A Remedy for Sore Throats.

The use of raw onion dates back to the 1500s where it was used to reduce symptoms of colds, flu and other mild respiratory conditions. More specifically runny nose, sore throat, congestion, mucus and coughs. Due to compounds found in onions called flavonoids and organosulfur. As a result, onions are a great way to manage these mild respiratory conditions. This onion cough mixture may help to soothe a sore throat.


1 Onion
4 tablespoons Honey
4 tablespoons lemon juice


Finely chop the onion into small pieces, placed into a clean jar and cover with 4 tablespoons of honey, good antibacterial honey like Manuka Honey or Active Jelly-bush honey. Leave this mixture to stand for 3 to 4 hours and then add 4 tablespoons of lemon juice, mix thoroughly.


Take 1 teaspoon of the mixture as required for cough. For those you prefer it a little stronger, you can add a tablespoon of freshly grated ginger to the mixture and if you want to take a step further add a pinch of cayenne pepper, remember to mix it in.


Any persistent cough, accompanied by a headache or fever and/or has yellow or green mucus should be evaluated by a healthcare practitioner. One precaution I have read is regarding the honey: do not give honey to children under 1 year of age unless it is pasteurised or boiled for five minutes. I would not give this mixture to a young child. If a child has a persistent cough, they should see a doctor. 

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Written by: Brendon Groves Clinical Naturopathic Practitioner and Founder of Groves Naturopathics


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