Which are the best herbs for cellulite reduction?

  • Several herbs have an an anti-cellulite action, due to their lipolytic (fat-releasing), adipolytic (fat cell-inhibiting), circulation enhancing, connective tissue repairing, skin firming, anti-inflammatory, anti-glycation or antioxidant action.
  • Some herbs have multiple actions on different aspects of cellulite - for example caffeine boosts both circulation and lipolysis (fat release) and centella (gotu kola) boosts circulation, skin repair & skin firming.
  • Anti-cellulite herbs should ideally be applied on the skin in the form of anti-cellulite creams but only if they are contained in high enough concentrations and the extracts used are of high quality. Low concentration or low purity ingredients represent a waste of money and time.
  • Herbal dietary supplements can also be helpful, but you should make sure they are safe for internal use and not to exceed the recommended dosage. All herbs below are safe for external topical use, but some are not safe for internal / oral use.
  • The most well-researched and established anti-cellulite herbal extracts are: Forskolin (Coleus forskholii extract), Escin (Horse chestnut / Aesculus hippocastanum extract), Esculoside (Horse chestnut / Aesculus hippocastanum extract), Ruscogenin (Butcher's broom / Ruscus aculeatus extract), Dihydromyricetin (Southern wax berry / Myrica cerifera extract), Caffeine (Coffea arabica/robusta extract), Raspberry Ketone, Resveratrol (found in several herbs and especially in red grape skin), Epigallocatechin gallate / EGCG  (Green tea / Camellia Sinensis extract), Hesperidin  (flavonoid found in several herbs), Sericoside  (Terminalia sericea extract), Ximenynic acid  (Sandalwood / Santalum album extract), Asiatic acid / Madecassic Acid / Asiaticoside (Gotu kola / Centella asiatica extracts), Genistein (Isoflavone from soya), Red Pine Bark Extract Polyphenols  (Pinus maritima / pinus pinaster extract), Cocoa Polyphenols (Theobroma cacao extract), Green Coffee Bean Extract (Coffea arabica extract), Curcumin  (Turmeric / Curcuma longa extract), Proanthocyanidin A2 (Flavanol / Polyphenol), Pterostilbene (Resveratrol analog), 18-beta Glycyrrhetinic Acid (Liquorice / Glycyrrhiza glabra extract), Chrysanthellum Indicum Extract (Golden chamomile), Sclareolide (Clary sage / Salvia sclarea extract), Rutin (flavonoid found in several herbs), Fucoxanthin (Wakame / Undaria Pinnatifida extract) and Gingko biloba extract - among many others.
  • Furthermore, all culinary herbs, spices, vegetables and berry fruits are ideal natural sources of anti-cellulite agents and should form the basis of any anti-cellulite diet.