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Fresh vs dry ginger: When to use which?

Taking to Instagram, ayurvedic practitioner Niti Sheth said, "Ever get confused about which ginger to use when? I do! So, I’ve tried to simplify it and make it a bit easier to understand."

By: Lifestyle Desk | New Delhi |
March 3, 2022 5:30:53 pm
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You may enjoy cooking and experimenting with your culinary skills in the kitchen. But, it is common to sometimes feel confused about when and how to use certain ingredients — for example, fresh and dry ginger. According to ayurvedic practitioner Niti Sheth, all ingredients have specific uses which need to be kept in mind to reap maximum health benefits.

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Taking to Instagram, Sheth said, “Ever get confused about which ginger to use when? I do! So, I’ve tried to simplify it and make it a bit easier to understand.”


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Fresh ginger or adrak means moist.

When should you use it?

*To improve peripheral circulation and induce sweating.
*For menstrual cramps – make a hot tea.
*When you feel an aggravated vata.
*As a mild laxative.

Dry ginger or sunthi

When should you use it?

*Sluggish digestion (indication of ama or toxins in the body).
*Clearing kapha (excess mucuous or water retention) in the body.
*For high inflammatory conditions like arthritis.

Previously, ayurvedic practitioner Dr Dixa Bhavsar had also shared how dry ginger may be more useful:

*It is easy to digest as compared to fresh ginger.
*It is bowel binding in nature as opposed to fresh ginger.
*It is a better stimulant and expectorant for reducing kapha and increasing agni.
*Dry ginger can be used in all seasons as a spice or medicine.

“Take a litre of water, add half tsp of dry ginger and boil it until it reduces to 750 ml (¼th gets boiled and ¾th remains),” she said, suggesting to “sip on it throughout the day during cold”.

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📣 The above article is for information purposes only and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice. Always seek the guidance of your doctor or other qualified health professional for any questions you may have regarding your health or a medical condition.

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