DIY Ginger Compress

Recommended by Kris McIntyre, Ryoho Yoga Therapist, Healthy Life support office

Due to its pungent nature, ginger stimulates the circulation of the blood and lymphatic systems, and can be drawn to any area of the body to help cleanse and heal. It helps disperse uric acid in the body and is highly effective in treating arthritic conditions and circulation problems.

In the case of injury, a ginger compress can be immediately applied to an injury or sprain to draw blood to the area and prevent swelling. This compress is also the best acne fighter and wrinkle softener you will ever find!

Use to treat:

  • Old injuries
  • Joint stiffness
  • Arthritis 
  • Acne scars
  • Sprains
  • Pulled ligaments and tendons
  • Menstrual problems (including cysts, fibroids and endometriosis)*
  • Skin quality (as a cleanser and skin toner)

* WARNING! Ginger compresses must not be used on cancer patients or pregnant women. Do not apply ginger compress to the head, use during menstruation or on open sores or wounds.

To prepare:
Grate a handful of fresh ginger root (note bottled or dry ginger will not work) and place it in a clean cheesecloth or soup bag (or even a clean stocking or Chux wipe will do).

Place the contents in a pot of hot (but not boiling) water and simmer until the water turns yellow. Be careful not to boil the water.

To apply, hold a clean handtowel (or tea towel) in both hands with one hand at each end of the towel and the middle of the towel into the pot of ginger water.

Twist the towel in opposite directions to wring out the towel and while it is still hot, place the towel onto the affected area. You can place a dry towel on top to keep the heat in.

Apply a fresh hot towel every five minutes until the skin is red (usually 15-20 minutes).

NOTE: Ginger water will not keep as it loses the pungent nature and healing properties, so make a fresh batch every time.