Ginger (Adrak) is a flowering plant of Zingiber officinale whose rhizome (root) is widely used as a spice or a traditional natural medicine. It is originated in the lush tropical jungles in Southern Asia. Dry ginger (sonth in Hindi) is the dried form of ginger which is basically used in many traditional remedies to cure different health disorders. India is the largest producer of ginger at present. The ginger plants grown in India show the largest amount of genetic variation.
Ginger is a main spice of Indian kitchen and used in many cuisines. Its nature is hot and fragrant. Young ginger rhizomes are juicy and fleshy with a very mild taste and mature ginger rhizomes (popularly known as dry ginger or sonth) are fibrous and nearly dry; flavour of both ginger (adrak & Sonth) is somewhat different. Dry ginger provides numerous essential nutrients in high content, particularly the dietary mineral manganese. It is commonly used as a natural remedy to treat various health problems.
Major Health Benefits of Dry Ginger and Ginger:
1. Adrak for Indigestion or Dyspepsia:
Ginger or ‘adrak’ is good for digestive system. It is used in various Ayurvedic medicines of digestive disorders. Eat ginger (adrak) with rock salt before half an hour of lunch and dinner to cure indigestion. (For details, refer- ‘Remedies for indigestion (Badhajmi)‘.
Dry ginger (sonth) also helps to releases stomach gas naturally:-
- Make fine powder of dry ginger with the help of mixer grinder.
- Add some black salt and asafoetida (heeng) powder in it and mix well to store in a jar.
- Whenever you feel uneasiness due to stomach gas, ingest 1 tsp of this powder with lukewarm water.
In case of flatulence (afara), use of sonth powder with lemon juice gives relief. Whenever you feel flatulence, mix 1 tsp of dry ginger powder in 1 spoon of lemon juice and ingest with lukewarm water. Apply this home remedy regularly for 10 days for better results.
2. Dry Ginger for Cough & Cold:
Ginger (adrak) is also a good natural medicine for cough and cold. Take one spoon of ginger juice (adrak ras) with honey (shahad) to treat cough and cold; it releases mucus and get relief from blocked nose.
Similarly, dry ginger (sonth) powder and jaggery (gur) also helps to cure cold and cough naturally. Boil 1 tsp of sonth powder and some jaggery in a glass of water till it remains 1/4th; then sieve it and sip like tea.
3. Good for Sore Throat:
Ginger (adrak) can treat throat problems naturally because of its anti inflammatory properties. You can take it with honey for soothing sore throat and clear voice. You can even give it to small children also but the dose should be half (for details refer to ‘Remedies for sore throat‘).
Alternatively, you can do gargles with dry ginger water. Add 1 tsp of dry ginger powder in a glass of lukewarm water and gargle with this water twice a day to clear throat. It is a good home remedy that is quite effective too.
4. Ginger for Nausea:
To control nausea or vomiting (ulti), ginger (adrak) and onion (pyaj) combination works effectively. Take one spoon ginger (adrak) juice (crush or grate ginger and strain) and half spoon of onion juice, add some honey (shahad) and ingest it. It is a good natural remedy for nausea that has no side effect.
5. Cures Stomach-ache:
Ginger (adrak) is a good home remedy for stomach-ache (pet ka dard). Take one spoon of ginger juice (adrak- ras) & one spoon mint leaves juice (pudina patti); add a pinch of rock salt (sendha namak) and drink it. It cures stomach-ache within minutes.
6. Dry Ginger for Gums swelling:
For gum’s swelling and toothache, take 4 gm dry ginger powder (sonth powder) with water. It is a good natural remedy to reduce gum’s inflammation.
7. Ginger for Fever:
Ginger (adrak) kadha is effective to control fever. To make ginger (adrak) kadha, take one cup of water with some (5-10 gm) crushed ginger and mint leaves and boil till it reduces half. Then strain it and drink lukewarm. It controls fever without medicine. Repeat it as per requirement. There is no side effect of it but if the fever is high or not controlled, better to consult your doctor.
