Onions - Can flu virus be absorbed in onions?

by Anonymous

I heard if you put an onion in a bowel in each room of your house it will absorb any flu virus that would be in your home see below:

Worth a try... we've got nothing to lose by trying ..

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

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

Now, I heard this story from my hairdresser in AZ. 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 in her shop. To her surprise, none of her staff got sick. It must work.. (And no, she is not in the onion business.)

The moral of the story is, buy some onions and place them in bowls around your home. If you work at a desk, place one or two in your office or under your desk or even on top somewhere. Try it and see what happens. We did it last year and we never got the flu.

If this helps you and your loved ones from getting sick, all the better. If you do get the flu, it just might be a mild case..

Whatever, what have you to lose? Just a few bucks on onions!!!!!!


Megan replies...

Do onions absorb the flu virus, colds, infections and odors?


My mother told me once that anything you read, hear or see in the media you should divide by 2 and you are halfway to the truth.

Now this onion story hasn't come from the media quoting a politician... so there could be a grain of truth in it!

But I do believe that unless there is a scientific analysis of whether onions do absorb viruses, or whether onions ward off colds and flu, then the whole caboodle is anybody's belief.

Let's ask a few questions? Can a virus get into an onion, when really it needs a living host? Can a virus be detected under a microscope or does it have to be cultured or similar in special conditions? Were powerful microscopes available for this Doctor back in 1919?

Possibly if onions seem to absorb odors from the air and even bacteria, viruses and other nasties, it is because of the onion's sulphur content that kills the microbes or neutralizes them somehow?

I know there is a widespread belief that households that hung onion halves over their doorways and in their rooms escaped the great plague that ravaged Europe.

The best defense against the cold, flu and viruses is having a strong immune system and eating onions gives you a powerful healthy boost.

See How to grow onions for more on onions.

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Nov 30, 2009
MY grandmother swore by onions
by: Sharon

This reminds me of a story my mom told me. When she was a child if she had a cold, her mom (my grandmother) would put onions on the bottoms of her feet in her socks. Then she would pile the blankets on. In the morning the onions would be all soft.

My grandma believed the onion was pulling out the sickness. I figure my poor mom must have had a heck of a fever!

Dec 28, 2009
bowl not bowel
by: Anonymous

But put it in a bowl, not a bowel. That would hurt! haha

Dec 31, 2009
Onions and phosphoric acid
by: Lorrie

Here's the scoop. Onions are full of phosphoric acid...the hot white onions have the most. This is the substance that makes you cry when you slice the onions because the fumes irritate the mucus membrane on the surface of the eyes. The catch is that phosphoric acid is readily absorbed through the porous surface of the skin, and is excreted from the body through exhalation. So, for chest or head colds/congestion/infections it works like this: If you place onion slices on the soles of your feet, you will very soon taste onions in your mouth as the phosphoric acid absorbs into your blodstream. Then it makes its way to your lungs where it exits the body through...you guessed it!...your breath. When this happens, it causes the same reaction as crying when you slice the onions, a helpful irritation that triggers very watery excretions. This makes it much easier to cough up or blow out the thick, sticky mucus associated with upper respiratory infections. Also, phosphoric acid is very effective at killing viruses, bacteria, and fungi, an added benefit when battling an infection. So, Grandma was on the right track wih the whole "stick onions in your socks" plan when we were sick. :)

Dec 31, 2009

by: Sharon

Seriously! Here I thought it was an old wives tale. My grandmother was a smart lady :0)

Plus she was probably great a making do with home made remedies. Over the counter drugs were probably not in the budget.


Jan 21, 2010
bogus
by: Anonymous

this is bogus per the snopes.com site.

Feb 09, 2010
Onions for odors
by: Lrlight

I just put onions around my house to absorb odors from a mouse that died (yuk) and now my house smells like onions. How long before this smell goes away and should I go the distance? Thanks. lrlight@yahoo.com

Nov 17, 2010
Onions do Stink
by: Anonymous

Well I have a pretty bad chest cold at the moment and my parents told me about putting onions in my socks, LOL!!!
Here I am typing this out having a good laugh with onions in my socks, so heres to having a good night sleep and hope I don't stink to bad in the morning.
Oh P.S. I didn't put any in my bowels. (see first sentence/last coment) to funny.

Nov 22, 2010
Onions in socks
by: BossyB

Hope you got a good nights sleep. Wonder if it worked. But next cold you get, you can't go wrong with eating raw or cooked onions, leeks and garlic. I have some everyday and colds pass me by. Better still for a cold make some chicken soup and add lots of onions and garlic and herbs, chilies and pepper. That will knock the socks off you along with the onions hiding in them!

Dec 14, 2010
Onions
by: Jo Martin

Re the section about putting an unpeeled onion in a bowl in the home, does anyone know how often you need to replace these.

Dec 15, 2010
Snopes?
by: Anonymous

Who is Snopes, and why are they an authority?

Dec 22, 2010
WHITE ONION CAN KILL A VIRUS
by: Anonymous

MY MOTHER TOLD ME TO PUT A WHITE ONION OUT IN THE ROOM OF THE HOUSE AND IT WOULD HELP KILL THE VIURS, FLU, OR COLD
AND I GOT REAL SICK AND I PUT OUT A ONION LIKE MOM SAID AND IN A FEW HOURS I STARTED FEELING BETTER

Dec 29, 2010
Onion
by: Anonymous

I have a white onion (unpeeled doesn't smell) in my bedroom and in the kitchen sitting in a bowl. I did this in Feb. 2010 and now it's Dec. 2010. I have not had a cold/ flu this whole time...10 months to be exact...I was getting sick every month before the onion (I am a teacher) and in constant contact with children.
A friend came over and laughed at me because snopes said it wasn't true. I didn't know Snopes was GOD, meanwhile all are getting sick around me and I narry a sniffle. To all you snope lovers...go form your own opinion and step out of the box!

Jan 19, 2011
Daughter has flu
by: Anonymous

My 11 year old daughter was dx with flu yesterday. My principal told me to put an onion in her room and my other kids rooms tonight to kill flu virus in my house. So, here I go! Will update later. I hope this works bc I have a 19 month old baby who got flu last year at 3 months old! I am praying that this works! Tell Snopes to step off!!!

Jan 20, 2011
Whole or Sliced?
by: Anonymous

If you leave the onion in the room unpleeled, do you slice it, chop it or just leave it whole in the bowl??? Do you use one big onion or several?

Jan 25, 2011
Recurring Cold
by: Anonymous

I had a chest-mucous cold for all of December and just last week I got another cold this time in my sinus. I'm ready to try anything so as I type I have an onion with both ends cut off and one of the ends with a fork stuck in it and placed in a jar. I'll keep you posted on how it goes.

Jan 26, 2011
Onions for curing colds and flu
by: Poppy

It would make sense to cut the onion, or at least peel some of it, so as to expose it to the air. I think the bigger the onion, the stronger it is. The big white onions are the strongest.
I hope we get some feedback here! Poppy.

Jan 29, 2011
giving it a try
by: Anonymous

I have had this cold virus since 12/22/10. I have been on 2 antibiotics and it just won't go away. The dr. even thought I could have pheumonia. I have really tried everything and it has gotten expensive! And by they way, I had a flu shot! (go figure) I am going to try this onion thing and see if I can get any relief. I will come back and tell you either way. Not sure how this works, 1 cut in half on two plates in my room and another whole one uncut. My room stinks, I would be surprised if anything could stay in this room with me tonight!

Jan 29, 2011
results...
by: Anonymous

Okay, I woke up this morning and actually felt better. The onion did not turn black or any colors. My chest still has a little congestion, but my sinus are good and clear. I have this urge to eat a hamburger and the dogs keep coming up and licking me. But, I feel better this morning than I have in awhile. Getting rid of the smell in my room could be another issue. Might leave the onion in there for one more night. Hopefully, the dogs won't take a bite out of me. :-)

Feb 07, 2011
onion broth
by: yvonne

COUGH COLD;MY MOM MADE WITH CHOPPED ONIONS AND SUGAR. MUST BE, SHE HAD AN OLD REMEDY.MY GRAMPA WAS CALLED , OLD HORSE DOCTOR.

Feb 09, 2011
Onions in your socks
by: Anonymous

The onions in the socks works, the only thing is that you depending on what you have and how bad the cold/virus is you could end up with a bad nights sleep while the onion works it's way through your system. I had a really bad cold and found that I have crazy dreams when I had put the onions in my socks but it worked.

As for the onions around the house, we have an apartment in the city and since we have moved here I get sick at least once every couple of months, the air is really bad. I have cut up a couple onions and have put them around the apartment and within several hours I really noticed the difference. There is a bit of an underlying onion smell but I don't care as long as the air is cleaner.

Another good remedy I found is oil of oregano. It also does wonders.

Feb 15, 2011
Nice story, but impossible.
by: Pragmatic Jim

For starters, scientists were not even remotely able to see a virus until 1930, when the first electron microscope was invented. Secondly viruses can not affect their movement. They simply drift through the air, at the whim of the breeze. They have no magnetic charge, or method of locomotion that differentiates them from any other particles that float around your house. There is NO way that any fruit vegetable or substance can attract them. Thirdly, you do not catch the flu from the few viruses that might be floating about your house. You need to have direct contact with a substantial number of them, from inhaling a sneeze, or touching a surface that has recently been touched by an infected person, then touching your nose, eyes, or mouth. The only way that a cut onion might protect you from a cold or flu, would be if you used it to wash your hands, lacking access to soap and water.

Feb 15, 2011
Oh okay
by: Anonymous

I haven't been sick for a year...but scince you are so Scientific you must be right...LOL I'll stick to what's working..

Feb 23, 2011
3 years and counting
by: Anonymous

Our family of 5 have placed a whole unpeeled onion in every room for the past 3 winters, and we haven't been sick. So whatever it is, it is working for us.

Mar 04, 2011
not sure if its true or not but weve missed the flu every time
by: Anonymous

Well i heard about this story last year and every year with five kids it went through all of us it was a nightmare with little kids sometimes it hit twice so i tried it last year when my four year old threw up i put onions everywhere no one else got sick this year my mom visited and the flu struck she went home and the baby got it a few hous later put back out the onions baby got better and no one else got sick i believe it works we neber missed the round of the flu hitting all of us until we put onions out

Mar 18, 2011
onions in socks, work wonders.
by: Anonymous

onions in socks works wonders every time. I haven't has a cold in years. When i am with someone with a cold i feel like i'm coming down too i do the onion thing for 2 nights and the cold does not materialize. all you sceptics out there try it before you knock it or enjoy your cold for weeks. i'll stay healthy rather.

Mar 18, 2011
The sock trick might work.
by: Pragmatic Jim

I don't know if has been tested scientifically, but the sock trick makes so much more sense than leaving half an onion on the counter as some type of super virus magnet. At this point, there is only one naturally sourced product that is scientifically proven to fight the common cold. It is an extract from ginseng root. Since the onion is also a root vegetable, long believed to have medicinal properties, it stands to reason that it might also have the same, or similar compounds.
Put them in your socks, eat them raw like apples, bake an onion pie, but don't waste them by leaving them cut open on the counter.

Apr 15, 2011
I wonder...
by: Charisse

I wonder if this is true, i think i'm going give it a try. Hope that this isn't just a joke to get eveyone to cut up onions and have a stinky house with no actual benefits, lol! it's worth a try i suppose!

Apr 16, 2011
WHITE ONIONS DO WORK
by: Anonymous

I was very skeptic of this whole WHITE ONION helps keep cold/flu away. My father in law made the suggestion after my 4 children (3 of which are school aged) kept getting sick. We would just start to get better when it would hit us again. We have been sick since November 2010. I put the onions in a bowl, uncut in each childs bedroom and one on the main floor in the great room. It has been a little over a month and so far so good. We did go up north and my youngest son(19months) started getting sick that I even took him to the hospital at midnight. My husband and I decided to go back home and sure enough after one day he no longer had any signs or symptoms. You must realize that children don't have any knowledge of what you are doing and when you see a significant change in them, who is to say that Onions don't work? One could say it is neurological, like a placebo, but the fact that a child who knows know better, what can one say about that? It's an inexpensive experiment for each person. If it works for you FANTASTIC! IT WORKS FOR US!!! There are too many people that only believe in conventional medicine. I am a believer in both Holistic and Conventional. You need to be open to both!
GOOD LUCK!!!

May 10, 2011
soooo wack
by: Anonymous

Easy solution! Don't get sick!

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

Eat well, sleep well, drink lots of water, and exercise and do some stress relief! All these are little things done here and there that really add up.

The amount of $ you spend on onions year round could have been put to better use; maybe on vitamins or more healthful food. Not wasted by stinking up your whole house and looking weird to visitors. Have fun explaining that to your _____ that you bring home...granted that they stay long enough to bother listening.

May 10, 2011
the amount of money?
by: Anonymous

To the last person who stated the amount of money spent on onions?

Um lets see...$2.00 every 3 months. That would add up to $8.00 a year...I think I can spare that a year.

I'm going on a year and a half without being sick.

Change the onion every 3 months...$2.00 a pop.

I'll stick with what's working and stay away from idiot naysayers...

If you don't think it works...don't use it and go be negative in your own room..

I'll keep my positive attitude, health and onions!!

May 16, 2011
can i ?
by: Anonymous

say you leave onions in your room to remove your colds/flu whatever, can i use the same onion for cooking, considering you only placed the onions for a few days?!?... thanks!

May 16, 2011
tiger stone
by: Anonymous

I have a small stone that I keep in my pocket. It keeps tigers away. It also works on tornados.

May 19, 2011
Onions, tigers and belief
by: Terry et al, BC Canada

I suggest you climb into a tiger's cage at the zoo to test your theory that a stone would keep them away. Bet we won't hear from you anymore!

Re cooking onions that have been left out, I wouldn't because they will be stale for a start and being exposed to air, light and warmth, most of their vitamins will be gone. There's no viruses absorbed by cut onions, but they could release into the air some useful plant chemicals that could neutralize harmful pathogens possibly?

That's my take, and I also know the power of the 'Placebo effect". Millions of people take drugs and follow little habits and believe they work, and who knows, but the faith in them helps, and because we think and believe and hope and experiment, that's what makes us humans above the animals.

Jun 02, 2011
Onion remedy : real or unreal
by: Brian

Well funny enough the next door neighbour tried it and he being a sceptic, tried it, and now has bowls of onions (plus the smell each morning but the family isnt suffering anymore...I am more inclined to adhere to the theory that the onion is giving off whatever and it negates any little flu or other virus nasties, than actually absorbing them...but who cares, if it works...you can always spray the rooms with deodorant spray when everyone is healed...provided it is an environmentally friendly spray...I prefer to eat cooked onions for that sweet onion taste...if eating them has some effect go for it.. if you don't try you will never know...if we listen to luddites, and other varieties of naysayers (without them having evidence)...then knowledge of natural sciences will never progress...well nothing would progress.
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Now to the Snopes thing...yes everyone is quoting Snopes...maybe it is an authority (of some kind)and might have a accuracy to some degree... but have heard on occasions where they have been a tad wrong...brings the question...who is watching Snopes...or is validating the so called authority?
What process do they use to verify everything...(we have the right to know who really knows their onions..lol..)

Jun 02, 2011
Onions
by: Nannyodd

Never heard this about onions before, was told to put cut onion in newly painted room to kill off the smell-it worked! (After smelling VERY odd for a while)
Does anyone have any other veg remedies? Especially for runny guts-I get them at the drop of a hat!

Jun 02, 2011
PHEW
by: Beekeeper

The best way to avoid Flu is eat as many strong garlic cloves as you can stomach.Probably won't kill the flu but you will stink so much that no-one will come near enough to infect you.

Jun 02, 2011
White or Brown
by: Amos & Velcro

Seems white onions are the preferred option.

I tend to prefer brown onions, I guess they will work sort of the same.

I tend to prefer black pepper rather than white, though I am finding white pepper has a different flavour, maybe I need to mix up onions.

I have a HOT date tomorrow, & although flu-ey, I will drop the option of onions in socks, but will add an onion in a BOWL to my bedroom.

You guys are all lots of fun to read.

Love from Adelaide, Australia

Jun 02, 2011
Onions - Can Absorb Flue Virus
by: Ex-Capt. S.K. Bhandari

The story goes back to 1967. I was then located somewhere in the eastern sector. The Virus Flue attacked our regiment and more the half the guys including me were down.

It was when a tea planter worker told us about this Onion Theory. Place a pealed Onion near the persons bed and it will go.

Well this wae the easiest and cheapest cure (Onions were those days Rs.1/- for a Kilo. We did it and most of us were in good shape within 24 hours.

Ever since then I do it and believe me NO FLUE!!!

Wish you all the Onion Cure Luck.

Jun 02, 2011
it's in the air
by: Karen

Well, if you can smell the onion, that means there is phosphoric acid entering your nasal passages. And if p.a. can kill pathogens - as another post states - it certainly can be killing the ones in your nasal passages and lungs. I am willing to believe the experience of others and try it for myself.

Jun 02, 2011
Granny was no dummy
by: Barney Five

I am thoroughly convinced that God placed healing substances throughout nature that were discovered by the old-timers over time and used in healing all manner of maladies. Since the start of the pharmaceutical industry everyone they can buy off poo-poos anything and everything from nature whether it works or not. Especially if it DOES work they practically go berserk. I am glad for this forum that has the courage to speak out. Hang in there. I never heard of the sock trick but when next flu season rolls around, guess what.... And I plan to tell everybody that will listen.

Jun 02, 2011
Onions
by: Vicki C

All great comments, and entertaining as well.
Will try all the onion suggestions. Not too sure about walking on onions all day . He He !
Just off to plant some in the Vege patch now.

Jun 02, 2011
Walking on onions??
by: Brian, from Adelaide

Walking on onions eh? lol...
Well it has surely got to be better than walking on hot coals and more beneficial...
Go and plant onions, then when you are next sick, and they are harvested, by almeans cut one in half and leave it in a bowl overnight like the previous correspondents have suggested..worth a try
As least that way your feet won't be black from the coal burns...

Jun 02, 2011
Runny guts
by: Scaredy Cat

What's this runny guts!! Nanny something or other, don't put up with runny guts, chew your food more and eat more veg including onions and garlic. Go get some probiotics and digestive enzymes and take twice the dose. Make sure you have some fruit and HEAPS and HEAPS of veg such as green and leafy, and chew well.
I knew someone once who hated onions, imagine trying to cook for him! It's like my ex who wouldn't eat leftovers, I should've put leftovers in his socks to cure him.

Jun 12, 2011
o'l onion foot
by: pickadillie

i remember years ago my grandfather ran a nail through his foot and it got badly infected. after putting a slice of onion in his sock at the point of entrance a few days later the infection was gone. my other grandfather teased him about it and called called him onion foot..lol but it worked

Jun 13, 2011
no onions and no cold for 2 years
by: Anonymous

Over the past 2 years I have been diligent about washing my hands around the many infected people with whom I have had contact. No onions have been wasted, and yet I have not had a cold or flu. Wash your hands. The cold spreads chiefly by hand, not by sneeze or cough. Touch a handful of change, or doorknob, then wipe a speck from your eye, touch your nose, or eat a potato chip, and how does your onion sacrifice help? You might as well sacrifice a goat or chicken, and wipe the blood on your door.

Jun 13, 2011
To Funny
by: Anonymous

You've got a point...not sure what it is but I don't remember seeing a commercial saying save the onions...Is there a reason we shouldn't sacrifice an onion? Comparing an onion to a goat is a little bit of an exaggeration don't you think?

It's working for many people so why would you bother putting your two cents in? If you don't think it works...um then go on your merry way. I know it works so I'll keep doing what I'm doing. p.s. I wash my hands too....

Jun 25, 2011
1 whole onion is in each room...
by: Anonymous

I put 1 whole onion in each room....why cut it.
Not one of us 3 have had the flu or cold for over 3 yrs. There is no smell of onion throughout the house as so many claim. Put out new ones each year. Also, eating onions and garlic everyday, like adding it to raw potatoes (3 cloves of garlic) and boil your potatoes and mash them.
We cook with onions in all meat dishes. Add onions to scrambled eggs etc. Raw white or red onion slices in sandwiches. We wouldn't be without these ever. Try it, what have you got to lose?

Jun 30, 2011
Onions and garlic to all
by: Gemini

Have done this for many years. My children never had sick days from school - sad for them. Neither did my hubby and I. Kids are in their 40's now and they do this with the grandkids. A few unpeeled white and brown onions in a bright colourful bowl doesn't look bad and the smell eases off after a while. I like the smell mind you. I was told to use brown onions in winter, red or white onions in summer. Don't know if it makes a diff. I generally use whatever is cheapest. Don't use them for eating. Told my doc this several years ago and he admitted his dotty old nana used to do the same - and she was always healthy. Died at 92.

Jun 30, 2011
onions sounds worth trying
by: Clare

Onions-sounds a good idea to me. I'm willing to give it a try. Am going out tomorrow to buy white onions. If it's worked for so many people there must be something in it.

Jun 30, 2011
Onion cures?
by: Brian

Well the other week I tried the onion cure, my colds seem to hang around for about a week...well 3 -4days later I was feeling back to normal...so getting the cold over and done with was a great relief...so I know what I'm going to do next time get a cold...
And by the way, half an onion worked and the house didn't stink as much as I thought it would.
But the smell of the onion was a small price to pay for quicker relief.

Jul 09, 2011
ha
by: Anonymous

I drink milk every day, and I have been cancer free for 25 years! Ergo, milk prevents cancer. Don't tell me how to live my life, science!

Jul 10, 2011
Onions again
by: Brian

Don't worry Ha, I believe in alternative medicines as well, using onions for colds is now one of them, keep drinking the milk...but I also love eating them ...lol...
There are a lot of sceptics, well I am one in a way, I am sceptic about sceptics lack of reasoning in a lot of thing...
So, Ha, unless they can come up with bonafide evidence of why your drinking milk can't be working...keep drinking it in the quantities that keep you cancer free...
There are somethings that do require a physician, but there are some alternative methods of warding off ailments that today even physicians are perplexed about...but at the same time keep an eye on their patients to monitor for the sake of science.. My doctor is not adverse to alternative medicines... but like medicineS that they sometimes prescribe, alternative medicines when mixed with other alternative medicines should be taken carefull as any trained health shop proprietor will and should acdvice...
But as I said, keep drinking the milk if it works for you...unqualified advice, but I have heard others who have echoed your words..

Aug 19, 2011
viruses are not bacteria
by: ctb

In the initial part of the article the writer stated that viruses were found in the onion therefore the onion had absorbed the bacteria. The microbe that causes the flu is a virus not a bacteria. A virus cannot be seen with an average light microscope, it usually requires an electron microscope which most doctors do not have in their offices.

Oct 21, 2011
Yellow onion
by: Ann

Whats the difference between yellow and white onions for the remedy? How long should you leave it out cut up? Why wouldn't a yellow onion work just as well?

Oct 21, 2011
Onions a natural health preventative
by: Russ

How often do you change the old onions for new onions?

I agree with what was said about the onions being a health preventative due to my Granny doing this when I was a child. The effects from current meds & vaccines are worse than the disease! I'll take the 'natural' way over 90% of current meds!
Thank you for answering my question.

Oct 21, 2011
RE: onions
by: Anonymous

i can see how eating onions, or even wearing them in your socks could improve your immune system, but we tried the onion in the room, and saw no difference. tried it in my son's room (various changes of onion. peeled and cut in half) and he was sick several times that winter. didn't have one in my room, and i didn't get sick. so, i don't see the connection.

