This golden-tan powder has been used both as a flavoring and as a medicament since the sixth century BC. This highly aromatic powder can be used as a substitute when fresh ginger is not readily available. Ginger powder is usually sprinkled on finished dishes, used in cooking sauces for fish and meat, and has been used in breads and biscuits for centuries. Its medicinal properties include: it encourages the body to digest fats, carbohydrates and proteins. It helps relieve colds, fevers, dizziness, motion sickness, nausea and stomach aches. Ginger powder and water can create a poultice to relieve muscle and joint aches, chest pains, and headaches.