The Ginger Bath – Detoxifying to Body, Mind and Spirit! Feeling stressed, physically or emotionally? Are you are trying to rid the body of a bug of some sort, like the flu, or a cold, or just want to help detoxify your body? Try a ginger bath. It is marvelous!
I like to take one before going to bed once or twice a week. It helps me get a really deep night’s sleep, with the added bonus, the ginger bath cleanses the body (internally as well as externally) and relaxes you. I wake up feeling so relaxed and full of energy. The ginger is heating to the body and may cause your skin to turn slightly red for a few minutes, so be careful with the amount you add.If you have sensitive skin or are allergy-prone, test ginger on your skin for irritation before the bath. Start out with a small amount then you can gradually increase up to 1/3 cup Depending on the capacity of your tub, and your sensitivity, anywhere from 1 tablespoon to 1/3 cup can be added (either grated or powder from the health food store or try the ginger bath available on this website) under the running tap. (if using grated ginger, put it into a drawstring bag so you don’t clog your plumbing) Make yourself a cup of hot ginger tea to drink while in the tub. Grate 1 tbsp of fresh ginger or a ½ tsp dried, add to a cup of boiling water, let it steep. If you wish, add a bit of raw honey. Make sure to drink plenty of liquids before and after your bath to replace lost fluids.
Skin Brushing is good to do before this bath. Run very warm water at first and get in the tub. Once in the tub, let enough hot water run in to make the water fairly hot,(within your comfort levels). Lie back and relax for about 20-40 minutes.
I like to light a candle, put on some soothing music and enjoy the relaxed “spa” atmosphere.
You’ll find you begin to sweat in about 20 minuites. Get out of the tub in 20-40 minutes or so, wrap up in a large towel and crawl into the bed and cover up with your bedcovers. You will usually sweat for approximate an hour. (I like to put some really big beach towels on the bed to lie on and to cover up with)
This method really helps sweat toxins out of your body. Perspiration even pours out of my scalp. If you don’t want to get into the bed wet, you can put towels and blankets on the floor by your tub. I like to go to bed because I fall asleep almost immediately and don’t wake up until morning. Since you are wrapped up in the large towel, your bed shouldn’t get wet.
Ginger’s Benefits – in addition to its detoxifying properties:
– Relieves nausea
– Stops diarrhea
– Mitigates gas and bloating
– Improves digestion
– Soothes menstrual cramps
– Relief from headaches
– Decreases cholesterol
– Helps to stabilize blood pressure
– Anti-Inflammatory (ie. reduces pain from rheumatoid arthritis)
– Encourages circulation
– Relieves flu and cold symptoms
– Relieves respiratory infections
– Has some known anti-cancer benefits
Ginger for digestive upsets Ginger has been found to increase the secretion of gastric juice and the production of hypochloride. This means that food is digested more quickly, creating an unfriendly environment for bacteria that could wreak havoc with your stomach and intestines. Ginger works as well at treating the symptoms of food poisoning as it does preventing them. In fact, ginger can be used for most digestive upsets that involve nausea, vomiting, cramping, abdominal pain, indigestion or diarrhea. Whether your digestive problem is due to eating contaminated food, stomach flu, pregnancy or motion sickness, ginger is one of the most effective agents around! IMPORTANT: Make sure you consult with your physician before using ginger if you are on any type of anti-coagulant. I love my baths, but not the chlorine that is in our water, I just purchased the “Cuzn’s bath ball” which neutralizes Chlorine in the bath. The best online price I found was at www.VipDispensary.com for $46.99 which is 25% off MFLP. It works great, the only down side is it was hard to attach to my bath faucet. I became creative and used twine to tie it in place then duct tape on the top of the faucet to secure it in place.