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.
How 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.
5 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 ginger