I found a lovely honey-onion syrup recipe from Rosemary Gladstar’s book, Medicinal Herbs (affiliate link). I made it last cold & flu season and found it quite tasty and helpful so I decided to make it again this year. However, naturally, I can’t leave a recipe alone so here is my version of this old-fashioned sore throat remedy.
I’m glad I had this on hand! I took the fur kids to the park this afternoon and our lovely West Texas wind was blowing in a strong cold front. The wind got my throat and ears hurting so I’m sipping on some Yogi Throat Comfort tea with a spoonful of this syrup – yes, onions and all.
Onions, garlic and raw honey are all strongly anti-microbial. Ginger is warm and soothing. Together they make a wonderful syrup for colds or sore throats. Take 1/2 – 1 teaspoon every hour or 2 when you feel a cold coming on. Or if you already have a cold take 1 teaspoon 3-4 times daily to help speed your recovery.
Obviously this is not a low-glycemic recipe! If you’re watching your blood sugar, try Fire Cider instead.
- 1/2 white onion cut into thin slices
- Thumb-size piece of fresh ginger chopped
- 3-4 cloves of garlic chopped
- 1 cup raw honey raw honey retains all the beneficial enzymes and healing properties
All ingredient amounts are approximate. Adjust to your liking. If you really like ginger, add more. If garlic is your thing than go for it!
Slice onion, ginger and garlic and place in a small pan. Add just enough honey to cover. You might need a cup, maybe more or maybe less.
Turn your oven on for 3-4 minutes, just enough to warm it up. Turn off the oven and place the pan inside with the oven light on to keep it warm. My oven will stay around 100 degrees this way. Leave the pan there for 24 hours or more. This allows the honey to gently draw out all the healing goodness from the plants.
Alternatively, you can place the pan on the stove over the lowest setting. Be careful not to heat it too much so you don't destroy the enzymes in the raw foods. Cook gently until the onions are soft and the honey tastes of onion/ginger/garlic.
Remove the syrup from the pan and store in the refrigerator. Don't even think about straining out the plants! That would be a horribly sticky mess you'll not soon repeat! Just use plants and all.
Take 1/2 - 1 teaspoon every hour or 2 when you feel a cold coming on. Or if you already have a cold take 1 teaspoon 3-4 times daily to help speed your recovery.