How to Make Ginger Wraps (Burn Belly Fat Effortlessly?)

Lisa Lorraine Taylor, BSc, CPT
Published by Lisa Lorraine Taylor, BSc, CPT | Staff Writer
Last updated: July 18, 2024
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People try many things to lose fat quickly. Recently, one of my clients asked me about wraps (specifically ginger wraps) and whether they can help you burn fat.

I was always skeptical about these wraps, which certainly includes ginger wraps, but I spent a week researching available sources on the topic and discussing them with a dietician to get a definitive answer.

So, in this article, we’re going to look at how to make a ginger wrap and whether it can help you lose fat.

Let’s begin.

Quick Summary

  • To help burn belly fat, ginger wraps can be made using grated ginger, warm water, a towel, plastic wrap, body lotion, and an elastic bandage.
  • Ginger wraps enhance skin elasticity, rejuvenation, and smoothness, apart from aiding in fat loss.
  • Research from the National Library of Medicine suggests that consuming ginger can aid in fat loss, but there's no definitive evidence for ginger wraps' effectiveness in this regard.
  • Personally, I've observed that while ginger wraps may offer temporary weight loss, primarily through water loss, they are not a long-term solution for fat reduction.

How To Make and Use It

Ground ginger with a whole ginger on the side

To make a ginger wrap, you'll need the following ingredients:

  • A tablespoon of freshly grated ginger (or ginger powder)
  • 4–5 tablespoons of body lotion
  • Plastic wrap
  • A towel
  • An elastic bandage
  • Hot or warm water

Here’s how you prepare the items and apply the ginger compress mixture.

Step 1: Prepare Your Skin

Before using the ginger compress, it's important to prep your skin properly.

First, soak a towel in hot water, but ensure it's at a comfortable temperature for you.

Wrap the towel around your belly for about 5 minutes, especially if you're focusing on the abdominal area. This step helps open up your pores for more effective absorption of the ginger.

Step 2: Prepare the Ginger Compress Mixture

While the towel works on your skin, you can prepare the mixture for the wrap.

Mix one tablespoon of freshly grated ginger with 4–5 tablespoons of body lotion. Depending on your waist size and body fat levels, you might need to add more of both.

Step 3: Apply the Mixture

Once you’ve prepared enough mixture, remove the towel, and apply it to the target area.

Step 4: Plastic-Wrap the Area

Top shot of a plastic wrap

Cover the entire region with plastic wrap.

If you've only applied the ginger mixture to your belly, you may only cover that region and secure the plastic wrap with the elastic bandage.

Just ensure the elastic band isn’t so tight that it’ll affect blood circulation.

Step 5: Let the Wrap Do Its Job

Leave the wrap overnight or for at least 2 hours.

You may see results the next day. However, if you wish to see significant results, make this a part of your daily skincare routine.

For skincare purposes, we recommend preparing the wrap at night, leaving the elastic band a bit looser, and taking everything off in the morning.

Can a Ginger Wrap Help You Lose Weight?

Close up shots of sliced ginger

Yes, a ginger wrap can help you lose weight. However, don't expect it to be a miracle solution for belly fat or a fast track to losing overall body fat.

As a fitness trainer, I recommend a combination of cardio, weight training, and a diet with controlled calories to effectively reduce belly fat.

In extreme situations, medical interventions like surgery might be considered, but that should be a last resort.

Research from the National Library of Medicine indicates that consuming ginger could aid in fat loss, but there's no concrete evidence to say ginger wraps have the same effect [1].

Some of my clients who used a ginger wrap reported that they experienced some weight loss but soon after realized that it was mainly from losing excess water. That’s because any body wrap makes you sweat. Once you rehydrate, your body regains the lost pounds right away.

“[Wraps] won’t give you long-term weight loss. They can temporarily make you feel a little thinner, and when you look at the scale the pounds can go down a pound or two. But that’s water weight loss. It’s a temporary phenomenon.”

