Here is a simple and quick relief for the common cold. Here's how:
In 2 cups of water add 2 tsp of dry ginger powder and 1/2 teaspoon of crushed pepper.Add jaggery and keep on sim flame. Let this keep boiling till the liquid mixture reduces to half quantity (1 cup).
Now remove from flame, take some of this in a cup and top it with hot milk (like tea decoction and milk).Sip slowly. You will find relief. Take this for 3 days atleast 3 or 4 times a day.
Quantity of pepper and dry ginger can be adjusted according to taste if you find it very "thikka" (hot).