4 Essential Oils For Reducing the Appearance of Cellulite

Reducing cellulite with essential oils

Cellulite is the formation of lumps or small dimples in the skin. Even though it can affect both men and women, it is more common in females because of fat, muscle, and connective tissue distribution.

The appearance of cellulite often frustrates individuals, who consequently try to seek out a quick and easy solution. It is common for people to look to celebrities who describe their so-called secrets to removing cellulite.

Highlighted below are four essential oils that have been shown to reduce the appearance of cellulite.

Common Causes of Cellulite

The exact reason for the development of cellulite has not yet been identified. However, it appears to arise as a result of the interaction between connective tissue in the dermatological layer of the skin and the fat deposits beneath it. When the fat cells protrude into the dermatological layer rather than lying vertically in women, this creates the appearance of cellulite. Unlike women, fat cells have a criss-cross structure in males, which may serve as an explanation for why men have reduced the risk of developing cellulite1.

Even so, some factors that may contribute to the appearance of cellulite include genetics, lifestyle, hormones, and diet.

Essential Oils to Reduce the Appearance of Cellulite

Essential oils are one of the most well-established natural remedies for skin issues, including the development of cellulite. They are also often used to reduce sleep disorders, stress and other factors that may play a part in the development of cellulite. These oils are also known to help balance hormones as well as reduce water retention. Additionally, high-quality essential oils rid the body of toxins that can abnormally hold onto fat and improve circulation2.

Rosemary Oil

One of the ways to fight cellulite is by stopping lymphatic blockage. Rosemary essential oil helps with this condition in part by improving the body’s blood circulation. After diluting with a carrier oil, place a few drops of this mixture directly on the area with cellulite and massage. This has been shown to reduce the appearance of cellulite and improve the overall appearance of the skin.

As with any remedy, it is important to be patient in expecting results. Given time and consistent use, however, the majority of users will find that this at-home remedy works to effectively reduce the appearance of cellulite.

cyress treeCypress Oil

This is a powerful essential oil that will flush the body of toxins, reduce fluid retention, and improve circulation. The combination of these elements can also contribute to reducing the appearance of cellulite. After being diluted with a carrier oil like almond, jojoba, or coconut oil, cypress essential oil can be massaged onto the affected area twice daily. Alternatively, a few drops of this oil can also be added to a relaxing bath.

Lemongrass Oil

Lemongrass essential oil has the powerful ability to dissolve fat deposits that contribute to cellulite. This oil can be combined with cypress essential oil, as well as a carrier oil, and then massaged onto the affected area for a powerful cellulite treatment.

grapefruit slicedGrapefruit Oil

Grapefruit essential oil is well-known for its many health benefits. The oil is often used as a weight-loss method. It flushes the body of toxins and can improve the appearance of cellulite. As with the other essential oils mentioned, dilute grapefruit essential oil with a carrier oil and apply directly to the affected areas.


Cellulite Infographic


Using essential oils, getting consistent exercise, and having a high-fiber diet will play a significant role in reducing cellulite. The important thing is to remember that the cellulite didn’t form overnight, and it won’t disappear that quickly either. Remember, consistency is key and will ultimately get you the results that you want.

Rachel Donovan

By Rachel Donovan

Rachel is a freelance writer who enjoys writing and researching interesting and new topics. As a California native, she can be found spending her time on the beach with a good book.

Favorite MONQ blend: Ocean

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The above information relates to studies of specific individual essential oil ingredients, some of which are used in the essential oil blends for various MONQ diffusers. Please note, however, that while individual ingredients may have been shown to exhibit certain independent effects when used alone, the specific blends of ingredients contained in MONQ diffusers have not been tested. No specific claims are being made that use of any MONQ diffusers will lead to any of the effects discussed above.  Additionally, please note that MONQ diffusers have not been reviewed or approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. MONQ diffusers are not intended to be used in the diagnosis, cure, mitigation, prevention, or treatment of any disease or medical condition. If you have a health condition or concern, please consult a physician or your alternative health care provider prior to using MONQ diffusers. MONQ blends should not be inhaled into the lungs.

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