When the temperatures begin to drop and colder months arrive, you could wonder when the first bronchitis bout will strike. If not bronchitis, you could also be stopped in your tracks by a nasty cough from common cold. Modern prescription and over-the-counter drugs, however, are not only costly but who wants to take them? If you have any doubt, search the list of ingredients in any of those “cures” for the arm’s length.
On the other hand, an all-natural home remedy could save you time and money, and potentially harmful ingredients entering your body.
I’ll share a recipe that could be made with ingredients that are currently in your home. If not, they’re readily available and none of them are hard to pronounce or write.
This may not be bronchitis or cold, either. Your cough can be due to allergies , asthma, smoking or other specific reasons. So if you have a cough and you want to stop going to the doctor or taking harmful drugs, it’s worth trying this recipe!
Homemade Remedy to Help with Bronchitis and Cough
We’re fortunate we can tap into past generations and their natural medicine wisdom. It had been a must for all of them. It’s a great choice for us. Our grandparents and great-grandparents were most likely treated for bronchitis, asthma, and other various coughing conditions with homemade natural remedies.
The following home-made remedy is a simple solution that can be easily made when you believe you’re getting bronchitis or a cough that comes from something else. Nonetheless, you don’t need to take this medication from the start to provide relief and make it as successful as other treatments do.
- 1-2 red organic onions, chopped;
- 1 lb brown dark sugar;
- 6 cups of water;
- 2 lemons (juice only);
- 7 tablespoons honey;
If you are a vegan, you can substitute the honey with molasses.
The Reasoning Behind the Ingredients
It might seem odd how these ingredients combine. But, for a specific reason, each ingredient is chosen with some because of its medical component.
The onion is good for making the immune system stronger. An onion is also known to act as a natural, anti-inflammatory, and expectorant antibiotic.
Both honey and lemons are perfect to sooth an irritated throat. Honey is also known as an antifungal, antibacterial, and antiviral agent for building up the immune system.
Brown sugar? Okay, it just helps it taste better.
Preparing the Homemade Remedy
The instructions are straightforward but often involve a bit of constant stirring and a cautious eye, such as when the brown sugar melts. It’s not melting for example, then blink and it’s melted … yes, that fast.
So, here are the instructions …
1. Melt the brown sugar over medium heat, stirring continuously.
The color should turn a reddish tone when it’s ready.
2. Add the chopped onion.
3. Add the water.
4. Bring this mixture to a boil until approximately ⅓ of the water has evaporated.
5. Remove from the heat and let it cool, then add the lemon juice.
6. Add the honey, and stir thoroughly.
7. Pour the liquid, along with the cooked onion, into a glass container with a lid.
Let it sit for the night (or a few hours) before using.
How to Use the Bronchitis Remedy
For adults: Take 1 spoonful before every meal. Do this until cough or bronchitis has healed.
For Children: Use no more than 1 teaspoon, in the same way as adults would. Since it contains honey, however, you should consult with a doctor before giving to a child under the age of 6, and never before the age of 1 due honey containing bacterium spores that can cause botulism in young children.
In fact, the mixture tastes better than you would expect. The onions are fried, so they’re not as pungent and the mixture of brown sugar, honey, and lemon juice has a good taste. It should not, however, be done beforehand and placed on the shelf for later. This should be completed about a day before you start using it. In other words, there is nothing that would give it a long shelf life in this process.
A Bonus Remedy for Sleeping at Night
Bronchitis may be stubborn and may last a little longer than normal. And, it can also keep you awake with all the coughing at night … even though your life continues with work, education, or some other plans. And, lack of sleep will aggravate the recovery as well as hinder it.
But, if you’ve got a stubborn situation or if you can’t stay home to rest while you’re resting, you might imagine being a hot toddy kid before bed. Making it is simple and will help you get a better night’s sleep than without it.
All you have to do is boil some water and pour it into a tea bag cup. Allow 5-10 minutes to steep, then add the following:
- A pinch of cinnamon
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1-3 tablespoons of whiskey (depends on your tolerance)
Stir the ingredients listed above until the honey is dissolved. Then just drink it to soothe your throat and to stop the coughing. If you don’t want too much liquid in before bed, just mix the honey, lemon, and whiskey together and drink the smaller amount. When we were young, my grandma gave this to us kids, and it helps to help with sleep and cough.