English – Dried Ginger          

Hindi – Shonth (सोंठ )

Sanskrit – Shunti

Latin – Zingiber officinale

General Description

A member of the Cardamom and Turmeric family, the Ginger plant is native to Southeast Asia. Ginger forms the rhizome of the plant and its sharp flavour comes from Gingerol, one of its beneficial bioactive compounds. Due to its ability to support overall health, it is called the universal medicine in Ayurveda. Ayurveda uses ginger as a medicine in both fresh (adrakh) and dried ginger form (shonth), with each having slightly different medicinal properties. Due to its increased heat and bitterness in the dried form, it is more beneficial for the Kapha Dosha and shows higher antioxidant activity due to its higher content of polyphenols. It is also easier to digest as compared to fresh ginger. Dried Ginger forms an active ingredient of ORGANIC INDIA Tulsi Ginger, Tulsi Ginger Turmeric infusions, Tulsi Green Tea Lemon Ginger, Tulsi Detox Kahwa, Ayush Kwath, Tulsi Tummy, Tulsi Sweet Lemon tea and is one of three ingredients in the Ayurvedic Trikatu formula.

 

Benefits

Better expectorant and stimulant than fresh ginger, helpful for sluggish digestion, respiratory disorders, arthritis, boosts detoxification, removes excess gas and mucous, relieves bloating, protects against oxidative stress, relieves nausea and morning sickness, soothes throat pain, and has a warming and healing effect on the body.