Homemade Cure for Colds & Coughs

My sister, Michelle, has four little boys and swears by this home remedy for a cough. And I’ve made it for my kids too. It’s soothing and always seems to give some relief! It can’t hurt, anyway!

1 small onion

Cut a small onion and place in a bowl. Cover completely with honey. (I use local because there is some data that local honey ingestion will help with seasonal allergies, something my son suffers from in the spring.) Cover tightly with wrap.

Leave for at least 3 hours, longer is better. Strain the onions, save the liquid. Give one teaspoon as frequently as your child will take it, up to once an hour.

Doc disclaimer: As a physician, I can’t speak to the credibility of this treatment, but as a mom, I am giving it a try based on the recommendation of someone with great DNA. : ) If the cough last more than a few days, is severe or is accompanied by fever, lethargy, rash or other symptoms, seek medical attention.

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Author: Karen Latimer

Dr. Latimer is a Family Physician and Wellness & Parenting Coach. She works with parents who want to feel more confident when helping their children and coaches young adults to help them better navigate college life and transitions. Contact her at drkarenlatimer@gmail.com to learn more. She is the author of two Audible Originals, Take Back the House -- Raising Happy Parents and Worry Less, Parent Better. She is also the co-founder of the app that makes your life easier and puts social in a healthier place -- List'm.