Onion Gargle

Joyce Lowery


Onion gargles or "onion teas" were often used to cure sore throats, be they of the bacterial or viral origin. Onions are high in sulphur, a natural component of sulfa antibiotics, and garlic in addition to being a good antiseptic against both viruses and bacteria, has proved to help boost the immune system and lower cholesterol.


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40 Min
Stove Top


  • 1 large
    yellow onion, chopped
  • 5 clove
    garlic, minced
  • ·
    water to cover
  • 1/2 tsp
  • 2 Tbsp
  • 4 oz
    apple cider vinegar
  • 4 oz
    lemon juice

How to Make Onion Gargle


  1. Chop onions and garlic and place in a pan.
  2. Cover with 16 ounces of water and simmer over a low heat for 30 minutes.
  3. Take off heat and strain, reserving liquid.
  4. Add salt, honey, lemon juice and cider vinegar. Gargle with about 2 tablespoons every 30 minutes.

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About Onion Gargle

Course/Dish: Other Drinks
Main Ingredient: Vegetable
Regional Style: Southern

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