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The compounds that give ginger its spicy flavor are more effective at suppressing coughs than over-the-counter cough medicines. To make your own: Grate a piece of ginger as big as your thumb into a mug, top with boiling water. Steep it for 5 minutes, strain it, and sweeten it to taste with honey. You can also squeeze a lemon wedge into the cup if you’d like. Enjoy!