The Home Apothecary – Onion Cough Syrup

onion cough syrup

You know Grandma did know best….the natural ways are the better ways.

There is something quite satisfying about having the ability to ease your loved ones pain and suffering while they are sick.  Because we are a family that is no stranger to sickness and because medicine is so expensive the more natural ways you can heal yourself or your family the better.  In our case this doesn’t always mean 100% natural;   some medicines you do need to take from your health care professional and since I am just a Mom and by no means an expert I always go to my Doctor for medical advice.   I am very much for trying homemade remedies that have been passed down from generation to generation though and we will try them because their was a reason these recipes were handed down.  I did not grow up on this cough syrup but I stumbled on it and it does ease symptoms of coughing, provides aid for a sore throat, and because it has honey, lemon, cinnamon and onions in it; it also has anti-inflammatory properties but read below on the breakdown of these powerful ingredients:

Onions are a cancer fighting food and in one study published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute , eating onions (as well as other members of its family like garlic, scallions, chives, and leeks) significantly lowered their risk for cancers.    Onions contain powerful antioxidants and they are a source of quercetin is a flavonoid that has anti-inflammatory properties click here for more info.

Raw unprocessed honey as you know is that precious golden elixir I just adore and it is a powerful healing substance it has flavonoids that are known for their powerful antioxidant activity.  Honey is just starting to get the recognition it deserves but I have read that it has been shown to lower blood sugar and its an anti-inflammatory as well.  If you don’t raise your own bees buy raw, local, unprocessed honey you won’t be disappointed.

Cinnamon is one of my favorite spices and it has this amazing ability to help keep blood sugar stable not only that but it is loaded with powerful antioxidants as well as anthocyanins which improves blood flow besides cinnamon tastes wonderful!

Not only are Lemons a great source of Vitamin C, an anti inflammatory, and they have powerful antioxidants but they also have anti cancer properties from a group of chemicals called limonoids.

ingredients for cough syrup

pouring the yummy honey in

pouring the lemon juice in

Onion Cough Syrup By Karen Lynn

  • 2 medium onions or one large onion thinly sliced (I used one large onion)
  • 3/4 C. honey (we use raw unprocessed)
  • 1 or 2 tsp. cinnamon (go by your preference)
  • Juice of 1 lemon I used a little more than 1 TBSP.
  • 2 tsp. vodka (optional-Adults Only!)

I layered all of these items in a small bowl and flipped over the onions a couple of times and then covered with plastic wrap.

Let sit overnight in the refrigerator in our case it was very cold in our kitchen so I set it out on the counter overnight.

The next day strain out all the liquid and transfer to a bottle and cover tightly.  This will keep one week in the refrigerator.

and like my son says “It’s not that bad….really!” 😉  Here is a photo of the finished product! This Onion Cough Syrup is a home remedy that is packed with ingredients that are powerhouses loaded with healing properties……Try it’ you will like it and besides it is much less expensive and healthier than many of the options at the drug store.

Honey Should Not Be Given To Children Under The Age of Two!

*****Herbal Remedy Disclaimer******

A note regarding Herbal Remedies or Home Apothecary Segments

Any herbal remedies I share are just that….Yes I use them….but any items I post in regards to Home Apothecary or Herbal Remedies should be regarded as folk lore and not replace any information you get from your Medical Provider. To be a healer in ancient days took much knowledge and learning and any herbal remedy used improperly or without proper knowledge can cause an adverse reaction, mix improperly with other medications or even cause death so please always consult a medical provider.


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10 Responses to The Home Apothecary – Onion Cough Syrup

  1. Well now I’ve seen it all lol. That’s totally amazing. I’ll have to try this although I cross my fingers none of us get ill this winter!

    • I promise you my son when he first started taking it “It’s not that bad…” but now that he can breathe he did say it is a new experience for sure! But I do think he agrees it has healing properties for sure! 🙂

  2. oceannah says:

    ahh, love those alliums Karen. I usually make a batch of elderberry syrup and a tincture of cherry bark to get us through cough season…however I ALWAYS have onions on hand and I’m grateful for another arrow in my quiver. Thanks.

    • Thanks Anna I would love to hear more about your elderberry syrup and your tincture of cherry bark! I love onions…..I know they have been regarded as a poor mans food but I will take it 🙂 Thanks for stopping over here!

  3. Jenny says:

    We’ll have to give this a try. I’m wanting to develop a natural medicine cabinet. My husband swears by quercetin. He has terrible seasonal allergies and used to have to go for weekly injections. When he discovered quercetin and started taking that, his symptoms cleared up and he was able to discontinue the meds. I didn’t realize that onions were also a source.

    • Jenny I am having my son take this everyday and I can tell he is getting better bit by bit….so add more onions to your meals that may help I knew quercetin was used for fibermyalgia patients but did not know it was used for allergy patients. I think we are all being smart those of us who are loading up on good tried and true recipes because the times we are facing are quite different in my opinion so glad you stopped in today!

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  6. I’d never heard of this – will have to give it a try. When I have a cold, I tend to go for very spicy curry broth. I don’t know if it helps, but it feels good going down.

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