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Onion syrup: Natural Cough Syrup

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Man I thought we had made it through the winter with out colds and runny noses but this last week has been full of both! Adella and Delta have a cough and drainage and now Delta has a nasty runny nose!

It’s been 80 and sunny, what is this mess!

So as the cold progressed and the coughing started I knew it was time to make some onion syrup! Ever heard of it? It’s a great natural cough remedy that you probably have all the ingredients for in your pantry.

Onion Syrup: Natural Cough Syrup

Sound kind of gross doesn’t it? But I promise you it taste better than the name leads on and my children actually request it.

How I learned about Onion Syrup

As a kid I had a cough all the time and whenever I went to my grandparents house my grandpa always had some onion syrup ready for me! Now I was a strange kid at the age of two I would take a bite of an onion like most do with apples, and at 15 I would cut up an onion and put some salt, pepper, and garlic on it and eat it with a spoon. Grossed out yet?

What I am getting at is I loved onions, and still do but for the sake of everyone’s sense of smell I don’t eat them like I use to. As a kid the thought of eating onion syrup wasn’t gross and I didn’t fight taking it for that reason. The thought of would my children even be willing to swallow it or take a whole teaspoon of the syrup was definitely on my mind as I prepared to make it!

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Onion Syrup: Natural Cough Syrup

Dealing with colds when you have children can be hard but this natural cough syrup is safe for children and safe for breastfeeding moms. The perfect homemade remedy for coughs and mucus.



Supplies for onion syrup:

  1. Onion (it can be yellow, white, or purple)
  2. 1/4 cup of sugar (white, brown or honey)
  3. Cutting board
  4. Knife
  5. Glass Ball Jar (I like this one for the onion syrup)

How to make the natural cough syrup

Cut the ends off the onion and remove the peel, then slice the onion into 1/4 slices.

Next, it’s time to layer. Place one slice of onion in the jar and add a layer of sugar on top of it. Continue to do layers until your jar is full or you are are out of onion.

Put the lid on it and sit it on the counter! Seriously how easy was that? Now you just let it sit out for 6 to 8 hours (so overnight is perfect). As the hours go on the sugar will draw the liquid from the onion and create a syrup.

It was so fun for Adella to watch the onion and sugar turn in to liquid! So now that it is ready you can remove the onion so it is easier to get to the syrup and place it in the fridge for up to 48 hours.

How to use this natural cough syrup

1 to 2 teaspoons every hour or as needed!

I gave Delta her teaspoon and she loved it! She cried when I put it away and was so excited when I got it out of the fridge! So the almost 1 year old just loved it, but Adella at 2.5 was a little put off by the flavor but did ask for more the next time I got it out for Delta.

Note that if you are making this for any child under 1 you can not use honey. But you can still get amazing results with sugar.

So the big question did it work?

Heck yes it did, her nose was running instead of being stuffy and she wasn’t coughing anymore. I will continue to use this for my family as a natural cough syrup for years to come!

Would you try this for your family? What’s your favorite natural remedy?

Need other med free cold and flu tips? Check out this amazing list of 5 natural remedies for the cold and fever. 

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  1. You have brought up a very great details, thank you for the post.

    1. becomingschultz says:

      Thank you for taking the time to read my post!

  2. Lindsay says:

    This is a great tip! I’ll be trying this out this winter!!

    1. becomingschultz says:

      It works wonders! And is so easy and cheap!

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