Another year, more babies. The wife of one of my co-workers is due to have their first baby in the first quarter of 2016, so I thought I’d make her an herb infused belly bar to ward of itchy belly and stretch marks. It’s wonderfully easy to make and just the thing for any expectant mothers in your life 🙂

How to Make a Herb Infused Belly Bar

How to Make a Herb Infused Belly Bar

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The oils in this bar are simple ones—moisturizing cocoa butter, vitamin rich mango butter, vitamin E oil rich sunflower seed oil, and some bonus vitamin E oil for added anti-oxidizing goodness. This base, once thickened with beeswax, gives us a nice, smooth herb infused belly bar that leaves the skin supple and hydrated.

How to Make a Herb Infused Belly Bar
How to Make a Herb Infused Belly Bar

I chose chamomile and calendula for their soothing, healing properties—helping the skin to relax and regenerate as it stretches like crazy. You’ll notice there are no essential oils in this recipe; I did that on purpose as there’s not much research on essential oils + pregnancy, so we might as well play it safe. That said, I know lots of women who have used essential oils when pregnant to no ill effect, and many others use boatloads of artificial fragrances while pregnant in everything from dish soap to laundry detergent, and I feel like those are far more dodgy.

How to Make a Herb Infused Belly Bar
How to Make a Herb Infused Belly Bar

We’ll use a disposable tea bag to infuse the herbs into the oils, thicken everything with beeswax, pour it in a mould, pop it out, and you’re done! I like to present my herb infused belly bar to moms-to-be wrapped in tissue paper. Enjoy!

How to Make a Herb Infused Belly Bar
How to Make a Herb Infused Belly Bar

Herb Infused Belly Bar

2 tsp dried calendula petals
2 tsp dried chamomile flowers

12g | 0.42oz cocoa butter
7g | 0.25oz mango butter
21g | 0.74oz sunflower seed oil
2 drops vitamin E oil

8g | 0.28oz beeswax

Measure the calendula and chamomile out into a disposable paper infuser bag (I use drawstring bags made for use with loose leaf tea). Tie off the bag.

Weigh the cocoa butter, mango butter, sunflower seed oil, and vitamin E oil out into a heat resistant measuring cup. Place the measuring cup in a small saucepan full of simmering water. Add the bag of herbs to the oil/butter mixture and heat everything through to infuse, keeping everything warm for at least twenty minutes to give the herbs time to infuse. Be sure the herbs are submerged in the melted oils so they get the chance to infuse!

Once the herbs have infused, remove the bag, pressing it with a spatula to squeeze out as much oil as possible.

Weigh out the beeswax into a small dish and add it to the infused oils, heating through in the water bath to melt everything together.

Once everything has melted, remove the measuring cup from the heat and stir. Pour the mixture into a 78mL (1/3 cup) measuring cup to solidify.

Ingesting calendula during pregnancy is not recommended, but it is recommended as a way to combat stretch marks when applied topically. Also, I’ve noticed the you can find somebody somewhere saying that pretty much anything shouldn’t be used/touched/consumed/thought about during pregnancy, so if you have any questions or concerns, I’d direct those towards your physician.

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