Massage > Aromatherapy and Cellulite Reduction
By George Kakaris
As you may know, Aromatherapy is the use of volatile liquid parts of
plants, which are called essential oils, for various natural treatments. It is a
holistic alternative therapy that has been used since antiquity in all major
civilizations and its popularity is increasing.
Cellulite is the dimpling skin found especially on thighs and sometimes on
tummy, back of arms and buttocks which looks lumpy and ripply. While it is
harmless, cellulite discomforts female population especially in summer time.
Almost every woman (even the slimmest ones) has cellulite to some degree. It is
believed that cellulite is not only fat, but accumulation of fat, fluids and
toxins which are trapped in the skin, owing to weakening of the connective
Cellulite is caused by numerous reasons. Upon the whole, cellulite is
genetically inherited from mother to daughter and related with female hormones
and their changes. Cellulite is magnified during pregnancy, menstruation and
estrogens therapy. Estrogen hormone plays the major part in determining
intensity, formation and expansion of cellulite condition. Men’s lack of
estrogen hormone, is the reason why men don not have cellulite on their body.
What is more, diet poor in fibre, rich in fat and salt, smoking and inactive
lifestyle contribute to cellulite aggravation.
Keep in mind that there are many things to do to reduce cellulite, but nothing
can eliminate one hundred percent the “orange peel” surface of female skin at
affected areas. Just to name few, increasing body exercise, decreasing fat
income and sugar, drinking many cups of water, avoiding coffee and eating fruits
rich in C vitamin, are suggested for combating cellulite. In this article we
will present you some aromatherapy tips that can help you remove cellulite.
Essential oils can assist with anti-cellulite treatment in two major ways:
Reducing body toxins, waste matter and imprisoned liquids and enhancing blood
circulation. The essential oils that are used most for cellulite therapy are
Juniper, Citrus, Rosemary, Lemon, Lemongrass, Grapefruit and Geranium oil. Bath
and especially massage are the most effective Aromatherapy uses for a successful
Add 5-10 drops of your favourite essential oil in your bath water and stay in it
for at least fifteen minutes, once a week. This time allows essential oil to
penetrate your skin and its diuretic and circulation boosting action to be more
Aromatherapy massage is probably the most useful alternative method for treating
cellulite because it is applied directly to the affected part of skin and
encourage body detoxification and blood circulation. Carrier (or base) oils from
various vegetables are used for essential oil dilution. Appropriate carrier oils
for massage are among others, Avocado, Jojoba and Almond. Remember to follow
carefully the safety rules for essential oils uses. Otherwise, you will run the
risk to irritate and harm your skin.
Aromatherapy is not only a delightful and refreshing activity. It is beneficial
for a lot of health conditions including skin diseases like cellulite. Using the
right essential oils in bath and massage you can regenerate skin cells and
reduce the toxins and fat that turn into cellulite.
About the Author
George Kakaris is a freelance writer living in an island
of Greece. He is very interested in natural health and alternative active life
style and owner of an information site about Aromatherapy and Essential Oils,
where you can read about
essential oils and
hydrosols among others.
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