Make Your Own Body Wrap

Make Your Own Body Wrap! It can be a wonderful way to treat yourself as well as having plenty of other health and beauty benefits. For centuries homemade body wraps like the recipes below have been used as a way to relax and detoxify the body while you tone and tighten the skin.

An Overview On Body Wraps

Wraps can also be a great way to reduce cellulite and improve the blood circulation through your body. Perhaps the biggest benefit of a body wrap is that it can help to mobilize fat cells so they can be eliminated from your body more easily.

Unfortunately the cost of body wraps as spa treatments have increased in price as their popularity has risen too. You don’t have to pay the exorbitant costs of a spa treatment though, when you can make your own body wrap at home.

Body wraps work by using specific salts, vitamins, minerals and essential oils that can help detoxify your body and various herbs that can induce feelings of relaxation at the same time as promoting health benefits.

So relax and treat yourself to a homemade spa day with some of my favourite tried and tested body wraps that can be adapted to use as a full body treatment or used on individual areas of the body you wish to treat.

Using Your Body Wrap

A body wrap is excellent for helping your body to release any impurities. Before you begin, warm up the room so you can lie down comfortably.

If you don’t have an air mattress to lie down on, then you can lie in the bath tub. You might want to put down some old towels wherever you intend to lie down. Drink plenty of water before you begin and pour a fresh glass of water to keep beside you during your wrap.

Lighting a few candles, listening to music, reading a book or just taking time out to relaxing will make the experience so much more enjoyable and leave you feeling re-energized.

Cotton sheets, a shower curtain, plastic wrap, tin foil and bandages all make excellent wrapping material’s just make sure you don’t wrap too tightly, and if you do start to feel uncomfortable loosen or remove the wrappings straight away (whilst your body wrap is drying it is quite normal to feel a little itchy when using clay or other drying ingredients).

Herbal Homemade Body Wrap

Herbal Homemade Body Wrap

Method

  1. To make a herbal body wrap, make some herbal tea – this organic chamomile tea from Mountain Rose is great for body wraps.
  2. Fill your sink with hot, strong herbal tea and soak an old sheet in the tea. Wring out as much tea as you can and then wrap the hot sheet around your body, leaving your head and arms uncovered.
  3. Wrap enough plastic wrap around the sheet to hold it in place. The wrap should be firm enough to keep the sheet against your body, but not so tight that it’s constricting in any way.
  4. Lie down on the old towels you placed on your air mattress or in the bath tub and wrap these around the plastic wrap as well. Set a timer for 20 minutes and then simply relax while the body wrap does its work. Remember to take regular sips of water during your wrap.
  5. When your 20 minutes is up, unwrap yourself and rinse off in a warm shower.

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Oriental Papaya Homemade Body Wrap

Oriental Papaya Homemade Body Wrap

Papaya contains enzymes that are well known for softening and revitalizing the skin. Papaya contains a natural fruit acid that works the same way as an alpha hydroxyl acid and is a great exfoliant. It will help to remove dead skin cells leaving your skin feeling smooth and soft.

Method

  1. To make your own body wrap, warm up the room so you’re able to lie down comfortably without getting cold.
  2. Puree the pulp of a very ripe papaya until it’s smooth (takes just a few seconds with a hand blender). Spread it over your body, making sure not to rub it in. Roll your body in a plastic sheet.
  3. Lie down on some old towels and wrap these around your body too. Set a timer for 20 minutes.
  4. When your 20 minutes is up, unwrap the plastic and wash off the papaya in a warm shower. Your skin should feel invigorated immediately.

Homemade Seaweed Wrap

Homemade Seaweed Wrap

Seaweed is full of vitamins and minerals as well as containing large amounts of iodine. Seaweed can ease those aches and pains, detoxify the body, boost circulation and metabolism, and lower blood pressure and cholesterol. The algaes and minerals are great at soothing away stress and totally recharging your body.

So if you are lucky enough to live by the sea, you can reap the benefits by collecting your own seaweed, then steam cleaning it and adding it to your bath water.

You can used dried powdered seaweed as an alternative to make your own body wrap, mainly because it’s easier to handle and still holds the same beneficial elements as fresh seaweed.

For best results take a warm shower and exfoliate before applying this seaweed wrap. And drink plenty of water to prevent dehydration as seaweed has a strong diuretic effect.

Ingredients

Method

  1. To make your own body wrap mix the seaweed powder with a small amount of warm water to produce a paste.
  2. Mix the essential oils into the almond/olive oil, and then stir into the seaweed paste. If the paste is too thick add a little more water, if it’s too thin and runny add more seaweed powder until you have a good consistency to work with.
  3. Apply the seaweed mix all over the body starting with your feet and working upwards. Cover yourself with plastic wrap or a foil thermal blanket (they aren’t usually very expensive and can be reused).
  4. Lay down in a warm room for 20 to 30 minutes before rinsing of in a warm shower.

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