Body wraps have been touted for years to reduce cellulite instantly, firm the skin and reduce the rippled skin effect that is caused by cellulite. Unfortunately, they’re also extremely expensive, sometimes costing as much as $200 per wrap! Here’s an inexpensive, do it yourself wrap that you can do in the comfort of your own home.
This isn’t a mess-free home spa project, in fact, it can get rather messy, but it’s also kind of fun. The gauze can be purchased at the dollar store for (you guessed it!) a dollar! I prefer the 4″ size because it covers more area. You’ll need 1 roll per area you want to treat, 1 for each thigh, 1 for your stomach, 1 for each arm, etc. We do not recommend ever wrapping the face or neck.
How do they help you lose Weight?
Body wraps have been around for centuries, but they don’t actually help you lose weight. They can help you appear to have lost inches, but this effect is temporary due to the constriction. The only real way to lose weight is with diet and exercise. Wraps work by extracting toxins from your cells, reportedly by opening the pores and allowing the toxins to seep out. Whether or not these claims are true, a body wrap can make you feel like you’ve spent the day at a spa!
Several Rolls of Gauze
Plastic Wrap/Saran Wrap
Spa Wrap Mix #1
1 cup of epsom Salts
4 cups very hot water
25 drops Juniper Essential Oil
5 Drops White Camphor Essential Oilor 5 drops Lemon Oil
1/4 c. Aloe Vera Gel
1 tsp Vitamin E oil
In a large bowl, Dissolve the epsom salts in the hot water. Add the Juniper essential oil (not Fragrance oil), aloe and vitamin E oil, stirring the water to mix well. Drop the entire roll of gauze into the spa water. Allow it to soak in. Standing in the bath or shower, wrap the soaked gauze firmly around the area you wish to treat. You’ll need to do this quickly, you want the mixture to stay hot. In order to secure it into place and keep it warm, wrap the treated area with saran wrap or other plastic wrap.
Repeat until you’ve wrapped all areas that you wish to treat. Once you’ve successfully wrapped yourself, leave this on for about 30 minutes.
Clay Wrap: *Bulk herbs can usually be found at your local health food store, natural foods store or co-op.
Combine all the ingredients, apply to the skin, wrap tightly with gauze and then plastic wrap.
Remember to drink lots of water before, during and after the wrap! Your body cannot get rid of toxins without ample hydration.