Oct 23, 2011
onions
by: Tracy

I would like to know, do you have to cut the onions or not. some people say cut in half some people say cut the ends off and other people have said just put onion in bowl as is. i need to know what is best. i have them in my house right now but have done nothing to the onions. HELP!!!!

Oct 24, 2011
test if onions help flu
by: Anonymous

Why don't you do a test, like try an onion cut into quarters on a dish. Change it every week, and see if all in your house stay well? Not very good if there's no flu going around, ha!

I would think it's the sulphur fumes from cut onions that could help, because sulphur was used as a medicine before antibiotics, and it kills germs. So any colored onions, white ones are stronger I think, cut into any sizes, and replaced often MIGHT help. Even better, eat onions and every day smash a raw garlic clove and eat with food.

Oct 26, 2011
trying..
by: len

my kids are almost always down with the flu.we tried so many meds including antibiotics but the flu just keeps on coming back.now my son is again down with the flu and is suffering from high grade fever.i just tried putting cut onions beside my sick son..hope it works..

Nov 02, 2011
Our Experiment
by: csporty

We are actually trying this onion strategy right now, it's day 4. Our son put yellow onions (with the tops cut off) in 8 of the 11 rooms in our house. It only smelled bad the first day and none of them have turned black yet. The best part is I noticed that my husband is actually sleeping at night, which he hasn't done in years due constant coughing. If this really works I'm looking forward to all the money we'll be saving, $2 every couple months for onions sure beats $25 a month for inhalers!!

Nov 02, 2011
Proven!
by: Jan

This absolutely works! My nephew told me about it 2 Thanksgivings ago, we tried it and my daughter hasn't had one cold since. We both have been completely healthy. Friends have laughingly tried it and now swear by it.
Whole onions, uncut. We keep one in each bedroom, in the kitchen and even in the car. No smell. They last about 3 months.

Nov 02, 2011
Outnumbered
by: Brian

Well, since my posting in July 10, 2011,
the "for"'s regarding the onion cure for colds and flu, seem to be outnumbering the "against"'s. It all boils down to having a go at it..the beautiful thing about it is the powers that be that tell you what drugs and methods you can or can't use in curing or preventing ailments, can't prevent you from trying this... There is a lot to be said for natural remedies ...when you look at societies that were healthy before the western world stuffed them up and brought their diseases with them,and their modern medicines, these societies were using natural methods and eating fresh foods everyday...I am fortunate to have a physician who doesn't give you medicines where nature will take its course instead...except rest, plenty of water (to help clean the system out I would imagine) and maybe an aspirin or paracetamol...the old "cancell everything you normally attend for a couple of days" and "patience is a virtue" comes to mind till the ailment is over comes to mind here... if the worse comes to worse with a throat infection, he might give me a dose of penicillan, but that is about all..he is getting on in years and I will be sad when he retires but he has done right by me over these nearly 40 years. Yes he has read up on the onion theory and it is up to me if I want to try it when all he has prescibed is rest, water and the odd paracetamol.. you don't get too many wise doctors like that anymore...he has always been in favour of a proper diet anyway...and that includes fresh foods...
Go for it...cut the onion up and leave it by your bedside overnight, and then report back here and tell we bloggers, and others how it worked.

Nov 04, 2011
Try
by: _My_

Ill try onion hoping and praying it can help.Thanks guys.God bless

Nov 05, 2011
onions and buddhism
by: Happy retreatant

I spent some time in a Buddhist monastery earlier this year and was surprised (I'm not a buddhist) to discover that no onions or garlic are permitted in the diet. We drank coffee, and added chili peppers to the sauces, so I don't understand why onions would be considered too stimulating ... or whatever. Is this Ayurvedic? (the ban on onions) We did eat lots of root veggies; no meat or fish of course. No one had any flu or colds.

Nov 25, 2011
Giving it a go
by: Millie

I heard about the onion cure from my boss so I decided to give it a go, left work early today congested and with a fever. I'll try anything to avoid ridiculously high dr copays. It's been about 5 hours now, chest pain is gone and I'm getting a lot more gunk out than I was earlier. I'm sold.

Nov 28, 2011
The Power Of Veg!
by: Angel

I have a challenged immune system, (Lupus,) therefore I am especially at risk during cold and flu season.
My Nonna, who lived to be 103 years old, swore by onions and garlic for health.
I eat at least one RAW garlic clove a day, and eat raw onions a couple of times a week. I also eat both cooked in food daily.
I believe there is some evidence that supports the raw over cooked theory.
I have not had a cold or flu for over a year, despite having several immune system lows over the period.
I don't think we can argue about the medicinal properties of food!
Good advice to the lady with the loose stool issue. Your poop is a message from your body!
Some of us feel uncomfortable talking about poo, you don't have to, but you do need to be your own scatologist!!!! Listen to your body, it is always trying to communicate with you!!!
loose stool lady, get some fermented foods in your diet, I have a relative who began to eat a few ounces of sauerkraut daily and saw quick results.

Nov 28, 2011
I'm a Believer
by: csporty

Four weeks ago we started the onion experiment and we are hooked. Spent Thanksgiving week at my brothers house and we were all starting to get sick by the end of the week. One night at home with our onions and we all woke up feeling great. Here's some other observations we noticed:
1.No More Spiders and Centipedes!! We haven't seen a bug in the house since putting the onions out.
2.The onion in the room with black mold DID turn black itself, while none of the others did. (the room is shut off until we can afford to gut it after an air conditioner leak)
3.My husband sleeps through the night without getting up coughing every hour. (it's been years since he's slept through the night!)
4.Other than the moldy room, the only other onion that was starting to turn black was the dining room, which is the room where everyone enters the house. We feel that onion catches all the new germs we bring in.

Nov 28, 2011
Onion lover...
by: Brian

Well Happy retreatant: you have brought up a good point there, you went to that retreat and was eating good fresh vegetables...and that is beneficial...we can't live on onions alone...we onion lovers realise that for sure...
We as a western society which ever country you belong to should get back to good food basics, especially fresh vegetables..chilis are good for you for sure... the drug companies don't want us to get back to basics I am sure..if everyone is healthy they will lose out...

Dec 07, 2011
onion in bowl
by: rhea

I told my sister to cut a onion and but it in a bowl next to the bed. she said it would not work, so when she went to sleep I put it under her bed and she was much better the next day. She went to the Doc. and he said what every she was doing is working. Trust me it works.

Dec 08, 2011
Onions do work...
by: Me Me Me

the old wives tale about the onion is less myth than you think. Onions are full of phosphoric acid... (the reason people mention white onions as the favorite is because it contains the most P.A.) and Phosphoric acid (when used in ambient temperatures... or "room temperature") is an effective disinfectant, and does a good job killing (most) bacteria.

many people get sick from bacterial and parasitic infections... not just from viruses. Also, one scientific study on the effectiveness of hand sanitizers on viruses showed that enteric viruses (such as the Rotavirus and Norovirus) can be inactivated by a solution that includes Phosphoric acid.

what does all that mean? Onions, white onions especially, can work... but not in the way the article has stated. it doesn't 'magically absorb' viruses and bacteria. The phosphoric acid is absorbed through the skin via the onion in the sock trick, or through the nasal passages via the onion in a jar by the bed trick. once the P.A. is in your system... it will help inactivate certain bacterial and viral infections.

Of course, this is not a cure all, it is just a helper. It's kind of like the flu shot. It will protect you to a certain extent... but it's not fool proof. Many who get the flu shot may still get the flu, or a different strain of the flu the vaccine does not protect against. So don't JUST use the onion... use it as part of your stay healthy routine.

To really protect yourself from illness, practice good hygiene. Wash hands frequently, use anti-bacterial soaps, carry anti-bacterial hand sanitizers with you that state they are 60+ % alcohol... avoid using public restrooms if possible. (if you have to use one... I always carry a can of lysol in my car to spray the toilet seat down). Shower nightly. (I prefer to shower at night, to wash the germs of the day off.) eat healthy, make sure you're getting enough vitamin C, B, and Zinc... properly prepare your foods, and yes... go ahead and use your onions.

I prefer the onion in a jar personally. I've taken to slicing the ends off a white onion, and placing it in a container. I put one in my bedroom and one in my bathroom. I wouldn't keep an onion for more than a week... and DO NOT EAT THEM!! if you are leaving onions out... I wouldn't eat them afterwards. There are many other types of bacteria that can grow on an onion which would not effect us unless eaten. So I would toss the onions out when it is time to replace them.

also... please keep pets away from onions. especially dogs. Dogs can not process onions the way humans do and it can make them seriously ill. If you have curious pets, keep the onion in a place where they can not reach.

Dec 13, 2011
Has worked for my family
by: Anonymous

Naysayers will be, but I have used whole onions in bowls in several rooms in the house for four years now and I am not kidding when I say we have had no flu, no colds, no sinus infections in all of that time! And we got them a lot! Some think I'm nuts but that's ok. You can't argue with how it has worked for us. I'll be nuts, and healthy, and feeling great every day - thank you very much. This could not be easier, or cheaper. And we don't even smell them at all, and I've also used several different kinds (white, sweet, yellow). I cut off the top and leave the root in tact, and peel the outermost layer. Sit it in a bowl and put it on a high shelf, top of fridge, etc. (so you don't have to look at it every day). Has worked wonders for us!

Dec 13, 2011
Onions in water...
by: Brian

Well it is me again...since my last entry one of my other neighbours said he puts the onion in a bowl of water for some reason...half of the peeled onion is above the water...he didn't tell me why..and I forgot to ask him...but will do when he gets back from holiday...
Has anyone any ideas why one would do this...
Meanwhile, to those detractors...you are STILL outnumbered...the "ayes" are knocking off the "naes"...if you are one of the "nae" brigade to the onion theory but you still try other natural remedies...at least you are not a total detractor..they aren't afraid to try anything to heal themselves...it is the idiots who critise without at first trying alternative safe remedies...
The onion on a saucer on the bedside cabinet worked for me...flu gone in 2/3 of the time...

Dec 19, 2011
For loose bowels
by: Anonymous

Try Coconut Macaroons. Learned about it from The People's Pharmacy. Works for many. Even for Crohn's and IBS. ~

Dec 20, 2011
housewife
by: Anonymous

Just placed onions in every room..including the bathroom..don't take meds..been free of colds for years. Life is good at age 76.

Dec 20, 2011
Mistype.. I hope
by: Anonymous

Might want to change "bowel" to "bowl" in the 1st sentence. :) Could be dangerously and painfully misleading, lol.

Dec 30, 2011
so far so good
by: MontrealMammy

both my kids have been really sick for the past few weeks, with croup, head colds, asthma and congestion beyond belief. both have been coughing all night every night and my 2 yr old even spent a day in the asthma unit of the childrens hospital. after reading all your posts last night, i put an huge white unpeeled onion in each of their bedrooms ... not a cough all night, the first full nights sleep any of us has had since i don't know when. and both of them seem to have looser congestion this morning. is the onions or just a coincidence ... who cares ... thanks everyone for this amazing tip!

Dec 31, 2011
Onions... Really?
by: Ngivn

Received chain letter email on this subject so googled and ran into this website; all I can say is WOW! I'm on vacation and hardly take time for web browsing, and what do I find? Onions! Really? What a conversation . . . I just asked my Mom and she had not heard of any of this but is interested in her sinus' feeling better. Well, I'm a Mom of 2 and want them healthy so althoug a skeptic, I'm an open-minded one. I'm going to give a try. . .

Jan 04, 2012
on my way.....
by: Anonymous

After reading all the comments Im on my way to the store. I got the worst flu ever this year, will keep you all posted.

Jan 04, 2012
Onions score
by: Brian

Score: Favouring onions - Many
Against - not many...
hehe... be watching for more technical info like that you have just read...lol

Go Onions!!!

Jan 10, 2012
Should of used onions!
by: Karen R.

WOW! Had I known about the benefits of onions, I would have put onions in our bedroom and the rest of the house before now. My husband had a terribly deep cough for weeks with congestion which kept him from sleeping soundly....me, too. Does anyone know the best way to store onions for cooking to prevent them from turning moldy?

Jan 11, 2012
Is it really a myth?!
by: Parmar

Just placed an onion chopped in half on the soles of my daughters feet in a pair of white cotton socks. Will give an update tomorrow morning. Also placed an onion in each room of the house. Happy times :)

Jan 25, 2012
Onions Da Best
by: Junior

Hey guys tanks for the info...it really helped me in my school project

Jan 26, 2012
Abuse of onions!
by: Beasplodge

What a waste of good food!

Personally I'd go for a combination of: (a) chicken soup; (b) honey and lemon drink and (c) the 'flu jab and keep the onions for eating (raw or cooked).


Jan 27, 2012
Knows our onions
by: Anonymous

Beasplodge, don't criticise till you have tried it...it works a bit quicker than eating them...I was sceptical at first...but was not afraid to have a go..try it and see...but at least you are eating onions...

Jan 28, 2012
It works for us
by: Anonymous

Why dosen't Obama give everyone onions for a health plan? Seriously, we eat onions daily. I always place a portion of the left over onion in a dish and replace it as often as I use another onion. We are healthy, God is good.

Feb 08, 2012
Tired of being sick and tired
by: Dianne

So I got my onions in each room I WILL try anything after being sick from October 2011 till Feb 2012 broncitis/ashma then strep thoat 2 different antibotics back to ashma,coughing to point of feeling like I'm lossing internal organs and now a sinus so full my head feels like is weighs a ton. Plus still weezing when I take a deep breath and release it.Looking forward to kicking these germs since meds didn't and onions are alot cheaper!!! I will let you know how it goes.

Feb 10, 2012
Onions versus Flu
by: Jean

I cut an onion in half (skin on) then score the top of each half and placing in a bowl either side of the Kitchen window ledge. I renew them once a week. I have done this for two years now and in that time we haven't even had a sniffle. I thoroughly believe in this. Saw a program on TV and it showed the laboratory testing. It was extremely interesting. They also travelled to places where the Flu was virtually unheard of!

Feb 16, 2012
Poor Baby =(
by: SDK22

My 10month old has had a lot of colds and recently the flu. Today the cough began. It's getting very raspy and sounds like mucous is stuck in her throat. I heard of putting an onion, cut in half, by the head of her crib from a gal in my mommy group. I decided to google and see if there was anything out there on it, I landed on this site. How amazing that there are all of these success stories! I'm praying that we wake up tomorrow and this nasty cough is gone. We are a very clean family, I just don't get why she is always sick.
Keeping my fingers crossed this works!

Feb 20, 2012
Being healthy
by: Linda S

Growing up my family ate lots of onions, I don't recall the 6 of us kids passing colds around. Now mumps was another story.

We had another relative family of 3 kids who did NOT eat onions, avoided them like the plague (pardon the pun here). Seems they were sick a lot.

But this was 50 years ago so my memory isn't perfect.

I've enjoyed all the pro and con comments. I for one believe in the healing power of onions, so next time I get a cold, which is rare, I will put an onion in my bedroom and see what happens.

Linda in Kansas

Feb 20, 2012
Sceptics/Skeptics
by: Jean

To all the sceptics out there, there actually WAS a programme on TV about three years ago regarding the onion keeping the flu virus away. Laboratory tests were shown as were the teams travels to various primitive countries where the flu is unheard of.
To those who want to know if the onion should be peeled or not, I haven't in over two years peeled them, just cut one in half (skin on) and place each in a bowl. As mentioned earlier in these posts, I score the tops of the cut area. I then change the onions every Friday. (I started doing this on a Friday and just stuck to changing them that day.)
It works! We have proven it as have many on this site. Haven't tried the sock issue yet but I promise if needed, we will, without question.
Sceptics need to give the Onion phenomenon a go and see for themselves. What is there to lose?

Feb 20, 2012
Skeptics vs Onion converts
by: Brian

So far the score of Skeptics vs Onion converted...the onion converts are well in front..still kicking goals here...long live the onion converted...you have repented...we have a challenge on our hands you fellow onion converts...we must go into the world tell everyone about this wonderful vegetable..if it hasn't been done already...lol...
We will rule der vorld und everyvun vill be eating onions, or else you will be subjected to 20hrs straight of the worst soap opera we can find for punishment...hehe...(sorry, not one to be facetious)
Onions rule...so do most vegetables...eat 'em all and stay out of hospital for ever.
Cheers everyone...

Feb 20, 2012
Der Onion
by: Anonymous

Love it Brian.....we need an emblem design. Ideas anyone?

Feb 20, 2012
Actually
by: Jean

the post above this shouldn't have been anon...it was ME! This is a subject I am serious about :o)

Feb 20, 2012
Onions rule
by: Brian

Emblem eh? How does one embellish the humble onion into an emblem...not the most pretty of the veges but very useful just the same...

Embellish an onion for an emblem could be hard,
But then again, also with chard,
A carrot and turnip, parsnip as well,
I think to illustrate is less of a hell.
The humble lettuce lovely and round,
One of my favourite leaf vegies profound.
The beetroot I dislike, and worse when spilt on shirt,
Would rather be harvesting spuds from the dirt.
But I am afraid will have to consult other minions
To assist me with the emblem for onions....

Copyright...Me,(lol) 1430hrs CDST Sth Oz. 22/2/2012.
Damn it..now have to put that fodder in my poetry rantings...hehe


Feb 20, 2012
Onions rule
by: Brian

I think I ahead by one day...I put the wrong date at the bottom of the poem...well at least I won't be late for yesterday..hehe...

Feb 21, 2012
Jean
by: Anonymous

It is tomorrow here,,,,put an Artichoke with the onion I reckon they'd go well together and apparently Jerusalem Artichokes are supposed to be really good for Cancer patients.

Feb 21, 2012
Onions rule
by: Brian

Are you sure your tomorrow isn't yesterday here..? lol...I am down under in the bottom middle state...
Yeah Jean, I was reading something about Arties and onions in a Square foot gardening (SFG) site..said there was lots of benefits in Arties...as long as Artie doesn't choke the onion too much before it ends up on a saucer by the bed...(sad joke)..
There some benefits in square foot gardening too my neighbours tell me...will have to convert my raised bed and try it out...SFG has been around a long time since the early 70's.

Feb 21, 2012
site
by: Jean

I've not heard of that site before and I am new to this one but couldn't resist the Onion posts since I have been putting two half onions in bowls for over two years now. After seeing the laboratory testing TV I was convinced. I had always believed in the benefit of Onions,eating them that is. The half Onion in bowls was new to me then. I will, if ever needed, remember the onion in the socks deal. I too believe we have everything in the world to cure our ills.....but the plants are adulterated by the money hungry pharmacutical companies. Man is man's worst enemy.
I guess we're not a day ahead of you so my apologies...because I too come from the land of plenty.

Feb 21, 2012
BTW
by: Jean

Please don't think your poem and your little funnies go unnoticed. I've been having computer probs so having trouble focusing. I'm no techie but I know my Onions. ;o)

Feb 21, 2012
Onions rule
by: Brian

Okies Jean, glad you noticed..Ta...now you need some offsprings to help you on that subject...my kids and a friend have put me right with the 'puter, and knows their computer onions for sure (oh pls Brian cut those puns out!)...I would be lost without the kids being at my beck and call but now I am not such a novice they don't get a phone call so often...the daughter works at a computer store...she built this computer at Daddy's rates with the blessing of her boss. My lad is reasonably 'puter savvy, and he like me has learnt from his 'big' sister, who is shorter than me at 5'. The lad is 5'7"...he loves eating raw onions on his burgers.

Feb 21, 2012
computer
by: Jean

My kids have flown the coop, the closest being about 4 1/2 hour drive away. Son, who is somewhat of a techie lives in Adelaide about 5 hour drive away and reminds me if we lived closer he could help but I'm not so sure. I'm a bit thick when it comes to the computer....I don't follow instructions very well. Can follow recipes tho LOL. Also can send and retrieve emails, play cards and am even tackling facebook. I think that's my limit.
Glad to have found this site and especially glad to have the opportunity to post and read others posts to get their thoughts and ideas. This Onion one has been most interesting to me I guess because I definitely believe in their protecting and healing powers. Next step....Compost!

Feb 21, 2012
Onions rule
by: Brian

I figure you are in either victoria, up mildura way or down sth of sth oz somewhere..near the mount, or even closer still level wise...on the eyre peninsula...I could be wrong too, hehe. I am just north of Adelaide about 30mins...plenty of onions growing at virginia...dey really knows dere onions too...you might say where I live is about level with them and our shopping centre has a white clocktower, and a red obelisk on the main north road..anyway this isn't a chat site so in order to keep this a blog better be a good lad and chat about onions...

Feb 25, 2012
Understanding How it Works
by: Anonymous

Oddly enough this is my 2nd day trying the onion cure. I have over my lifetime rarely been sick, but when I do get a virus it consistently takes 3 weeks to get over. I slept with a cut onion next to my bed last night. I woke rested and went off to work with my used onion. Fortunately I am alone today with my onion. I have to do a Access jet to Microsoft SQL cutover and I had to do it without users here. My runny nose has all but dried up, I have to blow every hour or so where as yesterday it was a constant drip. That stage usually takes at least a week during which time I am miserable, so for now I am cautiously believing.

As to HOW it works... if I have to be told exactly HOW something works before I use it then the carburation of my car would have left me walking until I was 30, my iPhone would still be on the shelf (I can only explain technically 80% of how it works), food digestion is still over the edge of my understanding and don't even get me stated on the pancreas.

HOW does it work? I would like to know but, IF IT DOES I WILL USE IT EVEN THOUGH I CAN'T EXPLAIN IT.

Feb 25, 2012
Onions rule
by: Brian

Yep I agree there...sometimes I have no inclination to know how things work...I remember the old saying.."The more you know, the more chances of you getting into trouble"...lol..I think that joke says a lot..who cares about how it works...as long as it works. Onions rule.

Feb 25, 2012
Onions
by: Anonymous

This remedy is eons old I believe. Our grandparents and great-grandparents etc., knew all about it. The ancient Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine revered onions for their anti-inflammatory and congestion relieving properties, as did the Native American Indians who use it to guard against 'flu. Apparently the Greeks rubbed them on sore muscles.
I know I've mentioned a couple of times the TV programme I watched a few years ago....but wish somehow I could find it and refer you to it. It explained everything, showed laboratory testing and the medics and crew travelled to remote places where colds and flu were virtually unheard of.

Feb 25, 2012
Onions
by: Jean

Sorry forgot to enter my name on my last post.....go to Global Healing Center. You will get loads of info from there which is where I got some of mine which I posted a few minutes ago.

Feb 25, 2012
Onions rule
by: Brian

Don't worry...it certainly worked for me....lol...I am a convert...read my poetry back a few blogs..I am a convert especially when I had a bad bout of the flu last year..it worked for colds prior to that...

Feb 28, 2012
Onion
by: Anonymous

Whole onion peeled? Or unpeeled? cut? or uncut?

Feb 28, 2012
Onions
by: Jean

I think this is at least the third time I've posted this.....one large onion cut in half. Skin on. I personally score the cut sides before placing in a bowl. Renew them once a week.

Feb 28, 2012
Onions
by: Jean

Sorry I read my last comment. Sounds a bit harsh. Didn't mean it too. Onions Rule!!!

Feb 28, 2012
Onions rule
by: Brian

No Jean, looks OK to me, I don't think the writer of the previous comment would take offence somehow.

