Essential Oils That Help Reduce Cellulite

Updated on November 18, 2019
Amethystraven profile image

I like learning about and experimenting with natural ways to care for my skin.

Do you struggle with cellulite? Certain essential oils may help you to reduce its appearance.
Do you struggle with cellulite? Certain essential oils may help you to reduce its appearance. | Source

Cellulite is a collection of fat, water, and waste that is trapped beneath the skin. Fat cells occur naturally in our bodies, but waste is from substances we breath, eat, and drink. When we consume materials that our body cannot dispose of because they are foreign to our waste removal system, our body stores them in our fat cells, causing them to become hard, which creates a dimpled texture.

Foreign waste can come from things like fake cheeses, MSG, high fructose corn syrup, gluten, enriched pasta products, food coloring, carcinogens, and partially hydrogenated oils, among others.

While there are synthetic creams, lasers, and electronic devices, there are also natural ways to reduce cellulite once it has developed. Certain essential oils mixed with a carrier oil, when massaged on skin can, in time, reduce and remove cellulite. This is an everyday treatment.

What Are Essential Oils?

Essential oils are highly concentrated plant oils removed from their plant sources through steam distillation or by a cold-press method. To be used, they must be mixed with a carrier oil, such as hazelnut, walnut, avocado, jojoba, sweet almond, or coconut. Essential oils can last from one to four years in this form, depending upon how they are stored. Carrier oils, on the other hand, only last between six months and a few years, depending on how they are stored.

Properties of Essential Oils

Cinnamon Leaf
Softens skin.
Softens skin.
Strengthens connective tissue.
Increases circulation.
Increases circulation.
Strengthens capillaries.
Prevents other oils from becoming rancid.
Stimulates blood flow.
Stimulates tissues.
Stimulates tissues.
Tightens skin.
Balances natural sebum in hair follicles that protects skin from drying out.
Stimulates metabolism.
Stimulates metabolism.
Reduces water retention in cells.

Oil Combinations

Use the following recipe to create a homemade essential oil mixture that can be applied daily and may help reduce the appearance of cellulite over time.

Spicy Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup hazelnut oil
  • 1/4 cup jojoba oil
  • 10 drops cinnamon leaf essential oil
  • 10 drops juniper essential oil
  • 10 drops rosemary essential oil
  • 10 drops cypress essential oil
  • 5 drops orange essential oil *

Fruity Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup hazelnut oil
  • 1/4 cup jojoba oil
  • 10 drops cypress essential oil
  • 8 drops grapefruit essential oil *
  • 7 drops cedarwood essential oil
  • 5 drops orange essential oil *
  • 5 drops lemon essential oil *
  • 5 drops lime essential oil *

*Note: Citrus oils cause photosensitivity when skin is exposed to sunlight. Using these oils may cause brown spots on the skin that take a long time to fade. Take care when using citrus oils and avoid exposing your skin to the sun. Dizziness and fatigue may also occur.


Pour oils of your choice into a glass bottle with a cap. Mix by shaking and store in a cool dark place. Refrigeration is alright, but some carrier oils solidify below 70 degrees. Before using, shake thoroughly.

To apply the oil, take a warm bath or shower and finish with a cold rinse. Using a sisal brush start at your feet and gently brush cellulite until your skin is slightly red. Starting from your feet, vigorously massage in the preferred oil until completely absorbed.

Repeat daily if possible. These mixtures can be stored for up to six months.

The Role of Exercise

Exercise can also help reduce and remove cellulite when combined with the massage oils. A few specific exercises to try are:

  • Weight training
  • Yoga
  • Bike riding
  • Skating
  • Walking
  • Swimming
  • Climbing

Always drink lots of water. This helps clear the body of toxins by flushing the body and preventing toxins from building up in the fat cells. Water flushes waste from the blood and reduces constipation throughout the body as a whole.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
    ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)