To do this herbal body wrap recipe at home, assemble your “cocoon” of heated blankets and plastic sheeting in the most comfortable place possible. Use your sofa or bed; you may want to use a sunny patch of floor, or even a lawn chair on a secluded patio, weather permitting. You probably already have most of the materials you need, and the others are easily obtained.
- 2½ quarts water
- 3-quart saucepan with lid
- 3 tablespoons dry herbs, or 6 tablespoons fresh
- 8-inch-wide elastic bandages, torn muslin strips, or a cotton sheet
- 2 big plastic sheets (painters’ drop cloths work well)
- 2 heated blankets, fresh from the dryer
- 1 heavy blanket, unheated
- Herbal moisturizer
- 2 slices fresh cucumber
- Bring water to boil in a saucepan and add herbs. Cover, remove from heat and steep for 15 minutes. Strain out herbs and discard. Add the elastic bandages or muslin strips to the tea, and keep warm butnot hot.
- From here on, work quickly. On the sofa or bed, spread out a big plastic sheet and one heated blanket. Cover the blanket with another layer of plastic sheeting. Top the stack with the second heated blanket and then the unheated one. Pull your hair back and apply moisturizer to your face, and place the cucumber slices where you can easily reach them from the bed.
- One by one, wring out the bandages or strips and begin wrapping yourself. Wrap as you would a sprain—no tighter than a knee sock. Begin with your feet and legs, and move up to cover your torso and arms. Wrap your hands and neck last.
- Now slip between the two layers of plastic in your “spa cocoon”. Place the cucumber slices over your closed eyes, and rest. Enjoy the splendor as your body seems to melt and you reach a blissful, relaxed state of comfort.
Melinda Minton is a spa consultant and health and beauty expert living in Fort Collins, Colorado. She is a licensed massage therapist, esthetician, and cosmetologist and holds an MBA in marketing.
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