To Anonymous:

Just cut the onion and make a slice,
Breathe it in overnite, it should suffice
By leaving it on saucer, if you are able
Have it on your bedside table.
(Poetry On the Run..B.M 2012)

Feb 29, 2012
Thanks
by: Jean

Thanks Brian. I really am a true believer in all of this. 1. simply because it has always worked for me and 2. I have known for years onions have health and healing properties also when eaten.
I've been trying to locate the TV program I have talked about before on here. I was hoping maybe they would have some of it on youtube.com but alas so far have come up with nothing. I wish I could remember the station (an ABC one I think) so I could write them and ask to re-run the whole program. More people need to learn of this. Maybe I will take a look on FORAtv. Will get back to you.

Feb 29, 2012
Onions rule
by: Brian

I have looked on me tube...er...you tube, Jean, for anything to do with onions re that special you referred to..I vaguely remember seeing something about it some time ago in the TV guide now I remember. But for some reason I never got to see it...might have had to go out that night who knows it was such a while ago.
Ring ABC in Adelaide and just ask for TV programming...they might be able to help..save you ringing interstate...it they can't help you here, ask them pls could they connect you to the office in Sydney or wherever the program planning origionated for that show. It is surely to be on their lists somewhere...and if you can remember how long ago you saw it tell them...it might narrow the parameters for the search.

Feb 29, 2012
Onions
by: Jean

Brian, thanks for your suggestions.....I have been through the ABC1 archives (Adelaide) and can't find it but not having a set date is making things more difficult. So, I have emailed the Station. Hopefully they can get back to me in reasonable time. Since there are several ABC Stations it's turning out to be the proverbial needle in the haystack dilemma! It would be GREAT to find it eventually though and request a copy or for them to re-broadcast.

Feb 29, 2012
Onions Saved My Life
by: Anonymous

You can be skeptical all you want,but I was 13 months old in 1948,had pneumonia and was in a coma. My parents ran me to several doctors that seemed to have no hope for me. They took me to my grandma's house for the nite. Grandma got out the onions, wrapped them in cloth all around me, and the next day a doctor came, and couldn't believe I was still alive. He thought he'd be taking me to the mortuary. Needless to say.... I'm still here, and use onions instead of drugs that are full of synthetics that can cause more problems. I also have a friend that saved her baby's life by taking her off the AZT the doctor's prescribed, that made the baby lifeless and didn't grow. She put the baby on a healthy diet, and turned things around, and that baby is 22 yrs old today and beautiful. Look at all the class action suits on drugs today. God gave us everything we need... He didn't miss a beat!! We shouldn't mess with Mother Nature.

Feb 29, 2012
Onions
by: Jean

I'm with you Anon. I believe we have everything here we need but man interferes through greed. Great to read your story. Our Mom's and Grandma's were amazing. I suffered with shocking migraines as a child and my Mother used to put vinegar rags on my head. I told a doctor about this once and her comment made me smile "You had a smart mother." I continued having migraines for many years after that and after each one I had the strongest desire for vinegar which I had to satisfy!!!!! I wish Mom had known about the properties in Onions.

Feb 29, 2012
Onions rule
by: Brian

I'd say Jean that you had a smart doctor to say your mother was smart in the first place.
To anonymous, while we are on synthetic drugs, another thing would be to avoid pretend sugar drinks, otherwise known as diet drinks. (I have know how bad they are for ages)I read on the MSN news thingy this morning: "Diet soft drinks
With their slick advertising campaigns and attractive packaging, diet soft drinks are often marketed as the 'lighter' option to their regular sugary cousin. But don't be fooled by the sparkly image — a new US study found people who drank diet soft drinks every day had a 61 percent higher risk of vascular disease, including stroke and heart attack."... My doc years ago said if you must have a soft drink each day at all "you might as well have half a glass of normal soft drinks, if you must drink soft drinks at all, instead of a full bottle (600ml)of diet drinks"...
He also is an advocate of natural natural foods where drugs are not needed. He will prescribe drugs under only specific reasons...if I didn't believe him...I would not have kept going to him for nearly 40 years...It will be a sad day for all his patients when he retires. And unlike some doctors, does not live in an exclusive area, but instead a lovely modest home near us in a working class area...There is a few unpretentious doctors around..just hope the readers of this blog are lucky enough to have one. He too, knows his onions where natural foods are concerned.

Mar 01, 2012
diet pop
by: csporty

I'm a true onion believer...have 12 of them in our big house and no one has been sick or gone to the doctor since we put them out last fall. On another note, what can a diabetic drink if not diet pop? Bottled water is too expensive, tap water around here has too much rust in it, and I don't like tea. I used to drink regular pop until becoming a diabetic. Any suggestions would be great. Our 18 year old daughter who is also diabetic likes drinking the sugar free Venom, but I'm not into those power drinks.

Mar 01, 2012
To csporty
by: Anonymous

Really? You can't think of anything else to drink besides diet soda? Try getting a Brita pitcher, or an (expensive, but SO worth it) Berkey filter to get all the rust and other junk out of your water. If you don't like water (yet anyway!) add some lemon, cranberry juice, cucumbers, limes, oranges, whatever NATURAL item to your water to change the flavor a bit. Get rid of the soda and juice. Your diabetes will thank you for it. While you are at it cut out all your grains and your diabetes will probably go away.

Mar 01, 2012
Onions rule
by: Brian

Who is Csporty?...must have missed that one...I was only referring to my doctors comments to those who must drink soft drinks at all... Yes you are right...there is better alternatives than soft drink...that funny stuff called fruit juices that mums used to give us...like freshly squeezed oranges every morning...when mums did nothing but be mums in those days...so apart from the hard work looking after the house...our mums always had time to give us those treats. And if you were lucky enough to have your grandmother living with you like we did...nanna would find some other juices to squeeze...doing this routine to them was natural...
Better stop before the thought police tell me I should not have said about mums staying home and being mums. Then, second thoughts, I won't apologise for that, lol, ..it was the way things were done in my infant and teenage years. And they too knew their onions...we had them with every baked dinner and other meat dinners.

Mar 01, 2012
Onions and such
by: Jean

Re diet sodas, here's a good site to read..... eHow Health. Once there, type in their search engine "Symptoms of Aspartame Poisoning" (the artificial sweetener in diet drinks). After this, take a look at "Health Benefits of Yellow Onions." :o)

Mar 01, 2012
Onions rule
by: Brian

Apologies to Csporty...didn't see you blog above the one above me last night.
Jean, long after my doctor told me about the dangers of aspartame and the other pretend sugars, after going onto the net, a friend told me about another similar site: "Sweet Poison"...now there is two of them with the same name, so don't be confused. One of them is against eating sugar and the other one against aspartame. The one I recieved was against aspartame and the like, and it describes efforts by a Dr. Janet Starr-Hull and her efforts to rid America of those pretend sugars...it is like aspestos..no one told the public the dangers of it. We know know the dangers of aspestos...convincing the public of Aspartame is going take longer. Janet Starr-Hull has her own site under that name if you wish to look. I drank a diet lemonade sometime ago when some well meaning gave me one at their house...and I was sick as a dog...from the after taste alone..after that never again..give me water anyday...my doctor was right...the stuff isn't good for anybody.
I will check that eHow Health article...it may somewhere even refer to that Dr. for all I know.
Trouble is apart from as the other correspondent suggested...there is other drinks non harmful you can drink, but diabetic kids and adults would like to have the odd soft drink as well but barring aspartame and other pretend drinks what other non harmful drinks are there? Getting off onions here...maybe we could have an onion soft drink (lol) and and combine the two...without pretend sugars. We should cut down our sugar intake anyway..I have cut my sugar in my tea to 1 teaspoon..took a while to do it.. I went from 2 to 1.5 then 1.

Mar 02, 2012
Onions
by: LTG

I have been sick for about 2 weeks ...... Slept with onions in room last night I have noticed a difference :) tonight they r in my socks as well I figured it can't hurt :)
Will let u know how it goes

Mar 02, 2012
Onions
by: Jean

Well Done LTG. Keep up the good work. Also it's important to have a very positive attitude. Eight years ago I was diagnosed with a Pancreatic tumour. I went home and got my house in order. I decided not to "own" the little invader and carry on life as normal. I tried some visualisation techniques. A white light inside my body and spreading right through the tumour. I told my specialist what I was doing and he just smiled. My blood tests had come back clean but they still scanned me every three months the first year, twice a year the second and once a year after that. About five years down the track one scan came back clean. Eight years later I'm still "clean" and have yearly scans still. The specialist couldn't accept I had willed it away....LOL. Had I known about the onions then, I could have given them a go too, who knows? LOL
Stay positive LTG?

Mar 02, 2012
Thanks!
by: Csporty

Thanks Brian and Jean for the information on aspartme. After reading those articles I'm going to look at the labels for everything in the liquid refreshment aisle the next time I go to the store. And thanks to Anonymous for info on Brita and Berkey filters. And for the onions, I'm a true believer! This last batch only lasted one week and were completely black...but none of us got sick like our coworkers and classmates did. The only thing bad about onions...no sick days anymore.

Mar 02, 2012
Onions
by: Anonymous

My house smells like onions! Can't they come right from the store into a bowl. Do I really need to cut them?

Mar 02, 2012
Onions
by: Jean

Hi Anon.... how many onions are you putting around your place?? I only ever have used one onion cut in half. I don't peel it however the cut sides are skinless of course. I keep two bowls with each half in my kitchen, either side of the window ledge. That's the only room I have them in. However, if you are unwell and in bed, it's advisable to put some in the bedroom too. As we are facing Winter in the next few months, altho I've not done so before, I may just put a couple of bowls in the family room which is in the basement just as a precautionary measure.

Mar 02, 2012
Onions
by: Jean

LOLOL Sporty...."no sick days off work." You will be inundated with people asking you what's your secret. When you tell them, be prepared to be laughed at. I know, believe me. If it's not laughter, it's rolling of the eyes. The only time I tend to get frustrated is when a friend comes down with a terrible case of the flu and I knew it could've been avoided.

Mar 02, 2012
Onions
by: Pam formerly Anon

Jean, hmmmm...I'm new to the onion thing!!! So, since I did not know what I was doing and I want the germs to go right to the onion, out of eight rooms, I have an onion in six rooms. Too over powering, huh!!! :)

Mar 02, 2012
Onions To Pam
by: Onion Believer!

We have 13 rooms (including porches and hallway) and have 12 onions out. It only smelled like onions for 24 hours, so don't worry, the overpowering semll does go away. We have a huge old house (with lots of mold and aspestos siding) and it always smelled "old". My brother was home for Christmas and was shocked at how great my house smelled. We've noticed lots of benefits from the onions besides being healthy: the house smells great; there's no mold on the bathroom walls (that was a once a month chore scrubbing with smelly bleach); and it repells spiders and centipedes (I used to think we were living with those critters, but now haven't seen one in 9 months!). And to my amazement, people I tell are actually trying it themselves!

Mar 02, 2012
Onions
by: Jean

Well thanks everyone for your comments. I have only ever put two half onions in one room and it's worked for over two years but after reading these latest comments I may start putting them in other rooms of the house. I don't worry about the smell because yes, it does disappear eventually and I have scented candles around to light in case I'm having people over lol. God supplied everything for us....we've just forgotten how to put it to our own good use.
I am so happy reading everyone's positive posts. You have no idea how many people look at me oddly when I tell them about onions...they think I'm cuckoo! ROFL

Mar 02, 2012
Onions
by: Pam

I have another stupid question. Red, White or Yellow Onions? Do you change them once a week or when they look yucky?

Mar 02, 2012
To Pam
by: Onion Believer!

We use whichever onions are on sale (usually 10 for 99 cents) and I haven't noticed any difference. They are changed whenever they start molding. This last batch only took a week in the bedrooms and they were black! Before that it was 2 months.

Mar 02, 2012
Onions rule
by: Brian

Well Pam, (formally the person who used to be Anonymous) to be technical, the germs don't to the onions I am informed, it is the phosphors thingys (see I told you I was being technical..."thingys") that actually come out of the onion to meet the germs. The actual onions actually go black because the insides have been exposed to the air. I can put up with the smell of the onions for a few days.

No sick days...down under that is unAustralian..hehe...what is this world coming to? I will have to get my former union friends to ban onions in Australia...lol.

We should spread the word about this wonderful site, tell the world, send the link for this site to our friends...so many departments to look at on the left hand column.

Mar 02, 2012
Onions
by: Pam

Thank you Jean, Onion Believer! and Brian. Very much appreciated!

Mar 02, 2012
Onions
by: Jean

Pam I have only ever used the brown onions and change them once a week. If you leave them around too long they naturally start to look very grotty. I'd rather have a nice fresh onion sitting in my kitchen than a month old one lol. I don't think I would use the red ones....they probably will do the same thing but they look so pretty in a salad LOLOL.

Mar 02, 2012
Onions
by: Jean

I have to admit when I first starting posting here I never read all the posts that had gone before. I just did so and see there are some sceptics, even cynics. If you are cynical about the idea of onions keeping colds and flu away then by all means don't try it. For those of us where it has worked, we would be fools to doubt it now. It's worked over the years not just days.
I hope all those who were trying it for the first time that it worked for you too. To the cynics, we know you have to eat healthy too, using onions in this regard is not advertising for people to just forget their diet or anything else.
To whoever asked about re-using the onion PLEASE DO NOT USE THE ONION YOU HAVE HAD SITTING OUT IN ROOMS OR IN SOCKS FOR THAT MATTER for cooking purposes! Good health everyone. To those of you who are willing to try anything.Give it a go, it costs nothing...except an onion & no harm done.

Mar 04, 2012
THANK YOU!
by: Kimmie

This morning my friend posted the onion info on her facebook. I have been so sick with cold/flu off and on since October. And not your normal - get over it in a week, I was sick for the entire month of December and didn't feel back to normal till mid January. Used all my sick time off work at the end of the year- thank goodness I had some banked time.
Well...last Saturday night I felt the familiar soar throat...within a day I had the worst sinus/head cold, with chest congestion, coughing, hot/cold...the works. Just having gone through a long ordeal a couple of months ago...I thought NOOOOO not again. I did see the Dr...3 time in December and everything she gave me didn't really help. So I wasn't planning to go again this time.
I've been trying over the counter cold and flu medications...but nothing was really touching this one. The worst part is that I cannot sleep...as soon as I lay down the coughing starts...the sinus fills and drains...I can't breath. It's been BRUTAL! Sleep deprivation + the cold...I am barely functioning.
So this morning...I read my friends post and wondered..REALLY - would this REALLY ACTUALLY WORK?
I told my husband and he looked at me skeptically.
Started searching info..found lots to stay it's a myth. But your page had lots of people with positive feedback and I figured...what do I have to lose by trying...only an onion.
I went back to bed this morning with a cut onion by my bedside...and I was able to SLEEP 5 blessed hours straight.
I cannot say how thrilled I am! It's working.
Cheers!

Mar 04, 2012
Onions
by: Jean

GREAT Kimmie I love hearing the success stories. I have spent a couple of years trying to convince people this works but of course there are always those who prefer over the counter or prescription meds....they feel safer. After all using Onions for a cure is "an old wives tale" "Witches Brew" "Voodoo" and if you believe Snopes "utterly untrue." I wonder if any of the Snopes people have actually tried it.
I have learned so much more from these posts that I'm starting to put more than just two half onions in one room which has been my wont to do for the past two years or more....I have now started to put an onion in the front lounge and will progress to the bedroom in Winter.
Am going to tell a friend who has been limping with a sore heel for awhile, to try the onion in the socks when he goes to bed. Can't wait to see his face....LOL.

Mar 06, 2012
vally fever
by: tommy

i got sick with vally fever in arizona in january back home in canada under doctors care for months no cure friend told about onions and i have put cut onion beside bed for last 3 nights now seem to be getting better it works as vally fever is caused by mold

Mar 06, 2012
Onions
by: Jean

Well done Tommy. Even when you're better, keep those onions around.

Mar 06, 2012
Onions rule
by: Brian

Great to hear of your success Kimmie...always glad to hear of another convert. Not long ago I recieved an email showing fruit that at a glance had similar characteristics to organs in our body.. A carrot when sliced looked not unlike our eyes...well we know the connection there from carrots being good for the eyes. Which made me wonder why we as a whole world community aren't getting back to basics. I did print that email out but can't remember where I put it. I usually put relevant info like that in a hard copy plastic folder (one of those folders with the plastic leaves). Some medications can fix you up quickly and that problem goes away. But side effects can open up another can of worms. Right now I am searching for that email I have just referred to re vegetables and fruit resemling organs...if anyone else has had that email, let me know..it is a real eye opener..we know fruit and vegies are good for you if grown organically. Especially if one grows ones own crops for ones benefit. Or if you can find a green grocer who can tell you with confidence that the products in his shop were grown organically.
Now to Jean, you hit the nail on the head with SNOPES...some of their findings are OK but who the heck is watching Snopes...that "Sweet Poison" site I told everyone about was apparently maligned by SNOPES. I put the wind up people and ask "why do you put so much credibility on Snopes?" And if I read you correctly they have in my words, dismissed onion cures too. I would, if I was a moderator on this site, give Snopes right of reply but can we have a guarantee that they would come up with any credible reason why onion cures would work...then the conspiracy theories would surface...who is funding Snopes for them to dismiss natural cures.
And Jean you had me wondering about attempts to convert people to the onion cure...in my attempts, some successful, the others...I think I would have a better success with winning the big one in the national lotto..lol. One lady, after a weekend of trying the onions came to my place with hubby in tow, gave me a great kiss on the cheek, and hubby shook my hand, saying it was the best sleep they had after having had the flu the week before, being able to breathe again clearly. I would say at a rough guess, they were onion converts. Even when you have had a flu injection much earlier the flu feeling is still there, once the contents of the injected fluid gets through the system. Onions seem to help with the worst of the actual flu feeling when it hits one in my experience. I wonder if onions would replace the flu injections...I don't have any medical qualifications to quantify the info given re replacing flu injections because there is a different strain coming out each year...but if the onion cure helps you get through the actual flu like it did for me...then it wasn't all bad.

Mar 06, 2012
Onions rule.
by: Brian

My earlier paragraph in my recent utterings had me spell "resemble" incorrectly.
And the last section I realised I used "quantify" instead of "qualify"...but let not that detract from my thoughts presented in type written form...lol. Onions still rule, so does fresh vegetables.

Mar 07, 2012
Onions
by: Jean

Brian type in your search engine...Wellsphere, then look for Fruit and Veggies that look like body parts.

Re typing errors....don't bother to correct yourself we can usually tell what people mean when mistakes are made unless of course you typed the word on the wrong line of keys!LOL

Mar 07, 2012
Onions rule
by: Brian

Ta Jean for the info..saves me looking for that printout, and the folder I put it in (it is probably looking at me somewhere..hehe)...but just the same the content of the email is well worth the read.
Re: typos...I usually try to have pride in my spelling...drives me nuts when I type with errors...lol.
I enjoin others to look at the site Jean has just referred to.

Mar 08, 2012
Onions for allergies, It works!
by: Geneva

My daughter and husband suffer from allergies for a very long time. We live in Texas where apparently there are a lot of allergies that just don't quit.
Fed up with medications and trips to the doctor over and over again, I prayed and asked the Lord..'what else is there"...I was directed to google and looked up onions and allergies and came across some articles on how it takes away allergies and viruses. Well, I took an onion (yellow in this case) peeled it and cut both ends off. I placed it in a jar on my daughters headboard. Now you have to realize that my daughter wakes up every stinkin morning with a flushed face and tells me that she can't breath...no she does not have asthma.
So this morning she comes to me after waking up and I asked her how she felt...She said.."im fine mom" so listening, learning, & applying this Onion deal really worked for us. I now am going to put an onion in every room in a jar....it works for us, it will most likely work for everyone else too. Just because snopes says it's not true..doesn't mean it's not true...try it for yourself...besides it works and cheaper on the pocket book and drs appts. Have a blessed day.

Mar 08, 2012
Onions
by: Jean

I am so happy for you and your family Geneva that you were willing to give this a try. As most of us have said....if nothing else works, it's no big deal to put Onions around. I certainly am going to add them to more rooms in my home. Keep up the good work.

Mar 08, 2012
Can onions stop flu and colds
by: cyndi

I've found Snopes have been definitely wrong at least twice. I can't find what I was looking for right now, in a hurry, but what they said, later proved to be incorrect. They don't go back and change what they say I notice! Cheers to the humble, wonderful onion. Cyndi

Mar 08, 2012
Onions rule
by: Brian

I feel vindicated on my opinion of Snopes. Thank you Cyndi. I am not the only one. As I said before, who is watching Snopes or should I reword that, who is watching the watcher?
Geneva, I am glad the onions worked for you too. I didn't bother peeling them, I just cut the onion in half scored the flat bit, and like you put them in the room on a saucer or a plate. The main point is, it worked.
To Jean, I found that folder with the article about fruit and vegetables that look like body organs..it was sitting on top of a shelf here. Duh? My mum would have said to me the "first place you go blind is the eyes". I could put a hammer on a clean work bench and still not find it, unless the bench was messed up a bit. The shelf here is clean too. Hehe.
Oh while I am at it, there is no real intention to malign Snopes but you have to wonder why it itself is maligning things that actually work. I don't want this site sued for anything, (I like reading the articles presented)..but like I said, if I was a moderator on here I would give them, (Snopes), right of reply. Be interesting what they would say if we gave them a list of questions and how they would answer them and who are they referring to for their research...I hope for their sake it is not vested interests, and again I am not suggesting that is a possibility but it is a feeling I get as an average search engine user. Do dey knows dere onions? I wonder.

Mar 08, 2012
Onions rule.
by: Brian

Me again. Heaven help you all...lol.
Oh Jean forgot in my ramblings above to thank you for putting me onto the site,(Wellsphere) that I found the folder, after I found the site itself...
It is a great site too full of info, including stuff I didn't know I didn't know. It is bookmarked for sure.
I liken to finding things a bit like losing something and search high and low...so giving up you go and buy something to replace the missing item, and then after that expense you return home to find the missing item...Had you not told me about that site, the folder might not have stared at me...lol

Mar 08, 2012
Onions
by: Jean

Isn't it always the way Brian!! I have learned so much more from this site. I too have alergies and am going to put Onions in my bedroom today to see if that helps. We must keep our eyes and ears open now for other fruit or veg that have healing properties for whatever ailments. The idea of the cut carrot looking like the eye.....well it does and I remember as a child being told Carrots are good for the eyesight. I guess I'm going to have to eat more walnuts than I normally do LOLOL.

Mar 18, 2012
Breathing in the mid west
by: Anonymous

I moved a few years ago to the mid-west from the southwest and 3 times a year since then I get a bad bronchial infection (Dry climate vs, wet climate). 4 days ago I felt my lungs starting to get tight and the phlegm starting to build again. I just got a new job and I can't afford to get sick now. Call it over kill, but I have 3 cut onions in the room with me now. Thanks guys! You did more good than harm with this!

Mar 18, 2012
Onions
by: Pam

Let us know if it works for you!

Mar 19, 2012
Onions rule
by: Brian

I was singing at a pub north of Kapunda on Australia Day, and one guy in the audience and his wife were having a hayfever fit.. so in the break I told him about the onions. Well Saturday night, same venue, St.Pat's Day gig, I was singing to the same crowd, this fella and his wife came up to me in the break, he shook my hand and she gave me a kiss...I said "Did you like the song", she replied, "Yeah, but I gave you the kiss for the onion cure"..."It didn't stop us sneezing completely during the day, but sleeping at night was wonderful, and sneezing during the day has come to a minimum, as no matter what you do the pollen will always be there, and we don't have the runny eyes as before"...Funny, that pleased me more than the compliment about the song because it was the feedback that made it all worthwhile re onions. Oh t' b' sure dey too now knows dere onions and said they are converts now. Yippee she said.

