Cellulite is a condition in which the skin appears to have fatty deposits, resulting in a cottage cheese like texture. It affects both men and women, and although there is no clear scientific cause, it is linked to a range of factors, including hormones, genetics, diet, and lifestyle factors.
How To Use Essential Oils For Cellulite
Essential oils use is aimed at eliminating toxins that can accumulate in the fat cells. Used in conjunction with lymphatic drainage techniques, they also help increase circulation, sending fresh blood into the area. Oxygenating cells, and disposing of waste matter.
As essential oils are highly potent, they should not be applied directly onto skin. Certain essential oils can be phototoxic, and should not be used several hours before exposure to sunlight. Essential oils must never be taken internally, or used with certain medications. Essential oils need to be diluted and blended with appropriate carrier oil. Some essential oils are unsuitable for pregnant, nursing women or the elderly and some allergies. Please seek advice from a qualified aromatherapist, before using essential oils.
There is an extensive choice carrier oils to use, dependant on availability and skin condition. Here are some examples such as jojoba, avocado, evening primrose and coconut
Popular Essential Oils For Removing Cellulite
1. Geranium – M
Geranium essential oil has an inspiring floral fragrance, sourced from the flower of the geranium plant. It has strong antibacterial and antimicrobial properties, ideal for sanitizing and healing wounds. It’s astringent qualities are great for improving the texture of skin and is one of the best oils for combating cellulite, thanks to its, moisturising, antiseptic, tonic, diuretic, and haemostatic properties. In addition, it can address hormone imbalance to help prevent the skin wrinkles and premature aging.
2. Rosemary – M
Rosemary is a culinary herb derived from an evergreen Mediterranean shrub. The oil is a strong tonic for detoxifying the liver, and regulator of the digestive process. Other benefits include blood flow, and brain stimulation. Rosemary is great oil for battling cellulite due to its toning and firming properties that reduce the appearance of those unwanted skin depressions. It also helps to combat lymphatic blockage, further working to get rid of cellulite.
3. Lemongrass -T
As the name implies, lemongrass smells of lemons, although milder, sweeter, and less sour. This grass is used as a flavoring agent in beverages, desserts and other forms of culinary creations, as a substitute for fresh lemon.
It offers stimulant and sedative properties as well as being a strong astringent. It helps to remove toxins and enhance blood circulation while its diuretic compounds give it the ability to reduce fluid retention.
4. Carrot seed – M
Carrot seed essential oil is derived from the dried seeds of the wild carrot plant. Its native origins can be traced back to Egypt, France, and India. Its properties are antiseptic, carminative, cytophylactic, depurative, diuretic, emmenagogue, and vermifuge. This essential oil is adept at slowing the aging process, keeping the skin hydrated, toned, and eliminating stretch marks. It contains powerful antioxidant and detoxifying properties in addition to stimulating the production of collagen and enhancing blood circulation.
5. Grapefruit – T
Grapefruit is rich in antioxidants, has a wealth of Vitamin-C, and combined with the other antioxidant components, boosts our immune system and fights against the activity of free radicals. This oil is effective in protecting the body from premature aging, macular degeneration, loss of vision and hearing, mental and physical sluggishness, nervous disorders and other related problems. Grapefruit helps to eliminate toxins in the body, including synthetic drugs.
6. Cedarwood – B
This aromatic essential oil has traditionally been used to treat respiratory illnesses, alleviate nervous tension and to repel insects. Cedarwood oil can be beneficial in dealing with Seborrhea Eczema, an inflammatory condition. The disease is caused by a malfunction of the sebaceous glands. Cedarwood has the ability to regularize sebum production while treating the infection. The oil also reduces the ugly redness and obvious signs of the condition while treating it.
Cedarwood oil safeguards wounds from becoming septic as well as protecting them from tetanus germs. Cedarwood essential oil defends the body against toxins, by fortifying white blood cells and immune system, which allows internal functions to thrive.
Cedar Wood Oil can be used as a general health tonic, since it tones the organ systems and stimulates metabolism. It tightens and tones muscles, skin, nervous system, stomach, digestive system and brain functions. It improves the functionality of the kidney and liver, which further improves overall health and well-being.
