Cellulite is often misunderstood. The appearance is often likened to that of cottage cheese or is given the nice little term ‘dimpled’. Regardless of what you want to call it, cellulite is simply subcutaneous fat deposits.
In spite of popular opinion, cellulite is not a ‘fat’ problem, in fact it has more to genetics. Individuals are predisposed as to how their body will store its fat. This is the reason why you will see thin individuals with cellulite and over weight individuals who do not appear to have any cellulite at all. In addition environmental damage, aging and hormones are also thought to play a role in the formation of cellulite.
If you are looking for a natural solution for cellulite than essential oils may be an option. Many essential oils may be safely used to help reduce the appearance of cellulite. The applications that are most commonly used are bathing and massage. For a bath use approximately ten drops of your chosen essential oil in your water, do not however add the oil to your bath until you have finished running your water. Ensure that you agitate the water with your hand before getting in to ensure that the oil is not sitting in a clump on the surface.
The other application that can be used is by making up a mixture that can be massaged into the affected area. To make a massage oil for this purpose simply add two to three drops of your chosen essential oil and add it to one ounce of your favorite carrier oil and enjoy. Regardless which application you choose, use regularly.
1. The aroma of Tangerine essential oil can be described as sweet, fresh, comforting and lively. This essential oil is extracted from the outer peel of the fruit by cold expression. If you decide to give Tangerine essential oil a try ensure that you to do not use it before you on an area of skin that will exposed to direct sunlight as it is has been known to be phototoxic.
Other citrus essential oils that can be applied for this therapeutic use are lemon, lime, orange and grapefruit.
2. Geranium essential oil is extracted by steam distillation from the leaves, stalks or flowers of the plant Pelargonium graveolens. This essential oil has an exotic, spicy, floral scent and is known as the “women’s oil” because of the benefits it provides for menstrual and menopausal issues.
3. Wintergreen essential oil has a warm minty scent which is recognized world wide. This essential oil is extracted by steam or water distillation from the leaves of the plant Gaultheria procumbens.
4. Oregano is one of the most popular spices found in kitchens and Oregano essential oil is one of the most popular oils in aromatherapy. This oil is extracted by steam distillation from the dried herb and leaves.
5. Juniper Berry essential oil is believed to be one of the first aromatics used dating back to ancient civilizations. This versatile essential oil is extracted by steam distillation from the dried or slightly dried ripened fruit of the plant Juniperus communis.
6. Pine essential oil has a very recognisable scent and is often associated with winter and the holidays. This essential oil is extracted by steam distillation from the needles, twigs and buds of Pinus sylvestris. Do not use oil from the dwarf pine Pinus pumilio.
If using essential oils interests you then choose an essential oil that has the therapeutic properties that you are looking for but one that also has a scent or aroma that you find appealing.