Even though I am a Pharmacist (yup, still not registered in the States) I don’t like giving my son ANY medicine. I am also not the “eco-bigpharmawantstokillusall” type of mom who cures the family with only natural stuff. At first, I always try to cure first symptoms of illness with natural/homemade products (but only those with proven therapeutic effect) and if it doesn’t help, I am introducing pharmaceuticals.
One of those magical products I make at home is onion syrup. Doesn’t seem yummy but I’ll surprise you- it’s quite good, I don’t have to do yoga to administer it to my Son, and most importantly- IT WORKS! It’s the taste of my childhood; my grandma used to make it, then my mom and now me.
OK, BUT WHY ONION? WHAT IS IT FOR?
I usually prepare it when someone in my household starts to feel a little bit under the weather 😀
It is very helpful when you have a sore throat fever or cough. Some experts say it’s also an immunology booster! I wouldn’t recommend it to treat serious cough, although all the ingredients are natural antibiotics so it will help to fight the first symptoms of infection.
WHO CAN DRINK ONION SYRUP?
Almost everyone! Pregnant and breastfeeding women, little kids (if you decide to prepare the syrup with honey don’t administer it to kids younger than one).
Also, it’s better if your kid is familiar with all the ingredients and tried them separately before introducing him the “combo” 😊
Onion syrup is not dedicated to people with diabetes or who are sensitive to one of the ingredients.
HOW TO PREPARE ONION SYRUP?
- jar -sterilized with boiling water (what’s the word for that? Scalded?)
- 2 onions – cut into slices
- sugar/maple syrup/honey
– garlic, ginger, onion (also cut in slices)
– cinnamon, carnations (for the taste)
Put the onion (plus optional ingredients) in a jar in few layers separated with sugar/maple syrup/honey.
Don’t cover the jar in the first 24 hours and leave it in room temperature.
After that time a decent amount of syrup should be already made so you can strain it and put the clear syrup in the fridge where you can store it about 2-3 days, or until you’ll notice a bad smell 😉
HOW TO ADMINISTER AN ONION SYRUP?
1 teaspoon (5 ml) 3-6 times a day 😉