prepare a homemade syrup





15 minutes preparation.   1 night standing time



My youngest son was born at home. I had the extreme privilege of being healthy enough to go for that option.

The midwives who took care of me were experimented and caring. So our family had the most peaceful and safe birth ever.

I’m telling you this to share my philosophy with you: any time I can go natural, I do.

I’m grateful antibiotics, surgery and doctors exists because on a personal level, they saved the lives of some of my closest family members.

But when I get a cold, I usually don’t go to a doctor nor to a pharmacy.

Instead, I try to rest, warm my body (with a herbal heated pad), rub my chest with warm olive oil and make myself a syrup.

Sometimes, I don’t have time and I just go grab one from the pharmacy but I really shouldn’t. It takes only 15 minutes to prepare one that is natural, efficient and that can be used by the whole family (you know how colds are: they go from you, to your partner, your kids…)

Winter being here, me having a cold, I made myself a syrup as my self-care act of the day yesterday. It is now stored in the refrigerator where it will be handy for the next couple days.

Here is my recipe if you want try it. You will need:
– 1/2 red onion (for its anti-biotic, anti-inflammatories and expectorant properties)
– 1 lemon (for its antiseptic properties)
– 1 ginger root (for its antitussive and anti-inflammatory properties)
– Honey (for its soothing, anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties + it’s sweet)
– A glass jar
– A bowl

To start:
– Peel and slice the 1/2 onion
– Peel and grate the ginger
– Squeeze the lemon to extract the juice

Put the onion in the jar. You can also put the ginger roots that couldn’t be grated (that’s what I did)

In a bowl, stir:
– The grated ginger
– The honey
– And the lemon juice

Pour the mixture over the onion and let stand overnight in the refrigerator.

The next morning, filter the whole thing to keep just the syrup and here you are, ready for winter!

PS: Don’t get mislead by the onion: the taste is great!

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WHY IS IT SELF-CARE?  If you want to go natural and avoid chemically made drugs, a homemade syrup is the way to go. Plus, you can be sure there is no side effect with it.


If you don’t like onions, you can replace them with turnips: both have antibiotic and anti- inflammatory properties. 

Make sure to let the syrup stand overnight, not more. If you do, its taste might be too strong /bitter because of the ginger and onion.

When your syrup is ready, try it and add honey to make it to your taste.

And last, keep refrigerated until you finish it.

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