Self-care is always important, but especially when you’re expecting. Learn how to make your own pregnancy massage oil in this special selection from THE PREGNANT GODDESS by Arin Murphy-Hiscock.
Why not make your own massage oil? You can buy the vitamin E capsules at the pharmacy. The jojoba oil and cocoa or shea butters can be found in natural food stores or online. Once blended you should store this oil at room temperature.
Ingredients You Will Need
- 4 ounces jojoba oil
- Small pot
- 3 vitamin E capsules (measuring about 400 IU each)*
- ½ ounce pure cocoa butter (or shea butter)
- Wooden spoon, chopstick, or Popsicle stick
- 9 drops lavender essential oil
- 6-ounce jar (or bottle) with cap
- Place the jojoba oil in the pot. Carefully slice open the vitamin E capsules over the pot and squeeze them into the jojoba oil. Place the pot on the stove.
- Over low heat, carefully warm the mixture. When the oil is warm, add the cocoa butter (or shea butter). Stir with the spoon or stick until the mixture is melted.
- Remove from heat and allow the oil blend to cool. When it has reached room temperature, add the lavender oil and swirl to mix.
- Pour into the jar or bottle.
- To use, pour a little bit in your hand and massage it slowly over your abdomen. Do not use excessive force, and do not use too much oil; a little goes a long way. Make sure you cover the entire abdomen area, reaching down around the sides as well. If you are gaining a lot of weight, massage your buttocks and thighs and breasts as well. As you massage, visualize the calming energy enfolding both your baby and yourself. Do this once a day. To fully relax and for a wonderfully sensual treat, get your partner to massage the oil in for you. This allows your partner the opportunity to reach out and bond with the baby as well. Alternatively, you can add a few drops to a warm (not hot) bath.
This oil can also be used in the weeks after childbirth, as the body regains its shape and you lose weight again. It takes skin approximately twice as long to regain its shape as it takes the muscle and flesh underneath, so continue to care for the skin of your abdomen. Do not massage your breasts with this oil if you are breastfeeding, as the baby will end up ingesting it.
*NOTE: Vitamin E oil is often applied as a treatment for the prevention of stretch marks during pregnancy. However, according to a study published in the British Journal of General Practice in 2013, there is no confirmed evidence that topical oils prevent stretch marks. In addition, vitamin E oil may cause a mild to moderate allergic skin reaction known as contact dermatitis. It may cause the skin to appear inflamed, dry, or flaky, and to become intensely itchy. Consult your doctor if you have concerns about the safety of applying vitamin E during your pregnancy.
For a guide to the traditions, rituals, and blessings for a sacred pagan pregnancy, pick up a copy of THE PREGNANT GODDESS by Arin Murphy-Hiscock.
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Excerpted from The Pregnant Goddess by Arin Murphy-Hiscock. Copyright © 2020 by Simon & Schuster, Inc. Used by permission of the publisher. All rights reserved.