DIY Winter Wellness – A 3 Part Series
Part 1: Honey Onion Cough Syrup
Winter is coming. No really, it will be here soon. These months of Autumn are the perfect time to prepare your body for the season changes ahead and prepare your DIY medicinal potions to keep on hand.
This is part one of a three part series on western folk herbal Winter remedies that you can make at home. They are super easy recipes I make every year in the fall and take as preventatives, or as a boost for my immune system while fighting mild to moderate illnesses (for severe illness get yourself to your doctor. Duh). This honey onion cough syrup is a great start.
Part 1. Honey onion cough syrup
Honey has antimicrobial properties and coats the throat, giving it moisture and feeding you minerals, among its many talents. Honey is my go-to for a sore throat! Onion is antimicrobial and strengthens the immune system. It also is an expectorant, loosening up thick mucus so that you can cough the mucus up and spit it out.
I love to fill a pint sized mason jar with a chopped up red onion and then pour enough raw local honey over it, filling the spaces between the onion and thereby filling the jar. I use a butter knife or (preferably) a lone chopstick to push around the chopped onion while pouring in the honey and then I stir it around a bit. The lid goes on and I sit it in a cool dark place -but somewhere I can see it. Some place like, out on the counter but in a place that is not right by the stove and not directly in the sunlight. Every day I open it up and stir it around a little, or shake it with the lid on once it thins out some. Then, after three weeks of paying attention to it once a day and shaking it up a bit (you could even say prayers, do magic, or sing to it), strain out the onion bits (or don’t if you want to just eat them with the syrup) and use the thinner liquid onion infused honey. You really could start using it 12 hours after jarring if you want, but the longer it sits the more good stuff will be infused in it. You can even mix up your flavors and add garlic or turmeric too!!
It might sound totally gross, but honey and onion combine together into quite a delightful flavor and a thinner-than-you-would-expect mouth feel! So much more awesome tasting than the stuff at the store. Use it by the spoonful to soothe coughs and sore throat!
Tune in for part two of the DIY Winter Wellness Series where we will talk about Fire Cider!
Disclaimer – not a fucking doctor. Not your fucking mother. Not telling you to skip the meds and eat random stalks growing in your yard. Nope! nope! nope! Be sensible. Be sustainable and earth friendly. Be educated. I am educating you on things I love for me, not giving medical advice!