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DIY body wraps

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There's a lot of hooplah over body wraps right now. Body wraps can be a convenient, soothing way to tighten the skin. When a person is on a journey to health that includes reducing a lot of weight quickly, saggy skin can be a concern.

A person could go to posh spas and partake of the body wraps offered. They can be quite luxurious...and expensive. A step down from that would be one of the many companies that offer pre-made body wraps that a person can use at home. However, even these can be quite constricting with today's economy.

I have a recipe for a body wrap at home that is 100% do-it-yourself! It can be more effective where the wallet is concerned and still work as the previously mentioned two options.

You will need:

10 drops Geranium essential oil

10 drops Niaouli leaf essential oil

10 drops Peppermint essential oil

10 drops Rosemary essential oil

10 drops Cypress essential oil

10 drops Juniper berry essential oil

10 drops Pink grapefruit essential oil

10 drops Thyme linalol essential oil

10 drops Vetiver root essential oil

about a cup of a carrier oil like almond oil, apricot oil, olive oil and/or grapeseed oil. Olive and grapeseed oils can be a bit greasy as they do not soak into the skin as quickly as the other two.

Pour the carrier oil in a glass jar. Add the drops of each essential oil. Soak a cotton cloth of desired size and shape with the mixture. "Stick on" the soaked cloth to the desired area. Cover with plastic wrap so as to not leave a mess on clothing, etc. Leave on for approximately two hours.

I use cloth diapers as my cloth. It is dye free and I have them left from my sons. Any semi absorbent cloth will do. You could even massage the mixture straight onto the skin and then wrap snugly with the plastic wrap. Make sure you buy real essential oils. Fragrance oils are NOT the same thing and can cause more skin irritation. If contact allergies might be a concern, be sure to patch test this mixture before applying. Keep this and all essential oils away from eyes, broken skin and sensitive mucus membranes.

Buying each individual essential oil can be expensive! I like to use two blends, Breathe-Free and Cellu-Tone, and use about 20 drops of each. These oils are available from



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