The season of colds, scratchy throats, coughs, runny noses and sneezing is near. Here's a home remedy to relieve a cough, scratchy throat and cold symptoms and help you sleep better while recovering. Best of all, it's made from things you have in your kitchen cupboard.
To make Honion... (sounds like 'onion')
Get a clean, empty glass jar.
Get some honey - raw honey is ideal, the benefit of unpasteurized, raw honey is that it contains antibacterial and antiviral bee propolis. Place 6-8 tablespoons of honey in the jar (more if you have a household of snuffly people).
-Finely chop one small brown onion and 6-8 large cloves of garlic (organic if possible).
-Chop up a thumb-sized chunk of fresh turmeric or measure out a half teaspoon of powdered turmeric.
-Measure out a half teaspoon of cayenne powder.
-Add all of this to the honey, stir and put the lid on the jar. Leave in a cool, dark place.
After the mix has sat for an hour or so, Honion can be taken by the teaspoon every time your throat feels scratchy or sore, you feel 'chesty', congested or are coughing. You should feel some relief after taking Honion, and it can help you get to sleep if bedtime or night time coughing occurs. When taking Honion for a few days, add more honey, onion and garlic to the mix to top up.
CAUTION: Do not give raw honey to infants under the age of 1, owing to the risk of botulism (a rare yet potentially fatal illness caused by bacterial spores). Infants under 1 year of age do not yet have the immune capacity to fight a botulism infection.
Always remember to rest, rest, rest, and drink, drink, drink water and herbal teas to support recovery from a cold or flu, too.