Homemade Body Wraps To Lose Weight

While results may vary, you can expect to lose a couple of inches from your muffin top.

Medically Reviewed by Merlin Annie Raj, RD (Registered Dietitian)
By Charushila Biswas, MSc (Biotechnology), ISSA Certified Fitness Nutritionist

Body wraps for weight loss sound impossible, don’t they? Well, what’s science fiction today might become reality tomorrow! Dear busy girls, we have good news for you. Instead of sweating at the gym for hours, you can just use body wraps to lose the flab quickly (1). You can do this, especially if you have an upcoming event to attend. Body wraps help take off inches, remove toxins, reduce cellulite, and hydrate and tighten the skin. Moreover, you can easily make pocket-friendly body wraps at home and enjoy a spa day without burning a hole in your pocket. Here’s how to make a body wrap at home and how it helps reduce weight. Scroll down to get all the details.

Body Wraps For Weight Loss – What Is It?

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 A body wrap is basically a linen/plastic sheet or a blanket that is wrapped around your body or at specific areas of the body on top of a layer of herbal or natural ingredients. It helps you sweat without moving an inch, which, in turn, helps flush out toxins and reduce inches from that wrapped area. Decades ago, linen was the most widely used wrap, but these days, plastic or blanket is the most preferred wrap. Though the main principle of body wraps is similar to that of sauna treatment, body wraps are said to be more effective (2). But you cannot just put on any wrap and expect good results. You must follow our guidelines to make your body wrap do its work brilliantly. Here’s what you should know.

How To Make Homemade Body Wraps More Effective?

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1. Keep Yourself Hydrated

The body wraps will make you sweat, thereby helping you shrink the fat cells and flush the toxins out. So, it’s important that you keep yourself well hydrated. Drink about 750 ml – 1000 ml water before wrapping your body. You can also keep a cup of water near you so that you can take a sip whenever you want while you are in the wrap. Add cucumber, berries, lemon, mint, etc. to fortify the water with nutrients and make it look more exciting.

2. Best Ingredients

Use the best organic ingredients to make the body pack/mask to get the best results. Many packaged body packs/masks are available in the market but they will not be as effective as the organic ones. So, buy organic ingredients and follow our instructions on how much of each ingredient you should use to get the best results. Nothing can beat organic and natural products when it comes to weight loss and healing.

3. Prep Your Body

Before you apply the body pack/mask, you must take a shower and then use a homemade scrub to exfoliate the dead skin. This will help your skin to absorb the goodness of the body pack, which will help you lose a few inches and flush out the toxins. You can make homemade scrub by taking 2 tablespoons orange peel powder, 2 tablespoons rice flour, 2 tablespoons lime juice, 1 tablespoon olive oil, 2 tablespoons gram flour, and 6-7 tablespoons water.

4. Be Consistent

If you really want to lose weight, and not just get ready for a special occasion, then you must get the wrap treatment twice a week. You can try different body packs/masks or wraps each time to keep yourself excited and motivated. The results that you get will be unmatched.

5. Do Not Overdo It

You may think that if you do this wrap treatment every day, you will get skinny like a supermodel. I am afraid to say that you will not lose weight this way. You will harm your body if you do it on a daily basis. So, make sure not to get the body wrap treatment done more than twice every week.

 Now, let me take you through the wrapping process, step-by-step.

How To Use Body Wraps For Weight Loss ?

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 Step 1Take a shower before taking the homemade body wrap treatment. Bathing will help remove all the dust and dirt from your skin and will allow betterabsorption of the goodness of the body mask.

Step 2 – The second step is to exfoliate your skin with the help of a homemade scrub. Here’s how you can make the perfect scrub easily at home.

Homemade Scrub Recipe


  • 2 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon fine sugar
  • 1-2 drops of lemon essential oil


  1. Mix the ingredients together in a small bowl.
  2. Use two or three fingertips to pick the scrub up and then use light pressure to apply the scrub on your body.
  3. Next, massage the area in a circular motion.
  4. Do this for at least 7-10 minutes.
  5. Wipe the scrub off with a soft, wet cloth.

