The Healing Power Of An Onion (Homemade Cough Syrup)

My family has been hit hard this week by a yucky bug.  We all had coughing, congestion, and fever.  Audrey seemed to be the most sick.  She maintained a very high fever for 5 days.

I have read and been told about the healing power of the onion but I never actually tried it…until now.

Onion Cough Syrup:  Th Healing Power Of An Onion

I was letting Audrey ride out her high fever, you can read about that here, when I remembered a tip I had seen online.  I figured I would give it a go!  I went to the kitchen and cut a small onion into chucks.  I place a piece on the bottom of each of Audrey’s feet and placed a sock over it.  Within 2 hours her fever broke.  I was relieved and intrigued.

This morning I was at the computer listening to all of us cough.  I looked around online and in a few of my books and found a cough syrup recipe that called for onion.   Into the kitchen I went to make some homemade cough syrup.  I was very excited because I actually had all of the ingredients!

Here is what you need:  1 cup freshly chopped onion, 1/2 cup raw local honey, 1 teaspoon cloves (I used powdered because that is what I had),  1 tablespoon comfrey (this is great for soothing the throat), 1 teaspoon ginger powder or 2 tablespoons fresh chopped ginger root

Here is what you do:  Place chopped onion and herbs into a stainless steel pot.  Add 1/2 cup honey.  Place the pot over low heat and simmer for 20 minutes.  Keep the pot covered while you simmer, stirring every few minutes.

Onion Cough Syrup


Remove from heat and strain the onions and herbs out.  Store the syrup in a glass jar with a tight lid in a dark cabinet, or refrigerator, for up to a few weeks.  I am sure that we will be using almost all of the batch that I made this morning since there are four of us taking it! 1 teaspoon for child and 1 tablespoon for anyone 10 and older.

Onion Cough Syrup


*Honey is not suggested for children under 1 year!*

For lunch today I pulled some homemade chicken stock out of the freezer and prepared some chicken noodle soup.  Ava is very picky about onion in her food so I placed the onion in the food processor first, sautéed it in a small amount of butter.  I added my stock and a bunch of chopped carrots, celery, and one cup of chopped chicken breast.   Brought it to a boil then added a little sea salt and some noodles.  We had a great pot of healing soup!

Onion Cough Syrup

Some other healing uses for onion:

You can put a sliver of onion in the ear cavity (not in the ear hole) for ear infections. The fumes go right into the ear and heal the infection, as well as relieve pain pretty quickly.  We typically use garlic & mullein ear drops but I am eager to try this!

Tonight I plan to place a bowl of freshly chopped onion in a bowl near all of our beds.  This is supposed to draw out the sickness.

I have to admit my husband is standing in the corner cracking up at me and my new obsession with onion, but he knows that it is working!

If you know of any other healing uses for the onion I would love it if you shared with me!

To see a list of all of my natural healing recipes please click here.

DISCLAIMER: The statements made here have not been approved by the Food and Drug Administration. These statements are not intended to diagnose, treat or cure or prevent any disease. This notice is required by the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act.


15 thoughts on “The Healing Power Of An Onion (Homemade Cough Syrup)

  1. erin says:

    I use it to heal my daughter sore throat just place a couple slices of it put it on your throat cover it with a scarf or cloth within a couple hours the sore throat to be completely gone…’s a couple hours because when I did it she was having trouble swallowing because your glands are so swollen it was completely gone though with in about 4 hours

    • Angela says:

      It really is amazing at how well an onion can heal! Honey too, I just made a batch of honey & cinnamon cough syrup for my daughters cold & sore throat. Nature is so healing!!

    • Agi says:

      Can applying onion directly on the skin of toddler burn it? My daughter is coughing very bad at night and day time for already 3 weeks + and she has swallen glands.

      • Angela says:

        Would she let you put it on the bottom of her foot covered by a sock? You can also just stick it in a bowl beside her bed while she sleeps. Hope she is feeling better soon!

  2. Pete says:

    A home-remedy used in Silesia calls for an even simpler syrup recipe: Chop up a large onion, mix with 2 Tbsp of sugar in a bowl, let it sit at room temp for 2-3 hrs (cover with a plate, not air tight)… Strain to enjoy. Even kids tolerate the taste 🙂

  3. Taf says:

    Wow!thanks for the info. Will definitely give it a try. I am reading the book “Amazing Power of Healing Plants” it states that eating the onion raw or taking its juice is first class remedy for the things you mentioned above as well as relieving the stomach,intestine, kidneys, brain, bones and skin,especially hoaseness,cough,flu,colds,brunchits,,diphtheria,asthma,,consumerion,pleurisy,mucosity,constipation,stomach and abdominal aches,retention of urine edema, festering,sores and injuries and swelling of any class.

    • Angela says:

      That sounds like a great book, I will have to look for it on my next visit to the library. I don’t think that I will ever look at an onion the same 😉

  4. Monica Kelsey says:

    I had a simple cold that led to walking pneumonia last week. My grandmother told me to make an “onion pack” for my chest and I’ll feel better the next day. Here’s what you do:
    *Boil an onion until it’s mush in the pan, making sure you stand over that pan as much as possible and inhale the steam while it’s cooking.
    *Pour the onion mush into a pair of panty hose and let them drain.
    *Tie the panty hose closed and squeeze out the excess water. This is your onion pack.
    *Wrap the onion pack in a thin cloth amd place on your chest and on top of that, place a heating pad.

    I did this and my sever coughing spells went from “Oh my goodness! I’m going to end up in the ER!” —–> “I will be able to make it through this…” within MINUTES!!
    It works!!

    • Angela says:

      Wow, that is awesome! Thank you so much for sharing your story and this awesome way to use an onion to heal. I am so glad that you are feeling better. <3

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