Have you ever had a stubborn cough after a cold that just won't go away? You've probably tried every herbal cough remedy, and maybe even resorted to Robitussin, in an attempt to get some relief. I feel like I have A LOT of natural tricks up my sleeve that should treat a cough, but sometimes the darn thing won't go away. I hear this story a lot, and my own children experience this from time to time. Thank goodness there are onions, because they are the magical natural cough remedy you've been looking for. Both Ayurveda and herbal folk wisdom have suggested this onion solution for centuries. Here's a video of how to prepare the onion poultice for deep-seated coughs.
This is a super easy remedy to put together. And I'm not kidding when I say I've had 100% success with this for stubborn coughs!
- Simply chop an onion (or 2 or 3, depending on your size). For increased antibiotic effect, you can throw in a few chopped garlic cloves.
- Steam the onion (and garlic) for about 5 minutes.
- Mix hot onions (and garlic) in a bowl with a few tablespoons of corn starch and one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar. Let cool for just a minute.
- Place whole mixture in a natural fiber cloth and fold several times to form the poultice.
- Place cloth on your chest with a heating pad or hot water bottle on top of the poultice. Keep it on for 30 minutes.
- If desired, you may then repeat with the poultice on your mid to upper back for another 30 minutes.
Effective and Safe
This natural remedy is safe for everyone, including little kids and even babies. Just be careful that the onions are not so hot that they might burn the skin! Sometimes if the cough is just a dry one, the onion poultice is not the best choice. It is better for the phlegmy, wet cough that doesn't respond to any other treatment. You can repeat the treatment several days in a row, if necessary, but I've never needed to do it more than twice!