Are you suffering from Joint pains? Ever tried using Sonth ( Dried ginger)? More commonly known as the dried form of the well-recognized herb of ginger (Zingiber officinale), Sonth is an absolutely amazing natural produce. It is alleged to have been used very commonly, especially in Asian households, for over 4000 years now. Ayurveda, the age-old system of medication and overall well-being, strongly recommends ginger (both fresh and dried) as an incredibly therapeutic herb for a wide variety of ailments, both as the preventive as well as curative therapy. Ginger, therefore holds the asset and also owes much to its taste, flavour, as well as a host of medicinal values that Saunth fundamentally possesses.

What Exactly is Sonth?

Sonth is obtained from the underground stem of the main ginger (adrak) plant which is a member of the family of plants that includes cardamom and turmeric. When a freshly sourced piece of ginger is soaked in water for some time, peeled off and left to sun-dry for a few days, we get what is known as sonth.

In fact, ginger as it is remains one of the all-time favourite condiments in various Asian households. It is used as a flavouring agent in the kitchens for everyday cooking purposes, and also for enhancing the taste of the food. Sonth, however, is much stronger when it comes to taste and flavouring. Besides, it is also used for a range of home remedies.

Sonth Aids in Relieving Joint Pains

Sonth contains robust anti-inflammatory properties, which are capable of soothing the tense muscles, and relieving them of any soreness, pain or inflammation. And it is mainly due to the anti-inflammatory property that it possesses, Sonth works as a natural reliever of joint pains.

Medicinal Benefits of Sonth

Other than this, sonth has a number of medicinal healthcare benefits. The dried ginger also

  • Enhances our digestion and builds up the sluggish appetite.
  • Cures a variety of ailments, generally the common maladies such as diarrhoea, constipation, nausea, acidity, and even piles, etc.
  • Also in the respiratory problems like common cold and cough, sore throat, bronchitis, congestion etc. Sonth is an effective natural support.
  • Saunth moreover helps build our immunity.
  • Sounth or the dried ginger powder offers relief from various dental problems also.

How is Sounth Available?

Sonth is a rich source of various essential vitamins and minerals, and makes it an effective antioxidant. The sonth extract can be used in various forms – fresh, crushed, or dried and powdered. We can also use the same in the form of oil or juice. However, the dried form is something that gives sonth a rather long shelf life of more than a year.

Effective Home Remedies of Sonth for Joint Pain

  • Make a fine powder using sonth, nutmeg and some sesame oil (Til Taila). Apply it on to a bandage and place it on the affected area. The combined relieving effect of sonth, sesame and nutmeg will soon start to surface.
  • Add two to three teaspoons of sonth powder in water. Bring the water to boil, and allow it to cool for some time. Use this water for drinking purpose and watch the goodness of sonth wash down the joint pain. We can also add some jaggery to the boiling water, in order to make the solution more palatable.
  • Take the herbs of haldi, sonth and methi seeds, in equal quantity, but separately yet. Dry them well, and crush them to form a powder. Now, mix them together and make a fine powder. Take one tsp. of this powder with a glass of lukewarm water, on an empty stomach each morning. You can also use have it while going to bed, just replace the water with a nice warm glass of milk.
  • In order to offer direct relief to joint pains from the sonth extract, you could even prepare a nice decoction of sonth, and consume it as it is. This might taste pungent, but this purest form of sonth extract is bound to offer relief.

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