In colloquial language, cellulite is known as ‘’Orange Peel Syndrome’’ or ‘’Cottage Cheese Skin’’. It is a common skin problem among women. Thighs, legs, buttocks and abdomen area are commonly affected by this problem.
Common causes include fatty diet, fat accumulation under the skin, hormonal changes, dehydration, lack of physical activities, slow metabolism and so on. Common symptoms include dimple or bumpy skin, discoloration of the skin and so on. Some effective herbal remedies for cellulite are described below.
Herbal Remedies for Cellulite
Another means to get rid of toxins and build-ups is to exercise. A simple cardiovascular activity will do. But if you are determined in making your thighs sexy, do toning exercises. It develops the muscles in the thighs. Then, it gets rid of the fats in your legs. This will make the cellulite less obvious. Or, it will make the cellulite go away totally.
Hydration is crucial for overall health—from digestion to your skin’s healthy glow and texture. Being fully hydrated can smooth your skin’s surface. Try consuming foods with higher water content like melons, cucumbers, watermelon and leafy greens. Not only are these foods high in water content, but they are also low in calories – helping you to lose weight and control fat stores.
Parsley is also known as ‘’Petroselinum Crispum’’. Consumption of parsley juice multiple times in a day can help in removing the toxins and accumulated fat from the body. Fresh parsley leaves can be added to daily food items. This herb may also help in reducing the problem of cellulite caused by fluid retention. Crushed parsley leaves can be added to water to prepare tea and consumed on a frequent basis to obtain the desired results.
Exfoliate your skin with the fine coffee ground and get even skin tone. It will reduce skin blemishes and cellulite appearing on areas such as thighs and belly. Make a thick paste of ground coffee, sugar and coconut oil. Slightly heat the concoction and gently scrub on your body where you find cellulite.
Aloe vera can be used to deal with the problem of cellulite. Intake of aloe vera juice on a daily basis can help in dissolving the saturated fat under the skin. A mixture of aloe vera juice and chamomile can also be consumed. Rubbing aloe vera gel on the affected area can also help in minimizing the bumpy texture.
Aloe vera gel mixed with grated cucumber can also be rubbed on the affected area to obtain the desired results. This herb can help in dissolving the accumulated fluid which may result in cellulite.
Chickweed is frequently referred to as ‘’Stitchwort’’. Chickweed belongs to the caryophyllaceae family. A paste made by mashing chopped chickweed in water can be applied on the affected area. Another option is to apply chickweed oil on the affected area.
Green tea can speed your metabolism and help you burn fat by stopping the production of fat-absorbing enzymes. But, catechins found in green and white teas can also reduce insulin resistance. Drinking three cups a day could increase energy expenditure and help you to burn an extra 80 calories in the next 24 hours. Try tea in the morning in place of coffee.
‘’Cow Clover’’, ‘’Wild Clover’’ or ‘’Meadow Clover’’ are some common names of red clover. Red clover extract can be mixed with water to prepare herbal tea.
This tea can be consumed on a regular basis. Red clover is detoxifying in nature and can help in reducing the formation and accumulation of fat.
Omega-3 and Vitamin d
The omega-3 essential fatty acid, along with vitamin D are crucial for balancing out hormones and stimulating brown fat metabolism (the fat you don’t want on your body!). They also activate the production of collagen and reduce inflammation throughout the body, both of which help to reduce the appearance of cellulite. Best source of omega-3 and vitamin D is Evening primrose oil is also excellent, especially for women. In addition, getting out in the sun (for extra vitamin D) and eating plenty of omega-3 rich fish such as salmon, herring, mackerel and tuna is also important.
Massaging the affected area with a mixture of rosemary, oregano, cypress and hazelnut oil on a daily basis can cure various symptoms associated with cellulite. To obtain effective results, a mixture of ginger and rosemary oil can also be added to a bucket of warm water to be used for bathing.
One theory is that cellulite forms in the superficial fascia, a layer of connective tissue below the skin that contains fat cells. Superficial fascia is fibrous and due to inactivity, injuries, and improper exercise, adhesions (scar tissue) in the fascia can form contributing to the bunched-up or rippled look of the skin. Not only does the superficial fascia become more fibrous, thickened and coarse, less flexible, but it can also adhere to underlying structures that it normally slides over.
Some therapists are able to perform a type of massage called myofascial massage or myofascial release, which smoothes this layer of connective tissue and can apparently also help with some types of muscle and joint problems that are related to imbalances in the fascia.
For those of us who don’t have access to regular massage, it seems that using a deep tissue foam roller (like this one) regularly can greatly help as well.