Cellulite is a condition of the skin that primarily affects women. The skin where cellulite exists is dimpled and lumpy, hence it's said to look like an orange peel. The reality of cellulite for women is that beginning even before menopause, we start to experience a decrease in estrogen and blood flow. By way of relaxing, smoothing, and dilating blood vessels, estrogen is able to promote good blood flow, but decreased levels of it can impact circulation to the bottommost layer of our skin, the layer of subcutaneous fat and connective tissue. The connective tissue consists of collagen and elastin allowing this fatty layer of skin to be binding, supportive, protective, and insulating. \nDecreased levels of estrogen, besides reducing blood flow to the subcutaneous layer of skin, can also reduce the tone and firmness of the connective tissue that resides there, increase the size of fat cells that are enmeshed in the connective tissue, enlarge fat deposits out of their connective tissue framework, and cause the deposits to be pushed upward into the dermis layer of skin.\nEven an excess of estrogen can be implicated in the formation of cellulite because of its ability to add to fat stores. \nNot only poor circulation of blood can contributes to cellulite but improper movement of lymph can help create it, as well. When lymph moves poorly (or not at all), it causes fluid retention, inflammation, fat accumulation, and a thickening and scarring of connective tissue.\nWe become ripe for cellulite.\n We may look to our diet guarding against weight gain and adding certain sources of phytoestrogens (plant estrogens) for better estrogen balance. Consider phytoestrogenic foods and herbs such as:\nWhole Grains and Seeds: oat, wheat, and rice; buckwheat, flax, sesame, and sunflower seeds.\nBeans: red kidney beans and red lentils.\nLeafy Greens: cooked broccoli, cabbage, collards, kale, and nettle.\nFruits and Berries: blackberries, blueberries, cherries, grapes, plums, and strawberries.\nOils: olive, sesame, wheat germ.\nRoots: beet, burdock, carrot, dandelion, and potato.\nGarlic.\nHerbs: dandelion, fenugreek, nettle, and red clover.\nWe may look to circulatory and lymph stimulants to keep the subcutaneous fat layer provided with nourishment and relieved of fluid and toxic waste. Consider Cayenne Pepper for the blood and Cleavers for the lymph. \nWe may avoid a sedentary lifestyle since our lymph moves when we do. \nWe may consider Gotu Kola for improving the condition of connective tissue.\n. . . and we may apply the Cellulite Blend topically.\nDo not use herbal products to replace necessary care by a qualified physician.\nContains the following essential oils diluted in Aloe Gel:\n \nLEMON, Citrus limon, naturally farmed\nLemon essential oil promotes circulation, helps relieve lymphatic congestion, is astringent (toning and binding) and cleansing. Additionally, it has a lipolytic effect, meaning it helps break down fat.\nTested at low dose non-toxic, skin irritant, may cause dermatitis, some sensitization. Because it's phototoxic, do not use on skin exposed to sunlight.\n\nCYPRESS, Cupressus sempevirens, naturally farmed\nCypress essential oil also promotes circulation, helps relieve lymphatic congestion, is astringent (toning and binding) and cleansing.\nTested at low dose non-toxic, non-irritant, non-sensitizing. Avoid during pregnancy, with high blood pressure, with uterine or breast fibrosis, and with cancer.\n \nJUNIPER, Juniperus communis, organic\nJuniper essential oil is a lymphatic decongestant and diuretic.\nTested at low-dose generally non-toxic, non-sensitizing. May irritate skin; a rubefacient so avoid extensive use on delicate skin. Avoid during pregnancy, with kidney disease, and with acute kidney or bladder infection. \n \nROSEMARY CINEOLE, Rosmarinus officinalis, wildcrafted\nRosemary essential oil promotes circulation. It's a mild diuretic. As a strong astringent, this essential oil helps tone and bind and may ease congestion.\nAppears at low dose non toxic, no-irritant, and non-sensitizing. Avoid during pregnancy and with babies and children. Avoid with high blood pressure and epilepsy.\n \nFENNEL, Foeniculum vulgare, naturally farmed\nFennel essential oil is a lymphatic decongestant, mild diuretic, and imitates estrogen.\nTested at low dose relatively non-toxic, non-irritant, non-sensitizing. Avoid use on hyper-sensitive, damaged, or diseased skin. Avoid during pregnancy and lactation and with babies and children. Avoid use with endometriosis or estrogen-dependent cancer.\n \n ALOE GEL, Aloe barbadensis, organic\n \nContains Aloe Vera, Ascorbic Acid and Citric Acid as preservative, and Xanthan as thickener.\n \nSOURCES: Sylla Sheppard-Hangers' The Aromatherapy Practitioner Reference Manual, Gabriel Mojay's Aromatherapy for Healing the Spirit, Wanda Sellar's The Directory of Essential Oils, www.scientificamerican.com, www.everphi.com, www.lumenlearning.com\n \nShake well before using.\n \nNot for internal use. Keep away from babies and children.\n \nPlease contact firstname.lastname@example.org for bulk sizes.