How to Take a Ginger Bath

by Deborah J. Allen

If you want a real treat, try a ginger bath. It is marvelous!

I like to take one before going to bed once or twice a week. I sleep so incredibly well. I always do, but the ginger bath cleanses the body (internally as well as externally) and relaxes you. I wake up feeling so relaxed and so great.

To take a ginger bath, put approximately 1/8 cup of ginger (either grated or powder from the supermarket) under the running tap. Run pretty warm water in at first and get in the tub. Once in the tub, let enough hot water run in to make the water pretty hot. Lie back and relax or read for about 40 minutes.

When I'm not going to read, I like to light a candle and enjoy the relaxed atmosphere. Lot of times I like to take advantage of the 40-minutes to read.

After about 20 minutes, you begin to sweat.

After the 40 minutes or so, get out of the tub, wrap up in a large towel or sheet and crawl into the bed and cover up with your bedcovers. You will usually sweat for approximate an hour.

This method really helps sweat toxins out of your body.

If you don't want to get into the bed wet, you can lie on the floor.

Perspiration even pours out of my scalp.

I like to go to bed because I fall asleep almost immediately and don't wake up until morning. Since you are wrapped up in the sheet or towel, your bed doesn't really get very wet. To my daughters and me, it is worth it.

If you wake up later on and feel the need to you can place a large dry towel under you and put on a warm robe so that your cover sheet isn't against you if it is damp.

You can vary what you do to your likes/needs.

Last night I didn't even use the ginger and still had great results. I could hardly believe it. I fell asleep on my back and slept that way all night. I never can sleep on my back, but I was so relaxed that I was able to. That was great because sometimes I sleep on my arm wrong and wake up with a sore shoulder when I sleep on my side.

When our daughter comes in for college breaks, guess what is one of the first things she does?

She can hardly wait to take a ginger bath.

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