Lavender Oil: Using lavender oil for stretch marks April 11 2014
Stretch marks are perhaps one of the most dreaded “side effects” of pregnancy, and while genetics are thought to play a major role in their appearance, there are also environmental causes (and preventative measures) that you can be aware of in order to give your skin its best shot at maintaining its supple glow throughout your pregnancy. Stretch marks may appear on the abdomen, buttocks, thighs, breasts or upper arms; they are usually pink or purple in color, and can also be very light.
Lavender oil (Lavandula angustifolia) has amazing anti-inflammatory properties that make it extremely beneficial for use on skin as it stretches and expands throughout pregnancy. It helps to induces the growth of new skin tissues to make the skin more supple and open to stretching without trauma. Stretch marks are basically a form of skin scarring, so it is best to try and prevent them before they have a chance to occur.
How to use lavender oil to prevent and minimize stretch marks:
Beginning in your second trimester (when the stretching starts to occur), mix 3-5 drops of lavender oil with one teaspoon of carrier oil (such as almond, coconut, or jojoba). Apply this mixture to your abdomen first, working it outwards in the direction to eventually cover your buttocks and thighs as well. This same mixture can also be applied to the breasts and underarms. Repeat this application 3 times a day throughout pregnancy.
Lavender oil can also be applied neat (in undiluted form with a cotton ball or q-tip), to any areas that appear extra tight or sensitive, and also any existing stretch marks you may have.
Add 15-50 drops of lavender oil to a warm (not hot) bath. Soak skin all over for no more than 15 minutes.
This information is for educational purposes only, and is not intended to prescribe, treat, prevent, or diagnose any disease or condition. As always, before you begin any sort of regimen using essential oils, please consult with your physician, naturopath, or aromatherapist before doing so. The use of oils can be very empowering and effective in the treatment of a variety of ailments. However, use your own discretion; the medical community is there to help us when oils can't.