Stimulating and astringent
Astringent, antispetic, and warming, ginger (used fresh, powedered, in oil or infusion) also stimulates circulation, soothe aching joints, and relax tense muscles.
Ginger root is the edible part of the ginger plant, which is a distant relative of the banana and thrives in warm and humid climates. Known as 'vishwabhesei' or 'universal medicine' in Ayurvedic practices, it has long been prized as a wonder ingredient. The plant grows up to three feet tall with stalk-less leavess flowers that are yellow-green and highly aromatic, but it is its roots that are used in medicine, food, and cosmetics. Dried ginger root transformed in powder is reputed to be hotter than the fresh root. The oil contains the aromatic substance zingiberene, which is antibacterial and is also thought to have an anti-inflammatory effect.