Herbs are not only good for health and general well-being, their healing powers can also be used to help fight cellulite. Skin herbs can help the body rid itself of toxins while simultaneously increasing circulation. Listed below are some commonly used herbs to decrease cellulite.
Ginkgo biloba is a vasodilator, and is thus able to increase skin circulation. As an antioxidant, Ginkgo can combat oxidized cholesterol that typically ends up clogging blood vessels. By helping to reduce oxidation in the body, blood is able to flow more readily throughout the body.
Grape Seed Extract
Grapeseed is an antioxidant that also contains substances like tannins and flavonoids. These can help strengthen blood vessels and veins and create better circulation that indirectly benefits the skin. When skin circulation is increased, this helps to prevent the formation of cellulite.
Green tea contains antioxidants and also helps to thin the blood. It’s a simple supplement to take, as you can simply drink a cup of green tea a day to reap its benefits.
Gotu kola is an type herb widely known for its stimulant effects, but it also helps the body to strengthen collagen fibers and also improve blood flow.
Gotu kola also slows down the hardening of connective tissues and strengthens vein walls. The end result is improved blood circulation to the skin and increased connective tissue health from Gotu Kola supplementation.
Dandelion helps the liver’s to remove toxins and other waste products from the body. Dandelion can also help the kidneys with blood filtration.
Herb Oils to Combat Cellulite
There are many different types of herbal oils that can help reduce the appearance and formation of cellulite. Some cellulite reducing oils include:
- Strawberry oil.
- Evening primrose oil.
- Horse chestnut oil. Horse chestnut is considered an anti-inflammatory herb that contains a substance known as Aescin known to decrease pore size. By helping to improve skin tone and capillary function underneath the skin, Aescin helps reduce the appearance of cellulite.
- Seaweed / algae oil.
- Kelp oil. Kelp can also be taken as a dry supplement, where it’s mucilage content helps prevent the buildup of fluid in the body. Kelp can also be moistened and used as a body wrap.
- Barley oil.
- Hemp oil.
- Flax oil.
- Lecithin oil.
The primary aim of these various oils is to reduce the appearance of cellulite to the skin areas where it is applied (these oils should be applied directly to the problem areas at least once a day) and to improve the overall texture and tone of the skin.