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Body Burden: Why Natural is Best and Recipes for Homemade Belly Balm & Oil

Nobody should be putting chemicals on their skin (and therefore in their bodies), but pregnant women need to be especially careful about avoiding chemicals. The sad truth is that newborns come into this world with an average of 300 chemicals already in there little systems. Scientists call this a body burden and they also now know that prenatal exposure to many chemicals leads to fertility problems later on in life for these babies. If we live in a modern society, unfortunately some of these chemicals are impossible to avoid, however, we do have a choice about what we bring into our home, and what we put on and into our bodies. It is our responsibility to do our best at giving our children a healthy and happy life. The good news is that there are so many options for chemical free products and food that this responsibility is getting easier and easier.

In conjunction with our Calendula Salve I have been using a homemade cocoa butter belly balm on my growing tummy for the past few months. Not only is it incredibly easy to make and 100% natural, but it smells like chocolate!! I have included this recipe below along with one for a simpler belly oil. You can also watch me make it with additional tips and directions here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PWg0XIsfJDU

Recipes:

Pregnant Belly Balm
If you are pregnant, try this massage oil to help prevent stretch marks. The lavender essential oil also acts as a muscle relaxant.

Ingredients
4 400-International Unit vitamin E capsules
2 ounces almond oil
2 ounces any light vegetable
½ ounce cocoa butter (available in drugstores)
15 drops lavender essential oil (optional)

Directions
Pop open the vitamin E capsules and squirt contents into almond oil. Heat mixture in a saucepan over low heat. Add cocoa butter. After cocoa butter melts, remove mixture from heat and let cool. Add essential oil and stir to blend. Massage the oil on your belly— or get someone to do it for you—at least once a day, or as often as you like.

Pregnancy Belly Oil

Ingredients:
2 ounces of basic oil (you can choose from sesame, almond, sunflower, jojoba)
2 ounces of organic oil (you can choose from Wheatgerm, Hazelnut or Macadamia Nut but if you can’t find any of these then just use any of the basic oils)
24 drops of Organic Lavender Oil OR 12 drops Mandarin oil and 10 drops Neroli oil

Directions:
Measure out a total of 4 ounces of oil into a clean jar. Then add a total of 24 drops of essential oil (the essential oil jars come with a built in dropper). Stir well and you’re done.

How To Use

You can begin in the first or second trimester, whenever your abdomen starts to “grow”. With gentle circular movements apply balm or oil to the abdomen twice a day. You can also use these blends on your thighs, sides and anywhere else your skin is stretching. The important thing is to start using it before the stretch marks appear. You should continue to use it until about 1 month after the birth as rapid decrease in weight can leave stretch marks as well.

Important if this is the first time you are massaging either the oil or balm on your body, do a patch test first to make sure you don’t have any allergies to the ingredients. Just rub a small amount of the finished blend on the inside of your elbow and wait 24 hours. If there’s no rash or reaction, you’re good to go.

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