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Ginger Compress

How to Make a Ginger Compress

YOU will need:

6-8 oz. fresh ginger root

2-4 qt. water

Bring the water to boil in a large stock pot. Turn off the heat.

Grate the ginger root onto a square cloth approximately 12 inches by 12 inches.

Pull the corners of the cloth together once the ginger is fully grated and wrap with a rubber band.

After the water has cooled, but not too cooled, use your compress cloths (thick washcloths or towel) by dipping them into the ginger solution and wringing out most of the water. Let cool before applying to affected area.

Once applied, cover compress with thick towels or a heating pad and towels to keep the heat in.

It is best to have two cloths so you can alternate them. Leave towels on area for 5-10 minutes each time.

The skin will become bright red as the treatment progresses.

Compress for approximately ½ hour to 45 minutes, not to exceed more than 2 consecutive days.

Article by herbalist Dave Hawkins, MH, CNC

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