Soak your feet in ginger water for pain relief from varicose veins, arthritis, stiff muscles and aching joints. If you spend a lot of time on your feet, it’s a good way to soothe your tootsies. It’s also useful for people who suffer from cold extremities, especially in winter, as ginger is a warming spice. If you have a cold or the flu, a hot ginger foot bath will ease the symptoms. Do it just before bedtime for a good night’s sleep.
A ginger soak increases the circulation and helps to move stuck energy. The feet connect energetically to the rest of the body so taking care of them has a positive effect on overall health. Ginger absorbs easily through the skin so you might find you get ginger breath!
What you need:
- 2 -3 pieces of fresh ginger root
- Large heavy bottomed pot
- 3 litres of water
- One cotton sock (or small muslin drawstring bag)
What you do:
- Bring water to the boil in the pot with the lid on
- In the meantime, wash and grate the unpeeled ginger
- Wet the sock, squeeze it out and pack in the ginger
- Tie a knot and as soon as the water boils, turn the heat down and pop sock into the pot
- Replace the lid and simmer for 5 minutes, taking care not to boil the water
- You should be able to smell the ginger – if not, use a wooden spoon to press the contents of the sock against the side of the pot and simmer for a little longer
- Remove the sock and pour the water into a foot bath
- Add more water if necessary to adjust the temperature to comfortably hot and soak feet for 20 minutes