Body wraps are a popular weight loss technique, which when added to a diet and exercise plan, can trim a few inches from your body. Body wraps are great ways to help reduce the appearance of cellulite, trim the stomach, buttocks and thighs and conditions and tones the skin. Do-it-yourself body wraps that you can make at home are just as effective as the expensive body wraps that you pay for at a salon, using natural ingredients that you can easily find. Learn how to do a weight loss body wrap at home and save hundreds of dollars.
Video of the Day
Make a body wrap with a variety of ingredients found in nature, and in your pantry. You can make an herbal body wrap with essential oils like lavender, lemongrass, sage or sandalwood, or herbs such as rose petals, chamomile flower powder or clay (green clay stimulates circulation and detoxifies the skin). Buy these ingredients at a natural health food store or order them over the Internet. For example, a clay body wrap recipe includes 1 cup of green clay, 1/4 cup of sea salt, 2 tbsp. of olive oil and 2 cups of water. Boil the water and sea salt together until the sea salt dissolves and then turn off the heat and add the remaining ingredients. Allow to cool and then rub the mixture all over your body. See Resources for more recipes.
Wrap your body in a sheet or thin towels, or use plastic cling wrap. Start at your feet, rolling or wrapping your legs separately, as if you're applying a bandage. Then, wrap your hips and torso, then your arms. This can be a little tricky if you do it yourself, but if you feel comfortable, have a friend do the wrapping part for faster, neater application, until you get the hang of it. If you wrap yourself in a sheet, pull and gather it as tightly to your body as you can.
Lie down for about 45 minutes. Because the process is a messy, you can lay down in the bathtub to keep your house clean. Line the bathtub with towels and use a towel as a cushion to make it more comfortable. If you lie on your floor or bed, place an old blanket or sheet down first so you don't stain furniture or carpeting with the wrap ingredients.
Rinse the wrap off after 45 minutes. Stand in the tub and shake off any residue that clings to the sheets or towels into the tub for easier clean up. Rinse using tepid to warm water. Don't shock your system by using cold or hot water. Gently rub and massage the skin as you rinse.
Gently pat your skin dry. Put on loose clothing to encourage ventilation to skin pores and take it easy for a few hours. The body wrap encourages drainage of the lymph nodes, which offer immune and infection-fighting properties to the bloodstream. Following a detox or weight loss wrap, excess fluids will build up in the lymph system, so drink one or two glasses of water following the wrap to hasten urination and drainage of excess lymph and wastes from the body.