2 Ingredient Cough Syrup

Simple herbal medicine at home! um, yes please! what I love about this recipe is just how simple it is and yet can make such a big impact. As this recipe contains honey, it is not suitable for children under 12 months of age.

As this recipe is only two ingredients we want to try and get the best quality possible – organic produce and raw therapeutic honey. If you happen to know a local beekeeper … even better!

Onion is a rich source of vitamin C, they also have antibacterial properties and (when eaten) is a great source of prebiotic fiber to support microbiome health. Onions have been used traditionally to help fight catahhr and support the body to overcome colds, flu, and respiratory conditions. The honey also has its own unique health profile, while also being quite soothing on sore scratchy throats.


1 brown onion (ideally organic)
honey, ideally raw or manuka

1 sterilised jar – simply boil the kettle and be very careful, poor the boiling water all over the jar, and lid. once cooled drain the water.

(additional options: when adding the onion you can also crush 1 – 2 garlic cloves and add some fresh thyme to further boost the immune properties)


  1. Using a sharp knife, thinly slice the onion into rings. if you are unsure if your kids (or yourself) will have the syrup you can half the recipe to try it.
  2. In a sterilised jar add the onion slices and cover completely in the honey.
  3. Place the lid onto the jar and place it on the kitchen bench for at least 24 hours.
  4. The next day, strain the onion/honey mixture, the honey liquid should be much thinner than the previous day. if it’s still thick leave the onions in for a few hours longer.
  5. Store in the fridge for a week, having 1 teaspoon at a time.

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