Mar 19, 2012
Onions rule
by: Brian

Oops!! I meant the lady said "weepy eyes and runny nose"..well that was the gist of her conversation, either way she and her husband were extremely happy with the outcome.

Mar 19, 2012
Onions
by: Jean

I am thrilled this part of the site is giving so much relief to so many people for so many ailments and I won't neglect to mention Brian who is advising people in the audience LOL. I tell anyone who will listen. I know at times some people think I've lost my marbles but I don't give a tinkers damn lol. I'm sure we will, over time, hear of other things the Onions are helping with. Who knows...they may just be a cure all!! Only time and readers of this column will tell.

Mar 23, 2012
Onions BBC
by: Jean

Sorry it took so long to get back with this info or should I say none info!! I wrote the ABC enquiring about the Documentary on Onions for keeping flu at bay and various other uses but the ABC need a date it was aired and I can't remember. It was about two years ago. Hopefully they will re-run it one day......after all some of the re-runs we get we can well do without! LOL....but this one I wish would be shown at least once a year.
I have been an Onion fan for years but I have learned even more on this site for which I thank everyone. I have now graduated to putting onions in other rooms which I never did before. I only ever put them in the kitchen. As our Winter is fast approaching I will probably put them in all the rooms. I will also try the Onions in Socks remedy if needed. I have never had a flu shot btw and I'm at the age they advise you have one. I don't intend ever having one. If I do get a cold or the flu....I promise I will come clean on here! BUT IT'S JUST NOT GONNA HAPPEN :o)

Mar 23, 2012
Onions rule
by: Brian

The Great Onion Cure (To the tune “Moonshiner”)

There was a young lady, not feeling her best,
Her nose was so runny, the fluid ran down her chest, (spoken: Yuk!)
I said to the lady, if you want the cold fewer,
I may have a solution, it’s the great onion cure.

Chorus:
It’s an onion, it’s an onion that I offer thee,
Just cut it in half, put it on a saucer to be
Ready to help you and fever repell,
And sooner, not later, you’ll be feeling well.
©B.M. 24/3/2012

Another contribution to "Poetry on The Run' or maybe I should put it in a new folder "Vegie Poetry On The Run"..hehe..oh I am incorrigible with this poetry...lol..well it is a hobby anyway.

Mar 23, 2012
Onions rule
by: Brian

Seems I am a day ahead of myself again everyone..it is the 23rd today and I put 24th on the poetry....duh! Well I do need new specs anyway..the calendar is in the kitchen on the fridge and can just see it from here, with the specs on...lol. May need to go to one of those places where you get two pairs of specs for almost the price of one...then I will be doubly sure I am reading the date correctly...

Mar 23, 2012
Onions rule.
by: Brian

How did that happen Jean..I only OK'd it once and my correction went in twice. Must be gremlins in the computer at this end..I wonder if the onions will repell them too? lol

Mar 23, 2012
Onions
by: Jean

I cannot help Brian but think
your mistakes could possibly be the drink.
I'm sure however that Damien Runyon
Could write a verse about the Onion

But well done Brian of Adelaide Old
To be believable...DON'T GET A COLD!

Mar 24, 2012
Can onions stop colds and flu
by: ~ Megan

Hi all, Megan, website owner here. What an amazing bunch of poets and commentators you are! Fascinating to read, thanks so much; and Brian, I have deleted your doubled-up post :) Megan

Mar 24, 2012
Onions
by: Jean

Well....thank you so much Megan. What a great site this is in many ways.

Mar 24, 2012
Onions rule
by: Brian

Hehe Jean re: drink...I don't drink enough to even excite a breathalyser...
Re: poetry...it is just a hobby, and enjoy putting my stuff to well known folk songs, to just annoy the folky purists, and hope to inject a bit of facetiousness as well. But I only copyright it just in case I get enough of them together to maybe sell the book...hehe...dream on...
"But funnier things have happened to people....speshally them wot likes their onions"- Mr Larkin in "Darling Buds Of May".

Mar 24, 2012
Onions rule
by: Brian

Thanks Megan for deleting that extra bit...don't want to be using any extra megs than we need, do we?, and glad you enjoy our contributions.

Mar 27, 2012
Onions
by: Jean

I suggested this site to a friend who had the sore heel problem. He is now trying onion in socks at night. After one night he says he feels some relief so will continue doing this. He also suggested a site earthclinic.com that is discussion the use of Onions in curing Cancer. Thought you might want to take a peek. It gets curiouser and curiouser as Alice would say! I say it gets amazingly more interesting each day.

Mar 27, 2012
Onions rule
by: Brian

You know Jean, now you have told me that, there is a poem in the offering.."Alice & Onions"...hehe...
But you are safe for the time being, only till I take Dad to his specialist for his checkup...i will think about it whilst driving...
Cheers everyone

Mar 31, 2012
Can the onions help get rid of stomach viruses ?
by: MomOfFour

Hello ! My family and I have been battling this REALLY bad stomach bug for a little over a week. It started with my oldest son and I last week Tue. night, then my hubby got it wed. night, my 3 yr old got it fri. morning, then this past tue. night my daughter, 3 mo old son, and myself were sick !! I've had it twice now and I'm TERRIFIED of my family getting reinfected :( I have worn gloves and a mask when cleaning the vomit, and changing diapers. I have washed everything in HOT water, and sprayed Lysol everywhere, and Lysol wiped a lot of things down like fridge handle, microwave, freezer, cabinets, doorknobs, ect. I put onions in bowls in every room of the house last night. I'm willing to try anything to get my family better again !! Is there anything else you can suggest I do ???

Mar 31, 2012
Onions
by: Jean

Hi Mom of Four...you poor thing. I have been "into" the onion thing now for a few years however I only learned about putting cut up onions in bedsocks and wearing overnight. I have passed this on to friends and they have had good resuts. Something to do with the phosphurus being taken up into the body. It certainly won't do any harm so I would try it. I have onions (cut in half) around most of the rooms in my house now. Have been doing this in one room for almost three years but after reading this column I decided to put them in most rooms of the house. Should the need arise, I will put them in bedsocks if I must! Good Luck and keep in touch to let us know how you go on.

Apr 02, 2012
Are the onions supposed to attract fruit flies ?
by: MomOfFour

So far, all the onions are doing is attracting fruit flies !! I'm going to throw them away and buy some more onions. This time I won't cut the ends off or poke holes in the onions. I've read different ways to put the onions in bowls. Which way should I do ??

Apr 02, 2012
Onions
by: Jean

Well as I understand they need to be cut but if that's not the case someone on here will correct me. I have cut mine in half (for over 2 years now, renewing them once a week) and haven't had the problem you're having. All to do with the phospherus in the onion getting into our system. I use the brown onions but I read that white ones are very effective too. Don't give up. As you will see the onions are working for a lot on this site. Good luck!

Apr 02, 2012
Onion
by: Pam

Read December 29, 2010 comment. I put out cut onions and have no bug problems. In my Dad's room I put a LARGE, unpeel, uncut, white onion in a bowl. I've only been trying this for a couple months now and will continue. So far so good.

Apr 02, 2012
Onions, garlic, chicken soup to help when sick
by: Cyndi

Hello, the white onions are the strongest, not sure if they have more phosphoros. Cut in half or quarters or more and don't leave in sun, replace as soon as they get yuk.

MomofFour, I make a chicken soup for friends and family if they get sick and they love it. It has lots of healing qualities and is tolerated well and delicious. Megan has put a vegetable stock recipe in last newsletter- found it,
http://www.no-dig-vegetablegarden.com/Diggers_Rest-diggers-rest-79.html

You can boil up a chicken with this so the bones release minerals, then take meat off bone and then add lots of herbs and spices like tumeric, paprika and such, then top each person's bowl with chopped, smashed garlic. Garlic is very good for sickness, have lots!
Well that's my way to keep healthy, oh and lots of cooked and raw veg, especially raw straight from my yard. Cyndi, with love.

Apr 05, 2012
Replace unpeeled
by: Anonymous

How long need replaced unpeeled onion in a room? Can use it whole yearly or use it when hit high rate of flu or virus odor level?

Apr 05, 2012
Onions
by: Jean

Cyndi you re so right re boiling the chicken with the bones...I even include some skin. Apparently this is where the "good" nutrition comes from. Our grandmothers weren't joking when they fed chicken soup to their family in times of sickness or rubbed chicken fat on the families chest when they had congestion and colds.
To Anon...as I've mentioned before...I cut a large onion in half and put both halves in a bowl (two separate bowls) then I renew them every week. Friday in our house is the "new onion day." Since following this column I now put them in other rooms of the house too.

Apr 05, 2012
Onions rule
by: Brian

To Jean, we should celebrate the onion and make every Friday, National Onion Day..
Wednesday, the humble onion rescued me yet again...Tuesday morning and during the day I was Ok, but at the folk club that same night, there was someone sneezing, coughing and despite using the handkerchief, the germies were still floating around, and had I been sitting next to her, and not with the other musicians, I think I would have got the full brunt of it sooner...but didn't come into contact with her till it was tea and bikkies time in the other room at 8.30pm...not realising she was behind me..I seem to have recieved enough ammunition to have me death warmed up next morning...
So arising with a monstrous headache at 8am saw me take a couple of paracetamols and the first thing I reached for was the onion...cut it in half, found two saucers, placed a half on each one, one for the kitchen and the other on the bedside, and went to bed for the day and didn't wake up till 2.30pm that afternoon...by thursday morning I was feeling chipper again..back to a little sneeze everynow and then which was good enough for me...
Long live the onion...onions rule.
By the way, the lady at the folk club who passed the germies on to me is really a lovely lady...so I can't really pick on her..lol.

Apr 05, 2012
Onions
by: Jean

I found this site by just Googling....Onion Juice for Cancer patients. It seems there is no end to the wonders of Onions. Find it and read lots more.
*********

A Simple Cure for Cancer - Right Under Your Nose! Legal Disclaimer

Onion Juice!

Yes, onion juice!

The information offered here is offered for free. This site is now receiving thousands of hits a day - the word is really getting out about the benefits of Onion Juice and we are happy to say we were one of the first to bring people's attention to this important topic! We are not interested in profiting from this information, we are only interested in getting the facts out, educating people, and providing a safe and effective cancer treatment and preventative therapy to counter the many "soft kill" agents that we are intentionally being exposed to each and every day. The root cause of most cancers.



Apr 05, 2012
Onions
by: Jean

Also this one. And yes Brian I agree, we need to have a National Tribute to Onions Day!


http://curezone.com/forums/fm.asp?i=1371688

Apr 05, 2012
Onions
by: Jean

Thank you Cyndi!! Hugss.

Apr 05, 2012
love the layers
by: moonface

Onions are another of god's creations and if we used more natural ways to heal than chemicals and drugs the world would be a healthier place. Its cheaper to buy a bag of onions and give it a try than $100 worth of cold/flu products that pollute your body. BTW... the smell of the onion dissipates quickly and can be changed every week or so. I'm a fan and don't care what snoopy snopes has to say, it helps absorb things in the air.

Apr 14, 2012
fell off the wagon =(
by: SDK22

I found this site a couple of months back, I am so relieved you guys are still posting!

I have a confession, I stopped putting the onions in my house....and guess who is sick? =(
For the last few days I have been trying to overdose myself on vitamin c, nothing is helping. Out of nowhere I remembered this site...just in time for my baby. she started coughing tonight so I told my husband, "you get the onion..I will distract her"

Please keep us in your prayers tonight..this is the worst cold I have had in a long time and I really don't want her to come down with it.


Apr 14, 2012
Onions
by: Jean

SDK continue the practice of putting cut onions around the house the whole year round. Don't just wait until someone doesn't feel well. Also remember there are Summer colds too.....I keep them around my house year in year out. If the odour gets too strong I burn a scented candle. I haven't found the candle interferes with the properties of the onions.

Apr 14, 2012
It worked =)
by: SDK22

Thanks for the reply Jean. I woke up and feel more refreshed today. I can breathe a lot more out of my nose. and (hope i'm not jinxing it) my daughter is not coughing, sniffling or anything! I will keep you updated =)

and from now on I will be keeping onions in the house. =)

I know many people have asked in the past but how many do you leave in the house? as of right now, we have 3 halves in the house. one in my room, daughters room and kitchen.

Apr 14, 2012
Onions
by: Jean

I have only recently started to put them in almost every room of the house but for the past couple of years I only kept two halves in one room and that was the kitchen. I now have them in the bedrooms, lounge and family room. As we are well into our Autumn and going in Winter I figured better safe than sorry.

Apr 14, 2012
Onions rule
by: Brian

Let Aussies all, let us rejoice, we have some onions here,
To help us cure the winter ills, and hopefully quell our fears,
Of viruses that befall ourselves
Now winter approaching near.
Put half an onion, in each room to
Assist the health we hold so dear.
B.M. copyright 8am 15/4/2012
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If you are an Aussie it won't take long to find which tune to set the above lyrics to...lol...

Apr 14, 2012
Onions, sung to The Australian National Anthemn.
by: Jean

Well done, Well done Brian. I did sing along with it. I have mentioned the Onions on my facebook and directed people to this site. Some have even taken heed of the mighty Onion. Some of course make fun. There are so many pro Onion people that those that make fun don't bother me in the least.
The mighty Onion Rules
Who disbelieves?
Only Fools.
Let we believers
give thanks, even pray,
and pay homage to the Onion
that keeps colds and flu at bay.


Apr 14, 2012
Onions rule
by: Brian

Well done Jean on your poetry efforts...between us we will have Damon trying to keep up to our standards...presuming he is still a living poet...lol..forgot to tell a few weeks ago, I have a couple of books of his literature laying around on my already book laden shelves...along with ole' Shakey, Chaucer, Paterson (of course), Kendall, Adam Lindsay Gordon, C. J. Dennis, Kahlil Gibran, Yeats...the list goes on. I wonder if all of them knew there onions. I know most of the Aussie poets in that lot had an inkling..whether they knew the theraputic benefits I haven't a clue.


Apr 14, 2012
Onions
by: Jean

To be honest Im not a poetry lover so avoid poetry books like the plague.
I am soooooo into Harold S. Kushner. I've read all of his books, some several times. They are highlighted by me all over the place. However nowhere in any of them does he mention the Onion! He does however know his Onions about life. He tops the list of people I would like to meet.
I must tell you, a friend gave me a soup diet recipe. It calls for 6 med-large Onions! After four days, not only did I shed some weight, I felt like I had shed some years! I was moving like a teenager.
*note to self....get back on that soup diet!

Apr 14, 2012
Onions rule
by: Brian

Jean , you should take up poetry up as a hobby...you seem to have a natural talent for rhyming.
By all means if you can, publish the Onion recipe without contravening copyright please do so..I am developing a podge (or I am pregnant...eeek...no leave that to the ladies, they do a better job..lol..) but I do need to lose weight...as a bloke of 5'2", aged 60 and weighing 75kilos, is not a good look healthwise, unless I am going to take up Sumo wrestling..so that diet might help...might have to use a lot of deodorant eating all that...
[By the way, I checked out Damon Runyon's details in the book "Blood Pressure", he passed away in 1946. But he followed on from his dad who was in the printed media too.].

Apr 16, 2012
Onions
by: Jean

Brian I have been trying to sort out if it would be ok for me to put the recipe on here but I'm still not sure about copyright. I don't particularly want to make my email address public as I'm sure you won't either. If you can suggest a way we can work around this, I'll be happy to get it to you.

Apr 16, 2012
Onions rule
by: Brian

I just had a thought Jean..(gee for me that is dangerous..lol)...would Megan have a idea for that purpose? Otherwise it would be a no go and I am reluctant to put my email addy on here too.
And to make matters worse, for Megan it would be extra work to be a go between, and she would be driven mad with all this extra mail coming in...lol.
Looks like I am going to have to stay podgy for a while...hehe

Apr 16, 2012
Onions for dieting
by: Jean

I have no idea how to get around this Brian. If Megan can come up with some suggestion that would be great. It probably would be ok for me to post just the soup recipe but I don't want to be sued by some over-enthusiastic publisher lol.

Apr 16, 2012
Onions rule
by: Brian

If you knew it came from a site then you could put the link in here..

Apr 16, 2012
Onions
by: Jean

It didn't come from a particular site...a friend sent it to me via email. Not sure where she got it from.

Apr 16, 2012
Onions rule
by: Brian

Okies, thanks Jean for that...meanwhile as we said,
we can only hope Megan may have a solution.

Just finishing my meal of fried lizards and witchety grubs...Only joking...
Actually it was a leftover Malaysian curry (yes it had onions with in it) with jasmine rice from Saturday night but nevertheless, was still delicious...a legacy from my 2.5 years in Penang way back when I was an airforce brat...lol

Apr 16, 2012
Onions
by: Jean

I LOVE Curry. I think Curry or any of the hot spices are actually very good for you.
Cauliflower, raw or cooked is good for constipation as is eating a few kiwi fruit with skin on, washed of course. We know that Carrots are good for our eyesight. I actually love raw Cabbage without anything on it, altho I can be persuaded to finish off a load of leftover coleslaw. When I have prawns I like to dip them in a mixture of hot horseradish sauce mixed with a splash of tomato sauce. That will clear your sinuses and is delicious. I can eat three cobs of corn no problem but have been told they don't have too much nutritional value, not sure about that tho. I have to be careful with the dark green veg because of the iron content...I sometimes have an overload in my blood. I do love English Spring Cabbage (which sadly we can't get over here) and young Spinach leaves. If no one ever again puts roast Lamb and Mint Sauce in front of me I could easily become a vegetarian. But not much beats a cheese sandwich with raw Spanish Onion. Lancashire and Cheshire Cheese being my favourites. I eat Cheese very sparingly. I have a great recipe for Zucchini Chocolate Cake. Extremely moist and one way to get kids to eat veg.

Apr 16, 2012
Onions
by: ~ Megan

Hard to get a word in here!

Firstly, it's 100% okay to post recipes, as it's not possible to copyright them. There are huge numbers of recipes and websites and they all use the same or similar ingredients, though sometimes with a tiny bit of difference, or an added touch.

We wouldn't be able to have dozens of recipes for mashed spuds if we couldn't copy them. So go ahead, and if you can, put a link in where you first found it, but if not, it's fine, you are not sharing anything that has just been discovered - all ingredients are publicly available.

If you want to Jean, send me the recipe from my Contact Us page, and I can put it in the next Newsletter for all the other readers, or on my recipe page. Like the idea of the zucchini choccy cake too!

Yes, I do delete duplicate posts when I see the notification come through on my website email. Not sure why it's only happening here, but sorry you're having problems.
Onwards and onionwards, Megan

Apr 16, 2012
Onions rule
by: Brian

Thanks Megan

Apr 16, 2012
Chocolate Zuchinni Cake
by: Jean

Thanks Megan, I've decided to post them directly here. I just wasn't certain if it was ok from either avenue.


Chocolate Zucchini Cake
Ingredients

2 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups white sugar
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
4 eggs
1 1/2 cups vegetable oil
3 cups grated zucchini
3/4 cup chopped walnuts (optional)
Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour a 9x13 inch baking pan.
In a medium bowl, stir together the flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder, salt and cinnamon. Add the eggs and oil, mix well. Fold in the nuts and zucchini until they are evenly distributed. Pour into the prepared pan.
Bake for 50 to 60 minutes in the preheated oven, until a knife inserted into the center comes out clean. Cool cake completely before frosting with your favorite frosting.



Apr 16, 2012
Diet Soup Recipe
by: Jean

6 large onions ( I use brown onions )
1/2 cabbage
1 whole bunch of celery
2 green peppers (Capsicum)
2 regular cans Chopped Tomatoes
1 Bottle V8 Juice (medium size not large)
2 chicken stock cubes
1 packet dry vegetable soup
herbs and seasonings of your choice.
Cut/dice/blend all veg except tomatoes and V8 Juice.
Cover with water and boil for ten mins.
Reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes until thoroughly cooked. Add Tomatoes and V8 Juice

The basic fat burning soup may be eaten at any time when you are hungry. Eat as much as you like. The soup will not add calories. The more you eat, the more weight you lose.
No Fried Foods or Bread. You may eat Chicken instead of Beef but absolutely no skin on Chicken.
You may also substitute boiled fish for Beef but you need the protein from Beef other days. Any prescription medicine will not hurt you on this diet. Continue this plan as long as you wish. Feel the difference in your mental and physical disposition. After only days of the process you will begin to feel lighter by at lesat 4 - 5 k
and have an abundance of energy. Continue this plan as long as you want and feel the difference.
This is a fast fat burning diet and the secret is that you will burn more calories than you take in.
It will flush your system of impurities and give you a feeling of wellbeing. This diet does not lend itself to drinking alcoholic beverages at any time because of the fat build up in your system. Go off the diet for approx. 24 hours before the intake of any alcohol.
Everyone's digestive system is different so will effect everyone differently. However after three days you will have more energy than when you began if you do not cheat.
to be continued.....

Apr 16, 2012
Soup Diet cont'd
by: Jean

Day 1 - All Fruits except Bananas. Your first day will consist of all the fruits you want except Bananas. Cantaloups and Watermelon are especially good as they are lower in calories than most fruits. Eat only your soup and fruits the first day. For drinks you can have unsweetened tea, cranberry juice or water.
Day 2 - All Vegetables. Eat all the fresh or cooked veg of your choice. Try to eat leafy green vegetables and stay away from dry beans, peas and corn. At dinner time reward yourself with a baked potato and butter. Eat all the soup you want this day but don't eat any fruits.
Day 3 - Mix Day 1 and Day 2. Eat all the soup, fruits and veg you want. You cannot however have a baked potato this day. If you have eaten for the three days as above and have not cheated you will find you have lost 2 - 3 k.
Day 4 - Bananas and Skim Milk. Eat as many as 3 Bananas and drink as many glasses of skim milk as you can on this day along with your soup. Bananas are high in calories and carbohydrates and so this is the milk. On this day however your body will need potassium and the carbohydrates, proteins and calcium to lessen cravings for sweets.
Day 5 - Beef and Tomatoes. You may have 250 - 500 grams of beef and of canned tomatoes or as many fresh tomatoes on this day. Try to drink at least 8 glasses of water to wash out the toxins in your body. Eat your soup at least once this day.
Day 6 - Beef and Vegetables. Eat to your hearts content of Beef and Vegetables. You can have two or three steaks if you wish with green leafy vegetables but NO BAKED POTATO. Be sure to eat soup at least once this day.
Day 7 - Brown Rice. Plus unsweetened fruit juices and vegetables again. Eat all you like and be sure to eat your soup once this day.
At the end of the 7th day if you have not cheated, you will find you have lost 4.5 - 7.5 k.
If you have lost more than 6.5k stay off the diet for two days before resuming it again.

** For the first four days I only ate soup, drank water and made a slush out of ice, yoghurt, frozen berries and skim milk which I drank a couple of times a day. I allowed myself a baked potato on the third day and continued with the soup, slushes and water the fourth day. I had a noticeable weight loss (I don't own a scale so not sure how much. A guess would be 1 - 1 1/2 k) from the stomach area and I had more energy than I can remember in a long time. So I didn't follow the Days 1 - 7 exactly but did on the fifth day have a steak with salad. I have hypoglocemia and didn't have one blood sugar low the whole time I was on it.
Hope this is of some help to those interested.

