Ginger is obtained from the East and West Indies. It is a perennial shrub, growing about three feet high. Care should be observed in purchasing it, as it is generally mixed with other articles. For medicine, it is better to purchase the root unpulverized.
Ginger is warming and moderately aromatic, and may be used in mild cases as a substitute for cayenne. It is used principally in combination with other articles, and externally for poultices.
From a half to a whole teaspoonful in warm water, sweetened.