Butcher's Broom * Cedarwood, Atlas * Celery Seed * Cypress Oil * Gotu Kola * Grapefruit * Guarana * Horse Chestnut * Immortelle Oil * Juniper Berries * Kelp/Bladderwrack * Lemon * Lemongrass * Patchouli * Rosemary * Sage *
If there is there anything more frustratingly hard to eliminate than cellulite, I don't know what it is. Cellulite is caused by superficial pockets of trapped fat, which results in uneven dimpling or "cottage cheese" thighs. In order to beat it a whole body approach needs to be used, including diet, exercise, and skin treatments.
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Improving Circulation: Smooth skin depends on strong, active blood vessels, adequate hydration for healthy skin cells, and the right balance of nutrients. Special attention needs to be paid to diet as well as topical applications. Herbs can help the body flush out toxins, eliminate excess water waste and also help to promote healthy circulation to problem cellulite areas. Kelp has long been used to reduce cellulite deposits, or unsightly lumps of fat that appear principally on the thighs. Because of its high iodine content, many nutritionists assume that kelp stimulates thyroid function, which increases the rate at which the body uses energy and, as a consequence, decreases fat deposits. It is also found in many soaps and topical skin treatments including salon body wraps. Numerous users have reported success with this treatment, although no studies have been done in this area. Gotu kola is an excellent vasodilator and tones the blood vessels allowing more circulation to problem cellulite areas. One of its active ingredients, asiaticoside, works to stimulate skin repair and to strengthen skin, hair, nails, and connective tissue. It is sold as a drink in Asian specially stores under the common name pennywort, but a herbal tea made from the leaves may be your best bet.
EFA's and oils : After you slim down to a healthy weight, cellulite can still make donning a swimsuit or summer shorts hard for self-conscious people. Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs) found in flax, hemp oil, borage, and evening primrose oils are important in your battle against cellulite and fat deposits. These oils can be used both in food, supplement capsules and as body oils. The exception is black seed oil which can cause skin irritation and is for food use only. These oils should not be used for cooking, or ever be heated, and are best kept refrigerated.
Using essential oils: Blend astringent, anti-cellulite essential oils with almond oil, jojoba, or other light carrier oils to make a massage blend. Massage over the whole problem area, stimulating circulation to the problem cellulite. This will leave the skin hydrated and smooth. Grapefruit, lemon, cedar and cypress oils are commonly used to stimulate the lymphatic system which is thought to have a beneficial effect on cellulite. Everlasting, Helichrysum angustifolium, essential oil is a natural anti-inflammatory that is often used in aromatherapy oils and topical treatments for all kinds of skin disorders, including cellulite and stretch marks. It is rather pricey, but can be used sparingly.
Coffee wraps and caffeine scrubs :Guarana, and coffee are often used in wraps and body scrubs in combination with white willow to treat cellulite. The theory behind these treatments is to dehydrate the body. This are not ideal because the water weight is quickly regained and I find the treatments to be rather messy and time consuming. It may be worth a try for a special occasion like a beach vacation.
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