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How to Use Onion as a Home Remedy for a Cough

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author image Amber Canaan
Amber Canaan has a medical background as a registered nurse in labor and delivery and pediatric oncology. She began her writing career in 2005, focusing on pregnancy and health. Canaan has a degree in science from the Cabarrus College of Health Sciences and owns her own wellness consulting business.
How to Use Onion as a Home Remedy for a Cough
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Coughing is the body’s way of expelling an irritant in the throat and airways, and can be caused by many factors, including allergies, asthma, pneumonia, flu, colds and postnasal drip. While coughing is a normal occurrence, if it persists longer than a week you should be evaluated by a medical provider to determine the underlying cause and receive proper treatment. Some people use onions as a home remedy for a cough, but they cannot replace conventional treatment and have not been proven effective against coughs.

Onion Cough Syrup

Step 1

How to Use Onion as a Home Remedy for a Cough
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Dice one large onion into very small pieces and place into a metal sieve over a large bowl.

Step 2

How to Use Onion as a Home Remedy for a Cough
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Use a wooden spoon to macerate the diced onion, allowing the juices to seep into the bowl below. If using a food mill, run the diced onion through the mill. You will end up with more onion pulp in the finished result this way, which is acceptable.

Step 3

How to Use Onion as a Home Remedy for a Cough
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Mix equal parts onion juice and honey in a sealable container such as a glass jar with lid. Allow to sit for at least four hours for the honey and onion to fully combine.

Step 4

How to Use Onion as a Home Remedy for a Cough
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Swallow 1 tsp. of the honey and onion mixture twice daily to alleviate coughing.

Onion Broth

Step 1

How to Use Onion as a Home Remedy for a Cough
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Chop a large onion into pieces roughly the size of quarters.

Step 2

How to Use Onion as a Home Remedy for a Cough
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Place the onion and 2 cups of water into a pot and bring to a boil at high heat.

Step 3

How to Use Onion as a Home Remedy for a Cough
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Reduce the heat to medium low, or as appropriate to maintain a simmer for 15 minutes.

Step 4

How to Use Onion as a Home Remedy for a Cough
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Remove the pot from the heat and allow the broth to cool completely.

Step 5

How to Use Onion as a Home Remedy for a Cough
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Pour the broth through a colander to strain out the onion pieces, which can be discarded. Drink the onion broth as tolerated throughout the day. You can sip on it continuously or drink it in ¼ to ½ cup intervals three times per day. This mixture might help relieve congestion and mucous that causes a cough.

Children’s Onion Syrup

Step 1

How to Use Onion as a Home Remedy for a Cough
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Slice a medium-sized onion in half, then cut each half into ¼- inch pieces. Separate the onion pieces with your hands.

Step 2

How to Use Onion as a Home Remedy for a Cough
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Arrange the onion pieces into the bottom of a glass jar. Cover with an equal layer of sugar.

Step 3

How to Use Onion as a Home Remedy for a Cough
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Macerate the onion and sugar mixture with the end of a wooden spoon to combine and break up the onion. The juice will begin to extract from the onion. Continue mashing with the wooden spoon until the onions are broken up as much as possible and you can see the juices.

Step 4

How to Use Onion as a Home Remedy for a Cough
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Cover the jar with a lid and allow to sit overnight for the onion juice to fully extract, creating an onion syrup.

Step 5

How to Use Onion as a Home Remedy for a Cough
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Administer 1 tsp. of onion syrup to your child every two to three hours to relieve coughing.

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