With autumn and winter, seasonal flus and colds invade us. All around people are
sneezing, snotting and coughing, and finally end up we catching it ourselves. Busy
as we all are, we still continue to go to school or work, further spreading it on…
We should instead be doing what the animals do: staying home, retiring into our beds,
resting and curing it out. Enjoy what we in Sweden call VVV – Värme, Vila &
Vänlighet – Warmth, Rest & Kindness.
However, there is another really easy and efficient cure, already known by our
grandmothers: the Onion & Sugar Cure. It is prepared with ingredients everybody has
at home, and it might sound (and smell) a bit strange, but I assure you: the taste
is not all that bad, and it really helps, if taken immediately after the
first symptoms show up.
The Onion & Sugar Cure
3 Tbsp Honey or Sugar
Peel the onion, and chop it finely. Put it in a glass jar with a lid.
Add honey or sugar, stir well. Close the jar.
Let the mix rest for 3-12 hours.
After the resting time the sugar has dissolved. Take 1 teaspoon of the syrup
several times a day.
The onion and sugar cure helps well against a normal cold, but it is especially
efficient against coughing, and that is because onions contain essential oils,
sulphur and flavonoids, which in this combination have an antiseptic and anti-
inflammable effect, calming the bronchi and easing the cough.