O send out thy light and thy truth: let them lead me; let them bring me unto thy holy hill, and to thy tabernacles. Psalms 43:3

And as all have not faith, seek ye diligently and teach one another words of wisdom; yea, seek ye out of the best books words of wisdom; seek learning, even by study and also by faith. D&C 88:118

The kids

The kids

Monday, December 16, 2013

Make it Monday- Onion Honey Cough Syrup

I am going to try to create a “Make it Monday” post each week. Try being the operative word here! So, for the first Monday, here goes!

Cough syrup is nasty stuff. It tastes bad, has artificial colors and flavors, and usually is meant to suppress a cough. Given that coughs are the body’s way of expelling harmful elements in the lungs, I don’t believe suppression is the answer. I believe that soothing and healing as well as supporting the cough to be productive is a better way to handle a cough. So, I make onion honey cough syrup for my family. It is super easy and contains a minimum of two ingredients everyone has in their kitchen: Onion and Honey.

Chop 1 large onion. November 2013 172

Place in the top of a double boiler.   November 2013 173   

Cover the onion with honey. The onions just need to be covered by about 1/4 inch or so.November 2013 178

Place on the stove and simmer the water on low for 2-4 hours or until the onions are done. I like to use a lower heat and cook longer so mine takes closer to 4 hours. You will know the onions are done when they are translucent, papery, shrunken, and have little to no flavor.

After 1 hour:  November 2013 180

After 2 hours:

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3Hours- Still large chunks but they are getting a little more shrunken. November 2013 187

4 Hours: Notice the onion is now shriveled a bit and if you look at the pot behind, they are not as closely packed. November 2013 203November 2013 204 Strain and bottle. Store in the refrigerator or ad d 25% vegetable glycerin to extend the shelf life and store in the cupboard. 

Additional herbs can be added to this syrup when it is placed in the double boiler. Thyme is one I sometimes use. Generally speaking, I recommend only using herbs not roots or bark since honey doesn’t extract roots and bark very well.


  1. Oh, I needed this recipe today! I can't wait to try it. We have 2 down and one coming down with a cold. Thank you!

  2. I am bookmarking this for future reference. Thank you! :-)

  3. Definitely going to save this post! We just got rid of the dreaded cough around here but I will use this for next time!