Step 3 – Apply the body mask in the target areas. Make sure to apply only a thin layer of the mixture because the body mask is very effective and you don’t need a lot to lose inches. Here’s a super effective body mask recipe that you can make at home.

Homemade Body Mask Recipe


  • 1-2 tablespoons of Dead sea clay/ natural clay
  • 1 tablespoon aloe vera gel
  • 1 teaspoon Epsom salt
  • 2-3 drops of lavender essential oil
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 2-3 tablespoon rose water


  1. Mix all the ingredients in a bowl.
  2. Apply a thin layer of the mixture on the areas where you want to get rid of extra flab and cellulite.
  3. Always apply a little bit of the mixture on thedesired area and wrap with a plastic wrap. Applying the mask all over and then trying to wrap the plastic will be difficult.

 Step 4 – Wrap the areas with plastic. Plastic wraps are not only more effective but also do not require to be washed like the cloth bandages. Make sure you wrap the plastic sheets not too tightly as that may scar your skin. If you want to wrap your chin and neck, first wear a shower cap and then wrap your chin and neck by bringing the plastic wrap over your head, down to your chin and jawline. You can also wrap your upper body on day 1 and the wrap your lower body on day 2 to make the process more convenient. For spot treatments, you can wrap the affected area, like thighs or tummy.

Step 5 – Now, all you have to do is relax and let the wrap do its work. You can lie down or sit, watch a movie, talk to your friends, listen to music etc. And by this time, the wrap will start to make the target area sweat, which is what you need. You can cover the wrapped area with a towel. Keep the wrap on for 60 minutes.

Step 6 – After an hour, you can unwrap it. Remove the plastic wrap cautiously and then take a shower to wash off the body mask.

Step 7 – The last step of the wrap is to moisturize your skin with a good moisturizer. You can also apply coconut oil or stretch mark reducing creams or moisturizers.

There you go, an easy way to wrap your body using a homemade body mask in the comfort of your home. And to make your body wrap treatment at home more exciting, here are a few more body wrap recipes for you. Take a look.

Easy Homemade Body Wrap Recipes

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 1. Body Wrap For Detoxification


  • ½ cup Epsom salt
  • 1 cup natural clay
  • 4 tablespoon almond oil
  • 2 drops lavender essential oil (optional)
  • 2 cups warm water


  1. To 2 cups of warm water, add the Epsom salt. Stir it well to dissolve the salt completely.
  2. Now dip your linen bandage into it and keep it in the solution for 2 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, mix the natural clay, almond oil, lavender essential oil, and little warm water to make a paste.
  4. Apply it on your problem areas.
  5. Wrap with the Epsom salt soaked bandage on the areas.
  6. Wait for 1 hour and then remove the bandage.

 2. Body Wrap For Melting Fat


  • 1 cup white clay
  • ½ cup apple cider vinegar
  • 3 tablespoon neem powder
  • 2 drops grapefruit essential oil


  1. Mix the white clay, apple cider vinegar, neem powder, and grapefruit essential oil in a bowl.
  2. Apply a thin layer of this body mask on your problem areas.
  3. Take a plastic wrap and wrap it around your problem areas.
  4. Wait for 1 hour and then remove the bandage.

 3. Body Wrap For Cellulite



  1. Add Epsom salt to a cup of warm water and stir well to dissolve it.
  2. Dip the linen bandage into the Epsom salt bath and keep it in the solution 2 mins.
  3. Meanwhile, mix the white clay, olive oil, the cup of warm water, and rosemary essential oil in a bowl.
  4. Apply a thin layer of this body mask.
  5. Wrap the area with the linen bandage.
  6. Wait for 1 hour and then remove the bandage.

 4. Body Wrap For Rejuvenating Skin


  • 10 strawberries
  • 10 grapes
  • ½ cup papaya
  • 2 drops lemon essential oil


  1. Mash the strawberries, grapes, and papaya in a bowl.
  2. Add the lemon essential oil and mix well.
  3. Apply this fruity mix to your problem areas.
  4. Wrap up with a plastic wrap.
  5. Wait for 1 hour and then remove the bandage.

