Dimples are cute, but no woman wants them on her thighs. Unfortunately, over the years, we’ve simply come to accept them as a part of growing older and the slowing down of metabolisms. The good news is, if you know what’s really causing cellulite, you’re back in the driving seat on how to heal and prevent it. There are a handful of bigger lifestyle changes you can make to begin reducing your amassed and unwelcome bum, tum and thigh orange peel. But just for some good measure, here’s nature’s helping hand where herbs, oils and supplements are concerned. They’ll help to strengthen your connective tissue, improve your lymph drainage and stimulate circulation. These magical natural ingredients can be eaten, brewed in teas or applied topically.
Choose a handful of these handy herbs to include in your diet and skincare regime. If you’re already getting these in, then you might like to know what they’re really doing for you.
Ginger is a peripheral circulatory stimulant and so increases your circulation.
Get your ginger dose in through:
- Ginger water (hot water infused with fresh ginger slices ready for regular morning sipping)
- Ginger tea
- Ginger infused honey added to your regular teas or as a spread on your toast
- Ginger flavoured kombucha
- Organic ground ginger added to your smoothies, soups and stews
Grapefruit stimulates lymphatic drainage by stimulating the natural removal of excess water and unwanted toxins from the body. These are some of its other cellulite busting hidden talents:
- Supports the connective tissue by reinforcing the crosslinking structure of collagen
- Helps maintain the elasticity of the blood vessels for a healthy circulation
Go grapefruit crazy on your skin with these favourites:
- A refreshing grapefruit infused all over lotion
- Add grapefruit essential oil to your body scrub
- Quench your thirst with grapefruit tonic
- Get some self-body-love in with a grapefruit massage candle
Horsetail (or horse chestnut) contains high levels of the mineral silica, which is used in the repair and maintenance of skin cells.
- The flavonoids and saponins in horsetail have great cell rejuvenating and regenerating properties
- Horsetail has a stabilizing effect on the connective tissue, increasing the firmness and elasticity of the skin
- It improves blood circulation by reducing inflammation and build up on your capillary walls
Treat yourself to a deep soak in Dr Hauschka horse tail enriched bath essence.
4. GOTU KOLA
Gotu Kola is a natural source of caffeine making it ideal for treating cellulite.
- It strengthens the connective tissues by stimulating the body’s production of the ground substance that keeps collagen fibres locked in place
- It enhances the structure of the connective tissue surrounding the fat chambers which help stimulate the circulation of blood
Ways to get in Gotu kola:
5. COCONUT OIL
Coconut Oil contains medium chain triglycerides which are easily absorbed and used by the body for fuel.
- It has the capability of stimulating the thyroid gland, which increases body temperature and metabolism
- Coconut oil is known for improving the burning of excess fat
Popular coconut oil remedies:
- Make your shower body scrub with coconut oil
- Get your chocolate fix with homemade chocolate sauce using raw cacao and neutral flavoured coconut oil
6. BENTONITE CLAY
Bentonite Clay is a natural mineral clay known for its ability to absorb impurities and toxins from the skin through the pores.
7. ALOE VERA
Aloe Vera contains allantoin, which soothes and heals skin. It has been shown clinically to increase microcirculation of the skin and to speed healing of skin tissues.
Say hello to these aloe fixes:
- Get your aloe vera in through aloe juice
- Rely on this much loved all over aloe body gel
- Give those legs a rub with this Natraloe anti-cellulite cream
8. GINKO BILOBA
Ginkgo Biloba is a natural blood thinner that increases the micro-circulation to skin and fat cells.
9. GREEN TEA
Green tea is a mild stimulant that contains caffeine as well as powerful antioxidants that aid in the proper replication and repair of skin cells.
Popular green teas to try:
- Theonista green tea infused kombucha
- Perhaps you’d prefer a green tea in pure extract form
- The trick with drinking conventional green tea is to not over steep the tea
Rosemary has amazing anti-oxidant properties and is also very effective at increasing and stimulating circulation due to its rubefacient properties.
- Add a few drops of rosemary essential oil to your body oil or lotion or use it in a body scrub.
- Calm those nerves while you get some rosemary in your sceletium tea
We hope this solution packed list of natural cellulite cures inspires you to find a remedy in nature that works for you. We’re pretty sure the only skin she wanted those dimples on are oranges after all.