Making an onion poultice is incredibly simple. It takes just a few supplies to quickly prepare one to use for chest congestion.


Frying pan

Filtered water

White dishtowel or flour sack cloth

2 organic onions

1/4 cup grated organic ginger, optional


Chop and lightly saute the onions and ginger in a bit of filtered water. The onions should be lightly cooked, not browned or caramelized.

Carefully drain the cooked onions and optional ginger and spread them out in the center of the dishtowel. Wrap the mixture in the towel burrito style, that is, fold the longer sides over the onions first and then fold the ends.

The onion poultice is now ready to place on the chest of the person suffering from congestion. Make sure the poultice is not too hot before doing this.

Alternatively, the onion poultice can be placed on the soles of the feet to draw the congestion out of the lungs to facilitate normalized breathing.  It is normal for very productive coughing to occur shortly after using the poultice as mucous is expelled from the lungs.

Leave the onion poultice in place for 20 minutes.  It can be gently reheated in the microwave and reused as necessary throughout the day.

It is best to make a fresh onion poultice every 24 hours or so. For best results, use an onion poultice with another excellent mucous and cough reducing remedy known as elderberry syrup.

Below is a video by Dr. Seth Yates, a Naturopathic Doctor, that shows visually how to perform the steps above.