5. Body Wrap For Skin Tightening


  • 1 cup white clay
  • ½ cup Bengal gram flour
  • 2 tablespoon yogurt
  • ½ cup water
  • 3 drops orange essential oil


  1. Mix white clay, Bengal gram flour, yogurt, water, and orange essential oil in a bowl.
  2. Apply a thin layer of this body mask.
  3. Wrap your problem area with a plastic wrap.
  4. Wait for an hour and then remove the bandage.

So, these were the 5 amazing homemade body wrap recipes that will help you shed a few inches quickly. But how can you make your wrap treatment more spa-like? Here’s how!

Simple Steps To Get Spa-Like Body Wrap At Home

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  1. Clean the mess in your room or clean your bathroom.
  2. Choose a cozy corner in your room or just prep your bathtub by wiping away the water.
  3. Keep your plastic wrap, body mask, scrub, moisturizer, and towel ready.
  4. In a shallow bowl of water, toss in some rose petals and keep it on the side of your chair, bed or bathtub.
  5. Of course, you will need scented candles. Light your favorite scented candles and keep them at a distance so that you can see and smell them, but they don’t hamper your movement.
  6. Personally, I like Tibetan chants playing in the background, but you can play any soothing music.
  7. While you are waiting for the wrap to do its magic, you can keep two slices of cucumber on your eyelids to relax completely.
  8. If you are bored, you can read a magazine or watch your favorite show. Do not work!

So you see, getting a spa-like body wrap treatment at home if not that tough at all! But the question is, do the body wraps really work? Find out in the next section.

Do The Body Wraps Really Aid Weight Loss?

 Body wraps do work, but the results vary from person to person. It is a short-term weight loss solution that can take 1-2 inches off. The weight loss also depends on the type of bandage used, how much water your body retains, and how long you kept the body-wrap on (some people feel comfortable keeping the body wrap for a longer duration). Do not expect to lose 10 pounds in just an hour! Plus, you should also avoid overdoing it as that may seriously damage your circulation and skin. You can also measure your weight loss. Want to know how? Find out next.

How To Measure Homemade Body Wrap Weight Loss ?

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 You can measure it with measuring tape and also take visual cues. Here’s how you should do it.

  • Take a measuring tape and measure your problem area girth.
  • Write it down in a notepad.
  • Now, take pictures of your problem area from different angles (if it’s your whole body, ask your friend to take pics for you).
  • Now, get your wrap treatment.
  • After completing the wrap treatment, measure the girth of your problem area and take pics in the same angles that you did before taking the wrap treatment.

As we come to the end of this article, here’s what you must remember.

Points To Remember 

  • Always follow the recommended steps, i.e., take a shower and exfoliate before applying the body mask.
  • Before wrapping yourself in plastic or linen, do a spot test by wrapping a small part of your body to find out if you are sensitive to the wrap or not.
  • Try to use freshly prepared body mask.
  • We recommend using plastic wraps, but you can also use linen bandages.
  • Do not wrap the bandages too tight or too loose.
  • Make sure to cover the problem areas properly.
  • If you have heart problems or any other medical issue, please talk to your doctor before trying this homemade wrap treatment for weight loss.
  • Avoid it if you are pregnant or lactating.
  • Children should not be given body wrap treatment for weight loss.
  • Rinse off the body mask immediately if you feel itchy or uncomfortable.

Body wraps for weight loss work by making the targeted areas of the body sweat. This technique usually involves the use of plastic wrap and a body mask that can be made at home using simple ingredients like natural clay, essential oils, and Epsom salt. To successfully lose a few inches using a body wrap, you need to follow all the steps carefully. It is important to shower and exfoliate before getting started with the process and keep the wrap on for at least an hour to see any results. Please note that this process should not be repeated more than twice a week.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do body wraps tighten loose skin?

Yes, temporarily. Wrapping the body helps to eliminate the water content, which may give your loose skin the appearance of being more firm.

Are body wraps safe?

Yes, but ensure that you are adequately hydrated. However, don’t overdo it with body wraps to tone your body.


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