According to a recent newspaper article, the new delta variant of COVID-19 causes a much higher viral load in an infected person's throat than the previous strain. However, I've got to think that not much could get by this virus-buster superstar syrup. It might be prudent to make some to have on hand especially this year, regardless of your views concerning COVID-19. There is sure to be some sort of virus or "basic winter crud" circulating in our area once school begins and winter keeps us indoors more. I could write a whole series of blogs about the health benefits of garlic and onion, but not today. Do an online search and be amazed! And then adding raw honey to the combo - wow, wow, and wow.
I heard of this concoction years ago from a cruise ship chef who claimed he used it to stay well onboard ship. He claimed it's great for coughs, sore throats, and for extra immune support in general. I agree. And I've made it every year since then.
By the way, it's also very tasty as a dip for breads, on toast, over veggies, in salad dressings, whatever! I even bribed my grandkids to take naps with it when they were young and susceptible to food bribes - it's that good!
How to Make Garlic Onion Syrup
- 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.
- Optional: 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 just sits on top, as shown in these jars, just jab it down a little with a butter knife.
- Cover the jar tightly with a lid.
- Let it sit at room temperature to liquify. Trust me - it will liquify in as little as four hours!
- Add more honey as needed to top it off as it liquifies.
- I store mine at room temperature. I have one of the jars that I made last fall still on my shelf. It is delicious!
Tip - as the jar empties, use the exposed sweet garlic and onion slices in dips, on salads or in salad dressings, with stir fried dishes, on grilled meats, on sandwiches - oh so so good.
How to Use the Syrup Medicinally:
Sip it off a spoon to coat a sore or scratchy throat. If your throat is so painful that it hurts to swallow, try spraying it into your mouth to the back of your throat. Garlic, onion, and honey are all antiviral and antibacterial and are actually pleasant on an inflamed throat.
If I am dealing with a cold of any sort, I often add an herbal tincture (or two) to a smaller container of the syrup, depending on what would be helpful for my misery. Here are some ideas I often use.
- Elderberry - I almost always add some elderberry tincture and often elderberry syrup, also, as elderberry is so great for reducing illness severity and duration, as well as prevention in many situations.
- Sore Throat/Strep - Echinacea and Spilanthes (Toothache Plant). Studies have shown echinacea to be specific for the streptococcus pyogenes bacteria that cause strep throat. Spilanthes is synergistic with Echinacea, helping it to work deeper/faster. But be sure to get into your clinic and get checked out if the sore throat worsens or you think it might have progressed to the point of needing an antibiotic prescription med. Strep is nothing to mess around with!
- Cough - works great on its own, but could add some lemon juice. I often stir in a little powdered slippery elm bark or powdered marshmallow root to help coat even a bit more.
- Basic dry/hoarse throat - Mullein Leaf - it may also help strengthen weakened lungs
- Expectorant - Elecampane
- Fever - Yarrow, Elderflower, Boneset, Peppermint, any other fever formula or tea
- General achiness - Prickly Ash or Boneset
And so on…
Check out this older post titled "Cold and Flu Season Tips" for more ideas.
You can also add the syrup to soup, any strong herbal tea or infusion, warm water, salad dressing... It's tasty and useful in many ways and makes it easy to use daily as an immune boost! For a tasty and over-the-top-healthy salad dressing, combine onion garlic syrup with some fire cider and oil of choice. I often add elderberry syrup, too, for a bit of fruitiness. Oh my, my mouth is watering just writing about it!
By the way, if you need herbal tinctures, I make great quality tinctures - please contact me if you need any.
One last tip - I typically sell out of my elderberry syrup and fire cider, so get some early in the season!