Natural Ginger Ale

A feverish child needs to drink plenty of liquids to keep from becoming dehydrated. Ginger ale is a good idea. Even today, I remember how much I enjoyed ginger ale when I was sick as a child! Besides reducing fever, ginger fights the germs that cause a cold or flu, and helps relieve such cold and flu symptoms as a queasy stomach and congestion. It also helps eliminate toxins produced in the body during a cold or flu. You can buy a healthy version of ginger ale from the natural food store, or you can make your own.

Natural Ginger Aleginger ale

1 teaspoon thinly sliced fresh ginger rhizome {or 1/2 teaspoon ginger powder}
1 teaspoon red raspberry leaves
3 cups water
1 cup carbonated water
1 lemon slice

Combine herbs and plain water in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Turn down the heat and simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and steep for 10 minutes. Strain out herbs. Add carbonated water and lemon just before serving.