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Homemade Cough Syrup With Onion and Honey: Effective & Natural

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Does homemade cough syrup with onion juice and honey really work? Yes! Onions have antibacterial properties — combine them with honey for a quick & effective homemade cough remedy. Here’s how.

You’re probably asking yourself: “Onion juice in cough syrup, seriously? Won’t that taste gross?” Surprisingly enough, this homemade cough syrup is highly drinkable and mighty sweet once you add honey or sugar.

Honey and onions really do work as a homemade cough remedy — try it for yourself!

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Recipe for Homemade Cough Syrup

Follow these simple instructions to make your own homemade cough syrup from scratch. The onion and the honey-based recipe are all-natural and additive-free:

  1. Peel one onion. Chop it into small pieces and place them in a jar, glass or cup.
  2. Pour two tablespoons of liquid honey over the onions. Use sugar or other vegan sugar substitutes for vegan cough syrup or when you have no honey at home.
  3. Let the mixture sit for 6-10 hours or overnight.
  4. Pour the liquid gathered at the bottom into a separate glass.
  5. All done! Your homemade cough syrup is ready. Take one spoonful 2-3 times a day.
Homemade cough syrup: ingredients
There are loads of home remedies for coughs — some others are sage, garlic, thyme and English plantain. (Photo: CC0 Public Domain /Pixabay - Mojpe))

Onion Juice and Honey: How This Homemade Cough Remedy Works

Onion juice and honey represent two of many home remedies for coughs. Onion has been used for centuries as a traditional household remedy for sore throats, earaches and insect bites. It is thought to have anti-inflammatory, germicidal, antibacterial and analgesic effects, which is why this homemade cough syrup is so effective. Furthermore, honey has antioxidant and antibacterial qualities and helps relieve irritated throats.

For more options, check out the health benefits of ginger and garlic tea, sage tea, and our saltwater gargle.

Other plants you can use for natural homemade cough remedies include thyme and English plantain (a perennial with a rosette of basal leaves and flowering stalks). Thyme works to widen the bronchia and acts as an expectorant and an antibacterial. You can use thyme oil like you would mouthwash for throat pain when you’re sick.

English plantain stimulates the immune system and possesses antibacterial properties. It also promotes the health of the mucus membrane. Place some thyme or English plantain leaves in your tea or boil them down into homemade cough syrup.

Garlic is another time-tested home cold remedy. It may sound unlikely, but drinking garlic tea or eating raw garlic will clear your sinuses — even more effectively than wasabi. Read up on this and more natural household cures for colds: Natural Home Remedies for Colds: 6 Easy Recipes. Also, try this remedy: Steam Inhalation for Colds and Coughs

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