Brewing up some cough mixture to have throughout cold and flu season. (And because it’s the first day of half term and someone woke up with a runny nose and cough this morning...)
Take one raw red onion, dice finely and use in layers interspersed with brown sugar. Leave in a cool dark place and let the onion infuse with the sugar. The resulting syrup can be taken every 1-2 hours if you have a bad cough. 😪
Onions are fantastic for this time of year, one of the reasons being they contain a component called quercetin (especially high in red onions) which studies have shown is a potent antiviral and has anti bacterial actions. I’m totally not against giving my children over the counter medicine when necessary, BUT most pharmacists would agree cough medicine is a waste of time and money (“sugary water” I remember being told many years ago!) and you’re far better making your own. 💪 My personal experience in making my own remedies for minor colds are that they can be super effective.
Most children love a spoonful of this because the sugar makes it so palatable - it smells strongly of onion but tastes like syrup! Can also be made with raw honey and garlic which I’ll be making later today. We will all be smelling fresh tomorrow after this onslaught of onion and garlic! 🙌
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