For many people, the idea of wrapping their body in fabric & herbs invokes images of ancient embalming rituals that once prepared Egyptian royalty for the hereafter. But for those who have experienced the benefits of modern-day body wraps, dipped in mixtures of clay, salt, herbs & essential oils the vision is likely one of radiant health here and now.
For the past 15+ years, I have been making my own body wraps for myself to combat cellulite. As my friends noticed that my skin was firm & free of cellulite, they began asking what I use & wanted in. Some of them has stretch marks & cellulite, I wasn’t sure if the stretch marks would diminish, but it was worth a try. To my surprise not only had their cellulite diminish, but their stretch marks has faded as well! This became our tradition for girls night.
A spa wrap provides nice pampering. However a do-it-yourself wrap at home will work just as well & you can customize it. This is a bit messy, but the results are worth it!
First I always save my used coffee grinds. Using USED coffee grinds (diuretic) as a scrub helps release excess fluids. This secret is used on models before photo shoots. It tightens the skin by enhancing fat metabolism & increase circulation, reducing the appearance of cellulite. I will swear by this!
You can do your coffee scrub in the shower (turn the shower off first), massage the grinds where your cellulite & stretchmarks are a problem. Massage in a circular motion.
Here are some massages you can try:
Think of kneading dough. It stimulates the blood by bringing it to the surface, it also loosens up accumulated fats & aids in flushing them out of the system.
Think of wringing out wet clothes. This technique requires a bit more pressure. You “wring” out the flesh. This is perfect for areas that are prone to cellulite such as buttocks, thighs & hips.
Dry Brushing Technique:
Dry brushing the skin with a natural bristle body brush; then, take a warm shower to open pores. Avoid shaving before a wrap!
Proper hydration is essential when preparing for a wrap at home or at a spa. Drinking plenty of water before (at least 16oz.), during and after (another 16oz.) the application helps boost the detoxification process.
Now for the wrap….
Find a room where it’s easy to turn up the heat or stay warm & ensure privacy for at least 60 minutes. Choose a spot where it’s easy to clean up afterwards. I like to go into my bathtub for the application process.
Pick your seaweed:
Kelp (sold in grocery stores)
Seaweed/Kelp Powder (health food store)
Pick your clay:
I use about 1/3 cup for a gallon of water
Dead Sea Clay – is particularly rich in minerals and suitable for all skin types
French Green Clay also mineral & phytonutrient rich, it is not recommended for sensitive or dry skin types
Pink Kaolin is specifically used for detoxification, exfoliation and it’s super gentle & suitable for all skin types
5-15 Drops of at least 3 of Essential Oils below:
Geranium: Geranium is a great all around oil that is especially supportive of the skin. It also improves circulation and stimulates the lymphatic system, helping to diminish water retention & eliminate toxins. In addition, it can address hormone imbalance to help prevent the skin from curdling and lumping up. In addition to getting rid of cellulite, it will help moisturize your skin too.
Rosemary: a great all around oil that combats fluid retention and toxin buildup in the tissues. One of the best oils for battling cellulite due to its toning & firming properties that reduce the appearance of those unwanted dimples. It also helps to combat lymphatic blockage, further working to get rid of cellulite.
Tangerine: this oil helps to enhance blood circulation as well as digestion to keep toxins moving out of the body.
Lemongrass: is an uplifting oil with both stimulant & sedative properties. It helps to remove toxins & enhance blood circulation while its diuretic compounds give it the ability to reduce fluid retention.
Cedarwood: is effective at balancing the skin & clearing out impurities. It’s role as a diuretic makes it a highly valuable oil for treating cellulite, fluid retention, & the accumulation of toxins in the blood. Cedarwood helps to decongest problematic tissues by drawing out excess fat.
Fennel: provides powerful diuretic properties that help the body speed up the elimination of stored up waste materials & decreases excess water retention in body tissues. It’s also effective for breaking up the fatty deposits under the surface of the skin.
Sage: a very popular medicinal herb. This oil is especially effective for treating cellulite by using it with a body brush. Apply it by adding a few drops diluted in a carrier oil (grapeseed oil, coconut oils or sweet almond oil) to a brush with natural bristles. Then brush the skin utilizing semi-circular strokes that are directed toward your heart, massaging it into the entire body, or specifically on problematic areas. Afterward, rinse in the shower, gently pat dry with a towel and massage in more oil using your fingertips.
Juniper: well known for it’s detoxifying and cleansing properties, juniper is highly regarded for reducing acne, fluid retention and cellulite. It helps to clear and stimulate the mind as well. It’s a great tonic for the skin and join pain/arthritis as well.
Carrot seed: essential oil is derived from the dried seeds of the wild carrot plant. his is a great oil to help slow the aging process, keep the skin hydrated and fight off cellulite. It’s also considered rather remarkable when it comes to toning the skin and even fading stretch marks. It contains powerful antioxidant & detoxifying properties in addition to triggering the production of collagen & promoting blood circulation.
Patchouli: has been acclaimed for its diuretic properties as well as its exotic scent. It’s commonly utilized in practices like anti-cellulite massage and battling water retention.
Celery seed: oil helps to remove any excess fluid from the body & offers an array of other benefits such as supporting relaxation, stimulating the nervous system. It’s also a strong blood purifier which cleans the blood.
*I also like to add dried flowers such as rose, calendula, chamomile & lavender.
- Boil a half-gallon (64 oz.) of distilled water, remove from heat and place in a stainless steel pot. Add planned ingredients to the water and steep for 10 to 15 minutes. Stir with a wooded spoon to mix ingredients.
- Allow the mixture to become cool to the touch before dipping in strips of cotton sheets or six-inch cotton/elastic body wrap bandages, one at a time.
- Wrap specific body areas to treat or you cab wrap your entire body starting at the ankles. Wrap firmly but not enough to stop circulation!
- Cover wrapped area with plastic film (saran wrap), also wrap firmly here.
- Stay wrapped for at least 30 minutes
- Unwrap, properly dispose of materials, & take a lukewarm bath or shower.
- Take a hot bath two to three days later to open pores and release accumulated toxins from the skin.
You can also make a massage oil with the essential oils you’ve used (or try new ones) To make a massage oil; add 5-15 drops (depending on how many oils you use, use less (5) if your using more than 3 different oils)of your favorite oils to either grapeseed oil, coconut oils or sweet almond oil. Massage this oil daily onto your skin.
You can do this wrap ever 3-4 days, I wouldn’t do it more often than that. The oils will continue to work, your skin has absorbed the oils into your system. This is why it’s important to know what we put on our skin!
Body wraps are great for reducing the appearance of cellulite & stretch marks. Whether we elect to pamper ourselves or have someone else do it, body wraps make a perfect addition to any good health regimen.
Are you trying this body wrap or do you make your own wraps? Tell me your results, comment below!
Till next time……..