7. Juniper – M
Juniper essential oil derived from an evergreen shrub, Juniperus Communis. It is very common in Europe, and has a very long history of naturally preventing long- and short-term illness as they’re high in ‘polyphenol and flavonoid antioxidants. Juniper berries were long considered to be protectors of both physical and emotional health.
Juniper acts as a diuretic by decreasing water retention in the body, which helps to treat cellulite. It also helps to improve circulation and eliminate an overload of toxins.
8. Celery seed – M
Celery seed oil is steam distilled from the whole or crushed seeds of the Apium graveolens plant, and among its properties include being anti-rheumatic, antispasmodic, carminative, nervine, sedative and tonic. The oil helps to remove any excess fluid from the body and offers an array of other benefits such as supporting relaxation, stimulating the nervous system, supporting better sleep and tonic properties that provide greater strength and vigour. It’s also a strong blood purifier, which cleans the blood and can cure gallstones and kidney stones.
9. Cypress – M
Cypress Oil has a distinct spicy and masculine fragrance. Cypress essential oil, officially known as Cupressus sempervirens, a needle-bearing tree in coniferous and deciduous regions. This powerful oil is extracted from small, rounded and woody cones, leaves and tiny flowers.
The oil is sudorific meaning it can cause promote sweating or perspiration. This cleansing action opens skin pores and sebum glands while preventing acne and other skin diseases. As much as it stimulates perspiration, it also curbs excessive sweating, balances fluid levels in the body’s tissues and is believed to help clear toxins out of the body as well as reducing heavy menstruation and heavy bleeding. It is anti-rheumatic and anti-arthritic, so it can also be used in the reduction of varicose veins, cellulite, and respiratory conditions
10. Tangerine – T
Tangerine essential oil is a powerful depurative, that helps in the excretion or removal of toxic and unwanted substances such as uric acid, pollutants, excess salt and water from the body. The excretory process also increases the oxygen-retaining capacity of the erythrocytes (red blood cells), thereby refreshing and purifying the blood.
It contains properties such as being an antiseptic, antispasmodic, cytophylactic, depurative, sedative, and stomachic.
11. Bitter orange – T
Bitter orange is not only outstanding for weight reduction by maintaining or even raising the metabolism to help one shed stubborn pounds. Bitter Orange is also believed to help eliminate dreaded cellulite. It offers anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer properties, while also helping to detoxify the endocrine system.
12. Spearmint – T
Spearmint oil is used as an alternative for peppermint when it is unavailable. Spearmint oil possesses similar medicinal properties, due to the presence of similar compounds in its essential oil. The presence of menthol, gives it aroma is similar to that of peppermint, although its menthol content is much lower.
Spearmint oil is extracted by steam distillation of the flowering tops of spearmint plants. It offers properties that include being an antiseptic, antispasmodic, carminative, cephalic, emenagogue, insecticide, restorative and stimulant substances, which all work together to combat cellulite. This oil is considered a potent fat metaboliser when combined with grapefruit essential oil in order to target largest areas of cellulite.
13. Fennel – T
Fennel contains an organic component called Trans Anethole, which boosts the production of the estrogen hormone. Although this is beneficial for lactating mothers, it is harmful for women who are pregnant, and women with breast cancer, uterine cancer or tumor, since excess estrogen is the main cause of such cancers. In heavy doses, it may cause drowsiness and can result in convulsions, hallucinations, as well as mental and emotional distress. People suffering from epilepsy or with a history of that condition should avoid using fennel essential oil.
Fennel provides powerful diuretic properties that help the body speed up the elimination of stored up waste materials and decreases the prevalence of water retention in body tissues. It’s also effective for breaking up the fatty deposits under the surface of the skin.
Fennel essential oil tends to be most effective when blended with rosemary essential oil.
14. Patchouli – B
Patchouli essential oil is unique in that it enhances with age. The distinctly exotic and musky scent was highly in vogue with the hippie culture of the ‘60s. The oil has been highly favoured in the perfume industry throughout history. It is now popular for its wide-ranging therapeutic uses including anti-cellulite massage.
15. Sage – T
The cicatrisant properties of sage have made it staple oil in the world of cosmetics as a key ingredient of anti-mark and anti-spot cream. This property helps eliminate scars, fat cracks, post-natal abdominal stretch marks and after-spots left by boils, pox, and sores. This oil is especially effective for the treatment of cellulite.