Ginger packs are warming and nourishing for the kidneys. They are great for bringing blood circulation to areas that need it. Their heat is strong, causing the blood vessels to dilate and increase blood flow. They can break up and soften excess areas of mucous, along with mineral and fat deposits. If you suffer from kidney infections, UTI`s or kidney stones then they can be very beneficial.
How to use ginger packs
Grate around 4- 5 oz of ginger root (a good sized chunk)
If you don`t have any fresh ginger, use around a tablespoon of dried ginger.
If you have a small muslin bag, put the ginger in it. If not, use a cotton sock.
Tie the top of your muslin or sock, leaving enough room for the water you will use to circulate around the ginger.
Add a litre of water to a pan and add the ginger sock or bag.
Bring to the boil, then simmer for 15 minutes on a lower heat.
The ginger will infuse into the water. You will use this water for your heat pack.
Soak a cotton flannel in the ginger water. Try to keep the ends out of the water so that you can wring it out without burning yourself.
Apply the flannel as hot as possible to your kidney areas and wrap two or three towels or towels and blankets around you to keep warm.
Keep refreshing the ginger pack as soon as it no longer feels warm.
Keep applying the packs for around 20 - 30 minutes, until your skin has a lasting redness.
It can be helpful to lie down and have a partner keep applying the pack for you.
You can repeat this over several days but you will need to make new ginger water each time. You can reuse old ginger water for foot baths.
Do not use if...
Ginger packs are not for everyone. Elderly people and babies should not use ginger packs. You should not use them if you are pregnant, have pneumonia or appendicitis, or a fever.
Thrive Clinical Nutrition and Naturopathic Health Eve Morley N.T Society of Naturopaths AMNNA FNTP NFPTA