Apr 16, 2012
Onions rule
by: Brian

Thanks Jean...the diet looks delicious...now I am trying to think where I put the vitamiser..lol..to make the fruit slushies.
Not too sure about Chocolate Zuchinni Cake though..you never know one day I will be brave and try it...You know there is another poem lurking somwhere with the Zucchini recipe...lol

May 10, 2012
Onions
by: Jean

It's been quite some time since I posted on here but I promised quite some time ago if I ever got a cold I would come clean. For the past five weeks I have been more or less confined to my home because of changes in medications for my condition. It's been a painful time but I started to come good last week and for the first time ventured out to the shops. I got caught in a heavy shower not once but twice and got soaked. My condition deteriorated somewhat and I was once again confined indoors. About four days ago I started sneezing (dry sneezing) so thought it was an allergy of some kind. Within 24 hours my throat started to feel a tad scratchy and since I have had a very slight post-nasal drip which is still with me. The scratchy throat is no more. I honestly believe had I not had the onions scattered around the house it would have turned into a full blown cold whereas it's more like the sniffles. It's not confining me to my bed or stopping me from dong other things....so my belief is still with the Onions! Good health everyone and remember Onions Rule!

May 16, 2012
Onions
by: Jean

The sniffles lasted about four days and never amounted to much at all even tho at the start I thought I was going to have my first cold in years.
I have come across another recipe which on trying I prefer to the earlier one posted. Apparently the more you eat the more weight you lose.

Basic soup
2 cans tomatoes, 1 bunch scallions, 1 large tin or packet of Campbell's beef or chicken broth (consumme), 1 pkt French Onion Soup, 1 whole bunch of Celery, 500gr fresh green beans, 2 green Capsicum, 1 kilo Carrots, 2 beef or chicken stock cubes. I added three onions altho the recipe doesn't call for them.

Cut veges into small pieces, put into a very large pan and cover with water. Add all the other ingredients. Boil until veges are very soft. Put into a blender (I didn't do this, I left them as they were and prefer it that way). This soup can be eaten anytime you are hungry. Eat as much as you want, whenever you want. This soup will add no calories, the more you eat the more weight you will lose.

** I added spices of my own choosing, sprinkles of Piri Piri and Curry powder. We much prefer this soup over the other and enjoy the lumpy vegetables rather than the puree. Bon Appetite!

May 16, 2012
Onions
by: Jean

Forgot to mention...added brown lentils too. Very tasty.

May 16, 2012
Onions rule
by: Brian

It all looks so tasty..BTW Jean, I made the soup from the first recipe you gave me...delicious...now waiting for the weight loss...but I walk a lot too so there is the added benefit.
......................
With the soup de Jour, I am wanting more
With the taste buds salivating,
I can't wait, Jean, to try your most recent recipe,
Overwhelmed with anticipating.
The taste of onion reigns supreme,
With the benefits, my face will beam
With excitement plus so it seems..
The next step is my favourite addition,
Onions sauted with sour cream...
(Another effort for the Poetry on The Run file..lol)
.............................
Oh well contrived as the poetry is, at least I am back in the swing of things..been busy with my Dad (nearly 90)who has recently had a lung cancer op., and just returned home yesterday from the rehabilitation hospital...looking better than when he went in (and walking faster too, not so out of breath)...as for onions, he eats them anyway...but I am glad he got through it all OK with the help of a great surgeon, great staff from both hospitals and a lot of prayers in the mix as well.
Cheers everyone till whenever..

May 17, 2012
Onions
by: Jean

That is absolutely MARVELOUS news about your dad. What an amazing man. I wish him the happiest, healthiest time which he most assuredly deserves.
If you loved the first soup, I think you will be pleasantly surprised with the second. :o)

Jun 04, 2012
Onion.
by: Agu prince from Nigeria

I am agu prince, i am very happy and most grateful coming across this wonderful lecture about onion is quite educating, but i want to ask, what will be the effect of an onion in a man after being contaminated with such a disease, is it still consumable?

Jun 05, 2012
Trying It Tonight
by: Kol

I got a white onion and a garlic clove, HAHA, not taking any chances. I feel a little something coming on and I have a big day on Friday. I'm also doing my nutritional/food cures - Ginger, Vinegar, Aloe Vera Juice, Mushrooms, etc. I'm a certified Nutritionist. Will post back with my results.

Jun 05, 2012
Onions
by: Jean

Wow that's great to know...a Nutritionist, we can use you LOL. Good Luck and I do hope whatever you feel youre coming down with leaves pronto. Onions cut in half and put around the house should do the trick (they have for me over 2 years). And remember do NOT use the onions for any other purpose especially cooking. The compost heap would be fine lol.

Jun 05, 2012
Living Room and Bedroom and Feet!
by: Kol

Hey Jean,

Yeah. It comes in handy and I'll be happy to help with what I can. Thank you very much for the well wishes. I have one bowl in the living room and another in my bedroom. And I'm going to try it on my feet tonight. I can smell the onion a little but it's not over powering. As someone mentioned earlier, I believe it's more that *we* absorb the onions through our nasal passages, skin, etc. Looking forward to feeling better. :)

Kol

Jun 05, 2012
Onions
by: Jean

I agree Kol it's what our body absorbs from the Onions. As mentioned I have them around the house and only once in two years have I noticed quite a strong smell of Onion. I was quite surprised as before I hadn't noticed it.
A few weeks ago I got caught in two downpours and within 24 hours got the sniffles. I renewed the Onions, had one right next to my bed and put two in the lounge, two in the kitchen one in dining room and I even have one right next to my computer. The following day, sniffles had disappeared. I am a true believer and I somehow think that's important too.

Jun 06, 2012
1st Day/Night and I Believe!
by: Kol

LOL, I believe, I believe, I believe, I believe. :) So last night, I put the onions out late evening. I went to bed with a sore throat. I woke up this morning, NO SORE THROAT! Woo hoo! My sinuses are marginally better, but not completely. I have some pain/pressure, but come on, it can't get rid of it in one day. :) One thing I did notice is my apartment is very dry and I see that the onions are drying up, so I may have to buy a bunch and put them out daily. Luckily I went to BJ's the other day, so I have plenty. :) Anyone come across this issue? If there's another remedy around that, let me know.

Jun 07, 2012
Onions
by: Jean

Kol do you have a heater of some kind? We have a gas heater (looks like real logs burning) and I keep an earthenware bowl on top of it with water in it to which I add a few drops of Eucalyptus Oil. This helps to "moisturise" the air. I don't do this as "religiously" as I spread the Onions around. Always keep a bowl of water on top but add the Oil occasionally. Btw the bowl is one I particularly like made by a friend of mine so it's not an eyesore. There are some on here who use the onions for weeks or months. I personally don't do that but whatever works. I think I may have mentioned somewhere else on here the labs are trialing Onion Juice now for Cancer patients and having good results.

Jun 07, 2012
Onions rule
by: Brian

Hi Jean, long see no time.
................................
To Kol, take it from me, from personal experience, the onion cure works...for the price of one onion, white or brown cut in half and each half put on a saucer, plate or in a dessert bowl, it is a great investment in your health.

Jun 07, 2012
Onions
by: Jean

If you have 1 hour 48 mins to sit in front of your computer, there is a video on You Tube well worth watching proving the LOVE of money IS the root of all evil to the point that governments will stand by and see children/people die agonizing deaths rather than allow a known, proven cure for certain Cancers. Shame on the FDA! Shame on the Government and shame on those who tried to discredit this amazing doctor.
Go to youtube.com and type CANCER CURE in their search engine. The doctor is Polish and I can't remember his name right now but he lives in Texas. If you have any problems finding it let me know as I have the site on my Facebook.


Jun 07, 2012
Cures and Onions
by: Jean

the Doctor's name is Dr. Burzynski. Unfortunately I could only find 28 minutes of the video but I do have the full video from a computerized newspaper heading. Hope you can find the full video.

Jun 07, 2012
Onions rule
by: Brian

Yeah Jean, I found that vid by accident while looking for something cancer related...my Dad went in for lung cancer surgery on the 23rd April, and is now recovering and now driving again...he loves his independence...till last Thursday after him leaving the Walkerville Rehab Hosp., I have been his taxi driver...lol...he wants to recover properly so he fly to Sydney for his 2nd 90th birthday celebs..the first one will be a shared B/day party with his companion at the Adelaide end. Just needs the surgeon on the 27th June,to clear him for flight..which should really be a formality, given dad spent all those years in the airforce..lol..Dad has been positive through the whole ordeal, and intends to hit the 100 mark one way or another and given his mind is still sharp as a tack, should not be a problem.
.......................................
I am disgusted but somehow not surprised at the FDA's actions, or rather lack of them...I managed to squeeze out 38 minutes of the vid..looking for the complete version..better hurry up in case the FDA has the FBI or the CIA drag the video...hehe.
Dr. Burzynski should be given a nobel prize for medicine...it seems anyone who does credible things without too much reliance on drugs, or none at all ends up being maligned one way or another by the authorities. I have bookmarked the vid as I intend to watch it again.

Jun 07, 2012
Cures and Onions
by: Jean

Hi Brian, sorry to hear about your dad and wish him the very best.
I don't understand why the full video is not available on youtube when I have it on my facebook. I'll try and sort something different out and offer it on this site. It is absolutely amazing and people need to now about this amazing doctor and what he's capable of.

Jun 07, 2012
Onions rule
by: Brian

Hi Jean, can you get the url for that video and post it here please... if it has a share function you can extract the url from then that would be good...would love to see the remaining lot of that vid.
Ta

Jun 07, 2012
2nd Day!!!!!
by: Kol

WOW!!!! I woke up this morning and I could breathe completely! Yay!!! :) I live in an apartment complex that has the heat on until June 15th and then goes back on September 15th, and we have no thermostat, so there's no way to control it besides shutting off the valves, which I did, but the heat still comes up from my neighbor below and the basement (where the pipes are). It's forced steam. If I don't have my air conditioner on 24/7 it's 90 in my apartment. It's very unhealthy. I'm the President of the Task Force of my building and I'm working on them turning down the heat. The hot water is an issue too, it's way too hot. Back to the onions, I tried making an onion poultice, but the recipe I found used oil and it was TOO oily, eww! I'm going to use hot water next time. I didn't have any cloth, so I tore up an old shirt. Going to see if I can find some cloth when I go out now.

Jun 07, 2012
Onions
by: Pam

Kol... I have been using onions for 4 months now with the help of Jean and Brian. Dad and I are doing well, but, other family members think I am crazy. They've all been sick, but, won't try the onion. Just this past week I notice my onions drying out faster so I just replace them. Don't know why.

Jun 07, 2012
To Pam
by: Kol

Hey Pam,

That's great that you've been using the onions for 4 months and doing well. Yeah it's probably the heat from outside or inside or both. I'll replace it every day if I have to. It's working wonders.

Kol

Jun 07, 2012
Cancer Cure and Onions
by: Jean

Brian I checked out the full video for the url BUT there's warnings re copyright and copying. I just typed in Dr. Burzynski on youtube and up they all pop, altho I think you have to see it in parts...i.e., 1-2-3 etc. If you can see another way around getting the complete video please do it. This video needs to be seen by the public and especially contributors to this site who are willing to try something different. It's frustrating me because I have the full video on my FB as mentioned earlier. There was no warnings given me at that time, it was part of the headlines of yahoo news. As you know I'm not particularly computer savvy but looks like now you can see the full feature video on youtube just by typing in his name Dr. Burzynski.

Jun 08, 2012
Onions rule
by: Brian

Thanks Jean for trying...I would think that the doc would have wanted the vid to be shown...but it could be that certain official forces don't want to have it widely distributed....who knows on that subject...I think drug companies have too closer relationship with governments and don't want us becoming too healthy or they will go broke...so we have to try and be very healthy and then see what the "biggies" next ulterior move will be then we again counteract it...mind you I am not one to be with conspiracy theories...yeah not much...hehe...
Will get my computer techy friend to help me on this one when he gets back from Kiwi land on Sunday...if he can find a way to the truth on the net, he will do it quicker than I can...
Meanwhile there is still onions to help us...

Jun 08, 2012
Will Never Skip A Night Again
by: Kol

OMG, I skipped last night, because my neighbor's downstairs have Alzheimer's and the other one is 98 years old. And their family/caretakers locked them in the bedroom with just a commode. :( I called the police because I kept hearing this knocking sound. So anyway, long story short, they took them to the hospital and I didn't get to bed til late and didn't have the extra time to cut a new onion. I woke up this morning with my sinuses pounding (they still are). I'm about to cut a new onion now and go to bed. I only got 5 hours of sleep last night and 3 the night before. So I'm wrecked.

Jun 14, 2012
EMPOWERED and CONFIDENCE!!!!
by: Kol

Honestly, that's how I feel, EMPOWERED! The onions have given me CONFIDENCE too! I was also soooooo scared of getting sick because of my low immunity, but now because of the onions and onion poulice, I'm not anxious to go out and mingle. I'm not saying that is making me immune by any means, but it cuts the cold/illness by 3/4. I can't begin to say how much I love Onions. :) Can I get a witness? ;)

Jun 14, 2012
Onions rule
by: Brian

Yep well Kol, the humble onion has reduced the days of my colds down to average of 3, so I am with you there. As for mingling, your showers in the mornings will reduce the odour you are afraid of, and your usual routine of cleaning of teeth and/or mouth wash. Someone asked me what it was...I said it was Eau de Toilette de Onion..(lol).when he laughed, I started telling him about the benefits of the onion 'cure'. So he has since tried it and now a convert...(he is a heavy machine operator and can't afford too many days off), his wife wasn't too pleased initially, when he snuk half an onion (on a saucer) into the bedroom at nitey nites time, he should have warned her first...hehe...but she is sold on it since he started feeling better earlier.
We, of the blog here, are witnesses of sorts to your onion 'cure' success as we have also exprerienced the benefits, some on a larger scale and some on a much smaller scale but it remains we have enjoyed the relief the humble onion has afforded us. Glad it worked for you Kol.

Jun 14, 2012
Mingling
by: Kol

Hey Brian,

I was scared to mingle because of catching something. I didn't even think about the smell of the onions, LOL.

Kol

Jun 15, 2012
Onions rule
by: Brian

Hehe Kol..and I wasn't thinking of you mingling and possibly catching something else for the onions to work on ... so we have covered both bases...lol

Jun 17, 2012
Awesome Onions, Annoying Flies
by: Kol

The only thing I've found with onions, are these annoying flies. I only have the onions out overnight, but that's all it takes I guess. Going to have to take out the trash daily too. Anyone else come across this?

Jun 17, 2012
Onions rule
by: Brian

You could put one of those fly proof nets over it to stop the flies...
Any ideas Jean?

Jun 17, 2012
Onions
by: Jean

I have, after all this time, just recently had a few fruit flies. Not an abundance but anough to make it annoying. Not sure why it was happening at that time. We are in our Winter now and have the airconditioning on when it's really cold so wondered if that had anything to do with it. I found a site on WikiHow "How to get rid of fruit
flies" and found some very informative suggestions on how to avoid the pesky little things. Maybe you can take a look. Hope this is of some help.

Jun 19, 2012
Onion enjoyment
by: Liz - SA

Thanks so much, particularly to Brian and Jean! Have have just spent an enjoyable hour chuckling over comments :)

Having said that, I am off to slice my onions for mine and my son's room to help with our sinuses and hacking cough.

Will update on progress...

Jun 19, 2012
Onions rule
by: Brian

Liz, is that SA for South Australia, or SA for Sth. Africa?? Just curiousity on my part...I am in Sth Oz., as in down under...lol

Jun 19, 2012
Onions rule
by: Brian

Just had a thought for promoting the humble onion...sponsor a football team or a stadium..e.g here we have a football stadium which was origionally called Football Park (very profound indeed...lol), but in later years it has been sponsored by an insurance company...now could you imagine seeing the AFL games at Onion Stadium???
And have everyone in the stadium at the end of the game being presented onions???
And also have kids running around the edge of the oval in onion costumes...(Oh Brian you are getting worse here)...
Or worse again, "The Voice" or "...Got Talent" is now presented by Onions...the list is endless, or is it more likely the end of it all is very listless?? Like the ideas themselves...lol....

Jun 19, 2012
Onions
by: Jean

Sure looking forward to further comments Liz and hope the amazing Onion does the trick in your home.
You do realize Brian don't you if you keep on about all this sponsorship stuff....Onions are going to skyrocket in price. Now we don't want that do we. ;o0
My daughter is over from the States visiting. I took her to see an old friend of mine who is in a new home. As we were shown around the home I was ecstatic to see a bowl with half an onion in it in the bedroom. The word is spreading....and really all thanks to Sharon who started this whole thing off.

Jun 28, 2012
I've got onions in my socks
by: Christel

Well, I've been sick since last Saturday and I'm sick of it, so I did it - put onions in my socks. I hope I feel better tomorrow. That cough just doesn't want to loosen up.

Jun 28, 2012
Onions rule
by: Brian

This comment is sponsored by the humble onion...hehe Jean...I had another occasion last week to thank the humble brown onion...had my nursing home concerts starting this Tuesday (just gone), and last Friday I felt like death warmed up..by Sunday I was right as rain ...(just had to put up with a slightly nasaly tone in the vocals)....well it is just second nature to reach for the onion now...and I found just giving the onion a gentle squeeze either before cutting it, or squeezing the halves, then score the cut halves. It seems to release the fighting spirit of the onion to permeate the surrounding air. Brings you to tears literally...lol..but worth it.

Jul 01, 2012
When it comes to nature, scientists are actually ignorant
by: Anonymous

There are many things that are happening in nature that so called scientists can not even explain why and how. The humble onion is one example. Overconfidence leads to ignorance. Let us be humbled by nature.

Jul 01, 2012
Onions rule.
by: Brian

I think we are already humbled, Anonymous, by the wonderful onion, that is why we are praising it, although there are other vegies and fruits that will help our ills if taken as nature intended us to use. Yes one can get overconfident without being armed with proper info, but having tried the onion example for myself, am satisfied of the benefits it offers.
The trouble is for years we have been bamboozled by drug companies (some of them sincere too amazingly) which medication to take and not to take and which one does or doesn't give us side effects then we are given a prescription for another drug to alleviate the side effects for the origional prescription. And so on it goes (sometimes a dog chasing its tail or worse, a domino effect on your whole being).. but if we get back to nature as some of us slowly are trying to get back to in moderation...then I think our appreciation for humble nature will increase 10 fold. Our only hope is to convince others to follow suit. Doctors have always advised us to follow a balanced diet to assist in warding off sickness and the prescription for that is eat naturally grown fruit and vegetables like our sensible parents used to feed us. Or at least try to follow Doc's orders...in this busy world we humans as a whole in the western world, have forgotten how to eat properly. Oh I forgot, drink water to help clean our systems out, two of them being the liver and kidneys. And not to forget one of the other parts of a Doc's prescriptions,...exercise...a lot of GP's have got back to basics with their advice now, thank goodness. Oh the humble onion, ...it isn't the cure all for everything but it is a good start for getting rid of my colds earlier.

Jul 01, 2012
Onions and Apples
by: Jean

Yes we are well equipped I believe but as mentioned a few times, man's greed seems to always get the better of us.
As I was reading your post Brian I thought of the remedy I use if and when I have heartburn, which is rare. I wash an apple and eat it with the skin on. Works every time. Apparently its the pectin just under the skin that does the job.

Jul 01, 2012
Onions rule.
by: Brian

Thanks Jean, your suggestion there rather changes the old adage to "An apple a day keeps the heartburn at bay"...lol..then if it keeps the heartburn at bay, it will with any luck keep the doc away anyhow from having to treat your possible stomach ulcers maybe. And I have a problem with heartburn sometimes.

Jul 08, 2012
Getting rid of odours.
by: Wendy - Down to Earth

A good tip to rid your room of any odours ( including onions) is to put a Tbsp of activated charcoal in a bottle. Puncture the lid of the bottle with a few holes and screw it on the bottle. Leave the bottle in the room and it will adsorb the odours.

Jul 08, 2012
onions/garlic
by: Karla

My mother always fed us thin slices of onion when we got sick. As a singer I found raw onions or garlic very effective against sore throat but not too good for those around me. Then I found that a few grains of cayenne pepper on the back of the throat also works if you wait 15 minutes to eat or drink. I used both remedies during 27 years in elementary education so I think I can say they work. All 5 of my grown children also swear. By onions/garlic. Never tried onions in a bowl.

Jul 08, 2012
Onions
by: Jean

Thank you Wendy and Karla. There are some amazing properties in everyday fruit and veg. I have found after a day the Onion smell if there is any (depending on the strength of the Onion) disappears but am not surprised re the charcoal since I know charcoal tablets are good for gas (not driving the car ;o) Somewhere on these posts we posted a site of fruit and veg and what properties they have for our body. Interesting reading....for example, Carrots - eyes, Strawberry - heart, Cranberries - bladder, Walnuts - brain etc.

Jul 10, 2012
Lemons!
by: Jean

I got this article from a friend....thought you Onion believers would find it most interesting..
Place lemon in the freezer. Once frozen grate the whole lemon, no need to peel it, and sprinkle on top of your foods. Sprinkle it in your whisky, wine, vegetable salad, ice cream, soup etc., etc., etc. This will give all your foods a wonderful taste. The advantages of using the whole lemon is it contains 5 - 10 times vitamins than the lemon juice itself. Lemon peel is also a health rejuvenator in eradicating toxic elements in the body. Lemon citrus is a miraculous product to kill Cancer cells. It's 10,000 time stronger than Chemotherapy. Why don't we know about that? Because the laboratories are interested in making synthetic versions that bring huge profits. The lemon tree is knowns for its varieties of lemons and limes. You can eat the pulp in different ways, juice press, prepare drinks, sorbets, pastries etc. Its credited with many virtues but the most interesting is the effect it produces on cysts and tumours. This plant is a proven remedy against Cancers of all types. It is considered also as an anti microbial spectrum against bacterial infections and fungi, effective against parasites and worms. It regulates blood pressure which is too high and an antidepressant, combats stress and nervous disorders. The source of this information is fascinating. It comes from one of the largest drug manufacturers in the world and they say, that after more than 20 lab tests since 1970, the extracts revealed that it destroys the malignant cells in 12 cancers, including colon, breast, prostate, lung and pancreas, The compounds of this tree showed 10,000 times more effective than the product Adriamycin, a drug normally used in Chemotherapeutic in the world, slowing the growth of Cancer cells. And...what is even more astonishing, this type of therapy with lemon extract only destroys malignant cancercells and does not affect healthy cells.
Note: Verified by Snopes.
I leave this with you readers as I received it. I myself did not verify it on Snopes, a friend did. However I shall do that now.

Jul 10, 2012
Lemons
by: Jean

Ok I checked with Snopes. It gives it a partially true, partially false rating. I encourage you to read what it says on Snopes. Once on the site just type Lemon cure for Cancer in their search engine.

Jul 10, 2012
Onions and Lemons
by: Jean

Maybe we need to re-title this site ;o)

Jul 10, 2012
Onions rule.
by: Brian

Thanks for that Jean about lemons and cancer. I often wonder about Snopes as you know already, but for them to partially praise anything is a miracle in my eyes...but will sus it out too.

Karla, I know very well where you are at re the singing department and have to look after the old vocal dept. The onions certainly help but will sus out the cayenne pepper side of it. Apart from doing the odd band bookings (50's/60s music), plus doing the odd solo gig, I am also a volunteer with a group who perform at nursing homes everyweek and can't afford to take any of my ills to those or any other venues. So apart from the health of others that I have to consider, trying to sing with only a slight cold can ruin the vocals eventually. Wouldn't be the first time in the past...you live by the "show must go on", the old trouper attitude..and just get through the day or evening. and suffer next morning..lol.

