1 cup (240 ml) water
2 tablespoons (30 ml) fresh watercress
Since ancient times, watercress has been credited with many uses. Records from Pliny the Elder indicate that the early Romans believed watercress had more than forty medicinal and practical uses, including the ability to drive away snakes and neutralize scorpion venom. While your own needs may be less dire, as your cold runs its course, modern herbal wisdom suggests a cup of watercress tea might relieve your sniffles for a while. Bring the water to a gentle boil and pour over the watercress. Let steep for 10 to 15 minutes. Strain, then drink when tea has reached a comfortable temperature.