When the seasonal winds bring with them sore throats, coughs, and those pesky upper respiratory infections, it’s time to turn to some soothing natural home remedies. Among these soothing elixirs, the Onion Honey Cough Syrup stands out as a simple and effective way to combat cold and flu symptoms. In this easy recipe inspired by herbalist Rosemary Gladstar, we’ll explore the healing potential of this homemade remedy and how it can provide relief for your cough and soothe your throat. Let’s dive into this age-old, kitchen-crafted solution that combines the power of raw onions and raw honey to support your immune system and get you back to feeling your best during the flu season.
The Magic of Raw Honey
Liquid Gold for Sore Throats
Raw honey, often referred to as “nature’s liquid gold,” has been cherished for its natural healing properties for centuries. In the context of a homemade cough syrup, raw honey plays a pivotal role.
Main Benefits of Raw Honey:
- Sore Throat Relief: Raw honey provides soothing relief to sore throats, helping to alleviate pain and irritation.
- Cough Suppressant: Its natural sweetness can help suppress coughing and improve sleep quality by calming the cough reflex.
- Antibacterial Properties: Raw honey has inherent antibacterial properties that can aid in healing and preventing infections.
- Immune System Support: Rich in antioxidants and vitamin C, raw honey supports the immune system, helping the body fight off infections.
The Healing Power of Raw Onions
Raw onions, though pungent and teary-eyed to handle, are a hidden gem in the realm of home remedies. Their natural compounds and properties can do wonders for respiratory health. An old folk remedy calls for leaving a sliced onion out in a room to ward off sickness or putting sliced onions on the bottoms of the feet then securing with plastic wrap and a sock.
Main Benefits of Raw Onions:
- Cough Relief: Onions can help reduce coughing and ease respiratory discomfort, thanks to their natural sulfur compounds.
- Anti-Inflammatory: Onions have anti-inflammatory properties, making them excellent for soothing inflamed throat tissues.
- Antibacterial and Antiviral: They can combat bacteria and viruses that contribute to upper respiratory infections.
- Phlegm Reduction: Onions can help thin mucus and make it easier to expel, providing relief from congestion.
The Vidalia Onion & Honey Cough Syrup Recipe
- 3 medium sized Vidalia onions (or any sweet onion of your choice)
- 3 cups raw honey (preferably locally sourced)
- A small saucepan
- Begin by peeling and slicing the onion into thin rings or small pieces. The onion’s natural juices will be released during the cooking process, aiding in the syrup’s creation.
- In a small saucepan, combine the sliced onions and raw honey. Gently mix them together.
- Heat the mixture over LOW heat. You’re not looking to caramelize the onion or boil the honey; you simply want to warm the ingredients. Let them infuse for about 30 minutes.
- The end result should be a syrup-like consistency with softened onions. Remove the saucepan from the heat and let it cool to room temperature.
- Once the syrup has cooled you can strain out the onion pieces or leave them in. Then transfer the liquid into a glass jar. Seal the jar tightly. Store in the refrigerator for 2-3 months.
*For the slow method that does not use heat, simply add chopped onions and honey together in a jar and let sit for 4 weeks shaking frequently. Then store in the refrigerator.
When and How to Use
Take 1-2 teaspoons of the Vidalia Onion & Honey Cough Syrup as needed for cough relief. It’s a gluten-free, natural alternative to over-the-counter cough syrups, and it’s especially effective for soothing sore throats, reducing coughing by thinning mucus, and supporting your immune system during cold and flu season.
*Make sure to not give honey to children under the age of one.