I fell for advertising in the past and purchased store bought creams and lotions that supposedly reduce the appearance of fat. Now I know that most of those are loaded with chemicals that do incredible damage to our immune system and general health.
As I am sure you have guessed by now, I love essential oils and the healing power nature can provide us if we are open to it. Since I try to make a lot of my own bath products I wanted to test out a homemade cellulite cream to see if it would tighten my skin. I love that it saves me money as well as reduces the number of toxins I am expose to each day.
Here is the cellulite cream recipe:
Grapefruit – Cedarwood Cellulite Cream
20 drops grapefruit therapeutic-grade essential oil
15 drops of cedarwood therapeutic-grade essential oil
1 cup coconut oil
1 tablespoon vitamin E oil
1 glass jar with lid
- Combine and thoroughly mix all ingredients together.
- Store in glass container in a cool, dry place.
- For best results: Dry Brush your entire body before taking a bath/shower per your normal routine. Towel off most of the moisture and then thoroughly rub the cellulite cream into the desired area.
Why these oils?
Grapefruit essential oil is cold pressed from the rind, which as numerous health benefits such as stimulates our metabolism, detoxifies our kidneys and lymphatic systems as well as helps with depression, anxiety and much more.
Tip:grapefruit can interact with numerous medications so an alternative citrus oil, use lemon in this recipe!
Cedarwood essential oil is typically distilled via a steam method from the bark. This oil has been used for numerous years even as far as Egypt and Tibet. It naturally stimulates the lymphatic system, which is helps us flush out toxins and waste from our bodies.
Coconut oil is my favorite! It is a natural antibacterial and because it has medium chain fatty acids it is easier for our bodies to digest. I love coconut oil for not just my kitchen, but it is also a staple beauty product and in many of my homemade bath products. I use it as my lotion and makeup remover! The uses are endless and to give you more ideas read this article on Dr. Mercola’s website.
When making this recipe keep these additional best practices and tips in mind:
- This is not a quick fix you still need to eat healthy and exercise
- As always, drink lots of water!
- Grapefruit does interfere with numerous medications so as always check with your doctor and pharmacist to know if these oils will impact your health
- Citrus oils naturally have healthy acids in them so it is important to always store any DIY products that contain citrus in glass containers.
- Citrus oils can also be considered to be photosensitive, meaning that they react with sun or UV light. It’s recommended to wait at least 24-hours before exposing the skin to sunlight after citurs oils have been used.
- Always do a test patch to make sure your skin is not sensitive to the oil. Rub a small amount on skin and leave for 30 minutes. If there is no reactions, like a rash, feel free to use.
- Our bodies are unique, which means that one person may respond to the one oil and another person might not. There are so many wonderful essential oils that have multiple purposes and uses so don’t be afraid to try something else if one doesn’t work out. All it means is that your body’s composition with the chemical compounds and constituents found in that particular oil may not be a “match” per se. However, don’t give up the benefits of using nature are far too great!
Now, I want to hear from you. What’s your favorite essential oil to use in your bath products?