And at 60 now, have more reason to keep the vocals intact, and keep healthy in general..the ills seem to hit us even more as we get older...more vunerable I suppose would be the word.

Jul 25, 2012
Onions absorbing germs in the store?
by: Anonymous

I'm, just hearing about the onion absorbing germs. If this is true, would a bag of onions not absorb germs while sitting on the grocery store? If they are as powerfull as some believe, I would think that the skin would not stop germs from penetrating them.

Jul 25, 2012
Onions
by: Jean

From my understanding the Onions have to be cut to allow the phospherus to penetrate, either through breathing it in or entering through the skin. I do not claim to be an expert on this subject but learned of it a few years ago from a programme on the television. Since then I have used cut onions around my home. I have on a couple of occsions this Winter (I live in the southern hemisphere) felt a cold coming on and nipped it in the bud sotospeak by cutting an onion and breathing deeply from it. By the following day any sniffles were gone. Rather than repeat what has already been said on this site I suggest you try it for yourself. I am into my third year doing this without getting a full blown cold or flu in that time. If you read most of the posts you will see it is being used for other things too.

Jul 25, 2012
Thank You!
by: Csporty

I joined this site last year after receiving an email about onions in the house. During the past year my 12-year old son has been putting cut onions in every room. We were surprised when it actually worked on keeping us healthy. For our County Fair he submitted his experiment and a poster that states "Is Your House Sick? Feed it Onions!". They loved it and is now going onto the State Fair! Thanks for all the information we received from this site!!!

Jul 25, 2012
Onions
by: Jean

Wow Csporty your 12 year old son is amazing. Good luck to him. I love it when they learn these things at a young age and are able to carry it through to adulthood. I truly believe it gives them a head start in learning about all the other products nature has out there other than prescription meds (some of course which are needed) to keep us healthy.
As I have mentioned once before...they are doing experiments with Lemons and Lemon Juice now helping Cancer patients and having some success especially for those not receiving Chemo. I have also read an article on freezing Lemons and grating them onto your food. Tell your son to keep up the good work and remind him re cut onions in bedsocks. That'll give people something to think about LOL.

Jul 25, 2012
Respect the onion!
by: Tracey

I have had a cold since mid May, it began with blocked ears. then head and chest. Had antibiotics which did clear the chest out some but still this cold is persistent and has decided to do it's rounds in my head and nose again.A friend suggested I try sleeping with an onion! I hate onions, I gag if I accidentally taste one. Can't stand the smell and never cook with them. Onions are not welcome in my home. However I googled the onion/flu and came across this blog. As I am so "over" being unwell with this cold I actually purchased a bag of my enemies. I peeled one and placed on my bedside table. Although I'm pretty blocked I could still smell but kept a mantra going on in my head "rise above it, it's doing you good".
For the first time in 3 nights I breathed through my noise. Unbelievable! No more drinking copious amounts of water throughout the night due to dry mouth. My husband did not wake up to my "bugle blowing" nose this morning. I have a new respect for the onion!

Jul 25, 2012
Onions rule.
by: Brian

Well done Csporty, no doubt you are proud of him...maybe he may turn out to be a very healthy environmental scientist...getting the best of both worlds there... hope your 12 year old doesn't lose interest..we need people to repair the world our fellow baby boomers have nearly destroyed over the years...
I heard some months ago,(I hope it was a rumour), that a certain entity in one state of the US wanted to stop everyone growing their own vegetables...the entity was a company not a govt. institution I believe..which if true will negate any progress we as normal people have made in efforts to improve our health without using chemicals and GMO products... I wonder what the ulterior motive was there...the company's name I think started with an M...not too sure...I really hope it isn't true..maybe the sales are going down because we ain't using as many chemicals any more...like I said can't really think of the name...so that saves a law suit for this site...at least...but it is not the company it is the fact that some entity wants to stop man doing what was natural before big companies in general wanted to control everything just for their own profits saying "we know everything and we know what's best for everyone"...yeah right...long live our vege gardens without interference from outside scources...especially governments too getting in the way...
Onions (and other vegeis grown at home) rule.!!!

Aug 10, 2012
Onions and other stuff!
by: Jean

Well done Tracey. Glad you are starting to feel better. Another way for a quick remedy as you will see in other posts is to cut up the onions, place them in some thick socks and wear them overnight. It's all to do with the fact the soles of our feet are the best way to absorb into our body or let out toxins. Also, apparently low levels of selenium have been linked to increased risks of developing severe flu so eating Mushrooms is the way to go too. Mushrooms are antibacterial, have B vitamins and ribolfavins. Niocin in mushrooms plays a roll in a healthy immune system. Animal studies have found mushrooms also have anti-tumour effects. Watermelon fights infection and a handful of Almonds every day boosts your immune system.

Aug 10, 2012
mushrooms
by: Anonymous

Yes, mushrooms are fantastic, but cooked only.
The more you cook them, the more nutritious they become!!!!!

Aug 10, 2012
spelling mistakes
by: Jean

Geesh I wish we could go back and rectify silly spelling mistakes LOL. Meaning MINE!

Aug 10, 2012
Onions rule.
by: Brian

Don't worry Jean, I do it all the time...not only do I have spelling mistakes and I usually pride myself with none..
Now I have a job for Megan there...I just realised my last blog went in twice...lol.. ...........................................
Yeah, re:mushrooms..I still like them raw with salads...but can't resist having them cooked with steaks or just sausages along with all the other goodies that go with it...naturally onions, tomatoes, eggs etc.

Aug 28, 2012
sore throat
by: Jean

Just found this..hope it's of some help.

Winter sore throat "tea". In a jar, combine lemon slices, organic honey and sliced ginger. Close jar and put it in the fridge, it will form into a "jelly". To serve: Spoon jelly into mug and pour boiling water over it. Store in fridge 2-3 months.

Aug 28, 2012
Onions rule.
by: Brian

Hi Jean, I am sure you must have psychic powers, only yesterday I bought some more fresh ginger to use in my stir fry but I think some of that might be sacrificed for your throat recipe there...lol.

Aug 28, 2012
sore throat
by: Jean

Well you could be right Brian but others would say, the universe brought it to you at the right time. Others....pure coincidence. Whichever...I hope it works. I have purchased a juicer and am doing it justice making up the Gallbladder-Liver Flush by juicing Carrots, Beetroot, Lemon, Orange, one whole Cucumber, bunch of Watercress and a piece of red Cabbage to which I add some Apple Juice (No sugar no preservatives) and some Cayenne Pepper. I have to admit I'm feeling a lot better and am not having to take laxatives. As stated earlier this concoction must be kept in a glass container not plastic. I keep mine in an old wine bottle, corked, in the fridge. It's been suggested I make the "Flush" every two or three days so all the goodness i.e., the electrolytes are still fresh. Apparently it loses a lot of its goodness if kept too long.

Sep 01, 2012
Liver Flush
by: Jean

I am on my second week of drinking the Liver/Gallbladder flush and am noticing quite a difference. No need for laxatives, also emptying my bladder more frequently (which is great since I have a tendency to fluid retention) and I feel so much better.
I am making the juice every three days and keeping it in bottles in the fridge. It certainly isn't unpleasant to drink. I have added Pears to it which gives it a sweeter taste. BTW I am still keeping the Onions around the house and we got through yet another Winter cold/flu free.
I find it very frustrating when friends phone to tell me they have a bad cold or the flu. I ask if they put onions around and they answer "no." I remain silent now since going over it again and again becomes tiresome, knowing your advice is falling on deaf ears, so I now accept their reluctance as it's their choice.

Sep 01, 2012
Onions
by: Brian

Yes I know the feeling of onion advice falling on deaf ears...they think I am a left wing crackpot loopy when I talk about onion cure advice...well although not being overvly conservertive, I am certainly not a left wing loopy either...just in the middle somewhere. One doesn't have to be a left wing loopy to be open to new alternative ideas.. It is only luddites who won't listen to new ideas.

Sep 02, 2012
Onions rule
by: Brian

Since when did I start spelling conservative as "conservertive"? lol...and I used to pride myself in the spelling department...

Sep 02, 2012
mistakes
by: Anonymous

I make so many mistakes anymore I've decided to just not worry about them since usually people know what you mean. I suggest you not worry either Brian. Contributing to the site is the main thing. :o) I had to put down my glass of Flush to type that LOL.

Sep 12, 2012
I am amazed!!!
by: Anonymous

I took my 3 yr. old son to Walmart with me yesterday. Before we left, he was fine (very active little boy). So we're at Walmart and he is sitting in the cart that I wiped down with those disinfectant wipes. At one point, my son climbed out of the cart and started hanging on to the bottom of the cart. I saw his hand on the floor too, so I picked him up and he walked the rest of the way but not without touching everything.
When we got home, he went quiet and started showing signs of weakness then quickly started to throw up. I cleaned him up then gave him something to eat. He quickly threw up again and was just so weak. I sliced an onion, put it in his socks and put the socks on his feet. I took another onion, cut it in halves and into a bowl. I then placed the bowl in his room. He soon went to sleep. He slept for about 2 hrs and to my surprise he woke up feeling well again (woke up very active),he did have a whole lot of dodo in his pull up and he hasn't thrown up since and non of the other kids got it.
From my experience, I'm a believer and I think that for quick results, you have to use the onions at the very first sign of a flu virus which in my case, my son had contacted the stomach flu virus. Wish I had know about this in the past.

Sep 16, 2012
Possably other vegetables
by: Anonymous

is it only onions that this happens with? My husband is allergic to them, they give him dibilitating migraine from the scent and taste, so don't have them in the house. Was hoping (especially with cold and flu season almost here) that there was another vegetabl that can do this too. Please any and all help would be VERY much appreciated.

Sep 16, 2012
Migraines from Onions
by: Jean

I am so sorry to learn of this re your husband. Having been a migraine sufferer for most of life I can sympathize. I have no idea what else to suggest but give me time and I will try and find out something different for your hubby. My daughter, also a migraine sufferer has found at the onset she sniffs strong coffee beans and finds that helps. Meanwhile give me time to try and find out more info for you. I will get back on this site as soon as I do. Good Luck.

Sep 17, 2012
Migraines/Onions
by: Jean

I found a site Health Central which deals with this very problem, Onions causing Migraines. It would seem your husband is not alone by any means. One mentioned it's only when he cuts/chops the onion he gets migraines. Another that they don't call their affliction Migraine since it is actually a Genetic Neuroneurolgical Disease. Makes sense to me since I was the only one in a family of five who got migraines. My mother told me I inherited them from either my paternal grandmother or great-grandmother (forget which now.) Does your husband get them from eating them or just being close to onions? Will continue my search and hope we can help in some way.

Sep 17, 2012
Replacement for onions
by: Andy

Asafoetida is a spice I buy to replace onions in cooking because I get bloated wind symptom with onions. I used the search box on this website and its on one of the pages about growing onions, see http://www.no-dig-vegetablegarden.com/how-to-grow-onions.html. Then I went to Wikipedia and it says,amonsgt other things,
"It is also said[10] to be helpful in cases of asthma and bronchitis. A folk tradition remedy for children's colds: it is mixed into a pungent-smelling paste and hung in a bag around the afflicted child's neck.
antimicrobial: Asafoetida has a broad range of uses in traditional medicine as an antimicrobial, with well documented uses for treating chronic bronchitis and whooping cough, as well as reducing flatulence."

So that might be an option!! Andy

Sep 17, 2012
Migraines/Onions
by: Jean

Wow thanks for this Andy. I will definitely look for this next time in the Supermarket and give it a go. Hopefully it will help the person bothered with Migraines. Always worth a try.

Sep 18, 2012
Irritant
by: Anonymous

Onions emit a chemical that is an irritant to your eyes and nose. If cutting them can cause tears to form in your eyes and make your nose run, maybe they work to ward off colds and flu by washing the germs out of your eyes and nose before they can make you sick. What a stinky way to do that though. I'll stick with the saline drops and flushes.

Sep 19, 2012
Migraines
by: Jean

I have found a site Quantum Touch that "talks" about healing Migraines. Maybe if you Google Quantum Touch, then once at the site, type in their search engine, Migraines.
It reminded me of a time I had one of my worst migraines ever. It was so bad I couldn't even travel to the hospital. My husband called our Chiropractor in the middle of the night. She came out, had me lie from side to side of the bed, face down, so my feet were dangling over end of bed. She then manoevered my feet for a few minutes after which she got me to lay right way on the bed and then used the forefinger and middle finger and pressed down on my skull, closer to the back before it moves down the neck. Within minutes my Migraine started to leave, thankfully. She then showed hubby where to put the pressure on my skull. I had forgotten this because it was so many years ago but reading the Quantum Touch healing reminded me of it. Hope this is of some help.

Sep 25, 2012
FYI
by: Jean

I promised I would come clean re having a cold...well Sunday and Monday I sneezed quite a bit (not hayfever) and had a scratchy throat and a bit of a thick head feeling. I admit I've been a tad lax in replenishing the onions around the house lately so Monday morning I woke up feeling lousy and immediately cut up some fresh onions. Walked around for awhile with half of one sniffing it as much as I could. I then got in a very hot shower, went back to bed (next to my new half onion) and slept like log. The rest of the day I felt a lot better and by this morning, no sign of scratchy throat, sneezing or runny nose. All through this I also drank a few beakers of the "flush" which I'm sure helped also.

Sep 26, 2012
It works
by: Anonymous

This works, I didn't believe my girl friend to begin with. Now I believe it 100%. Just cut an onion in half and score it and put it beside your bed will get rid of coughs pretty much straight away

Sep 26, 2012
Onions rule.
by: Brian

Yep go for it...it works for me too...sometimes it inspires me to write facetious poetry....hehe...I have been lazy lately re poetry..but loves my onions.

Oct 03, 2012
Eating healthy by colour.
by: Jean

Have this on Facebook Site....from Vegan Blogger.com

Eat White to strengthen the immune system.. Cauliflower, fresh Garlic.

Green - to purify with detoxification.. Apples, Capsicum, Lettuce, etc.

Red - to improve heart and blood health.. Tomatoes, Strawberries, Beets.

Yellow - to fortify skin elasticity.. Bananas, Lemons, yellow capsicum.

Orange - to prevent cancers.. Pumpkin, Oranges, Carrots.

Purple - to increase longevity..Grapes, Aubergine.




Oct 04, 2012
Onions rule.
by: Brian

Good one Jean... you might say colours of your life to colours for your life.

Oct 04, 2012
Trying the onions
by: Liz

Just placed half an onion next to my bed, will report in the morning if current stuffy nose and cold is gone, so far its been about ten mins and nose is decongesting a bit!

Oct 04, 2012
Dementia...FYI
by: Jean


Found an amazing article on this...I'm sure a help to those who are dealing with this problem either themself or in being a carer. Unfortunately it won't allow me to copy and paste the full article as it is so long. Here is part of it.........hope it helps someone.

Scientists are investigating how curcumin - a chemical compound found in the powdery curry spice turmeric - can help in the fight against dementia.A clinical trial has started at a Sydney retirement village where 100 residents will take supplements of curcumin and be given MRIs.
Curcumin is the compound that gives turmeric its rich yellow colour. Scientists have found it is also a powerful antioxidant, an anti-inflammatory, and may halt the onset of Alzheimer's and dementia by clearing the body of a protein called beta amyloid within the region of the brain associated with memory and learning.

Oct 07, 2012
Thank you all!
by: Starstuff

I have COPD and a nasty cough that I don't seem to be able to shake. Remembering that Mum used to make me eat onions for coughs and colds I thought I would look it up.

WOW! Thank you all for all your comments. Can't stop to add more - I need to get to the store before it closes and buy a bag of onions :)

Oct 07, 2012
COPD
by: Jean

I was diagnosed with COPD (mild I think)months ago. Other than when I bend down a lot, it doesn't seem to bother me. As you can tell from my other posts, I have been scattering the half onions around my house now for about three years. Can I suggest that you just take half an onion and walk around with it for a short while, sniffing it. Not just little sniffs, some good big ones. I have done this before, around the house of course lol. It's important now you've been diagnosed to keep heavy colds and flu at bay. The Onions will help you with this and drink plenty of clean water.

Oct 07, 2012
COPD
by: Jean

I am NOT suggesting cut up onions around the house or sniffing them will cure COPD!!! Just clearing that up in case someone picks me up on it LOL.

Oct 18, 2012
Amazing
by: Janice Neri

my 10 month old baby suffered from flu each month, one of my neighbor suggested to me to place onions inside my house... i turned sceptical and did not follow her suggestion. then just yesterday again my daugther got flu so do i.call me desperate but yes tonight me and my daugther in socks with onions and for the recordbi placed 30 onoons divided in my entire house i feel better and my daugther sleeps well tonight i have onions in my bed side also. i will update you guys tom. thanks and goodnight.

Oct 18, 2012
Onions
by: Jean

Well done Janice. I can understand people being skeptic but when it comes to our children most mothers are willing to give anything a try. Keep up the good work and I do hope your baby won't have anymore colds or flu.
I must say last week I "felt" a cold coming on. Throat was scratchy and I was having the odd sneeze and sniffle. I started to feel it was taking hold. I cut an onion in half and walked around for a short while sniffing at it as hard as I could, put fresh half onions around the house (I had neglected to do this for a couple of weeks) and hoped the oncoming cold would not take hold. The following day the scratchy throat had disappeared, I didn't feel fluish and my head was clear. Onions have proven themselves time and time again for me personally. I am always happy to learn of people who are giving them a try and finding success.

Oct 18, 2012
Grateful
by: Janice Neri

thank you so much jean you have imparted a lot in this discussion my daugther recovered fast than usual but still with occasional cough i owe it to all the onions inside my house and to all your stories here.

Oct 24, 2012
FALSE
by: Anonymous

http://www.sno
pes.com/medical/swineflu/onion.asp

This MYTH has been around for over 100 years~

Oct 24, 2012
Onions rule
by: Brian

Another Snopes devotee eh? Not sure about the swine flu but the onions help lessen the symptoms of 'ordinary' flu for me...and especially good for ordinary colds I have found. I find myself getting around a couple of days earlier with the onions.
Have you tried it at all?
Snopes sometimes gets it right but they ain't the be all and end all of every verification process.
Onions have worked for me...
Each to his own...I suggest you try it next time you get a cold and try some of the methods on this blog that have worked for others. Then if it doesn't work for you...at least you have tried.
Ghandi once said..: "Just because someone told you there isn't a hole in the road you travel, does not necessarily mean there isn't a hole."

Oct 24, 2012
Onions rule.
by: Brian

I think Snopes is trying to tell you there is no hole in the road.

Oct 24, 2012
Onions
by: Jean

I'm with you Brian, this has been proven time and again and yes Snopes cannot be relied upon as many will attest. Another thing I thought of the other day that readers of this column may be interested in. If any suffer from mouth ulcers as a friend of mine once did I searched for help for her as she was in great discomfort. Eureka, found that Myrrh dabbed on mouth ulcers is the answer. She tried it and sure enough got overnight relief. In fact years later she still is not plagued with them anymore.
Back to the Onions....it's mother's with children that find the Onion such a great help now when their children have the snuffles or worse. We cannot discount this because it's tried and true no matter what Snopes want to tell people who think they are the Bible of Truth. There is no harm in giving Onions a try when one has full blown flu and not doing so because of what Snopes prints is totally ridiculous.

Oct 24, 2012
Onions
by: Pam

Thanks to this blog and Brian and Jean. March 2, 2012 I have been a believer of The Onion. Works for my household. Unfortunately my extended family knocks the Onion and guess what, I have to hear all the time how sick they are. Don't knock something unless you have tried it! Started putting Coconut Oil on toast to help with memory loss. Will get back to you on that one.

Oct 24, 2012
A little funny aside....
by: Jean

Thanks Pam. I do admit to being an advocate of Snopes a few years ago until friends caught them out on far too many mistakes so after that I decided to make my own mind up. Years ago I had a book on alternative therapies (not sure if I still have it, must look.) That was where I got the advice on Myrrh for mouth ulcers. It was full of natural remedies. A friend's husband thought it was all stuff and nonsense (the husband of the friend who cured her mouth ulcers with Myrrh.) They were visiting one day, he spied the book and picked it up and started flipping through the pages. At random he stopped to read and wouldn't you know it, the page he stopped at read as follows....."For warts cut a potato in half and apply cut end to the wart." (So far so good I thought but then he continued reading aloud, now with a big smirk on his face) "Take the other half of potato and plant it by the light of a full moon and the wart will be gone by the next day!" ROFL, needless to say we have never lived that one down but I still laugh out loud thinking about that night.

Oct 24, 2012
Onions
by: Jean

Just thought Pam....some of my family and friends do the same thing. Just last night I was talking to someone on the phone about not feeling too good and tired most of the time. In the background someone chirped up...."that's 'cause you've got no onions around!" LOLOL I can laugh at the scoffers now but it took awhile. I may be old and get tired easily but I haven't had a cold or flu in years and I don't even get the flu shot! To each his own. Keep up the good work.

Oct 24, 2012
Onions rule
by: Brian

Coconut oil on toast...might try that Pam...my luck is with my memory will not be able to find where I put the coconut oil. Hehe..I have a lot of other things on toast but not coconut oils.

Yes re: Myrrh, I have heard of that one Jean, but not tried it yet either...but will try both ideas. I use coconut oil in stirfrys..maybe it works better directly on toast. Could be a reason many tropical islanders of the past have good memories.

Re: Snopes, we have had a lot of arrogant talkback announcers who quote Snopes left right and centre as if it is a Bible, only to be shot down in flames by emerit professors on numerous occasions, not so much here in Adelaide...but a very top of ratings announcer in Sydney has been caught out many a time with his praising Snopes and of course all his regular listeners hang on every word as they do. Within a day of visiting Sydney I can almost tell which radio station's announcer they listen to. I suppose they think the announcer knows his onions too...lol.

Oct 24, 2012
BUT BUT BUT..!!!
by: Janel

Okay, so I would love to try this, but my question is... How would putting an uncut onion in a bowl in my bedroom be different than having them uncut in their box in my kitchen? I have gotten a few nasty colds and flus since I've had them there (over a year). Am I doing it wrong?

Oct 25, 2012
Onions
by: Jean

Janel I first saw an ABC programme a few years ago on this very subject. At the time I was watching, I wasn't giving it my full attention until they started visiting countries where they practice this with the Onions. In fact they visited one tribe in remote somewhere (I think in South America) who didn't even know what a cold or flu was. They cut their onions. I can only assume as I don't really know, being as it's the Phospherus that is supposed to help protect and help with flu, that this is the reason we have to cut the onions. I know if I feel a cold coming on I take the cut onion and take some long hard sniffs. The smell is a lot stronger this was rather than an onion with the skin on. This is the only reason I can think we need to cut them.

Nov 03, 2012
Onions and a cold
by: MollyM

Came across this site tonight. Last night woke up at 1:30am with sore throat and today heavy chest and wheezing.. I now have an onion cut in half, one half here by my computer and the other half on my bedside table. could not smell the onion when first put it out but now I can, so it is clearing something in my nose. Will book mark this site and will let you know how I feel tomorrow. Thanks

Nov 04, 2012
Onions
by: Jean

Thank you Molly. Please do let us know either way. Any news is a help. Also don't be afraid to hold the half onion up close and sniff hard.

Nov 04, 2012
What's In The Onions?
by: Robert

Onions, garlic and eggs contain high levels of Organic Sulfur (MSM are the initials for the Latin name). It is the absorption of the organic sulfur that causes the healing. I've found lignisol brand MSM to be the most effective. Organic sulfur is in every living cell - no exceptions. It is highly oxygen hungry so readily escapes when the plant or animal is harvested. The most effective substance I've ever used for setting a body right again, whether from a wound our illness.

