my bro-in-law Patrick swears by this remedy. we just started trying it and now i will swear by it as well!
onion + honey= natural expectorant (helps all the gunk come up out of one's chest)+ cough syrup
slice one onion, cover with honey in a jar. shake the jar every once in a while for the next few hours. when it is 'juicy,' it's ready. give by the tablespoonful (just the juice!) as needed. this sounds horrible but is really quite mild tasting and effective. Asa has even been asking for it.
just in time for flu season! :) especially important now that cough syrup has been contraindicated for small children.