This virus-busting syrup is great for coughs, sore throats, and extra immune support in general.
Garlic, onion, and honey are all antiviral and antibacterial, and are actually pleasant on an inflamed throat.
Layer slices of raw onion and raw garlic in a jar. I use a whole head of garlic, smashed per quart jar with onion slices enough to fill it up the rest of the way.
Optionally, add sprigs of rosemary, thyme, lemon verbena, or other tasty herbs for extra healthy boost and flavor as desired.
Cover completely with raw honey. If it merely sits on top, as shown in these jars, simply jab it down a little with a butter knife.
Cover the jar tightly with a lid.
Let it sit at room temperature to liquify in as little as four hours.
Add more honey as needed to top it off as it liquifies.
Can be stored at room temperature.
Sip the syrup off a spoon to coat a sore or scratchy throat. If the throat is so painful it hurts to swallow, try spraying it to the back of the throat.
While this syrup works great for coughs on its own, some lemon juice can also be added.
Stirring in a little powdered Slippery Elm Bark or powdered Marshmallow Root will help coat the throat even more.
If dealing with a miserable cold, an herbal tincture or two can be added to a small container of the syrup. Here are some options:
Elderberry tincture is effective in reducing illness severity and duration, as well as prevention in many situations.
Echinacea has been shown to be specific for the streptococcus pyogenes bacteria that causes strep throat.
Spilanthes is synergistic with Echinacea, helping it to work deeper and faster.
Mullein Leaf is effective for a basic dry, hoarse throat, and may also help strengthen weakened lungs.
Elecampane is an expectorant.
Yarrow, Elderflower, Boneset, and Peppermint help relieve fever.
Prickly Ash and Boneset help relieve body aches.
Note: If the sore throat continues to progress, be sure to get into your clinic to see if an antibiotic prescription is necessary. Strep is nothing to take lightly!
Bonus tip: You can add the syrup to soup or a strong herbal tea. It is also very tasty as a dip for breads, on toast, over veggies, or in salad dressings. As the jar empties, use the exposed sweet garlic and onion slices with stir fried dishes or on grilled meats.