This is one of the easiest, delicious, and medicinal kitchen medicine projects you can do at home. When I start talking about making onion syrups most people first don’t believe that it works. So a syrup is basically some kind of liquid and sweetener.
To make an onion syrup you just layer rings of onions with granulated sugar. That’s it! I like to also add in other herbs that I like from my kitchen for colds and sore throats but they are not necessary.
After about 3 days all of those lovely onion juices are sucked out and mixes with the sugar. This happens because the granulated sugar is dry and sucks the moisture out of the onion.
From reading about all of our garlic posts, onion, which is a sister to garlic, has many of the same wonderful nutritional and antimicrobial benefits. This makes it great for taking a tsp or so when you are sick. You can use it as your sweetener for tea or mix in powdered herbs to make pills to swallow. For kids, adding in herbs like sage, thyme, and rosemary when first making the syrup makes a nice cough syrup. What other herbs do you want to add to make a sweeter, easier to take herbal mixture?
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