Skin is elastic. When it stretches from weight gain, medications, or pregnancy, it goes back into place. But sometimes, it leaves remnants of the stretching. Stretch marks start out an angry red or pink and eventually fade over time to silvery-white scars. But wouldn’t it be nice to get rid of stretch marks? Or prevent them? Or at the very least, make them fade faster? Enter essential oils. These can work with your body to naturally heal and repair skin tissues, to assist in stretch marks removal, or keep you from getting stretch marks during pregnancy.
What Are Essential Oils?
Essential oils are natural oils that come from plant parts through distillation processes and still smell like the plant that it came from.
Buying Essential Oils
There are hundreds of essential oil companies, but not all of them use the same processes or have the same integrity. Buying oils at the grocery store can yield less positive results because some companies add synthetic compounds to the oil to make it last longer, according to Maple Holistics. These change the chemistry of the oil and make it less effective. They can also have side effects like burning skin or cause other problems because many of the synthetic ingredients are harmful, even though they mimic the plant’s scent. Buying oils through Amazon can also be dangerous. Someone can buy new caps and add coconut oil to a tiny bit of a bottle of pure oil. You can pay $10 for a bottle worth less than $1. Some companies, like Young Living, DoTerra and Mountain Rose Herbs offer excellent quality oil that is safe to use and will get you the results you crave.
Not sure if you have a pure essential oil? Consider the price of the oil, suggests Prevention Magazine. If it’s the same price as a bouquet of flowers, it’s probably not pure. Essential oils are very expensive because it takes a lot of plant product to make even a small 5ml or 15ml bottle.
Still not sure? Do the paper test. Put a drop on a sheet of paper. If there’s an oily ring left behind, it’s not pure.
Using pure oils is especially important when they’re going to be on your skin and on your body. If you’re going to the lengths to use natural remedies, you want it to be the best quality. Otherwise, you’ve spent time and money for no reason.
Natural remedies like essential oils work with your body’s natural chemistry to heal. Test each essential oil you intend to use on a patch of skin, preferably your forearm, so you can make sure you don’t experience any side effects.
What Are the Best Essential Oils for Stretch Marks?
Do essential oils work for stretch marks? Not all of them. Different essential oils can be used for different things. For instance, the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine published a study in which Lavender essential oil helped with insomnia. Another study indicated that Pine essential oil could be used effectively against certain types of bacterial illnesses, such as E.coli.
However, Pine isn’t going to be useful for skin. Instead, consider these oils: Frankincense, Myrrh, Geranium, Lavender, Neroli, and Jasmine. Check with your doctor to make sure all of these are safe if you’re using them to reduce or prevent stretch marks during pregnancy.
The single best oil to use to get rid of stretch marks is Frankincense Essential Oil. That’s right. The same stuff the Wise Men brought Baby Jesus.
Frankincense is a resin that comes from the Boswelia family of trees in the Middle East, particularly Oman, Somalia, and Yemen. This oil is fantastic for skin and can help it firm by encouraging skin cell regeneration, which helps it regain elasticity. Not only does this reduce the appearance of stretch marks, but it can also contribute to younger-looking skin by treating wrinkles. It can minimize scars and help skin heal faster following surgery.
Yep. Another gift from the Wise Men for Baby Jesus. His skin must have been gorgeous.
Why does Myrrh essential oil work for stretch marks? Like Frankincense, Myrrh comes from tree resin. It’s a natural astringent, so it helps tighten skin. Perfect for getting rid of those stretch marks. It also helps soothe other skin problems, like eczema, or dry, itchy skin.
Geranium essential oil is another ideal oil for stretch marks because it revitalizes skin cells and promotes cell growth, leading to healthier skin. Like Myrrh, geranium is a natural astringent that can help tighten the skin. So not only does it tighten your skin, but it also revitalizes your skin and encourages it to regrow.
That’s right, our good friend, Lavender, which can also help you get a restful sleep, can be used to treat stretch marks. Lavender is something of a Superhero in the world of essential oils. Like the Swiss Army knife, it’s incredibly versatile and can be used for hundreds of different things, including skin care. It can help your skin get rid of scars and stretch marks by repairing the skin cells.
Neroli comes from the orange blossoms of bitter orange trees. It has a very appealing fragrance that has both floral and citrus notes. It helps makes the skin smoother and provides additional moisture, which is important for elasticity and treating stretch marks, wrinkles, and scars. Neroli also helps skin maintain the correct balance of oils and makes it glow.
Jasmine is an “absolute” instead of an essential oil, simply because of the cost to make an essential oil. It would require roughly 4 million blossoms to make one pound of oil. However, Jasmine absolute is valued as a romantic oil that can overcome bedroom issues, but it is also good for skin problems because it hydrates skin, which can smooth wrinkles, help reduce the appearance of scars and increase elasticity to treat stretch marks.