- Dr. Elizabeth Tanzi, Dermatologist


Consuming Ginger For Fat Loss

Powdered Ginger on a table

While wraps don’t burn belly fat overnight, eating ginger root might help you accelerate fat loss.

A 2018 review from the National Library of Medicine found that ginger could modulate obesity in several crucial ways [2].

The most important mechanisms are:

  • Increasing thermogenesis
  • Increasing lipolysis
  • Suppressing lipogenesis
  • Inhibiting intestinal fat absorption and
  • Controlling appetite

In my experience with helping people achieve their fitness goals, there’s no such thing as a simple trick in the weight loss process.

I’ve found the most effective ways to burn fat are these:

Comparison with Clay and Mustard Wraps

I've seen how ginger wraps, much like mustard or clay wraps, cater to a variety of wellness needs.

  • Mustard wraps are great for detoxification, and clay wraps for skin purification, but ginger wraps are unique in their combination of anti-inflammatory properties and pain relief.

The gingerol in ginger is particularly effective in easing muscle soreness and reducing inflammation. What sets ginger apart from clay wraps is its ability to generate warmth, which can boost blood circulation - a big plus for recovery.

Not to mention, the natural fragrance of ginger wraps offers aromatherapy benefits. They're a holistic approach to wellness, merging physical and aromatic advantages for joint and muscle support, distinguishing them in the world of natural wraps.

Combining Ginger Wraps with Other Treatments

Integrating ginger wraps with complementary treatments like aromatherapy, massage, or acupuncture can amplify therapeutic effects.

  • The warmth generated by ginger wraps synergizes with massage, promoting deeper muscle relaxation and tension relief.
  • Aromatherapy, when paired with ginger wraps, enhances the overall experience, as ginger's natural fragrance contributes to stress reduction and mental well-being.
  • Incorporating acupuncture alongside ginger wraps may address specific pain points more effectively, fostering a holistic approach to pain management.

The combined benefits of these therapies create a synergistic effect, offering a comprehensive and personalized wellness experience that goes beyond the individual benefits of each treatment modality.


Is Ginger Wrap Good For Your Skin?

Yes, the ginger wrap may be good for your skin. It can make your skin look elastic, smooth, and rejuvenated.

Can Eating Ginger Help Burn Stubborn Belly Fat?

Yes, eating ginger may help you burn stubborn belly fat. While it won’t directly target fat in your belly, ginger can help you lose overall body fat.

What Happens If I Leave a Ginger Wrap On For Too Long?

If you leave a ginger wrap on for too long, it might start to mold depending on your environment or cause dehydration. Make sure you drink plenty of water before using a wrap and leave them on for no more than 8 hours.

Who Shouldn't Use Ginger Wraps?

Individuals with preexisting health conditions like diabetes, heart conditions, and sensitive skin should not use ginger wraps. Additionally, pregnant and lactating women should consult a doctor before any body wrap treatment.


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Lisa Lorraine Taylor, BSc, CPT
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Lisa Lorraine Taylor, BSc, CPT holds a BSc degree in Holistic Nutrition from Clayton College of Natural Health and is the owner of Taylor Made Fitness. Her philosophy centers on cutting through the hype and misinformation surrounding dietary supplements, focusing instead on practical, science-backed strategies for health and weight loss.
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Dr. Kristy June Dayanan, BS, MD is an author with a BS degree from University of the Philippines and an MD from University of Perpetual Help System. Her ability to simplify medical science complexities and dietary supplement jargon for the average reader makes her a valued medical fact checker and reviewer.
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Dr. Harshi Dhingra, MBBS, MD is a published peer-reviewed author and renowned physician from India with over a decade of experience. With her MBBS from Bharati Vidyapeeth and an MD from Rajiv Gandhi University, she actively ensures the accuracy of online dietary supplement and medical information by reviewing and fact-checking health publications.
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