Nov 04, 2012
Experiment on onions
by: Robert

Wouldn't it be simple as someone opening an onion and taking an immediate sample of the surfaces to a lab, leaving the rest on the table or counter top. Then the next day take a sample of the surface to the lab again and just look at it under a microscope and see if it has "collected" anything than dust?
Until someone actually LOOKS directly at it, it is all supposition and guess. Why have that when it is so possible to know?

Nov 04, 2012
Onions
by: Jean

Well Robert I for one, and I suspect others here aren't exactly scientists. I think we have deduced from this site that it's the Sulfur that does the job. At first I did believe the virus attached itself to the cut end of the Onion but that seems doubtful now but I could be wrong. I can only give my personal opinion through using this method for the past 3 - 4 years and we have been cold/flu free in all that time. If I feel a cold coming on i.e., dry scratchy throat, bit of a runny nose, I immediately renew the Onions around the house and make sure I take lots of good hard sniffs, It has yet to fail me. I suggest you read all the posts if you have not done so. The ones that warm my heart are from mothers who are finally getting a good night's sleep when they use this on their little ones and find their coughs/colds etc., start to clear up, some overnight. If you have read some of these posts you will see laboratory testing has been done. It's doubtful that we mere "ordinary" people have a microscope handy in our home and if we did we really wouldn't know what we were looking for. Those of us who "know" know through our experience. Three to four years without a cold or flu is evidence enough for me. However, I am interested in any findings you come up with. We can learn from everyone. Thank you for your comments.

Nov 07, 2012
new to this site but intrigued to say the very le least
by: Rose

I have read this entire site and am very intrigued
by what I have read, I have had a couple of bouts with very bad bronchail infections that have lasted for weeks just to get better and the get worse agian, I finally have gotten my lungs to feel better thru breathing in alot of hot steam ( Iam alergic to almost all antibiotics,the last time i took them I almost died, but now have this lingering congestion that seems to hang in my throat I have tried many things to try and get this to clear so tonite Iam trying the onion its not only botherson to always be trying to clear your throat but also embarrassing so wish me luck

Nov 07, 2012
Onions
by: Jean

Good Luck Rose. Let's know how you get on. Don't give up, it may take a day or so.

Nov 09, 2012
Just to let you know the onions worked
by: Molly

I can hardly believe it, but my cold only lasted two days. I have bad lungs and have had asthma since I was four, and now that I am older (62) when ever I get a cold that goes down on my chest I cough and cough so badly for weeks, some times even months after. Then I usually have to go to the doctor and get 10 days of prednisone. I am happy to report this time no lingering cough. Now I will keep the onions on the go all winter. I will change them out on Wednesdays. I bought the white ones as the comments tend to think they are better. Will just one work, half in the dining room and the other half in the bedroom? I will put out more if you think that would be better at keeping the winter colds and flu's at bay. Thank you so very much for this information. I had heard this before but hearing that it has worked for so many people on this site was what got me to try it. Salute to the onions and everyone who shared their stories.

Nov 09, 2012
Onions
by: Jean

Brilliant Molly. I am so pleased you got results. I personally use the brown onions (cheaper ones in Australia) and try to remember to replace them every week, however I do fall short on this at times but haven't had any problems because of that. I keep them around all year. I sure hope it helps more with your Asthma too. Keep up the good work.

Nov 12, 2012
Onions
by: Dorothy

I am 80 years old and have an onion on my counter for years. I will not take a flu shot, I have the children and grand children visiting with colds and I do not get it, they laugh at my remedy, and I say go ahead and laugh. No cold medicine in my home and no colds. When the Doctor asks me if I want a flu shot I say no, and tell her about the onion. For the cost of an onion it's worth every penny. Change it every month.

Nov 13, 2012
Onions
by: Jean

Well done Dorothy. I am 74 and my husband is 80 and we have both been cold free except for one visit away from home to Adelaide where my husband did get a cold and he gets the flu shot. I have never had a flu shot in my life nor do I intend to get one ever. I am made fun of and laughed at re my fetish with Onions.....I don't care and usually feel sorry for those who are not willing to try it even though they are stuffed up with a severe cold or flu. I don't understand what all the aversion is to using Onions as a remedy. I would try anything if I was plagued by those nasties. All the remedies our grandmothers used seem to be unacceptable anymore yet we will willingly take over the counter medications which usually have side effects. There is so much more to be learned from using what the earth supplies us with. YOu may be interested in this site....http://youtu.be/CDhMmPWWTxQ.

Nov 13, 2012
Onions rule.
by: Brian

Hi everyone, including Jean, long see no time, this morning about 7.30am woke up sneezing with my usual hayfever...so while I was cutting onions up for the casserole I took a sniff of a half onion (which didn't go in the dish), and now at 8.16pm still not sneezing...

Nov 13, 2012
Onions
by: Jean

WTG Brian! I have heard of others with hayfever being helped somewhat by the sniffing of a cut Onion. I have a sort of hayfever inasmuch as I get a tickle at the end of my left nostril. Drives me nuts. Sniffing half an Onion helps somewhat but it usually comes back so I've resorted to hayfever tablets which keep it at bay. I never had hayfever ever in the northern hemisphere, but once I settled in the southern hemisphere I get a mild form of it each year.

Nov 13, 2012
Onions rule.
by: Brian

My left nostril's twithing, my throat is itching, I had no idea what to do,
So sniffed half an onion in total desperation,
And now my breathing is clear through and through.

Nov 13, 2012
Onions
by: Jean

Brian, as a child did you ever plan on
writing about the humble Onion?
Maybe you did, maybe not
but certaiinly a gift is what you've got.
Onions, Carrots, what's next Venison?
You're No-Dig-Vegetable-Garden's
Alfred, Lord Tennyson!


Nowhere near as good as you Brian but I had to have a go. Who would have thought Onions even inspire poetry? Keep up the good work :o)


Nov 13, 2012
Onions
by: Brian

But my best subjects in High School was English and Eng. Literature...
.................................................

Venison eh? give me time,
A doosy subject for a rhyme,
I don't put me in the class of Tennyson,
But we have a poet here called Dennyson.,
But we also have a C. J. Dennis,
I know he didn't play tennis..
But whether they really eat onions,
We are certainly, poets, breeding young'uns...
............................................
Well that was an impromptu poem on just opening the no dig email. Sad Brian, sad...hehe

Nov 18, 2012
trying the onion tonight
by: Miche

Hi everyone,
A colleague of mine sent me an email with the family in the 19?? who never got sick.......

I came to this page googling info on onion in a bowl to see if anyone had something to add about this idea. I read the whole page from the very first post and now, sick with allergies or mechanical irritation (breath some particules maybe) or just a cold or virus who knows? But everytime I get sick it goes to my lungs and upper respiratory system. I hate to take medications and especially antibiotics. I make a syrup with cut red onion and honey which I put in a jar until a liquid is formed and it is quite effective. So, I just cut the top of a yellow onion, put it in a bowl and set it on my night table. I'll tell you what up tomorrow morning. Then, tomorrow, I am hitting the slices of onion in my socks business.

Good night yall.

Nov 18, 2012
Onions
by: Jean

We await anxiously your next post Miche. I do hope you get a good enough result for it to be noticeable in the morning. Continue doing this even if you do feel better. We love to "hear" of positive results.

Nov 22, 2012
In your first paragraph, Anonymous wrote:
by: Anonymous

"I heard if you put an onion in a bowel in each room of your house..."

It is rather alarming to think of having onions in (someone's/something's) BOWELS in each room in my house.

Proofreading and Spell checking are glorious things, people!

I would have much less of a problem storing onions in a BOWL in each room of my house.

Just saying.

Nov 22, 2012
Onions
by: Jean

Annonymous....I would personally like to help you stuff onions up your BOWEL. In fact it would be my pleasure! I'm sure it would help with your condition, "Pickyness" or wait, is it Pickiness? Just sayin'

Nov 22, 2012
Bowled over by bowels and bowls
by: Ha ha

Yeh, could've read the rest of this onion thread and seen where the mistake was mentioned. Very funny, ho ho ho, ha ha, so up anyone's b if they're worried about b this and b that!

Nov 23, 2012
Onions rule.
by: Brian

It never struck me to compose a poem for that blog when I first saw it months ago...but to do it politely would be a challenge...hehe...but give me time...give me time...I will shock everyone...politely of course...

Nov 23, 2012
Onions
by: Jean

Brian, you read my mind. I was going to suggest it in my last post, then thought "no leave well enough alone." However it would be fun to see what you could come up with.

Nov 23, 2012
Onions
by: Brian

Din dins time now Jean...will catch you and the other bloggers whenever... poets (even bad ones) need nourishment..and yes once again there is onions in my curry casserole...lol..oh blimey...am standing beside myself with excitement...will have the usual side dishes of cucumbers and tomatoes and other cool vegies...(learnt all that in Malaysia all those years ago)

Nov 25, 2012
Onions, I've heard of this
by: sicoit

I've been "on my deathbed" since this past Monday with a serious form of bronchitis/pneumonia that I haven't had in about 7 years. The doctor gave me a Zpac (arithromycin) that I tried to tell him does not work and I needed Levoquen. Of course, "he's" the doctor and knows best. I finally went to an urgent care clinic on Friday and got my Levoquen prescription but since it's been almost a week, it's not working as fast as it should. I've had a terrible cough and congestion that is just not letting up and I can't get any rest at night because of it. I've heard of the onion in a bowl, made some pepper steak for dinner and used the leftover 1/2 of the onion to put next to my bed. I'll keep you posted on my results. Thanks for the great suggestions!

Nov 25, 2012
Onions
by: Jean

Sicoit so sorry to learn of your dilemma. Just want to remind you because your case is severe, besides putting the half onionin a bowl or saucer, please take the other half and take some good sniffs as often as you like. That should help more than just the half in the bowl. Here's hoping you get well real soon.

Dec 14, 2012
Wow this is crazy!
by: Anonymous

my mom recently told me about this whole onion in a bowl thing...i came home the other day finding onions in random rooms in my house as well as one in my bedroom due to the fact that my cat has a really bad cold, it gave me quite a laugh. I hope it works and cures my cat lol. My mom had a really bad cold (it may have even been the flu) last week and it always happens that when she gets sick everyone else gets it in my family no more than a day or 2 later. No one has gotten sick yet which is extremely surprising! we'll see what happens :P

Dec 14, 2012
Onions
by: Jean

Just make sure you keep replenishing the onions. I change mine once a week and continue this practice through all seasons. I hope your mom and the cat get better real soon. Trying to get the cat to sniff the onion might be a bit of a challenge but tell your mom to take some good sniffs every now and again.

Dec 18, 2012
Onions WORK!
by: 1stLadyDC

Placing a onion on my chest sure worked for me. I feel better and I am thankful. One on each foot in a sock and a sliced in half on my chest.

Dec 18, 2012
Onions
by: Jean

Thank you so much 1stladyDC for letting us know this. It's brilliant when we read stories such as yours which verifies the amazing properties of onions. If you have anything more to share please do so.

Meanwhile may I take this opportunity to wish all those who celebrate Christmas a happy one with family and friends. May the coming new year bring love, good health, peace and happiness and may we always have Onions available to us. :o)

Dec 18, 2012
raw oinion for lower back pain
by: martin

Hi, just like to add to all this wonderfull information. I live in Spain and was operated on my lower back a few years ago for a hernia discal. Anyway the opp was a success and my back is much better now, however i still need to watch the way i bend and lift heavy objects. Now and again i do bend the wrong way and i know straight away that im going to have a sore lower back in the morning which is usually fixed by popping a couple of ibuprofen. However whilst in my local supermarket the next day which is a huge spanish chain i was looking at the onions and much to my surprise read in large print on the front of the label that oinions are anti-inflamatory, so, got my onions home, cut one in half through the root, scored the cut half with a knife and then rubbed the onion all over my lower back and spine and within half an hour my lower back pain had gone!! Sure beats the ibuprofen and upset tummy that comes with them! Hope this is of some help to other back pain victims.

So Well done for your highly informative page and well done to the spanish supermarket chain for selling onions with this valuable info printed on its label.

Dec 18, 2012
Onions
by: Jean

Thank you so very much Martin for this info. As you can see we have been praising the healing properties of Onions for many months. I personally have been ridiculed by family and friends for believing in the amazing Onion as I do. I learned about it from an ABC programme a few years ago showing their laboratory test results and places in South America that use them for healing purposes and keeping flu and colds away.
Posts like yours should help convince the doubters and hopefully encourage them to give the old Onion a go. Once again many thanks....you've taught me something new.

Dec 18, 2012
Onions rule.
by: Brian

Hi Martin, Jean and everyone on this blog. Like I have said many a time, this onion and other natural remedies is something a lot of the big drug companies don't wish you to know. Pleased that the humble onion helps your back a little there and if it means not putting iprobrufen in your system, and extensive use can harm your kidneys in the long run, then you will feel more comfortable in life. Just think of the money saved petrol wise by not having to drive too often to the doctor for an iprobrufen prescription then maybe also if you don't have a pharmacy in your medical centre, have to use more petrol getting to your pharmacy down the road. And also the money saved not having to buy more drugs for your back... a 3 fold benefit...not so many drugs, less trips petrol wise, and the best of all...feeling healthier in body and mind, and the wallet. The very best of health for you Martin, Jean and everyone on this blog for Christmas and the new year... :-) ... And don't forget the real reason for this season...

Dec 20, 2012
Haters keep hating
by: Ksygrl

I found out about the onion remedy trough someone on Facebook. When I shared someone told me that it wasn't true through that one site. I wasn't satisfied with that so I kept searching for info. I found you guys & havent stopped reading about your experiences. Needless to say I have set up three rooms with the onions seeing that my husband works construction & shares tools with a crew of young guys. We have been sick the past couple of years more than in the past because they get sick & come into work. I recently started juicing & now will have permanent onions cut. We do not have insurance. To all you haters out there keep hating & stay ignorant. Peace, love, & good health to you all

Dec 20, 2012
Onions
by: Jean

Well done Ksygrl
People throughout the ages have poo poo'd ideas that don't correspond with what doctors prescribe or over the counter meds. It took a very long time and a lot of deaths for doctors to learn they needed to scrub up as they were cross-infecting patients. It only took one person to realize what was happening and I bet he too was laughed at to begin with. Now it's well known how they scrub up before and after operating and nurses are washing their hands all the time. Visitors now have at their disposal disinfectant recepticles to put their hands under so they don't take infection into a patient. For those of us who have found Onions to be useful for several reasons and like us, have been cold and flu free for years (without the help of a flu shot) we just have to accept there are some who will see it as nonsense or black magic/witchcraft and choose to believe those on this amazing site are doolally LOL. We have to allow them and just hope they will allow us our beliefs. After reading most of these posts I personally would find it hard NOT to believe Onions play a big part in keeping colds and flu at bay and as we have just recently learned is indeed an anti-inflammatory.

Dec 21, 2012
Thje Onion phenomenon
by: c4thsjo

Hi folks! It's been a pleasure reading all of your posts.
I have been coming down with something the past few days - I posted my comments about feeling 'icky' on Facebook and a friend reminded me of the Onion trick..... so... last night I did it - I put the cut onion half in my room and went to bed. My symptoms of 'flu' like nature are gone - I still have a headache and mild cough - but the other stuff - gone!! Now the onion however, turned a yuky brown colour with black specks...unknown if that is related to the flu thing? or something in the air - but regardless - I threw the onion out.. and am feeling better.
I may put the other half out tonite to see what happens.
This is just my experience - call it what you will but I'm feeling better and thrilled - Xmas season is here and I dont' want to be sick!!! :)

Dec 23, 2012
I'm a believer!!
by: AveryHolder

Love this and lol at the nay sayers who don't even have the courage to try it..truly unreal. This has worked for about 3 friends so far...I'm on my way to the store for onions now. Thanks guys for this page!

Dec 23, 2012
Lol nice Jean!!
by: AverySHolder

In your first paragraph, Anonymous wrote: NEW
by: Anonymous

"I heard if you put an onion in a bowel in each room of your house..."

It is rather alarming to think of having onions in (someone's/something's) BOWELS in each room in my house.

Proofreading and Spell checking are glorious things, people!

I would have much less of a problem storing onions in a BOWL in each room of my house.

Just saying.

Lol nice answer Jean!! What a jerk.

Dec 23, 2012
Lol
by: AverySHolder

Nov 22, 2012
Onions NEW
by: Jean

NICE ONE JEAN!!
I am relatively sure I have not laughed this hard in a long time...lol!!


Annonymous....I would personally like to help you stuff onions up your BOWEL. In fact it would be my pleasure! I'm sure it would help with your condition, "Pickyness" or wait, is it Pickiness? Just sayin'

Dec 23, 2012
Onions rule
by: Brian

Well I still chuckle everytime I think of that bowel contribution...just a slip of the tongue...er...finger on the keys there...
..................................................
Well typical happened..change of weather here from a hot 41C here in Adelaide to about 27, but was chilly this morning and now getting the sniffles...but yes, I have reached for the onion, had a long sniff of it, put both halves on the respective plates as before and wait. Reason being? I have a gig on NYE..and hate the sound of me sniffling and nasaly while singing...one wonders what the audience thinks..hehe. Fortunately not doing all the lead singing...I have joined as a stand in with my drummer in another band for the gig and we have 3 other vocalists to share the duties..looking forward to four part harmonies if if the band practice was anything to go by. For the moment I want the harmony of the onion with the rest of my being till then.

Dec 24, 2012
Heard it Today~Trying it Today
by: Traci:)

My daughter is 7 1/2 months pregnant and feeling AWFUL..Pregnant woman can't take anything for a cold...uggh...I say try it, what's it gonna hurt?Looking forward to her feeling better soon:)...THANKS for posting the onion cure!:)

Dec 24, 2012
Onions
by: Jean

Good luck to your daughter Traci. I do hope having Onions around will help her. At this stage she needs all her strength saving up for the birth of her little darling. At this point I would put onions cut in half in a shallow bowl or saucer around the house and definitely one near her bed. Please let's know how she goes.

Brian I do hope all goes well for your gig. As I recall youre in Australia too?? If so this heat won't help, it saps one. You too let us know how things go.

Best wishes to you Traci and your family and Brian, you and yours.

Dec 25, 2012
Hoping for the best
by: jason_scboi

My Aunt believes in natural remedies, and told me to do this today because i was feeling sick and running a fever, Within a couple hour the body aches started to reside and my sinuses are clearer...I'm going to leave it in the bowl overnight and see what happened....I have faith that this can work, and so should the other who doubt it.

Dec 25, 2012
Onions rule.
by: Brian

Thanks Jean..and the onion's harmony with me worked...now all I have to do is concentrate on the other harmonies...and spend a couple of hours each day practising songs until band practice two weeks ago I had never heard ( and add to that these people who do good old tried and tested rock and roll songs in Ab and Eb, and even Bb are heathens, makes me have to work to hard thinking...hehe.)

Didn't see the forecast, Jean, for NYE for little ole Adelaide, but fortunately the venue has a half decent air con system...but on NYE always have a change of shirts to brighten up the evening to be colourful, (and take their minds off any mistakes I make..lol..tricks of the trade). I can always sneak a couple of onions on the stage to keep us all safe from the wobbygongs...

I was right with the onion in a couple of hours on Monday...just gotta nip it in the bud, when the sniffles started...although it also works when I am "weally dowd wid da code id da dose" (lol) too.

Dec 25, 2012
Onions
by: Jean

Good Luck Brian. I'm still fascinated learning rubbing a half Onion on sore or arthritic problem places will alleviate pain. I will definitely give that a try when needed. I hear of more and more success stories regarding the humble Onion. I even look at them with a totally different eye now. My respect for them has grown thanks to the No-dig-vegetable-garden site and all posters here.

Dec 25, 2012
Onions rule.
by: Brian

I was interested in that...you would not want to be among polite company with the onion smell on your back unless you can somehow disguise it with perfume, or in my case after shave...but it sounds worth a try. With my knee(operated on in '65) still giving me grief with arthritis, I will try anything. The bought stuff is OK but takes a while to provide any good relief for it. And I have a curved spine (didn't stop me working for 32 years though), which gives me grief also. So might be a bit of a contortionist to get the onion on my back...hehe...or attach it to a piece of stick and do it that way...lol. The humble onion as we learn about it, is as wonderful as the applications you can use for BiCarnonate of soda or Sodium Bicarbonate, (or to our fellow Aussies it is simply BiCarb) for anything from cleaning teeth, or cleaning the kitchen and bathroom, or even Epsom's Salts otherwise known as Magnesium Sulphate for things such as a fabric softener, bath salts or helping grow your tomatoes...in time we will be finding other uses for onions besides eating, and curing colds or relieving pain...just don't put onions in compost heaps or near plants that don't like Onion odours.

Dec 26, 2012
Onions
by: Jean

I just had a thought come to mind....when I was a child many, many moons ago, when we used wooden pens with nibs at home and school; while at play with friends we would write invisible letters. This we did by dipping the nib in Onion juice and writing whatever message we so desired. Then, we would strike a match (our parents would have a fit unless it was under their supervision) and hold the flame close to the underside of the invisible message then hey presto, the message would gradually appear. Children don't try this while on your own whatever you do or I will be in big trouble. I'm sure parents will be happy to help with this and keep things safe.

Dec 26, 2012
I'm Trying This!
by: Bee

So over the past few days we had many families and friends coming and going for xmas visits. Today I started feeling a head cold coming on..sneezing, sore throat, stuffy nose...I've read many different ways to try the onion remedy. I've peeled and chopped the onion into a few chunks. It's been a couple hours and I'm already feeling a bit better..however my room stinks like onion..will update tomorrow.

Dec 26, 2012
If it helps with Paint Gloss Fumes?
by: Anonymous

My mum used to cut an onion up on saucer after painting with gloss paint the fumes where reduced from the paint! If its a choice of stinking the house with onions or risking chemicals in flu fighting drugs I know what I would try. My two girls have had a runined Christmas so far cough and sore throats... What harm can it do? Onions!

Dec 27, 2012
Cut the onion or not?
by: Margarita

Thank you everyone for your comments. One thing is not clear to me. Are you supposed to cut an onion or not at all? I just placed unpeeled onion with only ends cut on both sides in a bowl. IS it more efficient to cut it in half, or leave it completely unpeeled/uncut?

Dec 28, 2012
Onions
by: Jean

Margarita definitely cut the onion. I usually halve mine but you could cut them however you like with or without the skin on. The cut area allows you to breath in the pungent aroma which I believe is what helps keep colds and flu at bay or even helps cure them. From all the posts we are learning there are other uses. Good luck with this from one who has been doing this for at least three years now.....cold and flu free.

Dec 28, 2012
cut onions in rooms
by: Angelina

I heard this story at my work place. I'm a preschool teacher and always bringing colds home to my two year old and I'm expecting. I figured I would cut onions up last night and put them in all the rooms. Were always s passing colds around here. My husband actually is sick now. So hopefully this will help. If this works, I may use this in my classroom at work!

Dec 28, 2012
Onions
by: Jean

I do hope you're finding the cut Onion helps. Our grandson came to spend a couple of days with us after Christmas. He felt a cold coming on so I gave him half an onion in a small bowl and told him to keep it around him and sniff it every so often. He's almost 19 and I think he thinks his nan is losing it but he was happy to humour me. Later in the day he told me his symptons had eased and he felt much better. I took a photograph of him and his little cousin while he was on his gadget (don't ask me what, Ipod or mobile maybe) It's a beautiful photo and there in front of him is the bowl with the half onion in it. I didn't realize until I posted the photo that it was there. It makes me smile each time I look at the photo. This makes me wish we could post photos on this site now.

