Get Rid of Postpartum Stretch Marks the Ayurvedic Way

by Shinjini Guha January 01, 2021

Get Rid of Postpartum Stretch Marks the Ayurvedic Way

There is an insurmountable joy when a mother holds her little one for the first time. Every moment thereon, life becomes more meaningful. Every pain that a mother undergoes during her pregnancy and childbirth vanishes when she witnesses her child’s first steps or their first smile. While the little one is at the receiving end of all the love and care from his/her family members, mothers need to care for their bodies, too. 

Stretch marks post-pregnancy is a concern for many new mothers. This is the body’s way of accommodating a new life within itself. Although this might pale in comparison to other bodily changes, this also deserves attention. If left unattended, it can cause itching, a burning sensation and, peeling of one’s skin.


According toAyurveda,postpartum stretch marks are calledkikkisa and are often caused due to an imbalance inkaphaand/orpitta dosha. An imbalance in the former causes itching while the latter results in the burning sensation. 

The stretch marks can be cured by following simpleAyurvedasteps with ingredients that are available in the comforts of your kitchen. However, it is important to pay attention to the ingredients to ensure that there are no allergens. If the stretch marks become severe over time, it is always advisable to consult one’s physician. 

Ayurvedatips to get rid of stretch marks:

  • Mix equal parts of sesame oil with organic almond and olive oil. Massage it over the areas with the stretch marks daily and wash with warm water and gentle cleanser after 10 minutes. 
  • Castor oil can also be applied to areas with stretch marks and massaged gently for ten minutes. Doing this daily will result in a significant reduction in stretch marks.
  • Apply sandalwood paste to the stretch marks and wash with warm water after it dries. This helps the skin to cool down and prevents any discomfort. 
  • Fresh aloe vera gel extracted from the plant can be applied on the stretch marks and washed off with warm water after 20 to 30 minutes. This can be done daily. 
  • Lemon juice and cucumber juice must be mixed in equal parts and applied to the area of stretch marks. Wash it with warm water after 15 minutes. 
  • A homemade scrub consisting of olive oil and sugar can be used on the stretch marks. Gently massage the mixture onto the areas with the stretch marks for 10 minutes before washing with warm water. 
  • Potato juice can be applied onto the stretch marks and washed off with warm water after 10 minutes. 

Apart from topical application, certain foods can also be incorporated into the new mother’s diet to heal the stretch marks and improve the elasticity of her skin. 

DietaryAyurvedatips to get rid of stretch marks:

  • Citrus fruits, pineapples, and tomatoes can be consumed regularly. These fruits and vegetables contain high levels of antioxidant Vitamin C which fasten the healing of the skin. 
  • Hydration plays a key role in removing stretch marks. Drinking eight to ten glasses of water daily improves the skin’s elasticity and nourishes it. 
  • Vitamin E rich foods like pumpkins, olives, hazelnuts, and avocado can be consumed. Non-vegetarians drink the broth made from the bones of chicken/mutton/beef which have copious amounts of Vitamin E. 

AnyAyurvedacure will provide the desired results but not immediately and the same applies for stretch marks as well. Natural ingredients used inAyurvedacures will work their magic gradually without resulting in side effects. While trying these remedies, it is essential that one is patient and trust the process that was formulated eons ago. 

Shinjini Guha
Shinjini Guha

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