Stretch Marks, or also known as “striae distensae”, are basically scars caused to your skin by rapid growth.
This growth can be associated with pregnancy, weight gain or bodybuilding.
Stretch marks have a reddish or pink color which usually fades over time.
To speed up the process of fading and also to prevent the marks from appearing at first many people use different home remedies like essential oils and herbal creams and lotions.
In this article we will focus on the herbs. Among the most popular herbs used for stretch marks 5 stand out as the absolute best.
These amazing herbs are Gotu Kola, Tulsi, Horse Chestnut, Helichrysum and Aloe Vera.
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Gotu Kola is a herb famous for its ability to improve circulation, help inflammation, speed up the healing processes and increase the levels of collagen in the skin.
These characteristics make it a great remedy for stretch marks and other types of dermal scars.
There are quite a few studies showing the positive effects of Gotu Kola on stretch marks, but the most interesting one is published in “Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews”.
This study is named “Creams for Preventing Stretch Marks in Pregnancy” and it was published in 1996.
It showed that creams containing Gotu Kola extract prevent new stretch marks from appearing during pregnancy in women who had developed them in previous pregnancies.
You can take Gotu Kola orally or apply it as a cream on the affected areas.
Also known as holy basil, Tulsi is an herb originating in India. It has many benefits including healing of scars, infections, wounds and other skin problems.
Tulsi is able to help heal stretch marks thanks to the fact that it contains a lot of antioxidants and phytochemicals, and also has antibacterial, antiviral and anti-inflammatory properties.
What you can do is mix some Tulsi powder with distilled water until you form a paste, which you can apply on your stretch marks or on the areas that might be in risk of developing them.
The bark, leaves and seeds of this great herb contain an amazing compound known as Aescin. This compound is amazing for its power to strengthen connective tissue.
One of the causes for stretch marks is the insufficiency of fibrillin microgibrils, which are known to make the skin resilient.
This can be fixed with Horse Chestnut, because it strengthens and tightens the connections in your tissue, which prevents stretch marks from appearing and also shrinks the ones you already have.
You can take Horse Chestnut orally in the form of a tea, but if you really want to achieve results, you should apply it on your stretch marks in the form of a cream.
Helichrysum is very beneficial for treating stretch marks thanks it’s many benefits, which include anti-inflammatory, anti-allergenic, antispasmodic, antiseptic, fungicidal and astringent properties.
Moreover, Helichrysum is known to have regenerating abilities which is especially good for healing skin conditions such as stretch marks, scars, boils, wounds and others.
However, you need to keep in mind that Helichrysum can irritate your skin if it is sensitive.
Also, it shouldn’t be used during pregnancy, which is when most stretch marks occur.
I bet most of you are familiar with the many skin and connective tissue benefits of Aloe Vera. It is an herb known for repairing skin, healing scars and wounds, healing internal connective tissue and most importantly in our case preventing and fading stretch marks.
It is especially beneficial to mix Aloe Vera Gel with some vitamin E oil.
Use all of these herbal remedies for stretch marks with a lot of consistency, stretch marks may form out of the blue, but it certainly takes a while before they can fade away.
For even greater results you can also use them in a combination between each other or with some of the good essential oils used for treating stretch marks
Essential Oils Can Also Help Fade Stretchmarks!
Healing Natural Oils‘ stretch marks treatment, Heal Stretch Marks, has been formulated for bodies that have gone through growth changes such as, women during and after pregnancy, teenagers during puberty, or for people who have suddenly gained or lost weight.
Our product is tested and proven to be very effective at stretch mark removal and prevention.
This specially formulated stretch marks treatment is 100% natural, produced from the highest quality pure essential oils. Heal Stretch Marks will completely eliminate and remove stretch marks and prevent them after pregnancy with no skin irritation or scarring.
The effectiveness of Heal Stretch Marks to both prevent stretch marks when applied during pregnancy, and to remove old or new stretch marks, is unsurpassed.