Homemade cough syrup made of onion juice and honey, really? Yes! Onions serve as an antibacterial and, in combination with honey, make up an essential ingredient of an effective home remedy for a cough. Here’s how it’s done.
You’re probably asking yourself: “Onion juice in cough syrup, seriously? Won’t that taste disgusting?” Surprisingly enough, the taste of this homemade cough syrup is rather palatable and mighty sweet once you add honey or sugar.
Honey and onions really do work as a home remedy for coughs — try it for yourself!
Recipe for Homemade Onion Cough Syrup
Follow these simple instructions to make your own homemade cough syrup from scratch — using onions and honey. The recipe is all-natural and additive-free:
- Peel one onion, chop into small pieces and place them in a jar, glass or cup.
- Pour two tablespoons of liquid honey over the onions. For vegan cough syrup or when there’s no honey at hand, you can use sugar or other vegan sugar substitutes.
- Let the mixture sit for a period of 6-10 hours or overnight.
- Pour the liquid gathered at the bottom into a separate glass.
- All done! Your homemade cough syrup is ready. Take a spoonful two to three times a day.
Onion Juice and Honey: Why This Cough Remedy Really Works
Onion juice and honey represent two of many home remedies for coughs. Onion is a traditional household remedy for sore throats, earaches, and insect bites and has been used for centuries. It is said to have anti-inflammatory, germicidal, antibacterial and analgesic effects, which makes onion cough syrup so effective. Honey, too, can help relieve an irritated throat due to its antioxidant and antibacterial properties. You may also profit from the health benefits of this ginger and garlic tea, sage tea, or salt water gargle.
Other plants you can use as effective natural remedies for cough are thyme and English plantain (a perennial plant with a rosette of basal leaves and flowering stalks — in the public’s eye: a weed). Thyme works to widen the bronchia, serves as an expectorant and an antibacterial. You can use thyme oil like you would mouthwash for throat pain when sick.
English plantain stimulates the immune system and also possesses a number of antibacterial properties. It also promotes the buildup of the mucus membrane. Place some thyme or English plantain leaves in your tea or boil them down into a homemade cough syrup.
Another ancient cold home remedy is garlic. It may sound like one of your grandma’s old tricks, but as mentioned above drinking garlic tea or eating raw garlic will clear your sinuses more effectively than even wasabi. Read up on this and more natural household cures against colds: Natural Home Remedies for Colds: 6 Easy Recipes. Also try this remedy: Steam Inhalation for Colds and Coughs
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