A few months ago, when I felt the early symptoms of a cold coming on, a coworker made me her cold remedy concoction—slices of ginger, squeeze of lemon juice, a squirt or two of Sriracha hot sauce, and very hot water. It was like drinking a spicy Thai broth. Lemon provides the vital cold-fighting vitamin C and is known to soothe sore throats as is ginger, which also can reduce sinus pain. The capsicum in the hot sauce helps fight the infection. I drank several mugfuls of the drink at work that day and then over the next few days, and it did, in fact, help lessen my cold symptoms. And now I have Sriracha in my fridge as a medicinal and regular staple—I love it and have been putting it on everything.