You know how we make all those fresh, healthy meals, so the body is able to absorb the maximum nutrients? Well, the same applies to the skin. A product that has been sitting on a shelf cannot compete with the goodness of a fresh body treat. So the next time you make a green smoothie for breakfast, make some extra. Then add a couple of ingredients (Epsom salts and essential oil) and let your body soak in the goodness, too.
These types of body treats are sometimes packaged up and called body wraps and touted as weight-loss programs. Who knows if there are any long lasting results for this, but they are definitely great for reducing fluid retention and getting things moving.
Dark leafy greens, like kale and spinach, are packed with vitamins A, C, E and K, all hardworking anti-aging agents while the anti-inflammatory elements help reduce fluid retention. Nori seaweed has been used in Japan for eons to tone the skin, probably because it’s a rich source of vitamins B and C, amino acids, carotenes, iron and omega-3. The Epsom salts and lavender help the muscles relax and release toxins, while the coconut oil softens the skin.
Line the bath or floor (anything that can be wiped clean in case of a spill) with a blanket or towels, lay the sheet on top and make sure there are some towels or a blanket in reach. Heat the room so it’s really warm and enjoy!
- Old bed sheet
- Old blanket, towels or space blanket
- 1 bunch kale
- 1 bunch spinach
- 2 sheets of nori
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil
- Coconut water or water
- 1 cup Epsom Salts
- 10 drops lavender oil
- A bath or plastic lounge near the shower is a great spot to do this, otherwise prepare lots of towels on the floor to lie on. Check the room is warm, because the wrap will cool the body. Put the heater on and an old blanket in reach.
- Blend kale, spinach, nori, coconut oil, with a splash of coconut water or water (enough to make it easy for the blender).
- Stir in Epsom salts and essential oil and place the mixture by the bath.
- Take a warm shower to help open the pores, but don’t shave.
- Spread out the sheet and sit in the middle.
- Using your hands, pat the mixture all over your body, starting with your feet and covering up with the bed sheet as you go.
- Snuggle up in the sheet and place the blanket or towels on top.
- Relax, by focusing on your breathing. Stay there for anywhere from 20 to 60 minutes, as long as you feel comfortable.
- When you’re ready, scrape the body wrap onto the sheet and dispose or clean off for another use. I have been known to compost the whole thing, cotton sheet and all.
- Rinse off under a warm shower. Moisturize with something like the coconut oil moisturizer.
- Drink lots of water and pay attention to how you and your skin feel.
- It’s a good idea to exfoliate the body everyday for three days after, with something like the ginger body scrub, because of the way the enzymes dissolve and dislodge the dead cells and toxins.