We all heard the saying: “Your body is mostly water”. But how much water is too much water? When you have water retention, or fluid retention, you realize where the line is. Suddenly, you’re dealing with swollen ankles, feet and hands, stiff joints, bloating and feeling of aching and itchiness.
Our bodies need water in order to function properly. The problem arises when the body starts holding on to water too much and too long. This is what causes swelling and puffiness. The cause? There could be many, including bad diet and too much salt, poor circulation, sitting and standing too long, certain medications, even hormones.
Luckily, there’s a natural remedy that you can mix up in your own kitchen that can not only help you decrease water retention, but also improve blood flow, facilitate the removal of toxins and decrease inflammation.
Homemade Gel Against Water Retention
For this gel you will need:
- 10 drops of Lemon Eucalyptus essential oil
- 5 drops of Camphor or Peppermint essential oil
- 1 teaspoon of vegetable glycerin
- 5 grams of Camphor or Menthol crystal
- 50 grams of Aloe Vera gel
- Start by melting the glycerin in a container;
- Add the essential oils and mix well;
- Once the glycerin and essential oils are combined, add the rest of the ingredients;
- Remove from heat and let the gel cool.
Once done, you should store it in a glass jar with a lid and keep it in the fridge.
How to Use The Homemade Gel
This gel can be applied on any swollen area– feet, legs, hands. The best time to do it is right before you go to bed. Once you’re done with all your activities and you have time to relax, apply the gel and let it sit overnight. When applying it on your legs, make sure you’re keeping them in an upright position.
Thanks to its essential oils, this gel can penetrate the skin and improve blood flow, removing swelling, puffiness and the feeling of heaviness.