(NaturalHealth365) Ginger root has been prized for its medicinal properties for centuries. In fact, it happens to be a highly effective way to treat nausea and a wide range of digestive issues. However, ginger root benefits don’t stop there; in addition to its effectiveness when taken internally, it also offers assistance with detoxification and pain relief when used externally.
A hot ginger compress can dissolve stagnation in the body both physically and in terms of the flow of energy. It relieves tension, breaks up mucus and melts away internal blockages. A ginger compress naturally stimulates circulation to speed up the healing process.
How hot ginger compresses work
Hot ginger compresses offer health benefits by stimulating the blood and tissue in the area underneath the compress. This in turn facilitates better circulation while also assisting with the excretion of toxins.
Let’s take a closer look at some of the many health benefits of ginger root including:
Dispersing toxic deposits
A hot ginger compress can help to loosen hardened proteins, minerals and fatty deposits. Some examples include cysts, kidney stones, gallbladder stones and fibroids.
Hot ginger compresses can also relieve both chronic and acute pain from conditions like arthritis, backaches, stiff neck, frozen shoulder, rheumatism and cramps. Pain from kidney stone attacks and toothaches can also be relieved with a hot ginger compress.
Using a hot ginger compress on the chest area has been known to help asthma sufferers to experience relief. However, it is only effective when key dietary changes are made, including eating more fruits and vegetables and avoiding allergy triggers – especially processed sugar and dairy products.
Hot ginger compresses can relieve a range of inflammatory conditions including intestinal inflammation, bronchitis, bladder inflammation and prostate infection. It also refreshes and acts as a tonic to the skin.
Soft tissue damage
Ginger compresses can speed up healing and regeneration in areas that have been damaged by a sprain, pull or other soft tissue injury.
In addition to assisting the healing process of damaged tissues, ginger compresses can also relieve minor or general muscle aches and pains.
Overall quality of life
An Australian study published in the Journal of Advanced Nursing in 2010 found adults with osteoarthritis who used hot ginger compresses experienced reduced pain and increased mobility. However, they also reported feeling more relaxed and positive in their outlook about life.
Many felt increased energy levels, enhanced thought processes and more interest in engaging in the world.
How to make a hot ginger compress
Making your own hot ginger compresses is easy. First, grate about an ounce of ginger root, wrap it in a thin cotton cloth, and tie it closed. Next, bring a large pot of water to a boil, then reduce heat. Add the ginger sachet into the water and allow it to soak for at least five minutes.
Put a small towel into the ginger water and carefully wring out the excess. Apply the towel directly to the affected area and cover with another dry towel to hold in the heat. Re-soak the compress as needed after it cools off. Repeat for around 15 to 20 minutes.
When finished (and you remove the towel), you should notice that your skin is a reddish color – but, not burnt. There should be no pain associated with this redness … in fact, you should feel quite relaxed.
Compresses can be administered once per week, but should not be used if the individual has a high fever. And, it almost goes without saying, do NOT use a hot ginger compress for brain injuries or appendicitis.