Herbal Body Wraps – The Many Benefits
Have you tried an herbal wrap yet? If not, you are missing out on many of the benefits that it has to offer. Herbal wraps are an effective treatment that can help with the following:
- Inch loss
- Body detoxification
- Skin conditioning
- Pain relief
Now a little more about each of the benefits that can be derived from herbal wrap treatments…
Perhaps the most sought after benefits of a body wrap, and for good reason. By drawing excess lymphatic fluid from the fat cells, you can expect to lose between 2-25 total body inches after a series of treatments.
By increasing blood flow and removing harmful toxins, herbal body wraps treatments are an excellent way to reduce the appearance of cellulite. If this is your goal, Bladderwrack and Kelp are two “must use” ingredients.
Mineral clay has excellent drawing properties. Combining a series of body wrap treatments with a ‘clean’ diet and regular exercise can help remove harmful toxins that have built up in your body over time. It is these toxins that contribute to weight gain and many illnesses.
Ingredients such as Aloe Vera are highly beneficial to the skin. Body wrap treatments will not only leave the skin looking and feeling softer and smoother, they will also help tighten loose skin in areas such as the stomach, thighs and upper arms.
An herbal body wrap can be used to help alleviate muscle and joint pain. This is due in part to the heat that is generated by wrapping or applied during the wrap. It is also due to the drawing properties of the ingredients that are used in preparing the herbal wrap.
Clay compresses have been applied traditionally for years for pain relief, so using a clay based formula is recommended.
One side benefit that is both good for your body and well-being is relaxation. It is now widely known that when stressed your body can hold on to excess fat allowing it to accumulate in the body. They attribute this to the hormone cortisol which the body releases during highly stressful times.
Cortisol is essential for proper glucose metabolism, regulating blood pressure, immune functions, inflammatory response, and blood sugar maintenance. However, when we produce too much of this hormone, this hormone tells the body to store the fat instead of burning it. This is just one of the effects of the hormones ‘fight or flight’ response to stress.
This fat is stored predominantly in the of abdominal area causing us to have a fat belly. To keep cortisol levels in check, the relaxation response should be active after the fight or flight response occurs.
During your herbal wrap you will have to relax for 45 minutes to an hour. Just a simple activity of relaxation during your wrap and the essential oils that are used for some wraps can help offset excess of cortisol production. The aroma of some essential oils used in body wrap formulas have been traditionally used to help trigger relaxation, and breathing these oils during a treatment can be an excellent way to unwind.
What are The Best Herbal Wrap Ingredients?
There are many different herbal ingredients that can be used in a wrap formula, with some of the most powerful being:
- Green Tea
- Alfalfa leaf powder
For a full list of ingredients please read our Guide to Body Wrap Ingredients.
Keep in mind that the actual ingredient that you add to your herbal wrap will depend on your specific goals. For instance, some herbs such as Green Tea are particularly effective for weight loss. Some have stronger detoxification properties, while other such as Aloe Vera are meant to soften and sooth the skin.
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