Ginger is an old time remedy for all sorts of tummy troubles when taken as a medicinal tea but did you know you can also use it as a compress for pains and cramps? Ginger is warming, soothing and anti-inflammatory both externally and internally. As a pack, it can ease menstrual cramps, indigestion and pain. It helps to relieve stagnation by increasing the circulation of blood and fluids.
For this to work, the pack has to be hot, but obviously not hot enough to burn your skin. You need to have everything organized in advance and work quickly once you have your towel at the right temperature so it doesn’t cool down too much.
The heat combined with the ginger should make your skin go red – this is a good sign! It means that the blood vessels are dilated and that the ginger has been absorbed through the skin.
What you need:
- Boiling water
- ½ cup grated fresh ginger root
- 1-2 tablespoons coconut oil
- Small towel or cloth
- Second towel
- Hot water bottle
What you do:
- Put small towel in a bowl and pour some of the boiling water over it
- Grate the ginger and heat gently in a small pot with the coconut oil
- Prepare the hot water bottle
- When the towel has cooled enough to handle but is still hot, squeeze it out and lay it flat
- Spread the ginger mash in the center (about the size of an outstretched hand)
- Fold the siders and ends of the towel over the ginger
- Lie down and place the towel over the belly
- Cover with the second towel and put a hot water bottle on top
- Leave for about 20 minutes to half an hour