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Can Onions Cure the Flu? All Natural Flu Remedy
Homemade Honey/Onion Syrup
- Peel and slice a large onion. Separate
- Place the pieces of onion in a jar and add enough honey to completely cover the stack.
- Allow this to sit on your counter overnight. You should wake up and see that the onions have shrunk as the natural healing properties have been drawn into the honey.
- If you wish, pull out the onion pieces with a fork.
- Take a teaspoon every hour. No medicine so you can't overdose but very sweet! You could also add garlic cloves to boost the immunity boosting effects.
Fact or Fiction? You decide.
A few years ago when the H1N1 Flu virus was causing global havoc many variations of an email went around claiming that the key to fighting and warding off the flu was something that most folks have in their pantry...the onion. These emails promised that eating, sleeping with, and drinking the onion would be better than any flu medicine or injection on the market. After this year's flu caught my family of 7 I thought it was time to check out the hype.
The onions natural curing abilities are not something new. Thousands of years ago, the Chinese hailed the onion as a congestion relieving medicine. The Ancient Greeks rubbed onions on sore muscles and the Native Americans even used them to fight off the common cold and flu. There are many variations of how the onion became a flu remedy in the United States but the condensed story is that in the 1900s, after thousands had died from the flu, a doctor began prescribing onions to his patients. After success, word spread through print newspaper until it was a "known fact" that onions killed the Flu.
Even the World Health Organization has recognized the onion's natural ability to relieve coughs, congestion, and respiratory infections.
So...How does it work?
The belief is that raw cut onions are able to absorb the virus from the air and that the virus would then be trapped and unable to enter your body. The suggestion is that you cut whole raw onions into quarters and sit them around your home, by your bed at night, and even in your car. You should replace these every 2 days or so when the onions have lost their scent.
Onions contain Allicin. It is reported that Allicin has the ability to slow and kill many types of viruses and bacteria. Onions are also rich in sulfides, sulfoxides and thiosulfinates which have antimicrobial properties, and are full of Vitamin C and provide healthy fiber. Studies suggest that you should eat raw onions after the onset of a cold or the flu. You should also add onions to your foods and soups while fighting off the infection. There are various recipes for onion teas, syrups, and brews.
Click here to see my homemade french onion soup recipe.
Just like those fancy foot detox pads at the store! Slice an onion into slices maybe 1/4 inch thick. Place the onion slices on the bottom of your feet and wrap with plastic wrap to hold them in place. Cover with a sock. You should do this each night and the theory is the onions will draw out the flu.
Does it really work?
I am certainly not a doctor nor do I claim to know this answer. If you surveyed 1,000 people who tested this remedy, my guess us that you will find it split with many swearing either for or against the natural healing powers of the onion.
What I can say is that it can't hurt. Over the counter flu medicines are costly and seem to be of no benefit so why not try a remedy that costs a few bucks? I just cut my onions and am going to fight this flu head on. Luckily for me, I love onion and am crossing my fingers!
Please let me know if this or any other all natural flu remedy has worked for you! I am a bit of a lightweight and the otc medicines send me to dreamland......with 5 kids, mommy can't be there! Stay healthy.