Cellulite--pockets of dimpled, puckered fat, usually on your buttocks, abdomen, hips and thighs--can be unsightly and frustratingly difficult to get rid of. Cellulite's orange-peel appearance is caused by fibrous strands of connective tissue, which push fat cells outward; aging, childbirth, and overweight can all promote the development of cellulite. Many women turn to homemade remedies to help the appearance of cellulite. Apply a small amount to the inside of your wrist 24 hours before using the remedy to make sure you're not allergic, and consult your doctor before using essential oils.
Visit a health foods store and purchase rosemary and fennel essential oils. Add two drops of each of the essential oils to three teaspoons of almond oil; you can also add the essential oils to three teaspoons of jojoba or olive oil. Blend the oils well. The almond, jojoba or olive oil functions as a carrier oil, helping to dilute the potent essential oils to negate any skin-irritating effects while preserving their beneficial properties.
Warm the oils slightly in a pan or microwave, and massage to cellulite-affected areas of your body, using the pads of your fingers in circular motions. Although medical doctors remain skeptical, many beauty experts and aestheticians strongly believe in the use of essential oils to combat cellulite. According to Kim Ulen, supervisor of the skin care department of the Cal-a-Vie Spa in Vista, California, aromatherapy oils are absorbed directly into your skin, and can help fight cellulite from the inside out. Herbs 2000 notes that rosemary oil has antiseptic and astringent properties, and advises its external use to increase blood flow and promote circulation. Ask your doctor before using rosemary oil; if you are pregnant or nursing, you shouldn't use it at all. Herbs 2000 credits fennel with detoxifying effects, and notes it is often used as a massage oil. Ask your doctor before using fennel oil.
Repeat the cellulite remedy every week for best results.
Drink at least eight 8-oz. glasses of water a day to flush out toxins and keep skin hydrated.
Get ample amounts of vitamin C--found in fresh citrus fruits--in your diet. According to Self, this antioxidant vitamin aids in the production of collagen, which can help strengthen connective tissue and cause cellulite to appear less lumpy.