Mom made us a tea from ground ginger (in olden days fresh ginger wasn't always an option in most places we lived, and I doubt my mom had ever seen it), honey, and hot water. Sometimes with a little milk (I didn't like milk, so took mine without). It was our all-time comfort for colds, and she'd encourage us to get brave and take that last gulp (the dried ginger would settle at the bottom of the cup, and it can be strong! But it will clear your sinuses, I guarantee). I still make it occasionally.
If you've ever had a hot toddy you know: simply pouring boiling water over booze doesn't get rid of the alcohol content, you have to boil the booze itself.
Hmmm .... never thought of it before, but a tot of rum wouldn't be amiss in Mom's ginger tea.