January has been surprising chilly this year, with cold wave conditions persisting throughout India. Such a weather plays havoc on our immunity as we suffer from the various common cold symptoms. Onion-honey syrup is an herbal homemade concoction that has been used to treat cough and cold symptoms and has also other benefits as well.
The syrup is made with a large onion or two that are chopped into small slices. They are heated with ample amount of honey on low flame for a couple of hours. The onions are discarded and the concoction is then poured in a jar through a strainer. Alternatively, the raw onion slices can also be soaked for a day in a honey-filled jar without cooking.
Benefits of onions
Onions have always been used for medicinal purposes across households. The vegetable has antibacterial properties that help fight infections. Onions contain flavonoids and alkenyl cysteine sulfoxides, two chemical groups that act as antioxidants and neutralise free radicals which cause oxidative damage. These compounds are also known to aid in the prevention of cardiac and other human diseases.
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