When I was pregnant with Enoch, I really appreciated a lovely “Belly Balm” that a friend made for me as a pregnancy gift. I used it from early on in my pregnancy once or twice a day on my chest and belly. When I ran out, I missed it so much that I decided to make some more!
I never got stretch marks during the pregnancy (which may or may not be due to the balm or genetics), but this balm is definitely the solution for that itchy, expanding belly!
I searched around, and decided to use this Beautiful Belly Balm recipe, with a few adjustments. I substituted Apricot Kernel Oil instead of Olive Oil, and used some Rose Hip Oil for half of the Jojoba Oil (1 oz each).
I also found that if I added extra Cocoa Butter, I could create it into a convenient “roll-on” style of balm (similar to a tube of lip balm), instead of a messy “cream,” which was great for traveling without spills.
This recipe made quite a bit more than I expected, resulting in three containers-full, instead of the one I was anticipating! So, I used a different scent for each jar. I used essential oils of Lavender, Sweet Orange, and Rose Geranium.
Since I have a good “stash” of these balms, they will be wonderful to use on our skin during the dry winter weather, or as a pregnancy gift for someone special!