It is hard for our body to cope with the long, cold winter days, but the onion, which is known in folk medicine as a remedy against cold, can help us. Onion is one of the most popular vegetables, being not only a food but also an important herb, which contains a large amount of vitamins and valuable minerals (calcium, phosphorus, potassium, sodium, magnesium, iron, zinc, copper, vitamins B and C). Due to its sulphur content, which gives its typical, pungent taste and smell, it has bactericidal effects, which are very important when our body is fighting against infections. Its therapeutic effects are more pronounced when it is consumed raw but onion tea is also very effective against cold, flu, tonsillitis and pharyngitis. Here are some recipes:
Basic onion tea:
- From 1-2 tablespoons of brown sugar, make a light caramel
- Mix it with half a liter of water
- Add the outer shells of two red onions.
- When the mixture boils, remove it from the oven and let it cool for fifteen minutes.
Onion tea with whole onions:
- Boil 0.5 litre of water, then add two onions (with their outer shells).
- Cook it for 15-20 minutes, filling in permanently the quantities of water evaporated.
- When the mixture cools down, sweeten it with honey.
Onion tea with ginger:
Ingredients: 5 slices of ginger, 2 small onions, 2 teaspoons (or two bags) of green tea, 850 ml of water, a pinch of salt
- Wash and cut the ginger and the onions as follows: cut 5 slices of ginger and dice the onions.
- Place the ginger, onion and the green tea in a medium-sized bowl.
- Pour the boiling water on the ingredients in the bowl.
- Leave it for 3-4 minutes,
- Strain it and let it cool down to the right temperature!
Sources: teaunnep.hu, eletmodszer.com, gyogyteak.hu, gyogynovenyek-gyogyteak.com, hazipatika.com