Most women have some degree of cellulite and turn to cellulite treatment. For some women, the appearance leaves them feeling self-conscious about their bodies. Fennel, juniper or almond oil may help reduce the appearance of cellulite, but they will not eliminate the condition.
The curative properties of fennel oil have been known for over 2,000 years. Ancient healers and physicians used both the plant and oil to treat a variety of conditions. Fennel contains a compound closely related to anethole. Research indicates this compound behaves like estrogen. In some cases, it can increase the amount of estrogen in the body. Fennel also acts as an antiseptic, diuretic and detoxifying agent.
The diuretic effect of fennel oil helps to flush toxins and fat from the tissues. The estrogen-like properties in fennel may stimulate the production of collagen below the skin surface. New collagen may result in the appearance of smoother skin.
Although the oil is applied topically, there are possible side effects. Women taking birth control or hormone treatments should consult with their physician before using fennel. Fennel can interfere with treatment. It may also reduce the effectiveness of the antibiotic, ciproflaxin.
Some women may experience an increased sensitivity to sunlight, resulting in sunburn. Additionally, fennel may cause an allergic reaction in persons allergic to celery or carrots. In some, it may cause contact dermatitis.
Juniper has a long culinary and medicinal history. It has been used to treat wounds, respiratory problems and kidney conditions. Juniper contains antiseptic and diuretic properties. The chemical compounds found in juniper oil also promote circulation. Current research indicates that juniper may be useful in the treatment of diabetes, however, these results are not conclusive.
The appearance of cellulite may be diminished by massaging the oil into the skin. The oil promotes circulation and increases blood flow to the affected area. This is visible after massage, because the skin becomes reddened. The oil is also a diuretic, which aids in the flushing out of fat and toxins.
Caution must be used when applying juniper oil to the skin. In large doses, the oil is toxic and may damage the skin. In some individuals, it may cause an allergic reaction. Respiratory and contact allergies are possible.
Pregnant women or women trying to become pregnant should not use it. Juniper has the potential to cause miscarriage. Certain compounds in the plant affect the elasticity of the uterus. Individuals diagnosed with renal disease should not use juniper, because it may cause further renal damage.
Juniper oil must be used in very small amounts; therefore, it must be combined with a carrier oil. Almond, jojoba and olive oil are examples of some common carrier oils.
The ancient Egyptian and Middle Eastern civilizations used almond oil to smooth, soften and soothe inflammation of the skin. The oil can also reduce muscle pain.
Almond oil as a single ingredient is rarely used to treat cellulite. Almond oil is usually the base or carrier for other essential oils. It aids in the application of other essential oils, because it smoothes and conditions the surface of the skin. People with allergies to nuts should not use almond oil.