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Coughs are the worst. Often hanging around long after the initial cold is gone, anything that causes you to lose sleep while straining all the muscles in your chest, back and neck is something you want to heal as quickly as possible. In the spirit of the generations of mothers who want desperately to soothe their loved one’s railing breath, I pass this homemade cough syrup recipe on to you.
This natural cough reliever has probably been passed along from mom to mom, with minor variations, for thousands of years. It contains immune-stimulating garlic, germ-fighting and anti-tussive onions, and anti-inflammatory ginger, which are classic and proven ingredients for soothing and shortening colds and flus.
This DIY cough syrup is very easy to make, and lasts 6 months—which will get your family through cold and flu season without a hitch.
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- 1-2 medium onions
- 1-3 heads garlic
- 1 hand fresh ginger
- 3-4 cups raw cane sugar, or coconut sugar
- 1 quart canning jar
- Peel and slice the onion, garlic and ginger as thinly as you can.
- On the bottom of the Mason jar, layer slices of onion, garlic and ginger about an inch thick.
- Pour sugar over the onion mixture until you can't see it anymore from the top, making another layer about a half inch to an inch deep.
- Add another inch-thick layer of onions, garlic and ginger slices, then pour in the sugar to cover. Repeat this process, making an onion and sugar “parfait” until the jar is almost full.
- Top off with a bit more sugar and close the lid tightly.
- In one hour, the sugar will be soft. In two hours, you will start to see liquid forming in the bottom of the jar. In three hours, you will see the syrup forming, and in four hours, the syrup will be complete.
- Don’t remove the onions, garlic and ginger from the syrup. Just press the mixture back with the spoon when you administer the syrup. Keeps for 6 months to a year unrefrigerated.
- Take 2-3 times a day, as needed to soothe sore throat and wet or congested coughs.