Deposition of fats in the subcutaneous layers of the skin giving a pitted and dimpled appearance is termed as cellulite. The skin resembles an orange peel presenting an undulating surface. The fatty deposits remain scattered within the connective tissue giving rise to a honey comb like structure.
This is a typical condition of the skin observed mostly in women of all races above 25 years of age. The white fatty layers of cellulite are generally observed in the thighs, butts and upper arms. Cellulite is not so prevalent in men. This skin condition mars the muscular toning of the body to a great extent. Cellulite does not pose any threats to health, but definitely is a cosmetic concern for figure conscious women.
Obesity due to sedentary life style and poor detoxification of the body is responsible for cellulite in most cases. Doctors strongly opine that the female hormone estrogen triggers the formation of cellulite. This is evidenced from the appearance of cellulite in many anorexic women.
Poor blood circulation, fluid retention in the body and impaired circulatory function of the lymphatic system are other reasons for this skin disorder. Cellulite formation also has some relation to genetics and thickness of the skin.
Effective herbal remedies for cellulite:
Massaging the affected parts of the body with various types of herbal oils is the most effective herbal remedy for cellulite.
Coconut oil massage gives best results for reducing cellulite. Massaging with coconut oil should be carried out daily at least for 5-10 minutes.
Prepare a mixture of oils of rosemary, almond and aniseed in the ratio of 1:1:1 and massage on the thighs, buttocks to reduce cellulite. This is one of the effective herbal remedies of cellulite.
The herb Horse chestnut contains an active ingredient Aescin that improves the strength of the capillary walls and blood circulation. It also prevents fluid retention in the body and reduces swelling and inflammation.
Extract from the grape seeds contains flavonoids and tannins that enhance the strength of the blood vessels. It promotes the functioning of Vitamin C that helps in developing healthy connective tissue. This is another effective herbal remedy for cellulite.
The herb, Artichoke popularly used as a vegetable has wonderful medicinal properties. It detoxifies the body eliminating excess fats and prevents fluid retention.
Gingko Biloba herb maintains the overall healthy blood circulation eliminating excess fluid from the body reducing the problem of cellulite to a great extent.
Seaweed helps in normal functioning of the thyroid glands and maintains normal body weight preventing the formation of cellulite. This is one of the most effective herbal remedies for cellulite.
Massaging oils from lemongrass, gotu kola, grape fruit, sage, cedar, juniper, butcher’s broom, cypress, borage seed are very effective herbal remedies for cellulite.