Home Remedies for Cellulite: Anti Cellulite Herbs

25 Oct

I’m excited to present a guest post today by a fellow cellulite sleuth,  Amelia from An Apple a Day. Amelia has been researching natural remedies for cellulite, specifically anti cellulite herbs. This is a subject we’ve only begun to explore here at the Cellulite Investigation, so I am eager to see what Amelia uncovered.

Next time I’ll give you an update on my self-experiment with horse chestnut seed extract. I hope it will serve as an important reminder of just how potent these natural remedies can be.

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Are you looking for a natural remedy for cellulite? Fortunately, countless herbs abound that aid in cellulite reduction.

To better understand how herbs affect cellulite, let’s review what causes cellulite.  Cellulite forms as a result of deficient circulation, usually in the lymph that brings toxins from your tissue to your blood.  The condition of your circulatory vessels is an important factor in cellulite formation. Continue reading for descriptions of six key anti cellulite herbs, each one accompanied with instructions for incorporating it into your diet or daily routine.

Gotu Kola

Try out the herb gotu kola (or “centella asiatica”) for its stimulant properties and its ability to help your body produce substances that strengthen collagen fibers (structural proteins in your skin). Native to India, Sri Lanka, Iran, and other parts of Asia, Gotu kola also strengthens your vein walls so as to prevent your veins from becoming damaged — and ultimately, to prevent leakage.

Your skin tone and firmness can also improve from gotu kola, as this herb increases the flexibility of connective tissues below the skin. Along these lines, your connective tissues will not harden as easily or quickly. You can apply gotu kola cream to the skin, take an herbal supplement, or receive the herb as a mesotherapy injection.

Ginkgo Biloba

This Chinese herb contains several different medicinal properties and helps improve blood flow and circulation. If your body does not have adequate, oxygen-rich blood flow, the necessary cleansing and detoxification functions won’t occur as easily, contributing to cellulite. You can take this herb in the form of soothing creams.

Grape Seed

Grape seed extract, as with gotu kola, helps strengthen collagen fibers and sustain the elastic properties of blood vessels. It strengthens connective tissues, as well as the walls of small veins.  Circulation in the legs will also improve from using grape seed extract; you will experience less fatty tissue buildup. The presence of antioxidants in grape seed extract contributes to its cellulite-fighting properties. Consult your supermarket’s dietary supplement aisle for grape seed extract options.

Juniper

Considered a purifying and refreshing herbal method, juniper alleviates water retention and removes excess fluids from the body. To use essential oil of juniper, add it to olive oil and then rub this concoction on cellulite-prone areas.

Dandelion

Dandelion is a “diuretic” herb, meaning it helps with the removal of fluids. It is important to note that when taking diuretic herbs such as dandelion, you need to replenish your body with liquids low in sugar. Also, you should not take diuretic herbs on a frequent basis; beyond several days of usage, it could be more detrimental than helpful.

So, how does dandelion help combat cellulite? It flushes out excess fluids from your tissues — those fluids that build up and then appear underneath your skin in the form of cellulite. You can purchase dandelion root tea bags, use dandelion extract, or apply dandelion moisturizer to your skin. As you can see, this herb comes in a variety of forms, so consult the dietary supplement aisle of your supermarket to find the best option for you.

Yerba Mate

This herb takes a slightly different approach to cellulite reduction; it contains fat-burning (“thermogenic”) agents. However, research regarding yerba mate is limited, making it not as favorable of an option for removing cellulite as the other herbs listed above. It is currently a fairly popular tea found in grocery stores and some cafes.

Sources:
Natural Health Research Institute
Cellulite Removers
Dandelion Tea: Effective Herbs for Cellulite Removal
Chiro.org
Home Remedy Reference Center
Chinese-herbs.org
ConsumerReports.org

Amelia von Wolffersdorff is a guest blogger for An Apple a Day and a writer on the subject of becoming a medical transcriptionist for the Guide to Health Education.

*This post is part of Monday Mania hosted at The Healthy Home Economist.

A Cellulite Investigator Update

Thanks for stopping by The Cellulite Investigation.  Things are a little quite around here at the moment.  I’m taking an extended break as I get married and settle into married life and a new home.  Don’t worry, I’ll be back soon!

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Megan says:
12/5/2012

Juniper is very diuretic, much more so than Dandelion, and should be used with extreme caution topically or internally. Dandelion is much better for the purpose of removing cellulite by removing excess water because it is gentle. Juniper is better for infections of the urinary tract and excess gas.

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