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Essential Oils That Help Reduce Cellulite

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Do you struggle with cellulite? Certain essential oils may help you to reduce its appearance.

Do you struggle with cellulite? Certain essential oils may help you to reduce its appearance.

Cellulite is a collection of fat, water, and waste that is trapped beneath the skin. Fat cells occur naturally in our bodies, but waste is from substances we breath, eat, and drink. When we consume materials that our body cannot dispose of because they are foreign to our waste removal system, our body stores them in our fat cells, causing them to become hard, which creates a dimpled texture.

Foreign waste can come from things like fake cheeses, MSG, high fructose corn syrup, gluten, enriched pasta products, food coloring, carcinogens, and partially hydrogenated oils, among others.

While there are synthetic creams, lasers, and electronic devices, there are also natural ways to reduce cellulite once it has developed. Certain essential oils mixed with a carrier oil, when massaged on skin can, in time, reduce and remove cellulite. This is an everyday treatment.

What Are Essential Oils?

Essential oils are highly concentrated plant oils removed from their plant sources through steam distillation or by a cold-press method. To be used, they must be mixed with a carrier oil, such as hazelnut, walnut, avocado, jojoba, sweet almond, or coconut. Essential oils can last from one to four years in this form, depending upon how they are stored. Carrier oils, on the other hand, only last between six months and a few years, depending on how they are stored.

Properties of Essential Oils

HazelnutJojobaCinnamon LeafJuniperRosemaryCitrus

Softens skin.

Softens skin.

Strengthens connective tissue.

Increases circulation.

Increases circulation.

Strengthens capillaries.

Prevents other oils from becoming rancid.

Stimulates blood flow.

Stimulates tissues.

Stimulates tissues.

Tightens skin.

Balances natural sebum in hair follicles that protects skin from drying out.

Stimulates metabolism.

Stimulates metabolism.

Reduces water retention in cells.

Oil Combinations

Use the following recipe to create a homemade essential oil mixture that can be applied daily and may help reduce the appearance of cellulite over time.

Spicy Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup hazelnut oil
  • 1/4 cup jojoba oil
  • 10 drops cinnamon leaf essential oil
  • 10 drops juniper essential oil
  • 10 drops rosemary essential oil
  • 10 drops cypress essential oil
  • 5 drops orange essential oil *
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Fruity Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup hazelnut oil
  • 1/4 cup jojoba oil
  • 10 drops cypress essential oil
  • 8 drops grapefruit essential oil *
  • 7 drops cedarwood essential oil
  • 5 drops orange essential oil *
  • 5 drops lemon essential oil *
  • 5 drops lime essential oil *

*Note: Citrus oils cause photosensitivity when skin is exposed to sunlight. Using these oils may cause brown spots on the skin that take a long time to fade. Take care when using citrus oils and avoid exposing your skin to the sun. Dizziness and fatigue may also occur.


Pour oils of your choice into a glass bottle with a cap. Mix by shaking and store in a cool dark place. Refrigeration is alright, but some carrier oils solidify below 70 degrees. Before using, shake thoroughly.

To apply the oil, take a warm bath or shower and finish with a cold rinse. Using a sisal brush start at your feet and gently brush cellulite until your skin is slightly red. Starting from your feet, vigorously massage in the preferred oil until completely absorbed.

Repeat daily if possible. These mixtures can be stored for up to six months.

The Role of Exercise

Exercise can also help reduce and remove cellulite when combined with the massage oils. A few specific exercises to try are:

  • Weight training
  • Yoga
  • Bike riding
  • Skating
  • Walking
  • Swimming
  • Climbing

Always drink lots of water. This helps clear the body of toxins by flushing the body and preventing toxins from building up in the fat cells. Water flushes waste from the blood and reduces constipation throughout the body as a whole.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

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