Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Onion syrup for the coughing days

Yes indeed, the season has started. The season, in which we get cold and cough so easily that we sometimes can't keep up! We are trying to strengthen our immune system using only natural remedies and herbal teas!
This one was reintroduce to me by a friend, who makes wonderful home remedies, teas and syrups from her own home grown herbs. You can find her on her Facebook page over here
I said "reintroduce" only because this home remedy was used by my grandmother on regular basis when I was a little girl, I only forgot all about it by now. 

You will need:
1 medium size onion
White sugar (I used organic raw)
Glass jar with a top

Cut up the onion into strips and start layering the onion and sugar into the jar. I start with an onion and continue with sugar, following with a layer of onion and sugar agin. I repeat this pattern until I reach the top of the jar. You don't have to fill it up all the way to the top. Simply stop where you need to stop.

Because of the smaller size of the jar I had some onion left over.

Let it sit for 24 hours on your kitchen counter. The onion layered with sugar releases its juices and you will be left with yummy sweet onion syrup. I use tea strainer to pour it out. It will last in your fridge for a week or so. Take it as you need for your cough, every couple of hours. 
In addition to this syrup, we always use raw honey and echinacea to treat cough.

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