A body wrap has one main goal, which is to make you super sweaty. The idea is to help you lose inches by sweating out toxins and ridding your body of bloat that can make you look larger than you are. The results of a body wrap are similar to those you experience after sitting in a sauna or hot tub, but are amplified quite a bit. The goal is to help you whittle inches and lose weight. You can get a body wrap done at most spas, but you can also make one at home. Make sure you understand the technique so you get the most out of it. You can find more information from myawesomebeauty.com regarding ingredients, method and more. In the meantime, try one of these homemade DIY body wraps and see how wonderful the benefits can be. Your basic steps are as follows:
Apply mixture to your entire body, from the waist down. Once applied, you can wrap areas of your skin with plastic wrap then bandages. Some like to use only bandages soaked in warm water to wrap the area, to keep it hydrated longer, it is also a good method. We prefer to use plastic because we think it tends to increase heat. Anyway, both methods work fine; it is only a matter of taste…
1. Cellulite Body Wrap
• 1 cup Seaweed Powder
• 3 tbsp. (45ml) of Almond Oil or Olive Oil ( use your favorite oil here )
• 2 cups of warm water (you can also substitute 2 cups of coffee)
• Optional: 2 drops of anti-cellulite oils (Rosemary, juniper, or fennel)
Mix everything together until you reach your desired consistency. You want it to look like a mud, not water. Add the essential oils if you desire.
2. Tight Skin, Skinny Jeans Wrap for Weight Loss
• 1 cup bentonite powder(clay)
• 2 cups of green tea (you can substitute water)
• Optional: 2 drops of diuretic essential oil of choice
Mix everything together and add more if you want a different consistency. DO NOT use any metal object when mixing, as it will react to the bentonite. It can draw traces of metal, and you obviously want to keep this power as high as possible for your body. Make sure that you rinse this one off especially well.
3. Detox Body Wrap
• 1 cup bentonite powder (clay)
• 1 cup of apple cider vinegar
• 1 cup of water
• Optional: 2 drops of diuretic essential oil of choice
Mix everything in a big bowl – and just like the last recipe, make sure that you do not use anything metal or you will reduce the effectiveness of the mixture. Add water or more powder to get your desired thickness.
4. Epsom Salt Sea Detox Body Wrap
• 1 cup Epsom salt
• 4 cups of purified warm water (you could also add a chamomille herbal tea bag while warming or another herbal tea)
• 3 tbsp. of Olive oil (Replace: coconut oil or almond oil)
• 2 drops of rosemary essential oil
• An old sheet
Mix 4 cups boiled water and the Epsom salt into your sink. Once the salts are fully dissolved, soak an old sheet into the mixture – make sure it is warm, but not overly hot. Mix the oils together and massage into your body. Wrap yourself in the old sheet letting your arms and head stay free. Wrap plastic around the sheet to keep it close to your body. You don’t want to constrict yourself. You can add some bandages to keep it tight. Lie down on an old blanket and keep yourself warm.
5. Ginger Body Wrap
• 2 tablespoons of ginger roots or powder to get a great warming effect (decrease the dose if you have sensitive skin)
• 5 tablespoons (60ml) of bentonite clay powder
• 10 tbsp. of warm water
Place everything into a blender (yeah am a bit lazy, to do it manually) for about a minute so that it mixes together. You can add more clay or water to reach your desired thickness. Apply to your body where you want to improve circulation and then wrap with plastic wrap. Only let this wrap on for 20 – 40 minutes and then rinse with warm water first, and then a quick cold rinse.
6. The Caliente Body Wrap
• 2 tablespoons (30ml) cayenne power (be careful, if you have sensitive skin like me, stick to 1 tablespoon, and test it on a small zone on your forearm first to make sure your skin can handle it. You can of course lessen the amount.)
• 10 tablespoons (150ml) of white clay
• 20 tablespoons of warm water (300ml)
• Optional: 2 drops of diuretic essential oil of choice.
Combine the cayenne powder, clay, and a little warm water to make a good paste. Then add any oils you want. Warm the paste in the microwave if necessary before applying to the painful area. Allow it to sit for 10 minutes then rinse it off with warm water. If you want this wrap to be more effective, use plastic wrap to increase the heat and perspiration – but be careful! Skin with a little cellulite is a lot better than burns!
7. The All-Star Body Wrap
Mix everything in a big bowl, and add more clay or water until you achieve your desired consistency. With apple cider vinegar, remember to skin test first, and dilute if necessary. DO NOT use metal objects.
8. Olive Oil Detox Homemade Body Wrap
• 2 cups of almond oil or olive oil
• 8 drops of grapefruit essential oil
• 2 drops of either lavender, juniper berry, fennel, or thyme essential oil.
Combine the almond oil, and the essential oils. Pour into a squirt bottle, shake well, and squirt all over your skin. Wrap your body in the cellophane and bandages and keep everything nice and snug. Stay in a warm room (think of a cat lounging in the sunlight) for about 30-60 minutes.
9. Relaxation Body Wrap
• 5 chamomile tea bags
• warm water (1L)
• 50ml olive oil or almond oil
• 2 drops of lavender essential oil , 2 drops of rosemary essential oil
• Bandages (or sheets)
Put 3 cups of boiling water into your sink and float some herbal tea-bags around to steep. When the tea has colored the water, soak an old sheet or bandages into the liquid. Mix the oils together and massage into your body. Wrap yourself in the sheet, leaving your arms and head free. Wrap the sheet in plastic so that it stays close. Lie down on old towels or a blanket and wrap those around you as well. Relax for about 40 minutes and then rinse with a warm shower.
Now you know how to make your own body wrap, but keep in mind, most of all, listen to what your body is telling you before, during and after using these homemade body wraps. These are just tips, and you should really go with your gut (even if you are trying to get rid of it!)
And feel free to let us know your results. We would love to hear from you. Which one do you want to try first?