Herbal Treatment for Eczema – Ginger Bath

ginger herbal treatment eczema

This is one of my favourite natural remedies for eczema in children, used hand in hand with apple cider vinegar baths. Ginger is a gift bestowed upon us by Mother Nature, which can actually relief the eczema itching of my daughter, M. So for a stretch of a few months in 2017, she soaked daily in ginger bath, which worked its magic on her as a herbal treatment for eczema.

Healing Effects of Ginger

Ginger is rich in trace minerals, amino acids, and enzymes. It is an antiviral, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and antispasmodic spice. It also helps to boost our immune system, and is able to calm our nerves and muscles after a

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stressful day at work, or in school, or simply living and breathing eczema. Many people (including me now) also believe in the detoxing property of ginger, in that it is able to flush out the toxins in our body.

Besides using it in the bath for eczema, ginger tea (just boil fresh ginger slices in water, add honey to taste, and drink up) is also our frequent answer when the children get the persistent cough. It could possibly have to do with relaxing the muscles in the airways, and if it works (it works for most coughs, not all, we just have to try our luck), it always surprises us with how instant the effects are, which also means the child is able to get a few hours of restful sleep.

Our Experience with Ginger Baths – a herbal treatment for eczema

M was in the midst of topical steroids withdrawal (tsw) in 2017. I took her off steroids in August 2016, when she was 1 year 8 months old. Now looking back, her withdrawal symptoms were obvious, but I wasn’t aware tsw was what she was going through at that time. I also hadn’t learnt about ginger being such an amazing herbal treatment for eczema.

For the following months, her itch was intense, she would scratch until her skin broke and got all bloodied, risking infection. She screamed in pain everyday. She could not function at all, she could not play nor enjoy the moment, her moments were consumed by the ever -intense itch and pain.

By divine grace a friend shared how ginger baths have helped her daughter’s eczema immensely. I gave it a try, and never looked back.

The effects were definitely not immediate. M would scream in the bath. But then she would scream even when just showering in water, with her thin, fragile and broken skin. After the baths, I would notice a calmness in her skin, and it felt cool to the touch. This would last her a couple of hours into the night.

herbal treatment eczema ginger bathWe pressed on with this regime and held onto faith that things would improve. Days went into weeks, weeks went into months. Two months into starting this ginger bath regime, I realised one day that she was not screaming in the bath anymore. In fact, she was starting to enjoy bath time, like any regular kid! During those months, her skin had healed by leaps and bounds, it had become much stronger, and her tsw was brought to a whole new level of healing, by the humble yet powerful ginger.

How to Use Ginger in a Bath

  1. Use a chunk of fresh ginger about 3 cm thick (this was what I used for my daughter’s small bath, so you may want to adjust this amount accordingly if you’re using a regular bath), cut it into slices.
  2. Put the ginger in a small pot with about 1.5 cups of water, and bring it to boil.
  3. Simmer on low heat for 10 minutes.
  4. Mix it in your bath water. Take care to test the temperature of the bath water before you step in. Or you may want to let the ginger water cool down before transferring it into the bath water.

Sometimes when we travel and do not have a bath tub, I simply dab the cooled ginger water (or mix it with cold water to bring down the temperature faster) on my daughter right after her shower. Then towel-dry without rinsing off (this is entirely up to you, you may choose to rinse it off).

As you can see, there is no hard and fast rule. Do what you are comfortable with, given the resources you have on hand. If it hurts your skin, dilute the ginger water some more. I found that when it hurt M’s skin, it was because her skin was thin and fragile, so no matter what I put on it, even plain water, she would scream in pain. So the point was to get it over and done with FAST, rather than worrying that ginger water was not suitable for her as it was hurting her so much. The experience really made me understand the meaning of ‘tough love’!

It’s Great in Your Food Too!

Ginger has found its way into our daily cooking. It is in almost all the soups that we make. It gets rid of the fishy smell when we use fish bones in the soup. It is a great tonic for the whole family, especially for the nervous systemginger herbal drink and the muscles, and to warm the blood. The children have gotten used to the spiciness in the soups that we make, and are (almost) without complaints now.

I intend to take it one more step: to include ginger in our smoothies and juices. The only problem is, raw ginger will take the spiciness index to a much more intense level, and I can already hear all the whines and cries of objections in my head, so… we will save that for the right season, when it comes along.

Nature Does Heal

Yes, it does, as can be seen from this herbal treatment for eczema – the humble ginger bath. Nature is here to provide us with a bountiful life. Surround yourself with all the pure goodness that nature has to offer, and you will heal over time, from inside out. Have faith, and let’s heal together.

 

 

 

 

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8 thoughts on “Herbal Treatment for Eczema – Ginger Bath

  1. Yi

    Didn’t know ginger bath has such powerful effect/ benefits, even though I personally used ginger water to wipe down everyday during my confinement month. (used it because of old wives myths)

    1. Hi Yi, thanks for sharing your experience with ginger! Maybe there’s some basis to this old wives’ myth, they probably understood the benefits of ginger more than us!

  2. Hi Joo, I always feel there is something about ginger. It’s not magic but I can’t explain it either. No disrespect to western medicine (in fact, my wife is a doctor) but many a times, I find myself healed of my headache, sore throat by just taking ginger tea. Is there any advice for the age of the baby before we can bath her in ginger water? Ours’ is around 7 months old and though there is no marked skin issue, due to the weather here, her skin can get pretty dry and some patches are coming out.

    1. Hi Jude,
      Yes I believe there are healing properties in many fruits, vegetables and herbs that mother nature has bestowed upon us. This is my personal view: I don’t think there is a lower age limit to using ginger. In fact, for the Chinese, ginger is used extensively in confinement (the one month period right after a woman gives birth) food, which does get to the newborn baby through the mother’s breastmilk. So as long as used in moderation, there should not be any issue. Hope your daughter’s skin gets better soon!

  3. Hi Joo, amazing article, I was aware of the healing properties of ginger but I didn’t know you can use it in the bath, it’s amazing how it cured your daughter, it’s so sad what she had to go through bless her, Ginger is amazing for healing a sore throat or a headache, you have given a great amount of information.

    1. Hi Mysa,
      Thank you for dropping by my page! Yes, nature is amazing, isn’t it?

  4. Ginger is so awesome! We use it in our smoothies and not only does it enhance flavor, but it is full of so much nutrition too. Never thought of the bathtub though. I’m going to totally give that a shot!!!

    1. Hi Bruce,
      It’s great that ginger has found its place in your smoothies! It is in our soups too! I’m also going to give it a shot in the smoothie, when I can garner the courage (expecting lots of protests from the kids).

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