When I began my herbal adventures I stumbled across a book by Rosemary Gladstar. In the book Rosemary spoke of a syrup she made one winter of just onions and honey and how she swore it kept her family from getting sick that winter. So I had to try it. While we still got sick that winter, it wasn’t nearly as bad. Since then, this had become a staple in my home!
So, why does this work?Onions are full of an enzyme that is activated by its make-you-cry sulfur compounds. This enzyme is important because it helps play a significant role in the bodies natural detox process. On top of this, onions also contain anti-inflammatories properties to help relieve some of the aches and pains associated with most winter illnesses. Onions also contain a prebiotic (the building blocks of probiotics), and a compound that contain potent antioxidants!
This smelly powerhouse is also safe for pregnant and nursing women! Due to its unique preperation it is also safe for children 2 and above. Trust me when I say the sweetness of the syrup can win over the pickiest of palates.
Before you say anything about the honey losing its properties because it is being cooked, think of the honey here more as a mode of carrying the onions goodness than holding medicinal value in this recipe.
Honey Onion Syrup by Rosemary Gladstar
2-4 onions, peeled ans sliced into thin half moons 1 clove of garlic, peeled and smashed (optional)
In a deep pan, place the onions. Just barely cover the onion with honey. Warm over very low heat until the onions become soft and the honey tastes strongly of onions.
For an added boost, you can add one smashed, or chopped, clove of garlic!
You can strain the syrup and bottle it, or leave the onions in it and bottle it. The choice is yours!
Dosing: At the onset of a cold, take 1/2-1tsp every hour or two. During an illness like a cold, take 1tsp 3-4 times a day.
For children 2-5, give 1/2 tsp over the course of a day. Ages 5+, give 1 tsp a day.