Stretch Marks – Natural Cures…
Stretch marks are corrugated grooves on the skin, 0.5 to 1.5 cm wide, with a different length, and pale purple color. Their direction is always targeting towards the biggest tension of the skin.
Stretch marks occur on the abdomen, hips, breasts and buttocks. Often occur during pregnancy, especially among young mothers (under 25 years), but they may appear due to excessive weight loss. Men can also get stretch marks. They are caused as a result of the damage to the elastic skin cells exposed to too much tension.
Prevention, hygiene and natural recipes
For the prevention of stretches it is important to do mild massage of the abdomen and hips, also breasts during a time when those parts of the body are tense (pregnancy, obesity). Everyday diet must be rich with: beets, carrots, walnuts, hazelnuts, almonds, dried fruit, which is important for pregnant women, and not for those who are overweight.
The massage is mainly preventive, and can be used cypress oil, olive oil or sweet almond oil. Baths for the whole body, also preventative and to a certain extent healing, with the following preparation (per liter of water):
- 1 pinch red hawthorn
- 1 pinch horsetail
- 1 pinch marigold (flowers)
- 2 pinches rosemary
- 2 pinches lime
- 2 pinches wild orange
- 1 pinch rosemary
- 1 pinch marjoram
St. John’s wort oil against stretch marks
- 2 tablespoons of St John’s wort oil
- 1 tablespoon of burdock oil
- 1 yolk
- 5 drops of lemon juice
- 5 drops of tincture of marigold
Slowly mix, first yolk with the oils, and then add the drops of lemon and calendula. The mask is applied with a brush on the stomach in a thin layer, leave it for 30 minutes and remove with lukewarm water. Then apply St John’s wort regenerating cream.
St John’s wort regenerating cream
- 20 grams St John’s wort oil
- 10 grams of anhydrous lanolin
- oil from wheat or corn germ
- 5 grams of cocoa butter
- beeswax and cetaceum
- 40 grams of distilled water
- 1 teaspoon honey
- 5 drops of lemon essential oil
The cream is made on the principle of a water bath – greasy ingredients are melted on a mild temperature, add the oils and heat at 140F. In a separate bowl on the same temperature prepare the distilled water and honey.
The first mixture is removed from the water bath, slowly add the water and honey, mix them well until is achieved temperature when it can be held in your hand. Then add essential oil and mix until complete cooling. The cream is placed in proper packaging, stays open 10 minutes, mix it again and close. This cream is among the finest natural creams for skin care of the whole body, especially the breasts. It can be used as a day or night cream, applied in a thin layer. If used as regenerating mask, thicker layer is applied, and the excess is removed after 15 minutes.