Home-made cough syrup

How to make a natural cough syrup

Soothe coughs and sore throats with this home-made onion and honey cough syrup.

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Many herbal remedies are easy to make at home using home-grown ingredients, providing relief for the symptoms of coughs and colds.

This onion and honey solution is a simple remedy for coughs – the onion has antibacterial properties and the honey soothes sore throats. Don’t be put off by the onion flavour; the inclusion of honey ensures that the mixture is satisfyingly sweet.

Take one teaspoonful four to five times a day until symptoms improve. If symptoms persist after a week, consult your doctor.

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Make your own natural cough mixture from onion and honey in just four steps.

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You Will Need

  • Fresh onion (large)
  • Clear honey (jar)
  • Bowl
  • Funnel
  • Sterilised bottle
  • Cling film

Total time:

Step 1

Home-made cough syrup - slicing an onion
Home-made cough syrup – slicing an onion

Peel, top and tail a large white onion, then slice it in half.

Step 2

Home-made cough syrup - pouring honey
Home-made cough syrup – pouring honey

Place half the onion in a glass bowl and pour in enough clear honey to cover it.

Step 3

Home-made cough syrup - covering the bowl with cling film
Home-made cough syrup – covering the bowl with cling film

Cover the bowl with cling film and leave it for three to four hours so that the honey draws all the beneficial juices from the onion.

Step 4

Home-made cough syrup - straining the mixture
Home-made cough syrup – straining the mixture

Strain the liquid into a sterilised bottle and keep it in the fridge. Compost the onion. Use the remedy within two days.

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