1/2 red onion, cut into 1/2 – 1″ pieces
Place about 1″ tall section of onion pieces into a wide mouth pint jar. Can used a quart size jar, but it is easier to get to the syrup with a pint-sized jar. Drizzle a bit of honey over the top. Like a glaze. Put some more onions on top. Repeat the honey drizzle. Keep repeating until the onions are all in the jar, and the honey is just barely covering. You just need to barely cover the onions, as they will rise to the top anyway. Cover with a lid and let sit overnight. After a few hours, you’ll find an amazing liquid on top! It’s oniony but sweet, and it is Uh-Mazing for soothing a sore throat and calming an irritating cough. Onions are well known for their medicinal benefits and helping to cure flu and cold quickly. When combined with the honey (also a well-known antibacterial and super soothing for irritated tissues), you have a wonderful-tasting, soothing cough syrup!
If you need this cough syrup right away, here is a fast stove-top option. For this option, you can add some garlic, too, if you like. The chemicals in the garlic are very powerful, too. It won’t taste as good, but will be very effective. Using a whole onion (or more, if you need more), slice it into thin slices and place them in a deep pan. Cover the onions with honey, just until the onions are barely covered. Heat the mix on LOW until the onions are soft and mushy. The honey should taste strongly of onions. Note: The bad thing about heating honey is it will kill any of the good organisms in it. However, if you need the syrup quickly, this is a great option! You can strain off the liquid, or just leave the whole mix intact and keep getting the syrup as needed.
Just take a 1 – 2 t as needed. Obviously, honey and onions are both quite safe to use (except do NOT give this to infants under 12 months due to the honey). If you want to speed up your recovery, then continue using this syrup several times a day, even after symptoms subside.
Both syrups can be stored in the refrigerator for several days. Can use this syrup after a couple of weeks in the refrigerator, but be sure to do the sniff test first! If it tastes “off” or smells bad, do not use it. Better to be safe than sorry!