FYI: A Cleansing Bath

Don’t Have a Sauna? Try a Ginger Bath

by Sarah

A ginger bath is one the most beneficial and enjoyable cleansing baths to try when the weather outside turns warm and the idea of a hot bath becomes unappealing.

To be sure, detox bathing is a less important practice during the summer months due to the increased sweating of the body during the day which serves to facilitate the release of toxins and impurities.

However, it is still a good idea to continue the habit at least once every week or so to keep the detoxification channels open particularly if you are stuck in an air conditioned environment most of the day.

If you’ve never tried a ginger bath before, you will be happy to know that it is best enjoyed in lukewarm rather than hot water, which is why it’s perfect to try when the weather outside is sultry and humid.

The Benefits of Ginger

If you’ve ever eaten a dish or beverage made with ginger, you have no doubt observed that it has an immediate and very cleansing effect. Sinuses are opened up, tastebuds tingle, and an upset stomach tends to settle down in a hurry. Your face may even start to perspire slightly.

One of my favorite ways to clear congestion from a cold is a power shot which blends 2 ounces (59 ml) fresh wheatgrass and ginger juice.

Ginger is closely related to turmeric and as such is a powerful medicinal herb used for millennia by ancestral cultures. Medicinally, some of the most well known uses are for temporary relief from the nausea associated with morning sickness, the dizziness and headaches from motion sickness, or pain from menstrual cramps.

The primary reason ginger is so helpful when taken internally is due to its potent anti-inflammatory properties and encouragement of blood circulation. Numerous scientific studies since the 1970’s have verified that ginger’s phytonutrients known as gingerols exhibit strong antioxidant and anti-microbial properties on human tissues.

In one of many examples, the Journal of Medicinal Food published an article that identified ginger as an herbal medicinal product that shares pharmacological properties with non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), affirming the use of red ginger as an analgesic for arthritis pain in Indonesian traditional medicine (1).

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