How To Make Your Own Lung Tonic

It is that time of year again, with cold, congestion and rattles in your chest.  It seems that I have been fighting something in my chest for a couple of weeks now and I did not want to go to the drug store and get any over the counter stuff.  I decided to do some reading and see if I could find an “old time” recipe for lung issues and give it a try.  There is something to be said about “folk lore” remedies or remedies that have been handed down for generations, we have become skeptical, but for the most part many of them really work.

I am not sure where exactly I came across this recipe – Facebook, in my morning reading, but I decided to give it a try.  I used really good ingredients – the maple syrup I bought in bulk from our local health food store, organic onions and local honey.  I figured if I was going to ingest this and I wanted my lungs to improve I needed to use the best ingredients that I could find!

Lung Remedy

Lung tonic done


Lung tonic ingredients
2 cups pure maple syrup
1 lb red or purple onions
6 cups water
2 medium sized lemons
7 Tbl raw honey

1. In a soup pot, heat the maple syrup on medium.  You want the syrup to be warm , but not boiling.

2. Peel and cut the onions and add to the maple syrup – you want this to cook for a few minutes.

Lung tonic syrup onion

3. Add the water and allow the mixture to come to a boil.  Allow it to boil, stirring occasionally, until it is reduced by 1/3.

Lung tonic water

4. Let the mixture cool. While cooling squeeze the juice from the lemons.

5. Once cooled, about 10 minutes, add the lemon and honey – mix well.

Lung tonic cooked down

6. Allow to sit overnight.  In the morning using a colander drain the mixture.  I drained the mixture, putting the liquid into a large mason jar and allowed the onion to drain for about 45 minutes more.  I then squeezed the liquid from the onions and put the remaining liquid in the mason jar.

Lung tonic draining

How to use:

Adults, take 1 Tbl before each meal until your lungs are better.

Children, take 1 tsp before each meal.

This mixture should last for awhile.  Keep refrigerated.  If you keep out on the counter the mixture will ferment (so be careful opening).

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