Tuesday, November 10, 2009


I heard a story recently about a man who was in the hospital near death when he was a child. His Italian grandmother came to the hospital and asked a family member to go buy her a large onion and a new pair of white cotton socks. She sliced the onion open then put a slice on the bottom of each of his feet and put the white cotton socks on him. In the morning when he awoke they removed the socks. The slices of onion were black and his fever was gone.

In 1919 when the flu killed 40 million people there was a Doctor that visited many of the farmers in his area to see if he could help them combat the flu. Many of the farmers and their families had contracted it and many died.

The doctor came upon one farmer and to his surprise, everyone in the family was very healthy. When the doctor asked what the farmer was doing that was different his wife replied that she had placed an unpeeled onion in a dish in the rooms of the home. The doctor couldn't believe it and asked if he could have one of the onions to look at under the microscope. She gave him one and when he did this, he found the flu virus in the onion. It had absorbed the bacteria, therefore, keeping the family healthy.

This story comes from a hairdresser in Arizona. She said that several years ago many of her employees were coming down with the flu and so were many of her customers. The next year she placed several bowls with onions around her shop. To her surprise, none of her staff got sick.

Here's another one: This person had contracted pneumonia and was very ill. She came across an article that said to cut both ends off an onion, put one end on a fork and then place the forked end into an empty jar, placing the jar next to the sick patient at night. It said the onion would be black in the morning from the germs. Sure enough it happened, just like that....the onion was a mess and she began to feel better.

It has also been said that onions and garlic placed around the room saved many from the black plague years ago.

They have powerful antibacterial, antiseptic properties.

I wish these stories had been brought to my attention 3 weeks ago. But nevertheless, I will definitely be trying it for the rest of the winter and next year as well.

Go Onions!


JoLyn said...

I am so trying this!

Linda said...

When I go to my part time job tonight at the supermarket, they're gonna wonder why I bought out all the store's onions. I guess when I leave tonight I'll be "peeling" out of there. (Sorry, that was painful, wasn't it?)

everydayMOM said...

Wow! I will have to try that one! (Hopefully we won't need it!)

Tanja said...

As you know I grew up in Germany. When I was little my Grandma used to make what she called "onion tea" whenever one of us was sick. I remember the smell and how yucky it tasted to me but she made me drink it anyway and it helped! It's very easy to make: peel and cut a couple of onions in quarters, put in a pot and cover with water. Add some Rock Candy (my Grandma used the brown kind: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rock_candy) and bring to a boil. Simmer for about 1 hour, pour through a strainer and enjoy! If it tastes too bitter just add some more Rock Candy or honey.

♥Amber Filkins♥ said...

Wow. That is SO awesome!! I am so going to the store today to pick up some onions. We've been so lucky to not get the flu, but I am so worried and pray all the time that it stays away. I think I'll do this for added protection. :)

Twisted Fencepost said...

There's a lot to be said about the remedies of our forefathers.
I'll be trying this too!

Buttsy said...

My husband ususally gets every sniffle and cold that is around, so maybe I will just hide some onions in the bedroom and he will be CURED. It sounds fascinating and I am definately going to try something like it if it looks like the sniffles are heading our way.....Excellent post and something to think about. Thanks

Jenny86753oh9 said...

How intriguing! I've never heard of this...it's worth trying though.

Cindy Lou said...

WOW!! I have never heard of that, but will be trying it! Thanks for such interesting info!! Have a blessed day!!