How To Use Ginger For Sinus Headaches: Ginger Poultice | Sukku Pathu

Ginger has so many medical properties and especially this remedy using dry ginger for treating headaches is very famous here in Tamil Nadu. We always have dry ginger (Sukku in Tamil) at home and we use it extensively in home remedies. My paternal grandfather always used to apply this paste/ poultice on his forehead, whenever he had a headache.

We call the paste “Sukku Pathu” in Tamil. Dry ginger is rubbed on a sandalwood stone (sandanakal), which is nothing but a large round smooth stone. If you don’t have a sandalwood stone, you can rub it on any smooth stone. Make sure that the stone is smooth or it will be difficult to collect the paste from the stone.

When you apply this paste on the forehead, it stings for some time. But then after some time the stinging vanishes and the paste dries to a thick coat on the forehead. It feels very good if you have a headache, especially headache due to cold or sinus infection. As this paste stings initially when applied, don’t apply this paste for children.

But when I was younger, whenever my grandfather applied this paste on his forehead, I used to playfully apply it on my forehead too! My grandfather passed away last year, writing this post brings back fond memories of him. Please don’t be afraid of the initial stinging you experience when you apply this paste. This paste can rival any store bought medicines we get in the market for headaches.

How To Use Ginger For Sinus Headaches: Ginger Poultice


1. This sandalwood stone is ages old and it belongs to my mother-in-law. Wash and dry the sandalwood stone or the stone that you are going to use. Pour little milk on the sandalwood stone. Use little milk or it will flow down from the stone when you rub the dry ginger.

2. Take a piece of dry ginger (Sukku) and start rubbing on the stone in circular motion making sure the milk doesn’t flow down. Dry ginger rubs easily into a paste very soon.

3.Apply it into a thin coat on your forehead. Initially it stings but soon as it gets dry the stinging disappears. The paste can either be left on the forehead for some time or can be washed off once the paste gets dry.


  • The paste has to applied immediately on the forehead once it is made, as the paste dries fast.
  • Wait for the paste to dry completely before washing off.
  • Make sure the paste doesn’t enter your eyes while washing it off.



  1. jega
    December 11, 2014 / 6:33 am

    Hi Ramya super medicine for headache.i want to one recepies for my son.he is 3 months boy.he is thoppul is not going to inside please give tips

    • Hamsavardhini Ramanathan
      April 12, 2018 / 7:50 pm

      Hi jega, my son had the same umbilical hirenia prob…like his thoppul has not gone inside…my MIL used to keep a 5 rupee coin and press the umbilical inward and used a big band-aid.after 15 days it went inside… Either daily or once in two days we used to change . It will be so wild but no other go. Out of my MIL experience we did.. I have pgoeop to share as well..before and now…😀👍

    • Hamsavardhini Ramanathan
      April 12, 2018 / 8:04 pm

      Photos to share…sorry it may b too 2014..but someone who needs info now may it will b useful.Thanks

  2. Ramya Venkateshwaran
    December 16, 2014 / 11:11 am

    Hi Jega,When I asked my elders about this, they advised that it goes inside on it's own within a few months, so please don't worry. You can also wet one of your small fingers with pure coconut oil and gently press it in the belly button without giving much pressure for a few minutes daily………..

    • jega
      December 17, 2014 / 12:31 pm

      Thank u ramya

  3. Arati Venkat
    January 14, 2015 / 3:12 pm

    When you say dry ginger, do you mean a piece of ginger that dries naturally (i invariably don't use all and it shrivels up, so I throw it away) or can I use for example MDH dried ginger powder…will remember to save some dried ginger next time I harvest

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      January 14, 2015 / 4:39 pm

      Dry ginger is the regular ginger that is completely sun dried. Though you can substitute it with powders like you mentioned, I don't know whether it will be as potent as making fresh paste. But give it a try if you already have ginger powder at home….

    • Banuvivek
      December 30, 2016 / 6:32 pm

      Hi there sukku as in dry ginger s not just sun dried ginger…ginger s boiled n dried for making sukku…heard it from an annachi in near by store… it's a process it seems

    • Priya
      March 1, 2018 / 5:02 pm

      I generally use dried ginger powder only. I mix with little water, warm it so it becomes paste and apply on the forehead, behind ears with forefinger. I repeat this thrice a day. For years I remember this is the medication i follow for my sinuses and cold.

  4. SV
    March 27, 2015 / 8:16 am

    Great remedy! Thank you for sharing this remedy!

  5. Anonymous
    February 4, 2016 / 3:48 am

    madam my son is 12years.he was saying that is geting in this age headache well attack,he was from last one year.we have consult doctor they are saying no problem nothing is there dont worry.but headache is as useial. we have consult eye spacialist also they also said same.i was vary worry so doctor tested by scaning also and said same no problem,but why again and again headache i cant undustand. please help me madam.

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      March 8, 2016 / 4:53 pm

      Stress or anxiety also could lead to headaches, we mostly overlook the amount of stress our children go through. Notice whether he is stressed, including weekly twice oil bath for him (an age old remedy for stress that our elders insisted) will greatly help ease the stress. When he gets a headache try the nochi leaf steam from the blog, it will also greatly help…

    • Unknown
      October 27, 2016 / 11:47 am

      not drinking enough water could also cause headaches in young children.

  6. Think Freedom
    August 21, 2016 / 4:02 pm

    HI Ramya, how do ground dry ginger with the skin on?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      August 22, 2016 / 2:58 pm

      Since dry ginger is dried completely it is actually very easy to grind it even with skin on. To grind, sundry dry ginger under hot sun for an hour and then pound it to small pieces and dry grind finely in a dry mixer jar and sieve…

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