8. Cures Influenza or flu:
In influenza or flu, ginger (adrak) tea works effectively. For preparing ginger (adrak) tea, use black pepper seeds (kali mirch), basil (tulsi) leaves and clove (laung) with ginger in boiling water and take it after sieving for 3-4 times a day.
9. Dry Ginger for Weakness (Kamjori):
Dry Ginger (sonth) also helps to regain strength after long illness. Take equal amount of dry ginger powder, bel (quince) ki giri, green cardamom (chhoti elaichi) and dates (khajoor) and grind it in mixer grinder to make powder. Take 10 gm of powder at evening with milk for some days. It’s good natural remedy for regaining after long illness.
10. Controls Loose Motion (Dast):
Ginger (adrak) is good to cure loose motion also. Boil some crushed ginger (adrak) in a cup of water and drink it thrice a day. You can also apply ginger externally; simply put some ginger juice on belly point to control loose motion.
11. Dry Ginger for Arthritis or Gout:
Dry ginger is very good to cure arthritis because of its anti inflammatory properties. To cure arthritis and gout-
- Take 10 gm of ginger (adrak), chop it in small pieces after peeling.
- Then deep fry these pieces in cow’s ghee and eat at evening.
- It cures inflammation and pain due to arthritis or gout.
- Simultaneously, crush some ginger (adrak) and boil it in sesame oil (til ka tel).
- And massage your joints with this oil to get relief from arthritis or joint pain.
Similarly, arthritis or gout patients should use dry ginger decoction (kadha) for at least 8-10 weeks regularly for controlling pain and inflammation. To make decoction, boil 10 gm of dry ginger powder in 100 ml of water. Let it to be cool, add some honey or mishri (rock sugar) in it and drink after sieving.
12. Good for Joint Pain:
The powder of dry ginger (sonth) in combination with Chebulic Myrobalan (Chhoti Harad) and seeds of celery (ajmoda) helps to cure joint pain and arthritis naturally.
Dry ginger 25 gm
Celery Seeds (Ajmoda) 15 gm
Chebulic Myrobalan (harad) 100 gm
- Collect dry ginger (sonth), seeds of celery (ajmoda) and chhoti harad in given quantity.
- Then grind all the ingredients to make fine powder and keep into a air tight jar.
- Now, take 3-4 gm of this powder with lukewarm water twice a day (morning & evening). This is an excellent natural remedy to cure joint pain due to arthritis and gout.
13. Post Delivery Recovery:
Women use dry ginger powder (sonth) with jaggery (gur) as a traditional remedy for recovery after delivery. It is in use since ancient era- from the time of our ancestors and quite effective too.
14. Frequent Urination Disorder:
If someone is facing the problem of frequent urination (bahumutra), take 2 spoons of ginger (adrak) juice with sugar or honey for 2-3 weeks.
Similarly, to get relief from painful urination, drink milk with dry ginger powder and mishri.
15. Dry Ginger for Ribs Pain:
Dry ginger (sonth) water gives relief in ribs pain too. If you are having ribs pain, boil 25 gm of dry ginger powder in 500 ml of water. Filter the water into a jar and drink in 4-5 doses in a day.
16. Reduces Muscular Pain:
Dry ginger (sonth) is effective in reducing muscular pain. Whenever you have pain in your neck, head and other muscles, apply paste of dry ginger on the affected area. Grind dry ginger and make paste by adding some water. Warm up this paste on heat for few seconds and apply lukewarm on the affected area. It is a good home remedy for muscular pain; you may feel burning in starting but finally get rid of pain.
Excessive use of ginger may cause heartburn, nausea, or bloating especially dry ginger powder (sonth). Pregnant ladies should not be use it because it may cause harm to the fetus or increase bleeding.
Ginger (adrak) and dry ginger (sonth) are easily available in market. Other required ingredients can also be purchased from grocery shops or super markets.
All the above said ingredients are safe; we use in our day to day life. But if someone is allergic to any ingredient, don’t use it. All the information given above is only for knowledge purpose; it is not the substitute of medical treatment.