Ginger is well known in many Asian cultures as an herb with anti-emetic properties and a “yang” spice (meaning it will add heat to the body). Pregnant women in China are often told to eat copious amounts of ginger to help with morning sickness. It is also an excellent cold fighter, immune booster, and decongestant. I often will make a ginger tea during the cold winter months and when I feel everyone around me is catching a cold. (Note: Ginger Ale is not an equivalent as few bottled ginger ales contain actual ginger, and they are often loaded with sugar)
To make ginger tea, take a piece of ginger root about the size of two thumbs put together. Slice it into slices about 1/8th inch thick. Boil in a saucepan with 3 cups of water and allow to simmer for another 15 minutes. Pour the tea in a mug and add a teaspoon of honey.