Question and answers about aromatherapy essential oilsK. asked via Ask Dr. Streicher:

Dear Dr. Streicher,

Thank you for your last recommendations re: essential oils to diffuse during winter to keep viruses away – we all stayed healthy!

I hope to pick your brain again: I've just had a baby and was wondering which essential oils I could use topically to help tighten skin and to reduce appearance of cellulite? I am breastfeeding and am wondering which are safe to use. Also, which percentage dilution for local use, and how often per week? 

Thanks in advance. I am a huge fan of your work.

Best,

K.

Dr. Christoph Streicher answered this as follows:

Here is some information for you, and please let us know how this works for you.

For Skin Tightening:

Use Carrot, Rose Geranium and Helichrysum essential oils.  These are all safe during breast-feeding.

For Cellulite:

You can use Cypress and Juniper, but these are not safe during breast-feeding.

Before using any of these essential oils, please dilute them to 2 - 3 % (i.e. 10-15 drops of essential oils per tablespoon of rose hip seed oil).  Apply once or twice a day to affected areas.

 

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