How to Use Essential Oils for Stretch Marks
While it might seem like the best way to heal your skin would be to just drop some of the essential oil onto your skin, that’s actually a bad idea because it’s cost prohibitive. Good-quality essential oils are expensive. Even oils that don’t cost as much, like Lavender and Geranium, will get very expensive if you’re using 5-10 drops 1-2 times per day. Especially since most bottles of good-quality oil are about 15ml, which only has about 250 drops. You’ll go through it in a month. A bottle of Frankincense, Neroli, Jasmine, and Myrrh can each cost more than $75.
Instead, use the following tips and recipes to create your own hydrating lotion or body butter.
Tip One: Choose one or two oils to start
While all of the afore-mentioned oils are great for ideal for homemade stretch mark cream, you don’t want to get them all at once. You’ll break the bank. Consider starting with Lavender and Frankincense. Both of these oils are versatile and Frankincense is an expensive oil, but the best to use for stretch marks, and Lavender is less expensive, so it provides a good balance from a cost perspective, while also being excellent for oils. This also lets you see how you like the combination of oils.
Tip Two: Add the oils to a carrier.
Carriers can include oils, like jojoba oil or safflower oil. You can also use Shea butter, Cocoa butter, or a combination of carriers. Adding the essential oils to the carrier not only helps them go further, but the various oils and butters can also provide additional moisture, which can also help treat the stretch marks.
- Jojoba Oil: Similar to the natural oils produced by the body, but can clog pores
- Evening Primrose Oil: Combats dryness and itchiness
- Rosehip Seed Oil: Helps the body produce collagen and elastin and is high in Vitamins
- Cocoa Butter: Naturally heals dry, sensitive skin
- Shea Butter: Can smooth and soften dry skin
- Beeswax: Seals in moisture while softening skin without clogging pores
Tip Three: Use it Regularly
Just like store-bought products for stretch marks, the only way for natural remedies with essential oils to work is if you use it. Put it in a container you like and store it upright and out of the sun so it doesn’t go bad before you use it all.
Tip Four: Any time you use shea butter, cocoa butter, or beeswax in a lotion or a body butter, it’s important to melt them down using a double boiler. Then, wait until after mixture cools to add the essential oils.
Now the fun part! Putting it all together. The following recipes can be used both to prevent stretch marks or to eliminate existing stretch marks.
Recipe One: Natural, Simple and Smooth Stretch Mark Cream
- 15 Drops Lavender
- 15 Drops Frankincense
- 1/4 cup Coconut Oil
Add the ingredients together in a glass container and blend until they begin to peak, then transfer it to the storage container you’ll be using. Don’t want to use Lavender and Frankincense? Try another blend.
Recipe Two: Homemade Moisturizing and Replenishing Lotion
- 20 Drops Geranium
- 20 Drops Frankincense
- Add other essential oils as acquired
- 1/8 cup Coconut Oil
- 1/8 cup Shea Butter
- 2 Tablespoons Beeswax
Melt the coconut oil, shea butter, and beeswax together in a double boil. Place in the fridge until they cool, then add the essential oils and blend together. Transfer to the container you’ll be using and label it.
Recipe Three: Stretch Mark Serum
- 10 drops Frankincense
- 6 drops Lavender
- 5 drops Neroli
- 4 drops Jasmine
- Rosehip Seed Oil
Add these essential oils to a roller bottle (available on Amazon) and fill the bottle up with Rosehip Seed Oil. Apply it about three times per day.
Recipe Four: Body Butter for Kissably Soft and Smooth Skin
- 7 Drops Each of Frankincense, Myrrh, Neroli, and Geranium
- 5 Drops each of Lavender and Jasmine
- 1/8 cup Shea Butter
- 1/8 cup Cocoa Butter
- 1 Tablespoon Coconut Oil
- 1/4 Teaspoon Almond Oil or Jojoba oil
Again, melt down the butters and oils and let them cool and start to harden before adding the essential oils. Adjust the base if it has too much or too little liquid for your tastes.
Recipe Five: Cellulite Massage Oil
Not everything is about fading the stretch marks. This helps firm and tone skin. This can have the added bonus of treating your unsightly cellulite and stretch marks.
- 1/2 cup used Coffee Grinds
- 1/4 cup sunflower oil
- 2 Tablespoons Brown Sugar
- 10 drops Grapefruit
- 10 drops Cypress
- 10 drops Lavender
- 10 drops Frankincense
Mix this all together and store it in a glass jar. Use it in the shower 2-3 times per week for at least four weeks.
When used regularly, essential oils can get rid of stretch marks. Since the essential oils have multiple uses and applications, these homemade options can be considerably less expensive than many store-bought products. You also have the freedom to pick and choose the recipes you want to try and supplement them with the oils that you like the most for your unique skin. With essential oils, you can find a blend that you like the scent of and that also boosts your mood and helps you sleep while you reduce your stretch marks. Why not get the multiple benefits?