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A Natural Sore Throat Remedy: Honeyed-Onion and Thyme Syrup

May 6, 2017


With it being winter in Sydney there is no shortage of sickness in the air. I’ve noticed in my workplace that people are struggling most with lingering coughs.  My favourite remedy for this is a wacky but wonderful Honeyed-Onion and Thyme Syrup. It sounds weird, but it is the perfect little concoction to help you survive that winter cough.

Why so?

  • Honey is antimicrobial. If you’re fighting of a cold it’ll keep things at bay. 

  • It’s also a demulcent. Meaning it helps to numb the inflammation caused by a scratchy, dry cough. 

  • Onion is an expectorant. Meaning it loosens up any mucous and helps bring any congestion up to the surface rather than having it bubble down in the chest.  

  • It’s great for kids - big and little - because the sweetness of the honey will mask any over powering onion flavour.

  • What’s more, thyme is a delicious antiseptic and a fabulous analgesic. Soothing the throat with every spoonful. 

  • It’s cheap, easy and totally natural. Tick, tick, tick.  


Honeyed-Onion and Lemon Thyme Syrup


  • 3-4 sprigs thyme, leaves picked

  • 1 onion (red or brown), finely diced

  • 1/4 cup raw organic honey

  • 100 ml boiling water

  • 1 lemon, juiced




Grind fresh thyme leaves into until slightly bruised (this will help release the oils when steeping) with a mortar and pestle. Combine the onion and thyme in a bowl.  Pour over the honey and hot water. Cover with a plate and set aside overnight. Stir through the lemon juice and strain with a sieve. Pour into a glass jar.

During times of acute coughs take 5 mls 3-5 times a day.


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