ginger, marjoram and oregano, peppermint or spearmint
- Hot ginger compresses relieve pains of many sorts, abdominal cramps, muscular aches and pains, even neuralgia and kidney stone attacks: 1.5 grated unpeeled ginger roots need to be tied in a small cloth, then hung for 7 minutes into a gallon of hot water that just stopped boiling. The ginger juice colors the water golden. Towels dipped in the still very hot water, then gently squeezed and applied to the aching spot, should stay warm for 15-20 minutes and grant relief. The procedure might be repeated for a total treatment of about 45 minutes, and repeated after 4-6 hours.
- Warm or slightly coolish tea from marjoram and oregano, a tsp each added to a pint of water that just stopped boiling, and let stew for half an hour and strained, relieves cramps too.
- Lukewarm peppermint or spearmint tea also relieves stomach pains and digestive disorders. Add 2 tsp of fresh or dried mint leaves to a pint of water that just stopped boiling, let stew for 50 minutes, strain.