Published: Sun, January 01, 2017
World | By Tasha Manning

The Ginger Bath: A Relaxing Stimulant - - Andrea Candee, Master Herbalist

The Ginger Bath: A Relaxing Stimulant - - Andrea Candee, Master Herbalist

Spring weather beckons us outdoors to exercise, garden, play tennis. Improperly exercised, overworked muscles experience soreness due to aggravated tissue and lactic acid buildup. The ginger bath is a wonderful way to assist release of such impurities from the increased circulation.

A powerful detoxifier

Relaxing and soothing to sore, achy muscles, the ginger bath is A respite from a hard day's work or the pains associated with flu. Its powerful detoxifying and diaphoretic actions cause profuse sweating, beneficial in breaking the fever. (Diaphoretic means that the herb, when it has hot, will stimulate excretion of fluids, and when taken cold, will inhibit their flow.) Its stimulating properties increase circulation, dispelling chills and warming the body. Those with tachycardia or other heart stress should approach ginger with an overdose will produce increased palpitations.

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If you've been standing on your feet all day, the ginger foot bath will soothe and relax the entire body Through the reflexes in the feet. Prepare to go to bed after a ginger bath. If you're planning to go out dancing, skip the ginger and add a cup or two of wood-aged apple cider to your bath instead!

How to prepare ginger bath

The easiest way to prepare a ginger bath is to add a palmful of powdered ginger to the bath. The powdered ginger should be purchased from a health food store that guarantees they are supplying you with non-irradiated herbs. The powdered ginger found on supermarket shelves has been irradiated. If you prefer to use the fresh root, simmer several tablespoons fresh, unpeeled ginger root in 6-8 cups water for 30 minutes. Strain, and add to bath water.

Every bath experience is enhanced by soft music, scented candle and spiritual reading material. Make your ginger bath the most healing and deeply relaxing conclusion to a stressful day.

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