Ginger Powder (Sonth) Benefits: 5 Ways To Use For Hair, Skin & Health

ginger powder benefits

We call ginger powder sukku powder in Tamil and Sonth powder in Hindi and it has amazing health benefits. We always have it at home as we use it often in remedies. We rarely use dry ginger powder in cooking, we mainly use it in recipes that helps with digestion like ginger kashayam or legiyam. We use it to make hair oil and hair packs with it to treat dandruff and we also use it as a poultice for reducing inflammation.

What Is Dry Ginger Powder?

Dry ginger powder is nothing but powder made after drying ginger completely free of moisture. We get dry ginger powder easily in the markets but you can also make it at home too. You can either buy fresh ginger, sun dry and powder or you can buy already dried ginger roots and powder finely in the mixer too.

ginger powder usesHow To Make Ginger Powder?

a. Using Fresh Roots:

Collect mature ginger roots. Soak it in water to get rid of any dirt and grime, wash well and repeat the process two or three times to completely remove any dirt. Scrape the outter skin using a scraper or a knife.

Cut into small pieces and sundry covered with a thin mesh till there is no moisture left. Once completely dry, take them in a dry mixer and powder finely. Sieve once and store in an airtight box, this powder will last well for a few weeks at room temperature.

b. Using Dry Ginger Roots:

If you don’t want to go through the hassle of sun drying, you can buy the dried ginger roots that are readily available in all the departmental stores in India, pound to break them into small pieces and grind in a dry mixer and sieve.

Dry Ginger Powder Benefits

Dry ginger powder can be used for treating indigestion, hair related problems like dandruff and itchy scalp when used in hair packs and hair oil recipes and it is also effective for treating nausea, cold, cough and headache.

ginger powder for skin5 Top Ways To Use Dry Ginger Powder For Skin Hair & Health

1. Ginger Face Pack

Take a teaspoon of ginger powder in a bowl. Add in a teaspoon of raw honey to it. Finally add in enough milk to mix into a smooth paste. To use, take the mixture and apply it all over the face and neck, wait for it to dry and then wash it off. This pack gives a nice glow to the skin and helps treat acne.

2. Ginger Hair Oil

Take 3 tablespoons of dry ginger powder in a cup. Add in a cup of virgin coconut oil. Place the mixture in the windowsill for a day. The ginger powder will settle down and the clear ginger oil will float on top. Strain the ginger oil alone and use it as a hair oil. This oil will help treat dandruff and itchy scalp very very effectively.

3. Ginger Hair Pack

To make ginger hair pack, take 2 tablespoons of ginger powder in a bowl. Add in a tablespoon of fenugreek powder. Add in a teaspoon of virgin coconut oil too. Finally add in enough coconut milk to mix into a smooth paste. Let the mixture sit for 10 minutes to gel and then apply as a hair pack.

Make sure to apply all over the hair and scalp. Wait for it to dry and then wash it off using a mild shampoo and condition your hair as usual. This pack is very good for promoting hair growth and treating scalp problems.

4. Ginger Coffee (Sukku Coffee) For Cold & Cough

If you don’t have fresh ginger at home, you can make a simple drink using ginger powder to treat cold cough and indigestion too. Boil a cup of water along with the required amount of jaggery. Once the jaggery dissolves completely, add in quarter teaspoon of ginger powder and switch off. Let it steep for few minutes, strain and enjoy the drink. This is an amazing home remedy for treating indigestion, headache and cold.

5. Ginger Powder Benefits For Arthritic Pain

To make ginger poultice, take a tablespoon of ginger powder in a bowl and add in enough rice water to mix into a paste. Apply as a poultice over the inflammed area. This simple remedy will help reduce the inflammation and pain, this is due to the powerful analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties of gingersonth powder benefits


  1. Raks anand
    November 6, 2013 / 2:24 pm

    You have an interesting space here. Nice posts

  2. Becky jansen Coelho
    December 15, 2013 / 1:34 pm

    Can we use ginger from a can? And is there a way to change 2% milk to buttermilk?

  3. ramya
    December 15, 2013 / 4:18 pm

    I think ginger from a can, will work well too. To convert 2% milk to buttermilk, you have to first set the milk into yogurt using a starter. Heat the milk to lukewarm temperature and add little bit of yogurt and leave it undisturbed in a warm place till the milk sets.Then you can whip the yogurt with little water to get buttermilk.

  4. Frugal Boganista
    April 12, 2014 / 7:00 pm

    Hi, I'm new to ur blog & I'm finding it very interesting. I can't drink dairy milk, but I can drink soy or rice milk without trouble. I do manage small amounts of yoghurt. Is there a way to work with non-dairy milks, maybe even using some yoghurt?

  5. ramya
    April 13, 2014 / 11:05 am

    Hi, this remedy is made with buttermilk, not with regular milk. Buttermilk usually does not cause bloating like regular milk. If you don't get buttermilk, try using yogurt that is thinned down with water.

  6. Frugal Boganista
    April 13, 2014 / 2:10 pm

    Thank you. It's more that I get painful abdominal cramping with it, I'll give my greek yoghurt a go. Thanks again for ur help 🙂

  7. Murali Sankaran
    November 22, 2015 / 1:02 pm

    Just heard… This mixture if applied on a suspicious breast mass (benign or malignant) will shrink away with no evidence of it to your Doctor's surprise… Not sure how many we need to apply. Follow a legitimate expert Ayurvedic physician…

  8. RamyaKartik
    March 20, 2016 / 9:01 pm

    Can we use dry ginger powder which is available in super market?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      March 21, 2016 / 4:33 pm

      Yes you can use dry ginger powder too…

  9. Think Freedom
    August 21, 2016 / 4:07 pm

    can you suggest a place where i could buy a good mortar and pestle. i am not getting one in Delhi

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      August 22, 2016 / 2:53 pm

      We get mortar and pestle in most of the departmental stores here in Tamil Nadu as we use it for grinding up ingredients for making rasam. I am not sure where you get mortar and pestle in Delhi (been there only once :)). Why not try in the place that sell regular cooking vessels exclusively, usually they do stock it. I also found an online link for buying mortar and pestle for you, here is the link:

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