Have you heard the theory that if you put an onion in the room of a person who is sick, the onion will ‘absorb’ the illness, and sometimes in just a few hours, the person is better? It seems unbelievable.
But this is not a new idea. Onions were used by certain individuals in Europe to successfully fight off the plague in the early 1900’s.Ayurvedic medicine has been using an onion poultice for the chest or feet to cure coughs, fevers and flu for centuries. They also use the onion poultice to reduce pain and inflammation in the joints. Homeopathic doctors also use the healing power of onions to heal from viruses and illness.
People in the North American Hutterite community, a pacifist community similar to the Amish whose traditions date back to the 16th century, place onions in their homes during winter flu season and use onions cut with steak knives in the room of an ill person to relieve their symptoms quickly and naturally.
Cut onions can also be used to eliminate mold smells in a closet, drawer or room.
Perhaps the most interesting onion remedy is the Sock Onion. This is a ‘modern-day’ version of the Ayurvedic poultice, and involves cutting the white onion in half and placing one half on the bottom of each foot so that the cut onion is against the skin. Place a sock on top of the onion so it stays secure in place and leave the ‘Onion Sock’ on overnight. This is especially good for flu and fevers.Health Benefits of Onions
Onions are rich in sulfur-containing compounds that are responsible for their strong odor. Sulfur is a powerful detox element and helps the body to release toxins, especially for the liver. Foods naturally high in sulfur also help the body to detox from heavy metals like lead, arsenic and cadmium.
The onion is the richest dietary source of quercitin, a powerful antioxidant flavonoid that has been shown to thin the blood, lower cholesterol, ward off blood clots, and fight asthma, chronic bronchitis, hay fever, diabetes, atherosclerosis and infections and is even linked to inhibiting certain types of cancer.
Onions are also naturally anti-inflammatory, antibiotic and antiviral. That, of course, is when you eat them!
Onion Soup: Easy, Health Restoring Recipe
3 large organic yellow onions
3 organic cloves of garlic
1/4 cup of fresh, finely-chopped organic oregano
4 cups of purified or distilled water
Add Himalayan salt, to your taste. Preparation: Chop the onions and garlic into cubes. Bring water to a boil and add onions, garlic, and oregano. Let simmer for 15 minutes, or until you notice that the onions are translucent and soft.
Drinking the hot soup will allow your body temperature to rise enough to induce mild sweating.
NOTE: It is said that white onions work better than red onions. Yellow onions would be an acceptable alternative, but white onions, with the Latin name Allium Cepa, work best.