Thinning DIY Body Relaxation Wrap
Chamomile, Lavender and Valerian Relaxation Wrap
Valerian was traditionally used in ancient Rome as a mild sedative. Today, it is used as a mild sleep aid and anxiety reliever. Coupled with calming and anti-spasmodic effects of chamomile and the restorative properties of lavender, this herbal wrap is pure bliss after a stressful day, especially before going to bed. It's best not to shower immediately after the wrap (and possibly not until the next morning) so as to prolong the effects of the moist heat.
Lavender relaxes, soothes, restores and balances the system. It is excellent for aching feet, tired muscles and headaches.
Body wraps are an excellent way to help eleviate excess toxins in the body by allowing the body to perspire out toxins through the pores. Pores are able to excrete toxins through sweat.
3 cups fresh herbs:
1 cup chamomile, chopped
1 cup valerian root, grated
1 cup lavender, crushed or
1 1/2 cups dried herbs:
1/2 cup dried chamomile
1/2 cup dried valerian root
1/2 cup dried lavender
1 cotton or linen sheet cut into 3-inch wide strips
1 large pot of boiling water (lobster or spagetti or crock pot)
1 plastic sheet or shower curtain liner
First, select your relaxation spot (bed, lounge chair or bathtub) and place the plastic sheet or shower curtain on it. Set up the space heater next to it and turn it on. a heating pad works well too as long as you keep it from getting wet as it will be plugged in to an electrical source.
Set blanket(s) nearby. Place herbs in pot and fill with water. Bring to a boil and simmer, covered for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and let sit for another 5 minutes. With a strainer, scoop out from the water as many herbs as possible. Place sheet strips in the pot and let steep for 5 minutes. Remove strips from the pot one at a time as you use them, and wring out excess water. Start by snugly wrapping the strips around the legs, then arms, and finish with the torso. Tuck the ends of the strips under a wrapped area nearby so as to insure a snug fit. Lay yourself on the plastic sheet or shower curtain, wrap yourself in it, and cover your body with blankets. Relax for 10 minutes, then slowly remove strips. Roll into bed!