Ginger Compresses and Soaks

Use these mixtures for joint problems, including arthritis, gout, bursitis, muscle contractions, sprains, musculus-skeletal cramps, bone spurs, localized pain, and inflammation. Ginger compresses or soaks can also be helpful for headaches, earaches, dandruff, skin problems, and bronchitis. In general, they will will help to draw out toxins and stimulate circulation. The treatment is cumulative in its effect, and treatment must be continued at least 2 times a day for the entire time prescribed.

You will need:

  • 2-4 tbsp. fresh ginger, peeled and grated, to 1 quart of water;
  • or, 2 tbsp. ginger root powder to 1 quart of water.

Place the ginger in a pot, and pour boiling water over the ginger. Steep the mixture for 15 minutes. You can also place the grated ginger in a cloth bag, tie the bag off at the top and place it in the hot water, leaving the ginger bag in the water until the water turns yellow. Then, squeeze the bag to express the remaining ginger liquid. Do not boil the mixture after the ginger has been added, as you will lose the valuable oils from the ginger. Use the mixture at as hot a temperature as you can stand without burning yourself. Use caution and common sense, and avoid temperatures that are too hot for comfort and safety.


Dip a piece of flannel, terry, or other heavy cloth into the hot solution. When the saturated cloth is cool enough, wring out the excess liquid and apply the compress to the area to be treated. You can cover the compress with a thin towel and a piece of plastic,or use a hot water bottle to keep it warm longer. Repeat the process until the skin holds a bright red color, or the mixture becomes cool. You can repeat this process 3-4 times a day, using fresh ginger each time.

Ginger soak for feet, ankles, hands, and wrists:

Pour the solution (see above) into a container or bathtub. If you have a heart condition please consult with your physician before using the ginger bath! Soak until the water cools and/or the skin is bright red in color. Be careful not to burn yourself. The same solution can be reheated and used one more time. The application should remain effective for 30 minutes after use (the area treated should still feel hot and ‘gingery’).

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