You don't have to be overweight to have cellulite. Cellulite is neither a disease nor a sign of unhealthiness.
Cellulite is defined as a fatty deposit causing a dimpled or uneven appearance, as around the thighs and buttocks. The fat, which is very close to the surface of the skin, pushes against connective tissues in the skin to cause a dimpled appearance (orange skin look).
According to Dr. Murad, author of The Cellulite Solution, "cellulite isn't a fat problem, it's a skin problem. Cellulite has nothing to do with how much you weigh, nor does it improve with weight loss."
Cellulite is one of the harder types of fats to dissolve in the body. It is an accumulation of old fat cell clusters that solidify and harden as the surrounding tissue loses its elasticity. Since the fat becomes trapped in compartments of the tissue where there is poor circulation, cellulite is a condition that is difficult to eliminate. The essential oil of Cypress is a good oil for improving circulation.
Excess fat is undesirable for two reasons:
1. The extra weight puts an extra load on all body systems, particularly the heart and cardiovascular system, as well as the joints (knees, hips, spine, etc.).
2. Toxins and petrochemicals (pesticides, herbicides, and metals) tend to accumulate in fatty tissue. This can contribute to hormone imbalance, neurological problems, and a higher risk of cancer.
Essential oils such as ledum, tangerine, and grapefruit may help reduce fat cells. Cypress enhances circulation to support the elimination of fatty deposits. The essential oils of lemongrass and spearmint also may help fat metabolism.
Young Living's Cel-Lite Magic Massage Oil contains many of these oils and may help reduce cellulite deposits.
Cellulite is slow to dissolve, so target areas should be worked for a month or more in conjunction with weight training, a weight loss program, and drinking plenty of purified water each day (NOT distilled water!). Be patient. You should begin to see results in 4 to 6 weeks when using the essential oils in combination with a muscle-building/weight-loss regimen and cleaning up the liver and lymph.
Massage and Cellulite
Massage is one of the top techniques to use on areas of
cellulite. It too brings more vitality and light to the area.
The physical movements used in massage help to:
· Promote lymphatic circulation, which takes the toxins out of the area
· Increases blood supply which carries oxygen to the area, helping to break the encapsulated hardened fat cell that makes up cellulite
We can massage ourselves at home on a daily basis when we are in the bath or shower in the cellulite prone areas, but it’s always so much nicer to have a massage therapist work on us!
Young Living Single Essential Oils:
Rosemary, Grapefruit, Lemon, Tangerine, Cypress, Fennel, Juniper, Spearmint, Lemongrass
Young Living Essential Oil Blends:
EndoFlex, Citrus Fresh
Make Your Own Topical Treatments:
Cellulite blend #1:
· 5 drops rosemary
· 10 drops grapefruit
· 2 drops cypress
Blend available for $15.00
Cellulite blend #2:
· 10 drops grapefruit
· 5 drops lavender
· 3 drops helichrysum
· 3 drops patchouli
· 4 drops cypress
Blend available for $21.00
Dilute 50-50, massage 3-6 drops vigorously on cellulite locations at least 3 times daily, especially before exercising. For better coverage, oils can be put into a spray bottle; shake and spray area then massage.
Having a bottle of YL Cel-Lite Magic Massage Oil (#3754) on hand for those busy weeks will help keep you advancing on your path.
Cellulite blend #3 (Bath):
· 5 drops juniper
· 3 drops orange
· 3 drops cypress
· 3 drops lemon
Mix the above bath recipe together with 2 tablespoons Epsom salts or with Young Living Bath Gel Base (#3751) and dissolve in warm bath water, 2-4 times weekly. Follow with a massage with Cel-Lite Magic.
Apply 3-5 drops of YL grapefruit essential oil, neat, 1-2 x daily to increase fat-reducing action in areas of fat rolls, puckers, and dimples. Do NOT apply to skin that will be exposed to sunlight within 12 hours - all citrus oils are photosensitizing.
Young Living Dietary Supplementation:
These are Young Living supplements that will help restore balance, fat burning, help boost metabolism, and overall good health: Thyromin, ThermaBurn, Power Meal, Thyromin, and ThermaBurn.
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