Ginger (Aadrak)

Biological Name:
Zingiber Officinale

Other Names Of Adrak:
English – Ginger
Hindi – Adrak, Sonth
Assamese – Ada
Bengali – Ada
Gujarati – Adhu, Sunth
Kannad – Alla, Shunthi
Malayalam – Inchi
Marathi – Alha, Aale, Sunth
Oriya – Ada, Adraka
Punjabi – Adrak, Sunt
Tamil – Ingee, Inji
Telugu – Allam, Shonti


Ginger is a useful herb. It is dried root of the perennial herb Zingiber officinale. It is cultivated in India, U.S., China, West Indies and tropical regions. The Ginger plant normally grows 2 to 3 feet in length with narrow leaves almost 15 -30 cm long. The roots of Ginger plant are about 5-6 inches long. These roots are dug up and used for various purposes.


1) Kitchen Use
Ginger is a most important ingredient of many recipes. It is used in pickles, chutneys and curry pastes. Dried ginger is mainly used in cakes and biscuits. Ginger is also used in puddings, jams, preserves etc.

2) Medicinal value
Ginger is used as remedy for the following few problems:

Sore throats and hoarseness
Chew ginger.

Massage ginger juice on navel.

Ginger juice daily twice with rock candy.

Nausea and vomiting
Have ginger juice and onion juice mixed together.

Nervous headache
Combine ginger juice and milk. Let it dry. Use as snuff.

Indigestion and low appetite:
Combine ginger with ghee.

Painful bowels or stomach:
Combine dry ginger with 1-2 tblsp castor oil.

Remedy: Massage on head ginger paste (dry ginger powder and little water)

Tooth or face aches
Apply ginger paste (ginger powder and water) to the face.