Many of us have overworked adrenal glands. In a previous blog post I talked about nourishing the adrenal glands to reduce adrenaline and cortisol, our stress hormones that keep us safe in dangerous situations. Click here to read about Your Badass Adrenals and what they have to do with stress.
One of the key factors in nourishing and calming the adrenal glands is doing Ginger Kidney Poultices on a regular basis (I recommend at least 4 times per week).
Here’s how…super easy and super relaxing:
What you’ll need:
1. Fresh organic ginger root
2. Cheese grater
3. Plastic grocery or garbage bag
4. Paper towel
5. Quiet and comfortable place to lie down where you will not be disturbed for 20-30 minutes
6. Eye pillow (optional)
7. Towel for cleaning up
Use cheese grater to grate enough ginger root to cover kidney/adrenal area. (The kidneys/adrenals are located on the back body above the hip bones.)
Place a plastic grocery or garbage bag down for protection of your soft surface. Place a clean and dry paper towel on top of the bag.
Next, sprinkle fresh grated ginger on the paper towel, in the approximate shape and area of the kidneys. As mentioned above, your kidneys are located on your back body above your hip bones, and are shaped like kidney beans (hence, the name).
To find your kidneys, put your hands on your hips and slide your hands up until you can feel your ribs with your thumb. Then, slide your thumbs toward your center body. This is where your kidneys are located, and on top of them sit the adrenal glands.
Have your towel nearby and handy for cleanup when you are done with your poultice.
Once you have the ginger on top of the paper towel, you are ready to do the poultice! Just lie on top of the ginger making sure your kidneys are placed directly over the herb.
Cover yourself up with a blanket, wear an eye pillow, and listen to some soft soothing music as you relax for 20-30 minutes.
I recommend doing this at least four times per week for maximum results.
*Note: Ginger is a very powerful herb. It generates heat and vasodilates (opens blood vessels) to draw blood to the area for healing. You will feel plenty of heat on your back body. If this is too hot for you, place a paper towel or two on top of the ginger before lying down on it.