Nature’s cold & flu fighter – Honey Garlic Onion Syrup

It’s that time of year – cold and flu season. Sore throats, runny noses, irritating coughs and drained immune systems are everywhere you turn. Well, it’s time to fight back – the natural way! If you’re suffering from these symptoms, nature’s cold and flu fighters are ready to come to your aid, in the form of Honey Garlic Onion Syrup!

Okay, I know what you’re thinking. Sounds disgusting, right? But guess what – it’s really not that bad! The honey makes it very sweet and inoffensive to your taste buds. And besides, do you know of a medicinal syrup that tastes great? Exactly! So, give this natural remedy a go. There are so many benefits to opting for this natural solution, rather than reaching for the over-the-counter syrups you will find at the drug store.

Let’s have a look at how these powerful ingredients each contribute to a cold and flu-fighting concoction:

·      Garlic – is very effective in fighting against infection and colds, as it has great antioxidant, antiviral and antibacterial properties.  (Phyllis A. Balch, 163 – 164)

·      Onion – has awesome anti-inflammatory properties – perfect for relieving symptoms of a cold. (Phyllis A. Balch, 93).

·      Raw Honey – is loaded with so many vitamins, minerals and enzymes that your body needs, and helps relieve a sore throat!

Over-the-counter products have been proven to have many side effects that can cause even more problems on top of a cold. In addition, some of the over-the-counter cough medicine products contain additives, preservatives, and artificial sweeteners, which can themselves cause allergic reactions and other problems. (Carolee Baterson-Koch, 214)

Much better, then, to opt for this easy-to-prepare homemade syrup! You will be using all-real ingredients, so your body won’t have to waste resources and energy (which you need to save in your diminished condition) to extract the healing benefits! All kinds of goodness to help your body – even if you don’t have a cold.

Take a teaspoon of this syrup on its own, or diluted in hot water to drink as a tea. Take this syrup throughout the day and you’ll be back on your feet in no time!

Here’s the recipe:

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Honey Garlic Onion Syrup

Yields: 1 cup

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cook time: 1 hour

Ingredients:

½ yellow onion, sliced

6 cloves garlic, minced

1 cup raw honey

Preparation:

1.    Place all ingredients in a small pot and put on the lowest heat.

2.    Keep on heat for about an hour, or until onion breaks down.

3.    Remove from heat and strain through a sieve into a glass jar. Store in refrigerator.

 

Sources:

Balch, Phyllis A. Prescription for Dietary Wellness. New York: Avery, 2003. Print.

Bateson-Koch, Carolee. Allergies, Disease in Disguise: How to Heal Your Condition Permanently and Naturally. Burnaby, B.C.: Alive, 1994. Print.

"Dry Cough Syrup." BENYLIN® Canada. Web. 13 Apr. 2016. <https://www.benylin.ca/regular-strength/dry-cough-syrup>. 

Jessica Mitton

 

Jessica Mitton is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist and Culinary Nutrition Expert. She believes in a holistic approach, taking into consideration the body, mind and spirit. She is fascinated by the healing potential of food and how it can contribute to an individual’s overall health. A passionate creative force in the kitchen, Jessica is continually working to develop her own highly nutritious and equally delicious recipes, made from whole, organic and locally sourced ingredients. Most of all, she enjoys the opportunity to share her passion and knowledge with others, helping them to become their healthiest possible self!