How To Make Homemade Cough Syrup

Making homemade cough syrup is easy, very effective and does not have those questionable ingredients you can’t pronounce like the syrups at the store.  The onions alone will do a great job to break up phlegm and discharge it.  If you add the wild cherry bark and licorice root, you will have an even more effective remedy for coughs!

2 large onions
Raw honey

{The herbs below are completely optional.  Their properties make the syrup even more effective, but it it works great without them.  If you have licorice and wild cherry bark on hand like I do, throw it in! :)}
2 TBS. Licorice root
2 TBS. Wild Cherry Bark

Cut 2 large onions and place in double boiler (if you have one).
Cover with raw honey at least 1/2 inch above the onions.
Add 2 TBS. licorice root and 2 TBS. wild cherry bark {optional}.

Simmer on very low heat until the onions become translucent.  If you don’t have a double boiler, you can simmer it very gently in a pan for about 20 minutes.  A double boiler is better because the pan being directly on the heat willl take more of the beneficial properties from the raw honey. Strain the onions and herbs out and store in a jar in the refrigerator up to 3 months.

Adults can take 1 Tbs. and children 1 tsp. of the syrup up to every 15 mins as needed.  Allow the syrup to slowly trickle down the throat as you take it.  If you don’t have the licorice or wild cherry bark, you can use this same recipe with just the onions and raw honey for a very effective syrup! You can also make a cough syrup out of just the wild cherry bark and licorice, but that is a different recipe.

If you’re concerned about the taste using onions, even my pickiest daughter can take this syrup just fine.  Some secrets to help your children willingly take it: make sure you add enough honey, and don’t tell your children that it’s made from onions – sometimes the thought of something affects the taste! :)

Once again, the things I love about this syrup are:

*No questionable ingredients
*Very effective
*You can take this remedy for coughs up to every 15 minutes if the cough is really bad, whereas store-bought medicine can typically only be taken every few hours.
*Very affordable to make

I would love to hear how this remedy works for you!

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How To Make An Onion Poultice

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 An onion poultice is another remedy for congestion, and it’s simple to do!  We normally have onion on hand if we don’t have anything else to use.

How to make an onion poultice:

*Bake onion in the oven until you start to smell it cooking, or lightly saute onions in a pan with a little water for a few minutes until soft.  You want the onion slimy, but not browned!
*Place onions in the center of a cloth (cheesecloth or thinner dish towel)
{Note: You can also rub olive oil on chest and place warm, not hot, onions directly on chest and wrap gauze or cloth around the body to keep the onion warm and in place.}
*Roll up the cloth over the onion burrito-style
*Place the onion poultice on chest and cover patient with covers to help the onion stay warm and let it do it’s decongestant work!
*Be sure that the poultice is not too hot, especially for babies
*Check the poultice from time to time to be sure it isn’t irritating the skin
*Leave on all day or over night.
*Repeat later if needed

Onions are useful for more than just cooking.  From ear infections to congestion, be sure to keep some on hand!

JHR Tip:
To keep onions longer, store them in a root cellar or dark corner of the garage.  They store best between 40 and 50 degrees.  They also require ventilation: keep in a mesh bag or pair of panty hose.  Slip the onions inside and tie a knot between each bulb.  Or, use twist ties between bulbs so you don’t have to cut the material to get the bulb out, thus allowing you to reuse the same bag/hose.

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How To Make A Mustard Plaster for Congestion

When any kind of chest congestion is present, making a mustard plaster is one option of breaking it up.
Mustard has rubefacient properties, which means it increases blood circulation, perspiration and heat to the area of skin where it is administered. 

To make a mustard plaster ~
1 cup of flour
1/4 cup mustard powder (you can also grind mustard seeds into powder yourself, which would make a stronger and even more effective poultice).
Stir in enough hot water to make a thick paste.  Be sure to place a thin layer of olive oil on the chest before you put the paste on to help keep the plaster from “burning” the skin.  Place this paste on chest and cover with a hot wet towel.  Place a dry towel on top of that.  You don’t have to place a hot towel on the paste, but this will help the mustard seed to stay warm and effective.  It’s very important to check the plaster from time to time to make sure it isn’t burning the skin.  I would leave this on the chest all day or over night as long as the skin isn’t becoming irritated.  If you have sensitive skin, only use the plaster for 20-30 minutes at a time.  This is a very effective remedy for breaking up congestion, but you have to be sure you don’t burn the skin – use the olive oil on the chest first!  Don’t place the plaster directly on the skin and then blame me if you get “burned”. :)

This is a remedy that Anne on Anne of Green Gables used on Minnie Mae when she had severe croup.  Have you never seen Anne of Green Gables?  You’re missing out!  It’s one of my favorites! :)

And you can’t just grab a bottle of mustard from the fridge – you have to purchase mustard seeds or mustard powder. :)  It’s an inexpensive herb to buy too!

*Disclaimer ~ These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to treat, cure or prevent any disease. 

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