose grapeseed oil as the carrier oil in the recipe for several reasons. This potent oil is absorbed quickly into the skin. It has many vitamin-rich benefits with Vitamin E being one of them. Vitamin E has fantastic anti-aging properties. In addition, Grapeseed oil contains Omega-6 fatty acid as well as helpful antioxidants.

Shea Butter and Cocoa Butter are both incredibly emollient with Shea butter containing Vitamins A, E, and F as well as providing UV protection. Shea butter has essential fatty acids and nutrients necessary for collagen production.

Cocoa butter is one of the amazing ingredients that smells so yummy, you kinda want to eat it. It has been used in stretch mark treatments for years with for good reason. Cocoa Butter is actually an edible vegetable fat extracted from the cocoa bean (If you plan to ingest this product, I recommend buying it from a reputable source).

What makes it an exceptional skin remedy is the high amount of fatty acids, which like Shea butter, help with collagen production. And when we are trying to minimize the appearance of stretch marks, we definitely want that cell turnover!

Moreover, cocoa butter can help smooth wrinkles, scars and other marks.

Last but not least, we have beeswax. Beeswax is a natural anti-bacterial product produced by honey bees. It helps to thicken this cream as well as seal in moisture. It creates a barrier locking in the goodness from our herb-infused oil while still allowing the skin to breathe.

A Few Notes

There are a few things I’d like to mention regarding this stretch mark cream. The ingredients chosen have been researched as being safe and effective for nursing mothers but I am not a doctor nor aromatherapist so please consult your doctor for a professional opinion.

If you prefer a vegan alternative to beeswax, I recommend Candellila wax at about half the amount.

That being said, I formulated this cream to be quickly absorbed and very lightweight. Should you desire a thicker cream, just increase the amount of wax. I would start with 1/2 teaspoon at a time.

If you don’t have Shea butter, Mango butter would make an excellent substitute as it has many incredible benefits too!

Make sure the container you choose is ceramic or plastic and the one you want to keep the cream in as it can be difficult to transfer to another container.

Let’s Make Some Stretch Mark Cream

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup Infused-Grapeseed Oil (Calendula, Lavender, Rosemary)
  • 1/4 cup Cocoa Butter
  • 1/8 cup Beeswax
  • 2 Tbsp Shea Butter

Directions

  1. Infuse herbs into Grapeseed oil. (If you don’t know how to do this, please check out this article from The Herbal Academy.)
  2. Add all ingredients to a double boiler on low heat and allow to melt completely stirring with wooden stick or skewer as necessary.
  3. Carefully pour into your chosen container and allow to harden. Use caution as the liquid does get hot. Apply once or twice daily.

DIY HERB-INFUSED STRETCH MARK CREAM

That’s all there is to it. A simple herbal remedy for those unwanted blemishes that appear without warning on our skin. I hope you’ve enjoyed this post, please let me know if you have any questions.

I’d like to say thanks once again to my gracious host for the opportunity to guest post on her blog. Thank you Justonemommysview.

Have a blessed day

A Simple Guide To Sleep Training Your Baby

A Simple Guide To Sleep Training Your Baby

Before I go into what worked for me (and both my children), can I just say, that I totally get that sleep training is not for everyone. Some parents find their own way that works for their family. I found mine and I hope it can help you 🙂

So let me set the scene…

Both my babies were sleeping for longer stretches at night, having a feed or two and going back down with little fuss. I felt like I was getting a handle on things and actually almost smug about it!

We had a good bedtime routine and I continued to do what I was doing, so couldn’t figure out what had changed. I reached out to several parenting Facebook groups and that’s when I heard about the 4 month SLEEP REGRESSION!!

After a bit of reading around, all I could remember was that the 4 month regression was a permanent change in your babies sleep pattern…so feeding, cuddling or rocking to sleep would ALWAYS happen.

I had to do something.

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Sleep Training preparation

At this point, my babies slept in our room. Hubby and I decided to move them in to their nursery. Their bedroom was perfectly suited to getting a good nights rest (see what I did here).

To help my babies get used to their new room, I would let them lie in the cot and play, in the day and we also started to do the bedtime routine there too. I would like to think, that it helped them familiarise themselves to their surroundings so when we did eventually want them to sleep there, it wouldn’t be as scary.

I read about sleep training and there were several different ways, some stated that they would be quick and others took the longer approach. We (yep, I got hubby involved- read on to find out why) decided to go with the quicker, cry-it-out method. I hear you gasp! Believe me, I did too, but we made it work for us. We decided to do this, when we were able to commit to:

  • Staying at home for at least 3 days.
  • Tackling day naps and night sleep, consistently.

And, once our babies were 5 months old. Just to clarify, my children are 15 months apart, so we did this with both, separately.

 

 

Sleep Training in Action

So, the day came. We got our baby ready for bed, like always. But, this time we placed her in her cot, awake, gave her a kiss goodnight and left the room.

I started the timer on my phone.

AND…

Instantaneously the crying started 🙁 I won’t lie, it was awful…I cried with her. This is where hubby came to the rescue. It was decided that he would do the sleep training (mainly because I was an emotional wreck and secondly, babies are super attached to mommy, meaning it would take much longer).

After 1 minute, hubby went in and picked our daughter up and soothed until she stopped crying, kissed her goodnight and lay her back down and left the room. She cried again as soon as she was back in her cot, but hubby still left the room.

This time we waited 2 minutes (arrrggghhhh!) and hubby repeated the steps. Then waited 4 minutes, then 8 minutes, then 10 minutes. After that we stuck with 10 minute intervals. Our baby cried but she was not in pain. Still, it wasn’t easy. It is not for every family, so please do not take any offence. Our children are now 4 and 3 years old and the happiest of children.

We waited a total of 45 minutes until she fell asleep. The next day, we decided to tackle her day naps as well her bedtime and did the same method. I kept a log of how long it took her to go to sleep each time (I suppose as reminder that it was working). Each day, she went to sleep quicker and quicker and by day 4 she was falling asleep independently. She had found her thumb and would cuddle her blankie to sleep.

BUT,

Our son was completely different, we started sleep training him at 5 months old, but, honestly he whimpered for 30 seconds and fell asleep from day 1. It just shows how each child is different.

Night Waking

What if they wake up in the night, I hear you say? Both mine were still waking in the night to feed, so I would still go to their room and feed them (kept it very quiet with a dim light), after feeding I would lay them down awake and kiss them goodnight. By 6 months old, both mine were sleeping 12 hours straight and still do (unless ill). They love sleeping and wake up happy and full of energy, as do we!

I hope this post gives you some reassurance. Feel free to share your thoughts. I would love to hear from you.

 

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