A simple homemade body wrap consists of a clay base, sea salt and an herb or an essential oil. Apply the mixture to the body, wrap the body in thin towels or professional-grade wrapping sheets from a salon, and leave on for 45 minutes.
Some essential oils that could be used in a wrap include lavender, sage, lemon, sandlewood, lemongrass, rosemary or grapefruit. Some herbs that could be used include alfalfa leaf powder, ground basil, chamomile flower powder, rose petal powder or rosehip powder. Many wraps use bentonite clay or green clay as a base.
A sample recipe uses 1 cup of bentonite or green clay, 1/4 cup of sea salt, 2 tablespoons of an essential oil and 2 cups of water. Boil the water, and add the sea salt until it dissolves. Add the remaining ingredients, and stir until the mixture is a pasty consistency. Apply the wrap to the whole body or selected parts of the body, and wrap in towels or wrapping sheets. Rinse the mixture off after 45 minutes.
Use body wraps to soften skin, rid the body of toxins, lose weight or reduce inflammation and joint pain. Body wraps are best used after taking a shower or exposing the body to steam so as to open the pores.