Meet the Pampering and Soothing Herbs in Our Pregnant Belly Salve and Oil
December 19, 2018
Our oil and salve help prevent stretch marks and relieve the itch of stretching skin, using USDA Certified Organic herbs. Each herb offers unique soothing properties.
- Marshmallow, the progenitor of modern day commercial marshmallows, is an herb with varied uses. It can be eaten raw or slightly cooked, makes an excellent soup thickener, and the roots can be used as a meringue substitute. Mallow softens skin and soothes skin irritations, boils, stings, and runny sores. In a tea, it soothes mucus membranes, swollen glands, and irritations of the respiratory, gastrointestinal, and urinary tract.
- Lavender is a beautiful perennial plant with a familiar clean and soothing scent. It grows up to two feet tall with many branches of gray-green linear leaves. It has very aromatic purple flowers, which grow on terminal spikes, are gathered just before opening and used to relieve headaches, depression, exhaustion, and to promote relaxation and sleep. They are also used in herbal body care and aromatherapy in sachets and sleep pillows; relaxing baths; antiseptic face washes, steams, and toners; and creams and oils to relieve aches and pains. Lavender has also traditionally been used to help minimize scarring.
- Rose is the classic flower with a wonderful aromatic smell that has inspired much poetry. But did you know that once the flower petals fall off what’s left is a valuable seedpod, called rose hips? The hips are very high in Vitamin C. You can use them to make a tea to relieve cold symptoms, or puree into a syrup or jelly mixed with applesauce. Rose hip oil has traditionally been used to help prevent scarring. Roses are known to hydrate the skin and are wonderful to use for a face wash, steams and herbal baths. You can even put the flower petals on cuts to stop bleeding.
- Calendula is an easily planted annual with orange and yellow flowers and alternate leaves. The unusual curlicue seedpods easily reseed themselves. This herb is an all purpose skin soothing herb traditionally used to stop bleeding, wash wounds, and soothe chapped skin. It can help relieve muscle cramps, swelling, and soothe insect bites. Calendula is often used in a footbath on swollen feet and as an eyewash on sore, tired eyes. A hair rinse including calendula reduces dandruff. The orange and yellow petals of this edible flower are a colorful addition to salads.
- Chamomile is a highly aromatic herb which many of us drink as a relaxing and calming tea. It has finely cut leaves and small, many rayed white flowers with yellow centers that bloom daily throughout its growing season. It’s a gentle herb to drink for its calming effect on children and adults. It is also used to relieve indigestion, gas, and diarrhea. Chamomile is thought to have anti-inflammatory properties and has traditionally been used on scaly skin, sunburn, and windburn, to help soften skin. A hair rinse with chamomile even brings out blonde highlights.
These five herbs, in a base of apricot oil, produce our Pregnant Belly Oil. If you prefer a more creamy texture, try our Pregnant Belly Salve which contains those same ingredients with the addition of beeswax and shea butter. With no added scents or preservatives, these two products smell of lavender and chamomile and are a great way to pamper yourself. Even though the titles contain the word 'belly', don't forget to apply it to anything that is growing, including breasts, hip, and buttocks.
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