A Spoon Full of Sugar or Honey

Finally! We are all back to healthy, but cold season hit us pretty hard this year. My toddler had three back to back colds, the big cootie. The newborn still has a little congestion from the cold she caught from the snot face over a month ago. My husband caught the stomach bug that was going around and then caught the cold from that silly little cootie bug.
One morning, my toddler’s third cold caused her to toss and turn from coughing fits. I decided to get up and try two different homemade remedies.

“A spoon full of sugar helps the medicine go down” – Mary Poppins


The first was a honey based cough syrup with thyme and water. I boiled 1 cup of water with 1 1/2 tablespoons of dry thyme. Strained and added 1/2 cup honey. You can add lavender or chamomile for taste. This concoction will last about 2 months in the refrigerator, but warm before taking. Take one teaspoon as needed.

The second was 1 cup diced onion with 1 cup of sugar. Mix together and wait for the sugar to pull the liquid out of the onion. If you have a dryer onion you can microwave for 10 seconds with a tablespoon of water before you add the sugar. Take one or two teaspoons every 30 – 60 minutes as needed. Make a new batch daily.

Both remedies seemed to help our 2 year old. She liked the onion one better as far as taste. Both are made with ingredients we always have on hand. This is not medical advise, always consult a physician. Never give honey to a child under 1 year of age.