Are you best buds with ginger? If not, consider befriending this herb at the grocery store or at your local health market. Yes, I said herb. Although it’s a root, ginger has been an effective herbal remedy for many different health ailments over generations of humanity.
People have used ginger for muscle aches and pains, menstrual cramps, nausea, dizziness, to increase circulation, to ease an upset stomach, and more.
Ginger is generally one of those love or hate things—you either love or hate ginger. The first time I tried actual ginger (okay, it was candied) was when I was at Trader Joe’s with a gorgeous man friend of mine and the cashier told him, “You’ll either love it or hate it.”
He hated it. I loved it. Needless to say, we parted ways in the end.
But good news! For this particular herbal remedy, you won’t need to be eating ginger. Let’s just hope you love the smell and the great health benefits of this compress!
What Exactly Is a Compress?
A compress is generally some sort of material such as a towel or even an ice pack that is “pressed” onto an area of your body that’s causing you pain.
A compress could be as simple as a washcloth that you’ve dipped into hot water, or it could be fancy like one of those herbal packs that smell amazing such as for backaches or menstrual cramps.
Why do people do compresses? Well, for all sorts of reasons. To reduce swelling on an injury (for example, if you’ve twisted your ankle or broken your arm), to increase circulation, to alleviate cramping, even to detoxify the body! People generally do warm or cold compresses, depending on their condition. Your ginger compress will be hot!
How to Make a Ginger Compress
A ginger compress can help to increase circulation and to help detoxify your body as well as alleviate tension in your muscles and joints. But, we’ll learn some more about the benefits of this marvelous herb in a second.
First, the recipe and instructions—because you know you wanna try it!
- Large pot
- Ginger root (enough to fill the palm of your hand)
- Cheesecloth or clean handkerchief
- String or rubber band
- Small towels or cloths
- Get a fairly large pot and fill it with water, then bring to a boil, then cut the heat to low.
- Grate your ginger root. You should have enough to about fill the palm of your hand.
- Place your ginger in cheesecloth or clean handkerchief and tie off with a string or rubber band.
- Put your ginger ball into the pot of water for a few minutes.
- Get some small towels or cloths, and put into the pot as well.
- Wring out the cloths and put on the affected area. Cover with a dry towel to help retain the heat. You’ll need to swap out the towels every few minutes or so to keep the compress hot.
- Do this for about twenty minutes or until your skin is a little flushed.
Awesome Benefits of Ginger
Grating ginger isn’t the easiest thing in the world, so why should you do it if you have a problem area on your body?
The benefits of doing a ginger compress are numerous. You could do the compress on your stomach to help with digestion. You may also opt to use it for backaches, to stimulate blood flow to the kidneys, to help with respiratory ailments (do a compress on the lungs), use it to help break up kidney stones, or even benign tumors or cysts.
Got arthritis, a toothache, or slept on your neck wrong last night? A ginger compress can help with all these and more. You can even help detoxify your lymph nodes.
Take Care of Your Body While Doing the Compress
Regardless of what you’re doing the compress for, toxins will likely be released into your body as a result of the ginger. This means you may feel tired or have to urinate a little more than normal. Be sure to drink plenty of water to flush out the toxins.
You should NOT use a ginger compress for fevers or headaches! For the fever, obviously you shouldn’t be trying to heat your body any more than it’s already heating itself, and for headaches, you shouldn’t use a ginger compress for the brain. Otherwise, relieve your muscle aches and pains with this effective home remedy using ginger!
Here are some more ways to use ginger:
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