With people getting more aware about all the toxins that invade their bodies, body detoxification has become a trend these days. With this growing trend, Detox treatments too are getting popular, not to mention they are quite expensive too. However, one simple and inexpensive method of detoxification that can be done at home is Ginger bath. It is highly recommended in Naturopathy, Ayurveda and other alternative therapies.
Toxins enter the body through air, food, clothes, water and everything that we get into contact with. Ginger helps to open up the pores and eliminate toxins.
Multiple benefits of Ginger bath
Before explaining the procedure involved for the ginger bath, here is a little information on the multiple health benefits of such a bath.
Ginger’s anti-inflammatory properties have been known and valued for centuries. Conventional medicine has also rendered sufficient scientific support for this long-held belief about the anti-inflammatory properties of ginger, and its association with pain-relief in cases of Rheumatoid Arthritis.
The Ginger bath is an ideal option for people who are on a diet programme for losing weight. This Detox bath could prove to be a valuable addition to the routine of such people. Ginger bath promotes perspiration, hastening the process of elimination of toxins from the body, and increasing circulation. A Ginger bath also eases menstrual cramps, and healing of muscular injuries.
Ayurveda recommends a warm bath of ginger and baking soda to pacify anxiety. Add about one-third cup ginger and one-third cup baking soda to a tub of water. Soak in it for ten to fifteen minutes.
A ginger bath is a healing experience, particularly taking into consideration its immense benefits including relief from bloating, nausea, motion sickness dizziness, diarrhea, menstrual cramps, headaches, cold and flu symptoms and respiratory infections. It also helps boost digestion, controls blood pressure, lowers cholesterol, and is known for its anti-inflammatory and anti-cancerous properties.
All that is required for this procedure is a bath tub, fresh grated ginger or ginger essential oil (freshly grated ginger is most recommended and common procedure) and hot water.
Pour a hot bath, keeping the temperature of water between 95 and 103 degrees. Hot water helps in opening up the pores and cleansing the skin. Add either two tablespoons of fresh grated ginger or about ten drops of ginger essential oil. Soak in the tub for a maximum of 30 minutes, keeping a cool cloth around the neck to ease any lightheadedness. Step out of the tub and wrap yourself in a towel. Sweating will however continue for about an hour or two after the bath. Toxins are released through the sweating. Try to catch some sleep, as ginger bath will make you feel tired. Remember to drink plenty of water before and after the bath.
It should however be noted that this bath is best when done at bedtime. Ginger bath should be avoided in the mornings as you may feel the need to rest after the bath. Ginger bath should not be done more than twice a week. Drink plenty of water before, during and after the bath. Patients with high blood pressure, heart ailments or any chronic illness should consult a doctor before proceeding with the bath.
On the whole, an occasional ginger bath is all that is required to maintain a naturally health, fit and toxin-free body. Ginger bath would be the ideal option for people who do not have access to sauna or stem bath, as it will help sweat away all those harsh toxins out of the body.