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 Coach. She helps clients with parenting issues, the challenges of college and young adulthood and issues related to health and habits. Email her at drkarenlatimer@gmail.com to learn more. She is the author of the Audible Original, Take Back the House -- Raising Happy Parents.


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