Ginger powder is also known as (Sonth/Soonth/Saunth) in Hindi.
This powder is derived from fresh ginger that is dried before being used. It consists of a whitish fine powder that has a strong aroma and pungent taste.
Ginger: Properties and Benefits
Ginger is a herbaceous plant belonging to the Zingiberaceae family and is native to India and Malaysia. This plant can reach one meter and fifty in height, characterized by a branched rhizome, light brown outside and yellow inside, to which the lanceolate leaves cling. The flowers are of a color between yellow and green while the seeds of the fruit are contained in a casing divided into three parts.
Ginger, also known as Ginger, has a hint of lemon and lemongrass.
Stimulant of the immune system ginger has been used by Asian populations for millennia to fight colds and fevers.
Rich in properties, Ginger (Zingiber officinale Roscoe), also known by the English name Ginger, contains: water, carbohydrates, proteins, amino acids, different mineral salts including manganese, calcium, phosphorus, sodium, potassium, magnesium, iron and zinc, B vitamins, vitamin E and essential oil.
Due to its properties, powdered and/or whole ginger is traditionally used as a digestive and bitter-tonic. Stimulant of the immune system ginger has been used by Asian populations for millennia to fight colds and fevers. Recent studies have shown that ginger, thanks to its strong anti-inflammatory properties, relieves headaches, effectively reduces joint and muscle pain, rheumatism, gastritis and relieves inflammation of the stomach and esophagus.
Among the beneficial effects of ginger powder:
- Face mask: Boil two teaspoons of dry ginger powder in 4 cups of water. Reduce this until it becomes medium. Strain and cool; now add a few drops of lavender oil or rosemary. Mix all these ingredients well and store them in a glass bottle. Refrigerate this mixture and apply with cotton on the face. This protects the skin, removes impurities, moisturizes it, reduces dryness and tones it.
- Stomach irritation: Dry ginger powder and sugarcane juice are used to treat stomach irritation. Consume this mixture daily in the morning to get relief from stomach irritation.
- Headache: One of the best benefits of ginger powder is to relieve headaches. The most common headache problem can be cured by applying powder paste to the forehead. This therapy is used to treat headaches. You can also apply the paste on the throat to relieve pain in the throat.
- Chest pain: Chest pain can be cured using dry ginger powder. Mix the ginger powder and sugar in tender coconut water. Drink it to treat chest pain.
- Anti-inflammatory: Dry ginger powder contains anti-inflammatory properties that can soothe arthritis. Add 2-3 tablespoons of this powder in water and bring it to a boil. Drink this water to treat swollen joints. You can also apply the paste on the swollen knee joints to get pain relief.
- Cold and flu: Ginger powder is one of the most common ingredients in your kitchen that helps treat cold symptoms. Consume raw ginger or powdered ginger tea several times a day to get relief from the cold.
- Metabolism: Dry ginger powder contains thermogenic agents useful for burning fat and treating obesity. Take this powder to increase metabolism which will burn the fats stored in the body. This is also useful for reducing cholesterol and triglyceride levels in the body
- Ginger powder for weight loss: One of the actual benefits of ginger powder is to aid in weight loss. Ginger powdered tea is the best remedy to lose weight. Add 1/2 teaspoon of dry ginger powder to a cup of hot water. Dissolve it properly and drink this every day to lose weight. This tea can also be sweetened with honey if necessary.
- Urinary infections: Dry ginger powder can be added to milk and sugar to eliminate urinary infections.
- Ginger baths: Take 1 tablespoon of dry ginger powder and mix with an equal amount of baking soda. Rub the body slowly and gently to cleanse it.
- Migraine: Take 2 tablespoons of dry ginger powder with warm water before the onset of migraine pain.
- Acne: Ginger powder has anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties to help unclog pores and kill the bacteria that cause acne. Mix the milk powder and dry ginger powder to obtain a smooth paste. Apply to clean face and neck and leave for 15-20 minutes. Wash and apply facial moisturizer. Use this once a week to eliminate acne and breakouts. This mask rejuvenates the skin and renews the skin cells to give your skin a youthful appearance. For many ginger also has aphrodisiac properties.
Ginger powder is also a remedy against dyspepsia: it is in fact able to act effectively on the entire digestive system, in cases of loss of appetite or slow and laborious digestion, flatulence, meteorism and intestinal swelling for its carminative properties.
Grated or reduced to powder, this spice has a delicious and slightly spicy flavor. Ginger is really very versatile: you can produce drinks, sweets and biscuits, infusions and natural medicines.
Ginger: How to use it in the kitchen
There are many recipes that you can try in the kitchen using this spice.
One of the pairings that we like the most is ginger and turmeric: the combo of these two fresh roots together is unsurpassed, for tastes and benefits to the body.
Known is then the ginger juice, simply by grating the fresh spice you will receive a precious juice that you can use on your dishes (salads, mixture of vegetables and meat ...).
The use of ginger is also highly recommended in a simple herbal tea. Ginger herbal tea is a real panacea. With the addition of a particular-looking ingredient such as ginger, our herbal tea will become an antiulcer and an aid to the nervous system as it is excellent against seizures.
There are also more delicious recipes to try with fresh ginger root, such as gingerbread cookies or a delicious mousse where dark chocolate is melted with grated flakes of fresh ginger.