Here’s the news on that – you can’t. I don’t care what you say or do, what recipe has worked for you in every time you’ve had a cold since you were five, you cannot beat it.
However, to minimize the pain of the symptoms, here’s a recent story I heard which covers your best bets:
Take two single ingredient drugs every 12 hours, at the start of the scratchy, continue until symptoms are clear
- Ibuprofen/Naproxen - Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory, helps to easy the feeling of malaise, cough, sore throat.
- Anti-histamine - first generation, make you drowse, Benadryl or Chlor-Trimeton, take care of runny nose
- Salt water gargle - to relieve sore throat
- Lemon mint throat lozenges - to relieve cough
NOTE: these do not make you better but help you feel better while you're sick.