Here's your tip for today-Homemade Body Wraps
Have you ever gone to a salon to get a wrap, only to pay over a hundred dollars for this. Well I did, sure I lost a few inches but I was also out $125.00. So I thought to myself , why can't I do this at home? After all, all they did was put some clay and wrap me up. I did some research and here it is and now I have ingredients to do it several times:
**Note: It will be easier if you have someone help you wrap. Also you will need to wear nothing or simply some old undies.**
The body wrap is based on a 2 step process - absorption and compaction.
First - The clay is applied to the skin. Second - Warm, wet cotton bandages are wrapped around the target areas. The warmth opens the pores, and the clay acts as a sponge, absorbing the fluid based toxins that are held between the cells. These are fluids that you cannot sweat out, or exercise away. When these fluids are extracted, there are now "empty pockets"where the fluid used to be. The elastic in the bandages squeeze the body's tissues, compressing and compacting these "empty pockets". When held in place, the body's tissues start to re-adhere these spaces, closing them up, re-shaping your body. When you remove the wraps, your body should be slimmer, more compacted. These products work by expelling the toxins from the body in the form of a liquid. Almost anyone should be able to have a wrap, but if you have a medical problem, please check with your doctor first. I have eczema and I have to put gloves on my hands because almost everything irritates them, so if you too have sensitive hands I would recommend using plastic/latex gloves. I found the Bentonite at the Vitamin Store, everything else is easy to find.
You will need:
2 cups of water
2 tablespoons of olive oil
1 cup of bentonite or green clay
1/4 cup sea salt
Ace bandages/or you can buy some cheap $1.00 stretchable fabric from walmart and cut into strips (long ways) Your going to use these as wraps. I use the strips then a few ace bandages to secure them in place and provide a little more compaction. You will need to soak in warm water before wrapping. It's quite messy.
Begin by boiling water and adding sea salt until it is fully dissolved. Add the rest of the ingredients and stir. You may add some more water in order to form a wet paste. (test before applying to your skin)Massage the mixture onto the parts of your body you want to wrap. Wrap yourself snugly with the warm, wet strips. Lay in the bathtub for a minimum of 45 minutes to 1 hour.
Follow these tips to make certain that you have the best experience possible.
- Herbal body wraps are typically very messy so keep the experience in the bathtub.
- Before you apply the wrap, take a warm shower in order to open the skin pores.
- Drink plenty of water both before and after the wrap session to help flush out all of the toxins better.
- Avoid caffeine, alcohol, soda drinks, sugar and fried fatty foods for the next two days.
- It is very boring to lay in the tub and stare at the ceiling for 45 minutes. To make the experience more exciting, you can read or listen to a MP3 player.
-or you can ride a exercise bike or walk on treadmill (they usually have you do some kind of aerobic exercise while you are wrapped at the spas) so just do whatever is comfortable.
Just remember it is messy and moving around you may need to adjust the wraps as they will tend to loosen up if you are moving.
Essential oils and herbs usually used in body wraps include: Add 2 drops oil or 2 tsp powder to the above recipe
Essential oils: lavender (this is what I use), lemon, sage, lemongrass, sandlewood, grapefruit, rosemary, olive oil.
Herbs: Alfalfa leaf powder, chamomile flower powder, ground basil, rosehip powder, rose petal powder.