I've been giving my children ginger baths for many years to relieve discomfort from flu, congestion, and colds. I didn't know why it worked, just that it did. I recently came across an interesting article on why ginger baths are so theraputic.
Ginger baths are easy to give. Simply sprinkle 2 Tablespoons of dried ginger into running bath water as hot as you can take it and slip in for a soak. With a little rinsing the ginger will drain with the bath water. We've never had problem with clogged drains.
Epsom salts are also theraputic and you can combine the benefits by mixing 1 cup of epsom salts, the zest from 1/2 an orange, and 2 Tablespoons of dried ginger. Mix in a bowl and store in a half pint jar. Use the entire container for one bath.
Ginger is stuch a nice spice. Hot and sweet and lemony all at the same time. I decided to try to grow it this year. It takes a lot of heat but prefers shade to sun and will die in temperatures below 40 degrees. The midwest is an unlikely place to grow it well since it takes 10-12 months to mature, but in a pot I may have success. I'll try anything once. Here's a link to instructions: https://www.tropicalpermaculture.com/growing-ginger.html and https://www.ehow.com/how_4576842_grow-ginger-indoors.html
I'm off to prepare a ginger soak for sweet Heidi. I hope she feels better soon!