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Pregnancy Avoid/Remove Stretch Marks Salve Recipe

February 12, 2019

Statistically speaking, 90% of pregnant American women will get stretch marks (to some degree) during the third trimester. I admit, I was among the lucky 10% during my first two pregnancies. I managed to escape my 9 months without a single stretch mark. I used TONS of Shea Butter during my first pregnancy, while I barely used anything during my second. (However, I did hydrate far more during my second pregnancy.) Now pregnant with my third, I’m not assuming I will be as lucky this time around. Since Week 20, I’ve been using a DIY salve that I have been LOVING! It feels incredibly soothing and has helped tremendously with my itchy belly. The below recipe is from (which, if you haven’t checked out her blog, it’s a must!), but with a few modifications. Here’s an amazing salve recipe to avoid and remove stretch marks:


  • 1/4 cup Organic, Unrefined Shea Butter 
  • 1/4 cup Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil
  • 3 Tablespoons Almond Oil (or Apricot Kernel)
  • 1 Tablespoon Calendula Flowers (optional)
  • 1/4 teaspoon ginger

How to Make Stretch Marks Salve:

  1. If using the calendula and ginger, add to Almond Oil (or Apricot Kernel Oil) and place in a double boiler or bowl over a small pan of water.
  2. Bring to a simmer and heat for 30 minutes on medium low heat to incorporate the properties of the herbs.
  3. Strain through a metal strainer to remove herbs. (Be sure you still have at least 2 tablespoons of liquid oil left.)
  4. Return the oil to the double boiler. Add the Shea Butter and Coconut Oil.
  5. Heat until melted. Stir to incorporate.
  6. Remove from heat and store in small glass jar.
  7. Use as needed on skin before, during or after pregnancy to alleviate stretch marks and itchy belly.