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Rethinking Cough Syrups: A Better Way to Heal


Did you know that many store-bought cough medicines can contain harmful ingredients and even ones that might actually slow down your body's ability to heal?


These cough syrups contain ingredients like Cane Sugar, Sucralose, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Erythritol, Artificial Flavors, Food Dyes, and Propylene Glycol – stuff you DO not want in your body!

Take for instance this shocking example: Sodium Benzoate, when mixed with Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C,) can turn into something called benzene, which is linked to causing cancer. And guess what? Lots of people turn to Vitamin C when they're feeling sick.

Instead of relying on these iffy cough syrups, how about make this effective natural alternative that only needs two simple ingredients.

Here's how you can make it at home:


You'll Need:

  • Chopped onion

  • Honey

  • Glass jar with lid

  • Fine mesh straine

Steps:

1. Chop the onion into small bits. 2. Place a quarter cup of onion in the jar. 3. Drizzle a quarter cup of honey over it. 4. Layer onion and honey until you run out. 5. Seal the jar, flip it, then back up to cover onion with honey. 6. Let it sit for 24 hours at room temp. 7. Strain into another jar after 24 hours. 8. Store the honey-onion syrup in the fridge – it'll keep forever!


How to Use: At the first cough or sniffle:


  • For adults: Take 1 teaspoon three times a day.

  • For kids: Take 1/2 teaspoon three times a day.

  • For little kids: Take 1/8 teaspoon three times a day.

  • Not recommended for babies under 12 months!

Credit: Barbara O'Neil for our tried and true recipe.


Are you up for trying this recipe? 🍵 Your body will thank you!


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