How to Make a Seaweed Body Wrap

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Body wraps absorb excess water and compact the skin, which can improve circulation and reduce the appearance of cellulite. These wraps can be expensive in spas, but using seaweed found in health food stores offers a natural and inexpensive alternative. Seaweed contains vitamins and minerals as well as iodine that is beneficial for relieving aches and pains. You can use seaweed strands or powdered seaweed to make an effective body wrap.

Seaweed Strands

Soak a 2-ounce package of dried wakame in warm water for 10 minutes. Dried wakame is a type of Japanese seaweed found in health food stores.

Wrap the warm, wet strands around your body while sitting or standing in the bathtub. This will minimize the mess.

Peel the seaweed off your body after 30 minutes, and throw away the strands. Rinse your skin with cool water.

Seaweed Paste

Mix 8 ounces of dried seaweed powder with enough water to make a thick paste.

Add 3 tablespoons of olive oil and 3 drops of an essential oil such as lavender. Stir the mixture. If it is too thick, add more water. If it is too runny, add more seaweed powder.

Apply the mixture to your body while in the bathtub or while sitting on towels. Cover yourself with a light sheet.

Take off the sheet, and rinse the paste off your skin with cool water after 30 minutes.