Body wraps are available in a wide variety of concoctions and are used to treat almost any ailment. However, they are often pricey, making them only attainable by those who have extra money to spend. With homemade aloe vera body wrap recipes you can do a treatment at home for less money and get the same benefits as the wraps done at the spa.
The aloe body wrap consists of a base of 1 cup of aloe gel and 1 cup whipping cream. A variety of body wrap recipes can be made with this base. Aloe and cream work to soften and moisturize the skin. Two drops of an essential oil should be used as well. The type of oil depends upon the desired goal of the body wrap. A popular choice is lavender, which works to calm and relax the body, both mentally and physically. Peppermint oil can be used to energize and according to the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, it is also a great remedy for those who suffer from irritable bowel syndrome.
Sweet birch oil is a wonderful remedy for those who suffer from muscle aches and arthritis as it contains methyl salicylate, the same ingredient in aspirin. Because of this ingredient it is considered toxic and should be kept out of the reach of children. Adults should be careful to not use too much or risk suffering from an aspirin overdose.
Use an application brush, found at a beauty supply stores, to mix all the ingredients in a large bowel, then set it aside until it is room temperature. While the temperature of the wrap is adjusting, find a quiet area where you will be able to lay down and place towels over the area to keep it clean. Turn on relaxing and soft music. Make sure you have found a place where you will not be disturbed. Secure hair out of the way and remove any jewelry. Use the brush to apply the mixture to your chest, abdomen and back (you may have to use your hands for the back, or ask for help). Wrap plastic wrap around the core of your body until you are completely covered. Repeat the process on your legs and then arms. Lie down, close your eyes and relax for 20 minutes. Remove the plastic wrap and shower.
Essential oils can be toxic. Store away from children. Consult with your physician before using. Do not use if you have epilepsy, are pregnant, have high blood pressure, sensitive skin or are under the influence of alcohol.