Cellulitis is a common complaint of many women, particularly around the the hips, thighs and buttocks region. Cellulitis is treatable with a number of different essential oils and available in a couple of applications.
Definition of Cellulitis
Medically, cellulitis is defined as the inflammation of the skin, usually on the face and legs, due to a bacterial infection. Often, the infection spreads into the tissues. However, the more common understanding of cellulitis is that which results in fluids and toxins infiltrating the body's fat cells, particularly in the thigh area of women, and resulting in an “orange peel” effect.
Essential Oil Treatment
Essential oils are naturally extracted from plants and contain different properties that can help in healing many problems, including cellulitis. Take note of any warnings for using a particular essential oil in specific circumstances.
Properties of Essential Oils for Cellulitis
Essential oils that help in the treatment of cellulitis have anti-bacterial, antiseptic and congestion-relieving properties to help balance, detoxify, stimulate and cleanse the body.
Types of Essential Oils for Cellulitis
Essential oils that are suitable in treating cellulitis include geranium, tea tree, thyme, rosemary, grapefruit and juniper. Any other essential oils that have the previously mentioned properties may also help treat cellulitis.
Use of Essential Oils for Cellulitis
Essential oils should not be used alone. For the treatment of cellulitis, add the essential oils to a bath or mix in a massage oil for use on the affected area. Essential oils can be combined together for a more effective treatment. For example, combine geranium and rosemary essential oil in a massage blend, or add tea tree and thyme oil to a bath.
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- "Aromatherapy An A-Z: The Most Comprehensive Guide to Aromatherapy Ever Published;" Patricia Davis; 1999
- "The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy;" Valerie Ann Worwood; 1991
Sharon Falsetto is a certified aromatherapist who founded her own aromatherapy practice in Arizona in 2007. She has been writing professionally since 2008 and has been published in a variety of professional journals and e-zines. Falsetto is the Arizona regional director for the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy and she has a degree in business from the U.K.