During my recent vacation in Italy, of course I had to pop into a health store and ask what they recommend to treat the blight.
On this particular day, we were visiting Perugia, a larger city in the Umbria region of the Italian countryside. I intended to stop in one of the ubiquitous farmacias to ask a proper Italian pharmacist what she recommends for cellulite. But then I passed by a lovely little shop called l’Erbolario.
The name drew me in, in addition to the sale sign in the window. It seemed to be similar to a pharmacy, but the name made me think perhaps it had more of an emphasis on herbs and other natural remedies. Now that I’m back home and had a chance to look at their website, I can see that is exactly the case.
The name L’Erbolario brings to mind the ancient term “erborare”, meaning to gather herbs in the fields, in order to study their beneficial properties. This is what the family of Franco Bergamaschi, the founder of L’Erbolario, did together with his wife, Daniela Villa, who is a biologist and cosmetologist. The starting point for their activities were family recipes, tested and improved by experiments, research and distillation.
The first shop opened in Lodi, Italy in 1978. L’Erbolario now has shops all over the world. Looking through their product catalog makes me wish I had spent more time browsing through some of the 400 creams, washes, lotions, and potions created at their production facility. But I was focused solely on one product: the one they recommend for treating cellulite.
My fiance and I had rehearsed how to ask the woman behind the counter what Italian women use for treating cellulite. “The body wrap is the best thing for cellulite,” she said confidently. I asked if there is a cream or mud they apply during the wrap. She held up her finger, as if she was excited to show me, and then disappeared into the back room.
Out she came with… GUAM Beauty Mud! There was a line of pineapple-based cellulite creams in the shop, as well, but she brushed them off as a distant alternative to the efficacy of GUAM.
We first discovered GUAM last year. The woman responsible for making GUAM available in the United States contacted us to tell us about this amazing product she found during a trip to Italy (she used to be a shoe designer). She gave me several samples to try and a full jar for one of my fellow investigators.
I felt like the Mud had potential, but I didn’t feel like my body was ready to respond. It was overburdened with reactions from my fluoride detox. I picked up a giant tub of GUAM to incorporate into my anti-cellulite plan. I’m trying something new tomorrow that I hope will help get my body to the point where I’ll see more results from treatments like GUAM.
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