How I Got Rid of a Cold in Less Than 24 Hours

Victoria Hoff

Urban Outfitters

On Wednesday morning, I woke up with a sore throat, a dull ache in my sinuses, and a feeling of dread in the pit of my stomach. Perhaps it had been only a matter of time before I caught my first cold of the season, but knowing this didn't exactly make the prospect of sniffling and coughing my way through the next few days any easier to stomach. So I called in all available reinforcements: I put some hot water on the stove, gathered my best immunity boosters, and got to work. If nothing else, I thought, I could at least try to relieve some of my symptoms.

After several hours of carefully employed TLC, my body decided to do me one better: I woke up the following morning feeling impossibly refreshed, with just the faintest echo of a tickle in my throat. A day later, I'm feeling right back to my healthy self. Maybe I was simply blessed with the world's flightiest, most docile cold; a co-worker suggested that perhaps it was a freak bout of allergies, though I've never gotten them at this time of year before. Either way, I managed to completely reverse my symptoms in a matter of hours—and I'll be deploying my strategy for doing so the next time illness rears its ugly head.

Keep reading to see how I eradicated my symptoms overnight.

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