Ginger is both stimulating and warming, which is why it is believed to help with blood circulation. Its root is a rhizome meaning it grows horizontally underground and is frequently used in cosmetics, medicine and food.
Like turmeric, cardamom, and galanga, ginger belongs to the Zingiberaceae family. A distant relative of the banana, ginger thrives in warm climates and can be found growing in Africa and the West Indies, although it is believed to be native to India.
It is often claimed that the best ginger comes from Jamaica.