Whenever I start thinking I'm coming down with a cold, I try to fight back as soon as possible, usually with fluids, zinc (hello Zicam!) and fresh Ginger tea.
I love this tea pot.
I start with some freshly grated ginger, usually about a 1 inch piece. Sprinkle on some paprika, or in my case today, some Cayenne Pepper, a little bit of honey (I used brown sugar today, as I lacked honey) and some lemon juice. I use my IngenuiTea tea pot, but you can easily use a tea ball, or even a mesh herb bag. Pour some boiling water and let steep. I usually aim for 10 minutes, though the longer it steeps, the stronger it gets. Be warned, it has kick. I made mine extra strong today, and it burned like hell going down. But for the next four hours, I felt decent again. My throat wasn't sore, my head wasn't stuffy, and my sinuses didn't feel like they were being pounded on by a microscopic sledgehammer. So even if it doesn't help me fight this cold off, at least it made me feel wonderful.
Of course, I feel extra desperate to avoid coming down with a cold, so I took the extra step of eating a clove of raw garlic. Can I be honest here? That was nasty. Very. Very. Nasty.