Essential Oils for Cellulite
It is said that 90% of women have some level of cellulite. Even though it is incredibly common and does not directly affect your health, most women would prefer that orange peel look to just go away! Because of this popular opinion, many natural remedies have been used and studied to see what is effective at reducing the appearance of cellulite. Fortunately, your Essential Oil stash is here to help once again.
What Causes Cellulite?
It is important to understand what cellulite is and what causes it to understand how Essential Oils can help. The dimpled look is not necessarily caused by fat (hence the reason thin women have it too), but more by how the fat lies underneath your skin. Connective tissues that run across the fat push against it causing an uneven surface. This often can be seen on thighs, buttocks, hips, and abdomen. Hormones, diet, activity, genetics, and age all come into play on your level of cellulite, but with regular attention, you can encourage some improvement.
One of the main reasons you may see more lumps and bumps is the quality and elasticity of your skin. Thinner skin equals greater give. Using certain Essential Oils to help tighten and strengthen skin can be beneficial. Another reason cellulite may be more prevalent is lack of blood flow and lymphatic drainage. This is something that Essential Oils are perfect for as well!
What Essential Oils are good for Fighting Cellulite?
All of these oils are listed at being effective in reducing cellulite by a 2017 PubMed alternative medicine review.
Have you ever noticed how the scent of Peppermint actually smells cool? That is because it contains menthol which is very cooling. This can be incredibly helpful when your skin feels tight and hot. Peppermint is great for calming inflammation and amazing for soothing skin. This is a real relief when you are itchy and red. This incredible oil also aids in pain relief by keeping nerves from overreacting.
An ideal way to use Peppermint Essential Oil when dealing with Poison Ivy would be to use it in addition to the already cooling bentonite clay. Mixing in a few drops of Peppermint oil and creating a mask for the painful area can be very soothing.
Not only does this citrus oil smell amazing and uplift your spirits, but it is a great detoxifier! Cellulite may worsen due to toxins in your body. By using Grapefruit Essential Oil topically, you can encourage those toxins to be flushed away. It is important to note that this oil is phototoxic, so we recommend using it at night. When trying to eliminate toxins, it is pertinent to drink a lot of water and eat a healthy diet as well.
It is reported that Lemongrass actually has the ability to dissolve fat deposits. This is super helpful when it comes to cellulite because the fat is actually what is being pushed up against the fibroids causing the rippled look. This oil is also an antioxidant and helps to reduce inflammation, keeping your skin healthy and tight.
These similar Essential Oils both work in the same way when fighting cellulite. Aiding in reducing fluid retention and flushing toxins, they can help tone the skin. They both also encourage blood to move more freely when applied topically and massaged into the area.
Fennel oil is another one that is effective at breaking down fat in the body and flushing it away. This Essential Oil is also a diuretic which means that it can increase detoxification and urination causing the toxins to leave the body more quickly. While we recommend using Fennel oil topically, drinking Fennel tea can help from the inside out.
How do I use these Essential Oils to Treat Cellulite?
Creating your own cellulite fighting blend is easy. You can create a massage oil to be used daily and you can even take it up a notch by adding one ingredient to make yourself an at home spa treatment. Our carrier oil for this blend is going to be Sweet Almond Oil because it helps to soften and moisturize skin.
Cellulite Buster Massage Oil
4 oz Glass Bottle (pump recommended)
4 oz Sweet Almond Oil
8 drops Rosemary Essential Oil
10 drops Grapefruit Essential Oil
5 drops Lemongrass Essential Oil
10 drops Fennel Essential Oil
Add all of the ingredients into the glass bottle and mix well. Apply topically to the affected area every night. Massage in a circular motion for a few minutes then let the oils absorb into the skin.
Optional Spa Treatment:
Caffeine has shown time and time again to be helpful in reducing cellulite because it has the ability to dilate blood vessels which may improve blood flow and tighten skin.
After a hot shower, remain in the tub area. Pump your Cellulite Buster Massage Oil into your palm and mix it in with a scoop of your used coffee grounds from the morning. Apply generously to the affected area in a circular motion. Allow to sit on the area for 5-10 minutes then turn the shower back on and wash away. This treatment shows almost instant results, so it may be a great routine to add in leading up to your beach vacation!