Onion is a very effective natural remedy for a cough. Onions can be prepared several different ways to relieve coughing, so you can choose the one that suits your needs and tastes!
1. Chopped Onion Fumes
Oftentimes, a cough is the worst at night and remedies that work during the day are ineffective one you lie down. A chopped onion is perfect for this kind of a cough. Chop up an onion (or use half an onion if it is very large and save the rest for the next night!) Place the onion in a bowl. Place it near your head as you sleep, either on the bed next to your pillow or on a bedside table. Keep in mind that you want to be breathing in the fumes! If you should wake up with a coughing fit, you can even chew up a bite of your onion. Discard the onion in the morning.
2. Onion Steam
If you wish to make use of the onion fumes during the day, chop up an onion and place it in a pan in 2 cups of water. Bring that to a boil. Use a towel to make a “tent” and hold your face (not too close!) over the onion water steam. Breathe the fumes for several minutes. The moisture will be helpful as well. You can reheat the same onion water throughout the day. Or keep the water and onion in a crock pot and lift the lid and steam as needed through the day. Discard the onion at the end of the day.
3. Onion Syrup
Slice an onion. Do not separate the slices into rings. Place one slice into a bowl. Layer honey or sugar onto the onion slice. Layer another onion slice over the sugar or honey. Add more honey or sugar. Continue the layers of onion and honey or sugar until you are out of onion. Over the course of the day (or night) the juice from the onion will end up in the bottom of the bowl and will be sweet from the honey or sugar. Ideally, you will allow this to sit for 12 hours and then strain out the syrup. Discard the onion (or put it in some soup!) Keep your syrup in the refrigerator. Take 1 teaspoon of the syrup as needed. At first you may need a dose every 30 minutes but gradually you will need less and less.
4. Onion Tea
Add 1 tablespoon of chopped onion to a mug and pour boiling water over it. After 15 minutes, strain out the onion. Add a pinch of salt if desired. Sip your tea! If you do not have a raw onion, make the tea with 1 teaspoon of dry minced onion.
5. Cook with Onion
Make soup and add an onion. Make salad and add an onion. Add a slice of onion to your sandwich. Fry up some onion to have with your dinner. While you are at it, throw in some garlic which is also helpful to your cough.
Have you tried onion for a cough? We would love to hear from you!