Years ago I took an herbal course from Rosemary Gladstar (one of my favorite herbalists) and she showed us her recipe for honey onion syrup so I decided to try making a batch on my own. It's quick and easy, and you can make as much or as little as needed and as often as you like, because you don't have many ingredients and you don't have to wait long for it to infuse.
How to Make a Simple Honey Onion Syrup:
- Take 1 large organic onion. Slice the onion in half and slice each half into rings.
- Layer onion slices in the bottom of a small pot and pour in just enough raw organic honey to cover the onions. Heat honey and onions on a very low temperature for about 30 minutes until your honey is nice and warm and your onions begin to soften.*
- Pour warm syrup (onions and all) into a jar, seal, and label.**
- Refrigerate for best results. Honey onion syrup will keep for about 6 months.
How to Make it Even Better:
There are many other beneficial foods that you could also add to the honey onion syrup. Ginger, garlic, and lemon are wonderful additions if you are looking to nourish your immune system. Not only do they soothe throats and calm coughs they also flavor the syrup even more, which makes a big difference if you're giving this to smaller children. I'd suggest using fresh ingredients, but if you're in a pinch dried ingredients still have beneficial properties.
Why it works:
The raw honey in this recipe acts as a solvent that is extracting the beneficial properties from the onions (and ginger, garlic, and lemon). When used internally, onions are said to help thin mucous inside the airways of the lungs and makes it easier to cough up excess mucous.
*You want the onions to infuse the honey but you want to avoid overheating both the honey and the onions, which destroys the "rawness" of the honey and breaks down the onions. You want to keep the mixture below 165 degrees Fahrenheit.
**Important details to note on your label:
- Amount of onion used
- Amount of honey
DISCLAIMER: For educational purposes only. This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.