This cream, mentioned throughout the blog for its skin-nourishing and reparative properties, is also excellent for preventing stretch marks. Many women have used this cream successfully to prevent stretch marks by applying it every day during their pregnancy. When you make the cream for this purpose, omit the essential oils in the original recipe (see formula pp. 29-30)
Perineal Emollients. Massaging and lubricating the perineum with nourishing emollients before and during labor helps to prevent perineal tears and encourages healthy tissue so that this sensitive area can deal with the extreme stretching required of it during birth. When massaging the perineum during labor, you may find warming the oil to be comforting and helpful in stretching the skin. To warm the oil, place it in a jar or heat-proof cup in a hot-water bath until it reaches the desired temperature. You can choose a rich carrier oil, such as olive, jojoba or avocado, or some of the suggestions that follow.
Wheat Germ Oil
This oil is what my midwife suggested to use for perineal massage, and so every time I smell it I am brought back to the intense, exhilarating and deep feeling of birthing. It is a good choice for perineal massage, as it contains a significant amount of vitamin E and nourishes the skin, helping to make it elastic and strong for the stretching required when the baby’s head emerges.
St. Johnswort Oil
This is another frequently used oil for perineal massage. Its anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving properties are very helpful during and after labor.
St. Johnswort fresh flowers and buds cold pressed olive oil
Follow Directions for Herbal-infused Oils with Fresh Herbs. Yield varies.
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