Remedy#1 * Cut ginger into pieces and mash it using pestle and mortar to extract the juice. * Take the extracted ginger juice in a pan and heat on medium flame. * Apply on swelling. It relieves pain and reduces swelling.
Remedy#2 * Mash garlic using pestle and mortar and mix in ginger extract to make a paste. * Apply this paste to the swelling.
Garlic in Ayurveda
Garlic is an ancient spice used in Ayurveda. It has very powerful medicinal properties. It is used in treating skin diseases and disorders of Vata Dosha imbalance such as constipation and bloating. External application of garlic paste improves blood circulation and relieves pain and inflammation. However, garlic is a tamasic food. While it can be a powerful medicine if used properly, it can cause much damage to us if we add it to our everyday cooking and consume it. Especially those who are pursuing spiritual sadhana and Yoga should exclude onions and garlic from their diet.
How to grow garlic Garlic is best grown in fertile soil, rich in organic matter. It should be well-drained and capable of holding moisture during the growing period. Garlic can be planted in pots or directly on the ground.
* Full matured and well-developed bulbs of medium to large cloves should be selected as planting materials.
* The planting materials are prepared by separating the cloves from one another. The cloves from the outer parts of the bulb are the best planting material.
* Use a dibble (a pointed stick) to insert two-thirds of the length of the clove vertically into the soil.
* Garlic can be harvested in about 4 and a half months time, when you see the leaves turning yellowish or brownish, and start showing signs of drying up.
Ginger in Ayurveda
Ginger is used in Ayurveda to treat indigestion, asthma and nausea. It is of hot potency (ushna veerya) and balances vata and kapha.
How to grow ginger
Ginger is a tropical plant which grows in warm and humid climate and rich, moist soil. (water-logging should be avoided and the soil should drain). Organic compost must be added to fertilise the soil, if is poor. The ratio is 1:1:2 — compost : sand: red soil. The compost supplies nutrition and helps in water retention, and the sand makes sure the mix drains freely. * Select fresh, plump rhizomes with well-developed “eyes” or growth buds. * Select a spot where the plant gets plenty of light but no direct sunlight, and where it is protected from the wind. * Cut the ginger rhizome into little pieces with 2 growing buds each. Plant it 5–10 cm deep, with the growing buds facing up. * Ginger only grows to about 2–3 feet in height. * Ginger needs lots of moisture while actively growing. The soil should never dry out. * Harvest ginger when the leaves fall. It takes about 8–10 months to be ready for harvest.