Thursday, February 14, 2013

Surefire Cold Remedy - All Natural!

 
Ever since the cold weather started, colds and cough has been in and out of our household.  We have tried a lot of natural remedies both homemade and over-the-counter type as we really want to avoid taking medicines as much as we can.  While some would give good results, the effects are nothing really dramatic nor consistent... except for one. 
 
And that is the reason why I decided to wake up my sleeping blog. 
 
I'd like to share this to mommas out there because it has been really effective for all of us. I KNOW how hard it is to take care of a sniffling and coughing toddler especially at night, so here is something for all you mommas (and everyone else) out there hoping that it may help you as well.
 
This natural remedy has helped the Little Spanish Pinay combat cough, colds and even throat infections.  Ever since we started giving this to her, around January, she has never fallen to serious illness relating to cold weather (and viruses as such).  Never missed daycare as well and has a better fighting chance against falling sick.
 
The best part is that this is all natural and thus, no side-effect nor limit as to when and how much to take.  Ok, maybe one side-effect could be stomach acidity.  This is almost undiluted lemon juice so just make sure stomach is not empty when this is taken.
 
Ok, without further ado, here's the recipe.  Special thanks to hubby by the way, because he was the one who was able to find this recipe somewhere in the internet. Unfortunately, we can't find the link anymore to give due credit.  I will definitely update this entry if we finally get to find the source.
 
 
Ingredients:
     half of a medium sized onion - chopped
     a small piece of ginger - grated
     2 lemons - squeezed (we need the juice only)
     honey - as pleased
 
Directions:
1. Combine all ingredients in one recipient and let them sit for a minimum of 10 minutes.  This will let the onion "sweat" and release its powerful substance.

2. Strain the mixture so it is left with the syrup part.

3. Store the syrup in an airtight container.  It is also best to store this in the refrigerator.  Take it out from the refrigerator a few minutes before giving it to your child just so it won't be too cold.
 
My husband tells me that the syrup is best taken within 2 days.  After that, it loses its power or effectiveness.  It does make sense because vitamin C content of lemon or orange drops or "evaporate" when it comes into contact with air.  Then again, storing it in the refrigerator can slow this down and besides, this powerful syrup does not only count on vitamin C for combatting cold and cough but a lot other medicinal substance.
 
And since the recipe above results to a good amount of liquid, it is most probable that there will be a lot of left-over even after two days, and this mami just don't throw away good stuff.
 
So I continue to give the syrup to her as long as it is hasn't perished... I tell you it can last up a to a week in the fridge.
 
Some more notes:
 You can add as much honey as you like.  This reduces the acidity of the lemon so it helps the syrup to taste a little better.  It also has anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties so it's all good.

 Onion is all wonderful.  I adore onion because of its so many medicinal qualities.  It really helps the relieve cough and fight bacteria, fungi and anything that is eww.
 
 Ginger  is another oh so marvelous herb on earth.  In the Philippines, it is popular for treating throat problems.  Singers are known to take hot ginger tea or "salabat" because it is said that this tea "sweetens and smoothens" one's voice.  So, you want to sing like Barbara Streisand? Then you know what to do ;-)
 
Lemon is the mega source of Vitamin C and is so good with throat infection as well as it is also has anti bacterial properties.

Given all these facts, I tell you that this WORKS. 
 
Now, the challenge is for you to get your child to drink this as it has quite a strong taste. I normally administer it to the little one using a teaspoon or syringe.  It would take me a lot of persuading but she drinks it.  Over the time, I have learned an important trick on making her drink her medicine too.  Key note? Do not lie and do not sugarcoat.
 
I'll talk about this trick next time.
 
For now, ta-tah!
 

14 comments:

  1. thanks for sharing. may nabasa din ko before about onion. ok talaga sa may sakit, kahit maglagay ka lang ng peeled onion sa tabi ng may sakit.

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  2. certainly an interesting combination of ingredients!

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  3. Wow, thanks for sharing! I've tried honey and calamansi juice before, as in paghaluin lang then inumin, pag grabe yung ubo ko. But I guess this one is even better because of the ginger esp madalas akong magka-sore throat dahil na din sa nature ng job ko. Yun onion lang parang di ko bet, but it's definitely worth a try! :)

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  4. nd I must agree with you, it's really hard to sleep at night especially when you have a sniffing toddler with you. Thanks for Sharing! I'll copy the recipe, we're so into lemons nowadays! A

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  5. My daughter has had way too many antibiotics in her lifetime. It's time she went the natural route. Thanks for sharing this. :)

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  6. Whenever I get cough I always have a hard time recovering from it. It usually lasts for weeks, sometimes even months. Hence, I am so thankful that you shared this sis. I am sure to give this a try when I get cough, maybe it'd work for me too just as it did with your daughter.

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  7. Ehem ehem! My mom used to prepare ginger tea for me when I was younger. hahah. Thanks for sharing this! missing your posts :)

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  8. This is so timely! My Raviv has been fighting off colds and coughs for weeks now! I actually concocted ginger + calamansi + honey this morning. I think the onion addition will be more effective.

    Thank you so much for sharing :)

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  9. Thank you thank you thank you for this!!! We usually take oregano and calamansi but I will give this a try tomorrow as we are still feeling kinda blah to this day. Appreciate this. Thank you thank you! =)

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  10. Onion is really a powerful natural remedy. I give homeo meds to the kid as first defense when she has colds and one of the homeopathic remedies that her pedia gave us is made of concentrated onion (called allium cepa). But this is way better since it's citrusy. Will give this a try. Just had salabat with calamansi and honey last night too and im feeling a lot better. Hurray for natural remedies!

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  11. Onion is really a powerful natural remedy. I give homeo meds to the kid as first defense when she has colds and one of the homeopathic remedies that her pedia gave us is made of concentrated onion (called allium cepa). But this is way better since it's citrusy. Will give this a try. Just had salabat with calamansi and honey last night too and im feeling a lot better. Hurray for natural remedies!

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  12. This sounds like a really effective potion. Now, my challenge is to get the kids to try it. I'll take that droplet suggestion :)

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  13. Naku there's a bug going around din. I think I'll give this a try to boost up the Little Jedi's immune system. Honey really is liquid gold. :)

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