Hello to all. I’m still dealing with this nasty ‘bug’ as I create this post. This must really be a BAD ONE y’all. I never get sick! My 4-year old dogs are looking at me as if to say, “What’s wrong mommy? We’ve never seen you like this.” Those little sweet things.
So here I am, trying my best to cope. It started with my husband and he agrees that it’s pretty BAD! (So I’m not just being a weenie-whiner because I haven’t seen sick in a long while.)
When my youngest was small, until we figured out her triggers, she would often come down with respiratory issues. This was my “go-to” recipe for her and even as a small kid she never had any complaints about taking this medicine.
Back then I didn’t have an InstantPot, so I would just put the onions in the honey and allow to soak overnight. Not sure if I ever thought about heating them on low on the stove-top to speed up the process until I found the recipe online today.
My idea is that by using an InstantPot, I could set it on low for an hour and not be concerned that they would burn and it WORKED!
Why onions? Onions are rich in antioxidants which make them anti-inflammmatory agents.
Why honey? Well, it’s sweet and makes it easy to tolerate the onions. Additionally, it has anti-bacterial properties – so it’s simply a good carrier for the other items in the syrup. Some say it allows the medicine to stick to the throat too.
Why rosemary? Science says it has anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, and antiseptic properties.
Here is the recipe I used today:
- 1/2 medium white onion, sliced (yellow will work too)
- 8 - 12 ounces of honey
- 1 sprig of fresh rosemary
- Heat all the ingredients in the InstantPot on the "LOW" setting for 1 hour.
- Alternatively, you can heat on the stove-top, lowest setting - until the onions become translucent.
- Strain into a jar that has a lid.
BUT, I got to thinking….my original recipe (back-in-the-day) used all fresh ingredients. So I added more fresh rosemary and more fresh onions to the jar. I will let it sit overnight just as I used to do. I need the most potent recipe I can find!
NOW, about those leftover onions…
They remained chewy, as one might guess. I just take a few to munch on when I pass by them.
Another idea: I have also been using some unsulphured ginger candies as throat lozenges for night-time. I think I will try making my own by soaking in honey and then dehydrating.
Note: The links to the InstantPot store are links through which I receive a small commission should you decide to make a purchase. I use my InstantPot just about every day. In fact, I have two of them.