Onion syrup for cough

26 Dec

Onion syrup for cough recipe. Great for chest infections, reduces the intensity and frequency of cough.  Easy to make,  effective, taste good and can be used for children. The key is to make a fresh batch every two days and take it at as soon as you develop a cough 


  • 1 large onion
  • sugar or honey-preferably raw

what you need


Peel and slice onion about 1/4 inch thick- slice like a bread

slice onions


  • put one slice of onion in a cup and cover with sugar or honey
  • put another slice of onion then cover with sugar or honey and keep alternating until onion is finished


  • Cover cup and leave for a few hours -about 4-6 hrs
  • sugar or honey will extract the onion juice
  • collect juice after juice has being extracted and store in fridge for 2 days

Make a fresh batch every 2 days-only effective when fresh. Take a teaspoon 3-8 times depending on intensity of cough. Less for slight cough more for bad cough. children 1/4 -1/2 tsp.

2 Responses to “Onion syrup for cough”

  1. dawn November 7, 2011 at 12:42 pm #

    I like this recipe very much. It differs from the one my grandmothers used, in that you “steeped” the onion in sugar, making a simple syrup, until the onion dissolves, and the syrup stays potent for a very long time. Keep in fridge. My children, who now have children of their own, were given onion syrup for all colds and congestions that included coughs. It is very effective, and a very old recipe. Please remember not to use HONEY for children under 18 months!! It is a sweet syrup (cooked onions are naturally sweet), so little ones take it willingly. Great share!

    • naturalpureessentials November 7, 2011 at 1:16 pm #

      We make a batch as soon as we hear that cough starting. So simple yet effective. Thanks for the reminder on the honey. The syrup can be made with either sugar or honey but I use honey because of its antibacterial properties.

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