Friday, December 28, 2012

Foodie Fix-It: Onion & Honey for Cough & Cold

It's that time of year! Some very nasty viruses are floating around and if you're one of the unlucky ones that gets kicked in the ribs (or sinuses) by Virus McNastybug, I have a home remedy that as of tonight has worked very well for myself and Pip.  I gathered some opinions from friends and quantities from various websites and put together what I thought to be the appropriate amount of both chopped onions and honey. Click here to read a totally fascinating article on the healing power of onions!

If your two-year old is reluctant to try a strange mixture he or she has never seen before directly off of a spoon, mix it in with some orange juice.  The Vitamin C is helpful anyway, as well as the hydration, and it masks the taste of any onion that might be offensive to the toddler.  I added 3 tsp. to one full sippy cup of orange juice.


1 cup sweet white onion (about 1/2 of a large one), chopped

1/2 cup raw honey


1.  Place the onions and honey in a small pot and bring to a simmer. Simmer on medium-low for 20 minutes.
2.  Strain the onions and capture the rest of the mixture in a bowl. I simply sat the colander on top of the bowl.
 3.  Push the onion around a bit and press down with a spoon to squeeze out any extra moisture.
4.  What remains in the bowl is your homemade cough and cold syrup! Place in a sealed container and store in the fridge for when you need it!

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