Honey Onion Syrup for Colds
Syrup is a traditional way to make herbal preparations more tasty for children (adults too!) and the sweet flavor of a syrup helps to make the medicine go down, so to speak. Today we are going to introduce a simple herbal remedy for a sore, scratchy throat using the ingredients of honey and onion. It might sound like a strange combination, but we promise, it’s tasty!
Honey Onion Syrup
Take this simple syrup at the first sign of a cold. You can add garlic to the mix for an added boost and a more powerful remedy. What a great way to help someone be Prepared for Christmas and the cold winter months ahead! Make sure you give them the directions too! Because once they taste it, it will be a household staple. Save the recipe to www.ziplist.com and print a gift tag (below).
Onion is one of natures greatest anti-inflammatory troopers and is effective against many bacteria including Bacillus subtilis, Salmonella, and E. coli.
It stimulates the immune system, and the essential oil is an expectorant, antiseptic, anti-fungal, anticoagulant, and has analgesic properties. The more pungent the onion the more potent its powers.
Related read: The Benefits of Raw Honey
Honey has been known for its healing properties for thousands of years – the Ancient Greeks used it, and so have many other peoples through the ages. Even up to the second world war, honey was being used for its antibacterial properties in treating wounds.
This is an old herbal recipe. If you are interested in other syrups and herbal preparations we recommend Rosemary Gladstar’s Medicinal Herbs: A Beginner’s Guide
Why is Honey Onion Syrup Such a Potent Natural Cough Remedy?
The key ingredient is onion. Onion contains several compounds that help fight off congestion in various respiratory diseases and stop cough in its tracks in as little as a couple of days.
The healing ingredient that shines bright in onions is quercetin. Several studies have found that this humble compound can help treat infections, lower high blood pressure, fight inflammation, and even reduce the risk of some types of cancers.
In 2013, a team of American researchers found that quercetin can be use to immediately relax the airway smooth muscle, which helps with clearing off congestion. This is why honey onion syrup helps get rid of cough bouts and stuffy nose so fast.
The syrup is great for both productive cough and dry cough. According to an old-time home remedy, onion is such a good cough suppressant that it is enough for you to slice one or two onion and keep them close to you when you’re having a bad cough. The sulfur compounds will help you get rid of the cough.
What’s more, honey is a powerful natural cough suppressant, too. According to a separate study, small children suffering from chronic cough who took 2 teaspoons of raw honey before bedtime saw a significant improvement in their nighttime cough. Researchers, however, warned against giving children under age 1 raw honey as they run the highest risk of infant botulism.
As of recently, more and more doctors recommend taking honey instead of antibiotics to treat a cough as honey has natural antibiotic and antiviral properties, too. Antibiotics are given only if the person is really unwell or runs the risk of complications.
Disclaimer: This post does not provide medical advice. It is intended for informational purposes only. For medical advice, consult with a medical professional first.
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