Since we moved from Florida to North Carolina, I’ve been dealing with a sore throat and a cough that just won’t go away! Much to my husband’s annoyance (he works in the medical field and doesn’t despise chemicals as much) I refuse to take any medication. The only time I will take tablets is when I feel a migraine coming on. I can handle a headache but I don’t mess with migraines. I rarely get them (knock on wood!) but if I do, I have to act fast and take some medication. So, if I am not about to have a migraine or post-surgery, I will simply refuse to take medication.
I mean, why would I take pills if there are simple homemade remedies for minor aches and maladies? My Homemade Onion Honey Cough Syrup is a prime example of how powerful nature can be and how easy it is to make your own medication! My mom used to make this for us when we were little. She has a recipe I like even better – it calls for dandelions but since I couldn’t get my hands on any this time of the year, I’m sticking with onions and honey.
Onions have amazing health benefits. They provide protection for your heart and blood vessels, lower your risk of a variety of cancers, help prevent bacterial infections and last but not least, onions have significant anti-inflammatory benefits.
There are plenty of ways to use honey medicinally. Similar to onions, honey contains flavonoids which help reduce your risk of cancer and heart disease. Honey is also anti-bacterial and anti-fungal and of course, honey reduces coughs and soothes sore throats so honey is the perfect base for a cough syrup!
Here is what you need:
- 1 small onion, preferably organic
- honey, preferably wild, raw and organic
- glass jar with lid
Dice onion and transfer to a glass jar. Pour in enough honey to coat onion pieces (they shouldn’t be swimming in honey, just be glazed). Overnight, the onion will secrete a juice which will combine with the honey et voila! You’re looking at quite possibly the healthiest choice of cough medicine available! Take 1-3 tablespoon twice a day to help reduce symptoms of coughing. Keep refrigerated. I make small batches so my juice never lasts for more than three days so I’m not exactly sure how long it would keep. I prefer to make fresh syrup every couple of days, if needed.