Posted by: godshealingplants | November 14, 2021

HONEY AND ONION SYRUP FOR COUGH

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Honey and Onion Syrup is very safe, effective and tasty cure for a cough.

While it soothes the irritated throat, it also thins the mucus out and makes it easier to cough stuff up. One of the best things about it is that it takes no time at all to make. And all you need is two very common ingredients – honey and onion.

HEALTH BENEFITS OF RAW HONEY

  • Honey is rich in minerals, enzymes, several B vitamins, prebiotics and antioxidants.
  • It has strong antibacterial properties and served humans as food and as medicine for millennia.
  • You can use it topically to treat minor burns and cuts and to heal wounds.
  • Honey reduces irritation in the throat and on the skin.
  • Most of honey’s medicinal properties come from small amounts of bee pollen and propolis. Propolis, for example, is the sticky resin that comes from trees. Bioflavonoids in propolis have powerful antibiotic, antifungal, and antibacterial qualities. While bees use it to protect their hives, we use it to protect our health.
  • To maintain its medicinal qualities raw honey should never be heated above 110F.

HEALTH BENEFITS OF ONIONS

Onions have volatile oils that contain sulfur compounds. While they give onion its acrid taste and smell they are also medicinal. They easily disperse throughout the body and can enter the interior of bacteria and fungal organisms and interfere with their machinery. They also stimulate white blood cell production – the ones that provide our body’s own defense and protection.

Allium is another important compound in the onion and especially in garlic. When we slice the onion and expose it to air it gets activated and converted into allicin. Allicin is a strong antimicrobial – the quality that is important for us when dealing with respiratory infections.

Despite being used for many years in traditional cough remedies, onion and honey have some scientific backing.

 Onion can help to warm the chest, thin mucus, stimulate the cough reflex (so you can cough all that nasty stuff up), and discourage bacterial infections from forming (Wood, 2008), and a 2007 study by Penn State College of Medicine suggested that honey reduced nighttime coughing and improved sleep quality in children with upper respiratory infection better than the cough medicine dextromethorphan (an ingredient found in many OTC cough syrups) or no treatment at all (Paul et al., 2007). 

There are two methods you can use to make the cough syrup: 

FIRST:

  1. Place a spoonful of honey in the bottom of the glass jar.
  2. Place an onion slice on top of the honey. Add honey on top of the onion slice. Continue to layer: honey, onion, honey onion, until the jar is full and the onion is fully covered in honey.
  3. Seal jar with a lid. Let the jar sit at room temperature for 24 to 48 hours. You can strain out the onions once the syrup is done, but it is not necessary.
  4. Refrigerate syrup after opening.

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SECOND: 

  • Slice 1 large onion in half and slice each half into rings.
  • Layer the onion slices in the bottom of a small pan and pour in just enough raw honey to cover the onions. Heat the honey-onion mixture over very low heat to preserve the beneficial properties of the raw honey for 30 minutes or so. The goal is to have a nice, warm, liquid honey that smells like onion.
  • Note: Your onions will soften and turn a bit brown, and the honey may darken a bit too.
  • Pour warm syrup (onions and all) into a jar, seal, and label.
  • Refrigerate for best results. Honey onion syrup will keep for about 6 months when refrigerated. 

PRECAUTIONS: Not for children under 1 year of age. 

REFERENCES: 

  • Paul, I. M., Beiler, J., McMonagle, A., Shaffer, M. L., Duda, L., & Berlin, C. M. (2007). Effect of honey, dextromethorphan, and no treatment on nocturnal cough and sleep quality for coughing children and their parents. Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, 161(12), 1140-1146.
  • Wood, M. (2008). The earthwise herbal: A complete guide to Old World medicinal plants. Berkeley, CA: North Atlantic Books.
  • Oduwole O, Meremikwu MM, Oyo=Ita A, et al. Honey for actue cough in Children. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2014 Dec 23;(12).

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