Onion Rosemary Cough Syrup

I’ve been making onion syrup for my kids for years- just onion slices layered in a glass jar with sugar till all the juices macerate out. It’s amazing for breaking up phlegm in the chest and helping kids cough it out.

I’m trying a more common (and older) approach today and warming the onions on the stove in honey. I know raw honey should be better, but I don’t buy unpasteurized foods. I’ve included rosemary sprigs in the pot- rosemary is listed as being an antibacterial and a decongestant, besides being delicious. (Among many, many other properties.)

This will be great to have on hand for the cold and flu season- the toddler and preschooler have coughs that won’t break up, and onion boosts the immune system so hopefully this will help keep the rest of us healthy! I’ll either mix a spoonful into warm water or just let them lick it off a spoon.


6 Responses

  1. This is great. My son has had a cough for weeks. Now if I can just get him to take it.

  2. Any specific ratios? And how do you preserve this? Does it keep in the fridge or cupboard?

    • Erin- No specific ratios. Slice an onion, and cover thinly with honey and heat gently. I threw in 3 sprigs of rosemary. The onions let out quite a bit of liquid, so my ending syrup was very thin. You could cook it longer to make it thicker, but I find a thin syrup is easier to give to the kids because it goes down their throats faster! You treat it like a jam as far as preserving goes- it has a lot of sugar, it’s pretty well preserved. Fridge is best, but it would keep in the cupboard (for a shorter time.)

  3. How do you store it and how long will it last?

    • I store it in the fridge, and throw out what’s left over in the Spring. It’s basically syrup, so it really shouldn’t go bad. I find it gets a bit funky smelling though (it’s onions) so small, frequent batches is probably best.

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