You must have seen your dadis and nanis drying ginger on roofs and then grinding it into a fine powder. Yes, they had a name for it — saunth. According to Ayurveda, dry ginger has amazing healing properties, because after making it in the churan (powder) form, you can extract most of it. Technically speaking, saunth benefits in increasing the pitta dosha. Pitta dosha is the fire aspect of the body that governs your metabolism and helps in better and faster body transformation.
But that’s not all.
We already mentioned above that dry ginger aka saunth kickstarts the metabolism process. As you age, the metabolism rate of your body starts to decline, but not if you consume a teaspoon of saunth churan regularly with warm water. And if your metabolism is sorted, your body processes glucose faster than ever – helping you stay in shape and managing obesity.
If you are annoyed with constant stomach ache and indigestion, taking a gram of dry ginger can be of great help. Not just that, it will also help in relieving acid reflux and gas. Also, if there is indigestion due to undigested food, consuming dry ginger 30 minutes before your meal can help in emptying your stomach.
We all know how ginger is a great hack for period cramps, and can provide relief. Similarly, saunth can have the same effect on your cramps. All you need to do is take a gram of saunth and start consuming it from day 1 of your period. Have it regularly for at least three days.
Taking saunth with either honey or crushed jaggery can really help pregnant women in combating morning sickness and nausea. The best part is that it’s holistic in nature and that’s why there are no side effects.
Inflammation isn’t good for your body. From pain to swelling, it can just make your daily routine a mess. But if you consume dry ginger regularly, you might get some relief. In fact, consuming saunth is considered good for those who have been dealing with arthritis.
Dry ginger is basically anti-allergen and that’s why it can be used to tackle seasonal flu. You can add other cough and cold-related spices to make tea from it, just to keep both these problems at bay.
For diabetics, dry ginger is a miracle spice, as it helps in regulating the sugar levels in the body. It is recommended to consume saunth empty stomach, especially for people with high blood sugar levels. You can definitely do a quantity check with your dietician.
You can combine saunth with spices like turmeric, cinnamon, fennel, and coriander to boost its effect on your body. If you aren’t willing to gulp it just like that, sprinkle a little to your favourite dishes.
So what say ladies – are you excited to try saunth or not?