Baby Belly Butter (For your Miraculously Expanding Womb!)

The body of a Woman is absolutely miraculous. I have been watching sisters, best friends, clients, strangers, morph from Maiden into round and glowing pregnant soon to be Mothers, and I am just in awe. The changes the body undergoes to accommodate new life is nothing short of divine. It makes me so proud of my body, so impressed with it's strength, surrender and resiliency. The power and spirit that emanates from a pregnant Womb is palpable. I wanted to craft a medicine that could honor this, help hold space for this transformation both energetically and physically.

So I crafted a beautiful Baby Belly Butter that nourishes and maintains integrity of the expanding skin and also gives Mothers-to-be a tool of ritual to honor themselves and their amazing Creatrix abilities.

The Belly Butter is made with love, intention and the finest of ingredients. It can be used on Bellies every single day, rubbed on easily- perhaps while repeating a mantra or just saying hello to your little fella in there. This Calendula infused butter contains cocoa butter and shea butter which will moisturize the skin, allowing more expansion with less stretch, and Vitamin E oil that has been shown to reduce the acquisition and appearance of stretch marks (not like they are anything to hide though! Those stretch marks are your alters, Queens!) This recipe will far out do all belly creams on the market, most of which are petroleum based and loaded with toxins and preservatives, not to mention lacking the vitality of being intentionally hand crafted. Making your own belly butter assures quality and allows you to infuse your own love and sacred energies into it (you could even get a group of Women together to celebrate your pregnancy with some herbal crafting time!)

I pray you enjoy this medicine recipe and find joy when rubbing it on your Miraculously Expanding Womb!

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Recipe:

 

1/2 cup coconut oil

1/4 cup Calendula infused sunflower oil **

1/2 cup cocoa butter

1 tsp (or about 1,000 IU) Vitamin E oil

2 tsp bees wax

1 tsp Lanolin (or shea butter if vegan)

 

*Optional* Essential Oils of Choice: 10 drops / 1 oz mixture

I used only 50 drops of Lavender essential oil total for a dilute and gentle scent. The smell of Cocoa butter alone is nourishing. Please be cautious with essential oils, too much may be irritating and unsafe. 

 

Directions:

  • In a double boiler setup: heat the coconut oil and sunflower oil together on low-medium heat.
  • Add the cocoa butter and stir until melted. This will take some time.
  • Add the bees wax (and shea butter if using) and again, stir until melted.
  • Remove the mixture from heat. Add the Vitamin E oil, Lanolin and Essential Oils.
  • Move mixture to chosen containers. I would suggest a dark and amber glass jar or salve tin.

 

Note: Be careful to not expose this preparation to any water or moisture and always use clean equipment!

 

**Calendula infusion:

  • Infusing oil can be super simple or a refined art (in some cases). With products like this, I like to use the simple folk method of infusing oil. Warm the oil in a double boiler apparatus and add enough herb to almost saturate it, but not quite. Stir it around good and allow to it macerate (soak) on low heat for 3-6 hours. The oil should take on the smell and color of the herb you are using! Then remove the marc (the herb) from the menstrum (the oil) by using a fine mesh strainer or a cheese cloth, and you are left with your beautiful Calendula oil to use in the above recipe!

 

All ingredients mentioned can be purchased locally (In Seattle) at my favorite shop- Dandelion Botanicals Apothecary or online at Mountain Rose Herbs

 

Plant Blessings,

Samantha 

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