I Understand It, I Just Want It To Go Away
Cold treatments recommended in commoncold.org have been properly tested and found to be effective. Their side effects are known and are acceptable for treating a mild illness like a cold. They include the following:
Older antihistamines ("first generation")Nonsteroidal antinflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)Decongestants (vasoconstrictors)Cough suppressants (narcotics)Anticholinergics (ipratropium)
I didn't see tea in their list... darn it.