Today’s recipe is a much requested one from a lot of you! I get messages and emails all the time from readers asking how I have been using essential oils during this pregnancy… and the answer is… in SO many ways! I will definitely share how I’ve used some of them at a later date (and maybe even do an online class??), but today I wanted to share a really easy DIY “belly butter” recipe.
I am applying this to my belly, sides, and legs every morning and night before bed to help support healthy skin during this pregnancy. I got pretty bad stretch marks when I was pregnant with Lilly and, thankfully, most of them eventually disappeared. But this time, I’m trying to take better care of my skin so that doesn’t happen! 🙂 Now, I realize that there’s only so much you can do and stretch marks and all that are going to happen… but the more I can take better care of my skin now, the better!
This “belly butter” is very similar to my body butter recipe, with just a few things switched out. It’s a lot thicker and creamier and is INCREDIBLY moisturizing! Honestly, you can use this on ANY part of the skin, not just the belly – that just happens to be where I’m focusing my attention. 🙂
I hope you try it out!
ABOUT FRANKINCENSE ESSENTIAL OIL
Frankincense (Boswellia carterii) includes the naturally occurring constituent boswellic acid, and has a woodsy, warm, balsamic aroma. Diffuse Frankincense during prayer for grounding. Applying this oil topically may help smooth the appearance of healthy-looking skin, and is excellent to use for massage after activity. (source)
ABOUT ELEMI ESSENTIAL OIL
Elemi (Canarium luzonicum) has a spicy, incense-like scent that is soft and somewhat balsamic. A member of the same botanical family as frankincense and myrrh, it has been used traditionally in Europe for the skin. Elemi is highly regarded for reducing the look of fine lines and wrinkles, skin support, and for soothing muscles after exercise. (source)
ABOUT ROYAL HAWAIIAN SANDALWOOD ESSENTIAL OIL
Royal Hawaiian Sandalwood (Santalum paniculatum) has a rich, sweet, warm, and woody aroma that is sensual and romantic. TheS. paniculatum tree is native to and found only on the island of Hawaii, where Young Living has a partner farm that practices sustainable reforestation farming management principles. Used traditionally as incense in religious ceremonies and for meditation, this oil is uplifting and relaxing. It is valued in skin care for its moisturizing and normalizing properties. (source)
In a double boiler (or a makeshift double boiler) melt the coconut oil and shea butter together until they are fully mixed. Add in a few “squeezes” of the grapeseed oil. If I measured it, it would probably be about 1/2 teaspoon. (I just eyeballed it… doesn’t have to be exact).
NOTE: If you are making a larger batch, just adjust your measurements accordingly. I didn’t really “measure” at first and ended up making enough to fill two, 4 oz. mason jars! So I have plenty to last me for awhile.
Let the mixture cool and come back to room temperature but NOT fully harden. I actually put my bowl in the freezer for about 10 minutes. Once it’s back at room temperature, add in the Frankincense, Elemi, and Royal Hawaiian Sandalwood essential oils. (Again, if you don’t have all of these, you can substitute Lavender! You definitely want Frankincense in there though! That’s a must! And if you have Rose EO, USE IT!) Then with a stand OR hand mixer, whip the coconut oil / shea butter / grapeseed oil / essential oils until light and fluffy. This should take a few minutes. It will start to look like whipped cream!
Scoop the whipped belly butter mixture into your mason jars and store in a dark or cool place at or below room temperature. You just want to avoid having this near any sort of heat because it will melt!
Apply liberally to your belly morning and night! (Also apply to any areas where you want healthy skin during pregnancy… or any time, really!)
**This would also make an AWESOME gift for an expecting mama!!
What about you? Will you give this recipe a try? Have you made a “belly” butter before? What ingredients did you include?
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