Onion is an ancient vegetable, which has been part of the traditional cuisines all over the globe. Onions’ medicinal properties are well known too, they are naturally anti-inflammatory, antibiotic and antiviral.
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 also 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, diabetes, atherosclerosis and infections and is even linked to inhibiting certain types of cancer.
HOW ONIONS HELP WITH THE FLU
The idea that onions may ward off disease through their potent therapeutic properties extends back thousands of years. Ancient Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine used onions to ward off the common cold and flu. In fact, the World Health Organization has even recognized the onion for its ability to help relieve flu symptoms including coughs, congestion, respiratory infections and bronchitis.
Some traditions have even recommended placing sliced onions beside the bed at night, or even just around the house, to help prevent yours from getting the flu. The theory was that the raw onion would absorb germs in the air, preventing them from entering the body.
FIGHT OFF FEVER
Cut up a few thin slices of onion, rub the bottom of your feet with coconut oil, and put a thin slice onto the arch of each foot. Wrap your feet with cling wrap and wear socks overnight to allow the onion to help the body draw out unwanted toxins, pulling out fever.
ONION POULTICE TO CLEAR CHEST CONGESTION
Slice 2 peeled onions thinly. Steam for about few minutes, or until soft. Then, spread the onions out in the middle of a clean cotton towel. Fold the towel and tie it off with a string or a rubber band so that none of the onions can leak out. Apply it as warm as possible on the chest/throat area. Leave it on for a while, at least 15 minutes. The onion poultice often quickly induces a productive cough. Allow yourself to cough up as much phlegm as you can.
RESPIRATORY TRACT INFECTIONS
Mix equal amounts of onion juice and honey. Take 3-4 teaspoons of this mixture daily. It helps liquefy mucus and prevents its further formation. It is also one of the best preventive potion against common cold.
RELIEVE EAR PAIN & INFECTION
For ear pain or an ear infection, chop an onion and put it into a thin sock. Place the flattened onion sock over your troubled ear and hold it in place. Remove it when the pain subsides.
NAUSEA AND VOMITING
Press one white or yellow onion to drain it’s juice. Brew a strong cup of peppermint tea and let it cool. First you should drink 2 teaspoons of the onion juice and wait 5 minutes. Then, Drink 2 teaspoons of the cool peppermint tea and wait 5 minutes. Repeat again both procedures. Vomiting should stop immediately and the nausea should go away within 15 minutes.