Every culture has their own home-made remedies for coughs and cold. Daddy has Irish background, so a hot toddy with lemon and cloves is the first port of call in his family, and it does work a lot of the time (provided you don’t over do it…). The trouble is it’s not something I can offer a toddler, or indeed have myself (I am 8 months pregnant). I am Polish and the most popular home-made cold remedy I know is home-made onion syrup. I can image what flavour this phrase brought to your mind, but in my childhood memories it is a sweet nectar, something we looked forward to having – and Little F loves it. In this post I would like to share with you a recipe for this all natural cold remedy.
Why use natural cold remedies
The advantage of any natural and home-made remedies is that you know exactly what went into making it. There are no suspicious ingredients involved. And using organic ingredients removes any traces of harmful chemicals (herbicides, pesticides etc). In many cases it is much cheaper than buying anything over the counter from the pharmacy. All natural ingredients make it a great choice for young children.
Why make onion syrup
Raw onion is rich in vitamin C. It is also a good source of vitamin A, B1, B2 and PP. It contains trace elements like zinc, which help to build a strong immune system and fight viruses.
The syrup will help to soothe cough (dry or chesty) and other symptoms of cold.
How to make onion syrup
2 medium organic onions – finely chopped
2 spoons of organic honey (if the child is over 12 months old); you could use sugar instead
- In a jar with a lid mix the finely chopped onion with honey (or sugar). Screw on the lid and leave for 5 hours to allow the onion juices to run.
- Gently press the content of the jar through a sieve to extract all the syrup. Pour into a sealable container (jar, bottle, tupperware) and offer a teaspoon two to three times a day. It will remain good for up to two weeks in the fridge.
A couple of organic onions and two spoonfuls of organic honey will cost under £1.
Have you got any favourite traditional cough and cold remedies? I would love to hear from you, so do leave me a comment or get in touch via Twitter (@mumbalance).