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Onions: The Natural Way to Fight Colds and Flu

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Onions are a natural way to fight colds, stuffed up noses, sore throats, and swollen glands. You can eat them, which is a good habit to get into (kind of like eating an apple a day keeps the doctor away). You can place a bowl of thick onion slices around your home to absorb flu and cold germs, replacing every 24 hours. Remember that onions do absorb bacteria out of the air, so always wrap any leftovers you plan to keep for cooking or eating.

Onions: The Natural Way to Fight Colds and Flu

The Nourishing Gourmetby Kim Harris

Here is another way you can take advantage of onion’s multitude of sulfur compounds that have antiviral, anti-inflammatory, and antibacterial benefits: Make a poultice of thinly sliced onions, placing them in an old sock, a plastic bag or torn up shirt or towel (socks are the best). Secure the poultice in the arch of the bottom of your foot or around your throat and get prepared for the magic to start happening.  There are well over 7,000 nerve endings on the foot. The nerves and pressure points are linked to all the major organs of the body, such as the brain, liver, heart, lungs, and sinuses.

5484303718_dc8658e08a_bPhoto: Flickr/Julia Frost

When you put onions in contact with these nerve endings they have direct access to your organs and healing begins. This method, which has been used for hundreds of years and is acclaimed to be very effective.

The onion-sock treatment has been tried by numerous people, and they all claim that it is highly effective. Furthermore, it can also be used in the case of small children and babies, not just adults. We suggest that you use shallots in the case of babies, as the smaller slices would be easier to use.

Onions: The Natural Way to Fight Colds and Flu
Photo: Flickr/colin tomele

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