Honey, Onion and Garlic Syrup… The Perfect Remedy.

This past weekend, I celebrated my 30th bday… I was so very fortunate to have 2 of my longest, dearest friends come to FL to spend it with me.  We camped, we cooked, we drank some wine, and we didn’t get much sleep.  It was a blast, but left me feeling a little worn down once the weekend was over.

For me, when my immune system is low, I feel it first in my throat.  Slightly swollen glands and a sore throat are the first signs that I need to give some serious care and love to my body.  So that is what I did.

honey onion syrup

I learned about this medicinal honey syrup through Rosemary Gladstar, whom you may of heard me mention before.  She is a goddess in the herbal community, and has done so much to keep the practice of herbalism alive and well.

She refers to this as her “honey onion syrup”.  It is a great remedy for colds, flus, sore throats and coughs and is extremely easy to make.  I had my first experience with this syrup over these past few days, and I loved it so much that I needed to share it with you.

I added garlic cloves to my batch because I wanted the extra immune support, but feel free to leave it out if you don’t have it around or aren’t crazy about the flavor.

You will need:

½ an onion, sliced into half moons

4-5 cloves garlic, smashed

Raw, unfiltered honey (enough to cover the onions and garlic)

In a pot, place your onions and smashed garlic cloves.honey onion syrup in pot

Pour in the honey until the onions and garlic are covered.  They do not need to be submerged, but you want enough honey so that the onions can cook down a bit.

Place the pot over a very low heat and cook for 30-60 minutes.  When the onions and garlic soften, and the honey becomes more liquefied, you know that your syrup is ready.

*Note: heating this syrup over a very low heat is important because you want the honey to remain in its raw form.  This provides our body with the natural occurring enzymes that are in raw, preferably local honey.

As the honey heats up, it slowly extracts all of the healing properties from the onion and the garlic, making it super medicinal and healing, the perfect remedy for a sore throat, cough, or a run down immune system.

Enjoy this syrup throughout the day.  Eat it as is or mix it in with some hot water and drink it as a tea.  I was consuming about a tablespoon every few hours, sometimes more and sometimes less.  There is a lot of freedom with this medicine, so enjoy it.  I left the onion and garlic pieces in my syrup, but if you prefer to have just the honey, simply strain the syrup through a fine mesh strainer.  Store it in a jar in your fridge and use it freely.

The best part?  You don’t need to be sick to enjoy this syrup.  The medicinal qualities in garlic and onions can benefit our bodies at any time, and we can’t really have too much of them… so enjoy!

Rosemary also suggests adding some cayenne or fresh grated ginger to change up the flavor or to add different benefits.  Play around… This is a recipe you really can’t mess up.

with love and sweet honey,

Amanda

Healing with Raw Honey

Any one else suffering from dry, itchy legs this time of year??  I don’t know what it is!!  Maybe the constant changes in weather?  The detoxifying nature of spring?  I moisturize, I drink my water, but my legs don’t want to budge!  So, I did some research on some of my favorite blogs and websites, and I was reminded about a sweet and sticky trick that I had heard about long before…

RAW HONEY!

Yup, you heard me right.  That sweet and sticky mess that is oh so tasty AND extremely medicinal.  So yesterday and today, I smeared the good stuff all over my legs and let it sit and soak in for about 15 minutes… Not only was it kind of fun, like a mini art project, but I have also noticed a difference, even in 2 days!!

Think I’m crazy??  Well, maybe… (Insert visual of me walking around my kitchen with my pants rolled up, covered knee to ankle in honey).

Ok, so if this doesn’t sound like something you want to experience, then how about a hot, relaxing bath?  Fill up the tub, at about 2 tablespoons of raw honey, and soak it all in.  A nice, hot bath can be super relaxing; light some candles, put on some of your favorite slow tunes, and close your eyes.  All in the while, you are soaking up the wonderful nutrients and moisturizing benefits of raw honey.

Why honey, you may ask?

Well, honeys uses and benefits stretch way beyond your morning oatmeal.

Raw honey contains anti-viral, anti-bacterial, AND anti-fungal properties.  Starting to feel a cold coming on?  Mix some raw honey into a hot cup of water a few times per day and help fight off infection.  Fungus on your toe?   Use raw honey topically to destroy those micro-organisms.   Suffering from bad allergies this time of year?  Local honey can help sooth environmental allergies by exposing you to your local pollans.

Back to our skin…  Raw honey contains a ton of antioxidants, many of which help to renew and rejuvenate our skin.  It doesn’t only moisturize, but it actually helps to soothe irritated and blemished areas of our body.  DIY facemasks are a wonderful way to use raw honey (along with oatmeal and yogurt) to help heal and repair the complexion.

So try it out, and let me know what you think!

And remember, honey should always be purchased in its raw and unfiltered form, ensuring that all of its healing benefits are intact (see picture above).  Check out your local farmers market for a honey booth.