Eastern civilizations have used ginger compresses to improve blood circulation and relieve chronic ailments like back pain, rheumatism, arthritis, swelling and sore muscles.
Ginger compresses draw out toxins and dissolve kidney/gallbladder stones, ovarian cysts and fibroids.
Ginger compress is a simple piece of cloth that has been previously soaked in hot ginger tea.
Ginger compresses offer numerous health benefits, and we give you some of the greatest:
- Improved blood flow
- Instant pain relief (back pain, rheumatism, arthritis)
- Reduced swellings and soreness
- Efficient treatment of mastitis and ovarian cysts
How to make your own ginger compress?
You will need:
- 120g fresh ginger or a tablespoon of ginger powder
- 1l water
- A large pan, ginger grater, 1 towel, 2 hand cloths, 1 cotton bag with string (you will need this to infuse ginger better), rubber gloves
Heat up the water, but make sure it doesn’t boil. Add in your ginger. Make sure you put it into the cotton bag first. Simmer for 3-5 minutes, and turn off the heat. Take out the cotton bag and squeeze out any liquid. Use your gloves to do this. Your ginger tea is ready for use!
How to use the compress?
You will need about 30 minutes to do this treatment. All you have to do is repeatedly apply the compress onto the affected skin area. Hot compresses work better, and you will need gloves to change them.
First, soak the hand towel in the water, and squeeze out excess liquid. Put the lid on to keep your tea hot. Apply the steaming cloth on your skin. Soak the second cloth, and apply it over the first one.
This will seal in the moisture. Cover with a larger dry towel. Be careful, your ginger tea should not be too hot, otherwise you will burn your skin.
Hold the compress on for 3-5 minutes, and repeat.
Maintain the temperature, and don’t let your skin cool off between each application.
Apply your ginger compresses for 20-30 minutes. Your skin will turn slightly red, but don’t worry, this is just a normal reaction.
Duration and frequency of applications
The treatment should last between 5 and 30 minutes, depending on the severity of your problem.
Do the treatment every few days until your condition improves.
If you are treating ovarian cyst, apply the compresses once a day for at least fourteen days. If you are treating mastitis, use the compresses three times a day until your problem is solved.
The water should not boil, otherwise your ginger will lose its power. You can reheat the tea, but don’t bring it to a boil.
You don’t have to use the cotton bag, but you will end up with tiny bits of ginger on your skin.
Fresh ginger is always a better option, but if you can’t find any, ginger powder works well, too.
Caution: Don’t use he compress on babies or pregnant women. Don’t place them in areas near the brain or in cases of fever and cancerous tumors.