Dec 29, 2012
PART #1 ~ some observations:
by: Suzie Q

Further back in this blog string was a discussion concerning sweetened vs. diet soda pop. Consume none of either. And, for those of you who have children/teens in your life, be especially vigilant with their consumption. Recent studies have shown that the sweetener selection is the least of the worries. The studies are revealing an alarming increase in osteoporosis among both female and male young adults. These studies are showing a direct correlation between soda pop consumption and premature osteoporosis. The reason being? The very phosphorescence which makes soda pop fun to drink actually leeches calcium from the bones. Those who don’t intervene with their children now will live to see frailty in their children at very young ages.


Just a reminder that colds/flu are virus borne. There have been references to antibiotic treatments. Please know that antibiotics do not treat viruses but, rather, bacterial borne disease. Using antibiotics when not absolutely imperative will cause resistance to its therapeutic effects.


Public bathroom “sanitizer”. While alcohol based hand sanitizers are all the rage, and mostly effective, my recommendation is to never, ever use a public restroom sink to wash up. Typically what I do is open the door to the bathroom by leaning into it or pulling my hand up my sleeve a bit if it must be pulled to open. The same process is what I do for the stall door itself. Some even go so far as to carry disposable gloves or lunch bags when accessing public facilities. Flush with your foot and do not touch any surface when exiting. Do not touch the sinks or faucets or towel dispensers. Once safely out of the public space, you have pretty much contained your exposure to surface borne germs and just touched your own. At this time, then use a hand sanitizer and dispose of any covering which you used. People will look at you aghast when you exit the stall and don’t wash up but ignore them. The amount of cultures growing on those surfaces is astronomical. Limit yourself to your own germs and let them think what they want. I personally use the slide the jacket sleeve (or other convenient garment part such as your sweater bottom) when touching the pull/push handles of store or restaurant doors. Also, try to push/pull in an area which is out of the most popular reach zone using only the crook of one finger ~ not your fingertip. When utilizing a touchpad at a banking machine or checkout, punch in the numbers using your knuckle. Again avoid using your fingertips. By using the odd body part, you will not be contaminating the ends of your fingers with germs which you will easily transfer to yourself by touching your eye or nose.


(continued ~ see part two ... yes, I am verbose)

Dec 29, 2012
PART#2 ~ some observations:
by: SuzieQ

Invest in some ginger root and grate a few tablespoons and place them in tea infuser. Pour boiling water over this and steep for twenty minutes or so. If you don’t have an infuser, just place the ginger in the bottom of the mug and add the boiling water. I would caution you however not to ingest the actual shaved root. Powerful! Then, add the juice of a whole lemon and honey to taste. Do not use reconstituted lemon. If you can’t get fresh then use four packets of True Lemon which is a freeze-dried genuine lemon product. This tea is very soothing and cleansing and was of great benefit as we were preparing for extended performances in a Living Christmas Tree production in December.


Now, to the onions which originally brought me to this blog. THE ONIONS ARE ARMED AND DISPERSED! (Sounds like code for some covert operation) Holidays are wonderful but, unfortunately, more than good times are shared by family and friends. My head has been pickled in snot for a week plus I’ve had digestive issues which I attributed to the barium sulfate which I had to ingest for a CT scan. I come to find out that assorted participants in our Christmas traditions are either down with upper respiratory ailments or the “bucket & bowl” stampede. One young woman ended up in an emergency room due to dehydration. Whatever bug is going around our area is super virile and spreading like wildfire. I had remembered seeing a post on Facebook where someone mentioned onion therapy and so I typed it into my search engine. Yours was one of the sites which came up and I’m so grateful for its information and inter-active nature. I love onions as far as eating them goes and therefore don’t mind the smell although I’m not quite desperate enough to do the sock thing. I’ve placed several around the house and have one on the table next to me. I’ve tried different configurations (peeled/non-peeled; whole/halved) to see which if any seem more effective. The internet sites differ on the methodology. Having barely survived pneumonia twice, I’d really rather not revisit that. So, we shall see what gift the humble onion bestows upon me. So far, still snotty and croupy. And, I seem to be suffering a bit of a side-effect . . . an overwhelming urge to grill hot dogs. ;~}



Dec 29, 2012
Onions
by: Jean

Thank for all the info Suzie. Persevere with the Onions they WILL help.

Dec 29, 2012
such a help !!!!
by: cie joi


just finished reading all the wonderful post. I am grateful. Posters(folks who post) don't realize all the different opinions are helpful. I have thus drawn my own conclusion. I am cutting one onion in half, putting them in a bowl(not bowel- hehehe), and will do this for every room. I AM SOLD....thanks and God bless you to all posters.

Dec 29, 2012
peeled topped or left alone
by: skittles

how do you handle the onion i saw one post where they cut off the tops another where it was cut in half and another where it was a whole onion left alone

Dec 29, 2012
Onions
by: Jean

Thank you Cie Joi keep up the good work.

Skittles, it's important I believe to CUT the onion. I personally cut them in half and don't peel them. The cut half will do the job. I keep them around the house in little decorative bowls. I try to put them in inconspicuous places LOL, but most of them are in sight. I've done it so long now, I don't give a hoot what anyone thinks. I also do it year round.

Dec 30, 2012
always check hoax-slayer or snopes.com first
by: Anonymous

http://www.hoax-slayer.com/onions-flu-remedy.shtml always look up these sorts of things folks :-)

Dec 30, 2012
to Annonymous
by: Jean

It's been "looked up" before Mr. Annonymous afraid to give my name. There are those of us here who have proven this to be true. Myself being one. I put it to the test....have been using this method for three years now. My grandson came down for a few days after Christmas. He's 18. He started to get a raspy sore throat and felt a cold coming on. I cut an onion in half and put it near him wherever he sat. Told him to take some sniffs too. Within an hour or so he admitted (he was skeptic too) to feeling better. By the time he left for home two days later he was symptom free. So Mr or Ms Annonymous don't knock it until you've tried it.

Dec 30, 2012
Onion
by: Cyril

I woke up this morning after doing this & my onion was slightly green in colour & had a nasty cough!

Dec 30, 2012
Onions rule.
by: Brian

Ok Mr, Miss or Mrs "always check hoax-slayer or snopes.com " alias Anonymous...
As I have and so has Jean and others on here...Snopes is not always right about things..onion cure or relief is definitely one where they got it wrong...Snopes is not the people's bible although the couple of people running Snopes I get the impression they probably think they are...
Don't criticise something like natural remedies until you try it or without any research...You are welcome to your opinion on here...but get your facts right.
Snopes and the other site you mentioned are only a quick fix for information and like a small bandaid..fall off easy too.

Dec 31, 2012
Trying tonight
by: Anonymous

We're trying the onion thing tonight. We put one half in our room (both of us suffering from colds) and one in our daughter's room (also suffering). Hoping this works as we have been miserable and I'm on board with trying Jean's method of keeping them around if it keeps the germs away!!

Dec 31, 2012
Help!!
by: Timbirina

So I did this last night. I've been fighting a cold for a couple of days and my son also has been sick for a few days. I didn't sleep well and I felt extremely dry all night (face body and nasal passages) Not a normal feeling for me. I also put onions in my sons room. One of which has been sick for days and the other whom has athema. They both woke up cranky and the one who has asthma woke up with fever and runny nose both of which he didn't have the one who was sick woke up well but is being extra crabby. Is any of this heard of? I thought I was doing something for the good of my family and I feel like it backfired. Help!!

Dec 31, 2012
Onions
by: Jean

Timbirina so sorry to read about this. The only thing I can suggest is you continue with the onions, replenishing them but more importantly get things checked out with the doctor. Don't take any chances. Certainly the onions wouldn't make them worse. There could be more going on here so better safe than sorry. Good luck and please let us know how things go for you and your children.

Jan 01, 2013
Moldy onions
by: Annie

I'm also confused about how long I can expect an onion to last. None of us are sick right now, and I want to keep it that way. I would rather use whole onions unpeeled like other posters have, but here is my dilemma: My onions I use for cooking get moldy in 2-3 weeks. It floored me that one lady kept hers in rooms for 3 mos!! Is there a trick to making your onions last longer? To keep from growing mold all over my house?
And thanks to everyone! I've enjoyed your humor and insight!

Jan 01, 2013
Ringing in 2013 with onions!
by: Sam

Last week I, as most of you, came across the 'onion urban myth'. 3 days ago, my mother was bed-ridden with beginning stages of the flu: sneezing, coughing, headaches, nausea, high temps, etc. That night as i saw Mom trying to make preparation for our family's NYears Eve dinner celebration, I knew she wasn't going to be well if we didn't get her right... fast.

So, I spent about an hour on this site reading all the testimonials, and I was motivated to slice up that onion and place it in moms room. As she laid in bed coughing (even after a ginger milk concoction Dad made for her), I knew the onion needed to be placd ASAP. I took 2 onions uncut and placed them by her bedside without her knowing. Immediately, her cough stopped, and for the rest of the night i didn't hear her cough and she was sound asleep.

The next day, I saw her in the kitchen with vigor and quite assertive, prepping the courses for NYEve. Though she was still sniffling and a bit under the weather on this day, her condition had improved astonishingly overnight. She was able to work a full day at home. I made sure the onions were in the kitchen (I should add that I cut the onions up when she woke up on this morning) and every room she walked into this day.

NYEve day: Mom is 90% rockin' and it's only going on day 2 with the onion game. We made it through NYEve splendid. Today, 1/1/13, day 3 of the onion trial, mom performed superb! Sharing laughs, food, and jokes with the family. She is at an amazing 97% recovery. This is unheard of with someone who has the flu virus.

To say fhe least, Mom is a believer. So is Dad, and my curiosity for experimenting with the onion has a satisfactory conclusion!

Hail to the Onion!

Jan 02, 2013
Onions rule
by: Brian

Yes Sam, tell that to the Snopes lovers...but they still won't believe you...but from experience with the onion...I believe you.
Count up all the for's and againsts and you will find the detractors well and truly outnumbered...and glad to hear your mum recovered...good to see another load of converts..
As for making onions last longer, just replace them often...I mean they are cheap enough even for me on the dole. A small price to pay for relief...white or brown onions...
By the way Jean, the New Year's Eve gig went well, we musos enjoyed ourselves to the hilt because we had a great audience and when they are on the dance floor it means we enjoy ourselves more.:)..and had it not been for sniffing the onion a few days before I don't think I would have made it...I nipped the sniffles in the bud..and yes I then put the onion I sniffed as usual one half in the kitchen, the other half in a bowl on the bedside drawers...

Jan 02, 2013
Onions
by: Jean

Well done Sam. I am so glad you could see the sense in giving the onion a try. I don't cut mine up I just cut them in half, skin on and place each half in a small bowl. If I feel a cold coming on, I even sniff the half onion really hard. I don't know how the lady was able to go 3 months with the same onion but I prefer to change mine once a week. I have one half in the bedrooms, one or two in the kitchen and at least on in the lounge. As I have bragged many times on this site, I don't get the flu shot (Im a senior so can get them free) and I haven't had a cold since I started doing this three years ago. I did have a hint of a cold making it's presence know a few weeks ago so I sniffed the onion several times through the day and everything just vanished, scratchy throat gone, heady feeling gone, well you know what I mean. If you get into the habit of cuting the onions in half and keeping them around the house it will become second nature. I do it all year round. Thank you for telling us about your mother and I am so glad she could enjoy the rest of the festive season.

Brian glad all went well for you too and you got through New Year successfully.

Jan 02, 2013
Hope it helps
by: Anonymous

So my 9 month old boy has viral bug & I have a touch of it also. Currently we are both in bed with a bowl where I peeled & halved a white onion. The smell is DISGUSTING lol but I'm hoping it gives him some help & relief. I will update tomorrow or in two days as he's had bad v&d last few days.

Jan 02, 2013
Sick of being sick!
by: Gina

I have had a sinus infection for about 5-6 weeks now! I have been to the dr and received a "hybrid" antibiotic as she called it :/ It caused more problems (as most ladies know antibiotics do) than anything! Next step- went to my chiropractor and had her adjust my pallet so that it would help relieve the pressure and cause drainage. That seemed to help for a couple days. I have tried a neti pot and Vicks vaporub... NOTHING WORKS!! I have hbp so I am extremely limited on OTC meds. Soooo... My last resort is the onion before I make an appt with the specialist!! I will post again in a few days and let everyone know the outcome. Thank you all so much for your stories!!

Jan 03, 2013
Onions
by: Jean

Good luck Annonymous and Gina....I sincerely hope you get some relief. Don't give up on the Onion if you don't get any results right away...keep on keeping on!

Jan 03, 2013
False claim!
by: The MadMan

Outline
Message claims that leaving onions around a room can absorb the flu virus along with bacteria that cause other illnesses thereby preventing people from becoming sick.



Brief Analysis
Onions left in a room do not prevent people from contracting flu or other illnesses. This claim is a very old myth that has no medical or scientific basis whatsoever. Modern incarnations of the myth probably spring from a centuries old - and equally false - legend that leaving cut onions around a dwelling could ward of the Bubonic Plague.

Jan 03, 2013
Will try ANYTHING, here we go Onion!
by: 2peasinapod

I can't take it anymore, I don't have a moment of peace since 2012 with this flu virus. As a mother of twins and a daughter I am constantly picking them up from school. I am just exhausted. I am disinfecting the house but I came across the "onion experiment" and I can't resist giving it a try. Even if we are losing the last 2 onions in the house, lol. We put onions in everything, so putting it in our bedrooms isn't a problem. I will come back with my update I even posted a picture of my jars on facebook, perhaps I can convert some desperate mother's like me. This tired mom needs a break from doctors and a good night sleep. I pray something "gives" here.

Jan 03, 2013
So poorly!!
by: Sho

I'm so poorly I'm on antibiotics for an infection on my lungs I also have the flu I have a terrible terrible immune system due to the fact I have heavy polysystic syndrome I'm in so much pain and cannot sleep at all :-( this is the second case of flu in the last three months my immune system is that bad! I'm willing to try anything! Iv placed one in a bowl in my bedroom one in my bathroom an one in my room also a slice in each sock :-/ yes I stink I really don't care I can't cope with this feeling any longer!! Please work for me! Ill be back on to let u guys no! Ur story's of the onions working have given me hope so fingers crossed! <3

Jan 04, 2013
Onions
by: Jean

Oh heck Sho I am so sorry you're having to go through this. Don't forget to take some good hard sniffs of the Onion. I only learned this trick last year. From the sound of things your condition will require a few days for improvement but it could happen overnight. We certainly hope so. Don't give up.

Jan 04, 2013
Onions rule.
by: Brian

Here we go again...we have since discovered the virus doesn't go into the onion but the stuff coming out of the onion, you know Madman, that stings your eyes (I am being deliberately patronising here!!) and makes you cry is the stuff that is helping you get over your cold or basic flu symptoms...
I suppose you have gone to Snopes too and the other site of detractors...
Listen here old (or is it young)bean, read all the contributions to this blog...and I mean all of them, yes there are detractors...but they are few and far between compared to the bloggers who have tried this method of curing or at least giving relief..and I can tell you fella, I'm not imagining that either cutting onions up and putting them around the house or even sniffing them, that helped me on many occasions, gave me relief from a cold or flu....you, fella, are grossly outnumbered, and misinformed. Do I seem annoyed...well fella as the song goes.."you ain't seen nuthin' yet!"

Jan 04, 2013
Onions
by: Jean

I have mentioned the ABC programme that did indeed discuss in length the praises of the Onion, what actually happens and showing them doing lab tests. They also visited a "tribe" of people not sure if it was in Brazil, who never have colds or flu and have used the Onions from way back. I wish they would put that show on again, I'm sure the detractors would understand better from that than from our meagre efforts here and oh btw,I am NOT an Onion farmer!

Jan 04, 2013
Onions rule
by: Brian

Yep Jean, but I think what you and I say, will fall on deaf ears with the likes of Madman and other detractors...but there is one thing for certain Jean, we and all the other believers know the old humble onion treatment works...
I often wonder if maybe one or two of the detractors in the blog work for a pharmacutical companies :) we can't prove it though...that is more like a question not a statement...that way it keeps us out of the courts...hehe

Jan 04, 2013
Nasty flu!!
by: Sho

Jean it's now tea time and for the first time in days after using the onion advice I have eaten an also drank my nasty mucus is coming up I'm no were near better but have improved over night and I can only say it's since the onions I have been advised to boil an onion in a pan an try drink some of the water which I'm going to try tonight. My mum was telling me that wen my grandad was only 1 week old that he got pneumonia an the doctor called the priest out to say a last prayer for grandad the priest asked if he cud try something to try save his life for my little granny ivy and the doctor said no harm in u trying so he boiled an onion mixed the onion water with a drop if honey and a drop of whiskey and gave my gramps a tea spoon an it worked he's fit an healthy an follows the onion trade!! So thanku and ill be doing the same again tonight :-) <3

Jan 04, 2013
Onions
by: Jean

Great news Sho. Keep up the good work. It's important to keep up nourishment too, drink plenty of fluids etc. I personally haven't tried drinking onion juice but if the time ever comes, I won't hesitate.

Jan 04, 2013
Dr. Oz
by: Jean

I just finished watching a Dr. Oz show. I normally don't wtch it but in switching channels found he was discussing natural remedies. He spoke of the properties in Eucalyptus Oil - antibacterial and helps with colds, flu, Bronchitis, congestion in lungs. You can rub your chest with a little olive oil mixed with Eucalyptus oil to help relieve congestion. Also put some in a humidifier. I admit I have a large ceramic bowl on top of our gas fireplace (looks like real logs burning) in which I half fill with water and add a few drops of Eucalyptus oil. I use this all winter, changing each week. Also briefly mentioned drinking Onion Juice!!!!
Hoping I am not infringing any copywrite (I doubt it as it was on international TV) I will add other remedies he suggested.

Arthritis - Soak Raisins in Gin, keep in fridge until Raisins are plumped up. Transfer to a glass jar with lid. Eat one occasionally.

Hiccups - Tickle the back of your upper palette with a cotton bud.

Snoring - play the digeridoo if you don't have a digeridoo use a cardboard roll from gift wrap.
Purse your lips and blow so that your lips are quivering.

Health Food Remedies from different countries which work.
Suma from Rio de Janero - Helps reduce cancers.
Arctic Root from the Arctic - Relieves Stress.
Devil's Claw from Africa (Victoria Falls) - helps reduce inflammation and pain.
Sulfur from Mexico - (volcano) - helps with ezema, blemishes and can slow down the aging process.
Himalayan Salts from Mt. Everest - inhale - helps with Sinusitis and gives Asthma relief.
Prickly Pear Cactus from the Grand Canyon - helps diabetis and slows down sugar in the system.
Eucalyptus Oil from the Great Barrier Reef, Australia - anitbacterial and helps with flu, colds, Bronchitis, congested lungs. Add a little Olive Oil and rub on chest. Put in humidifyer.
Haven't proof read this so forgive any mistakes.

Jan 04, 2013
Sulfer
by: Jean

So Sulfur has lots more properties than just helping rid or ward off colds and flu....note it can slow down the aging process. Maybe that's why people tell me I don't look my age LOLOLOL.

Jan 04, 2013
Totally "Urban Legend"
by: Anonymous

Onions turning black is oxidation - The same as when an apple or potato turns brown.

Jan 04, 2013
Onions rule
by: Brian

Well the way you type makes you seem that you don't look your age Jean.. that would put you about the 50 mark... :-)So youthful yet so knowledgable.(I know you did say your age at one time or another recently but being a gentleman sometimes I won't repeat your age).

Jan 05, 2013
Onions are great!
by: Jan

Onions and garlic - great stuff! No wonder my body craves those foods. Snopes or no Snopes, onions can do no harm and if it helps some, it's a bargain.

We go for a combination of 9 herbs (including garlic) for immunity against colds, 'flu and any infection, works like a bomb. Penetrates so well it even eases tooth abscesses.

Jan 05, 2013
Onions.
by: Jean

Thanks for the compliment Brian....I remember 50 well LOL.
Jan could you give tell us what the combination of 9 is please?

Jan 05, 2013
Helped baby bug
by: Anonymous

So LO had awful bug. Did the onion trick and the next evening he was right as rain :) thanks onion lol

Jan 05, 2013
Onion test!
by: K

Had 3 colds/ coughs in a row with only a week in between! My children also coughing and snuffling since Nov. All my family are laughing at me as I type this with a bowl of onions in front of me and some in my socks! Who will have the last laugh...watch this space

Jan 05, 2013
Onions rule.
by: Brian

Ditto to Jean's request Jan re "combination of 9" before sinister members of drug companies try to prevent us using natural remedies putting them out of business....hehehe...I am not one to believe in conspiracy theories....not much...lol. Anything that packs a wollop to make us healthier or ease our pain must be good.
Pleeeeease Jan..pls grant us that request...

Jan 05, 2013
Onions
by: Jean

Oh K....believe me I know what it's like to be laughed at.....in the end one gets used to it. Even my own family make fun of me at times but they soon keep quiet when the humble Onion has helped them LOL. Going into my fourth year of all of this now and no colds or flu in those four years. I just figure the scoffers will have to keep on scoffing...a closed mind is a sad thing. I do hope you and your family can steer clear of the dreaded lurgies.

Jan 05, 2013
yessssssss
by: brenda

a couple days ago i started feeling bad aching fever sore throat congestion so i took asprins an went to be the next day i got up i was worse an i really needed to go to work i had aq huge order to take care of an remembered seeing a post on fb about onions so i didnt have long to decide weather to call off work so i took an onion cut the ends off an put it in a ziplock bag an breathed it in an out for several minutes within 10 minutes much of the aching an sore throat was gone i managed to work thru the shift so i was online today an found this site so im not crazy the onion worked an you all have given me more ideas thanks

Jan 05, 2013
Onions rule
by: Brian

No Brenda...you are quite sane...never thought of the ziplock bag routine but good idea just the same and it would keep the onion smell intact till you sniff again...good thinking 99.

Jan 06, 2013
onions
by: Anonymous

2 things about onions.
back in the 50's my parents put cut onions in water to remove the paint smell when painting. It worked.
2nd.. They also rubbed a onion on the bottom of your feet (if you were sick with a cold or fever) and then put the onion under your sheet, ,blanket . The fever was gone fast.

Jan 06, 2013
Onions
by: Jean

Dear Annon....ty for that info. Please don't remain annonymous...become one of us because what you have to say is most interesting. I never knew about the paint fumes.....thank you! My dad could have done with that knowledge...paint fumes made him ill. I take after him. Another plus for the humble Onion.

Jan 06, 2013
Red, yellow or white??
by: Jen

Been reading a lot on here. Just not sure which type of onion works best. White, red or yellow??

Jan 06, 2013
Onion
by: Jean

I only ever use brown onions.

Jan 06, 2013
Onion
by: Pam

I've been back and forth with yellow and white. I have white out now. With this flu outbreak, I have put more onion's out. So far so good since Feb 2012!

Jan 06, 2013
Onion pack
by: Kathy

All the time my kids were growing up, we used an onion pack on their chests for coughs. We steamed onions and garlic (and cabbage if we had it) and put them in a white cloth and once cooled a little, put the pack on their chest while sleeping. After a while they would have a productive cough for a while, then go off to sleep the rest of the night.

Now, I take care of an elderly man at night and the other night he started with a tight chest. I made him an onion pack and while it cooled down a bit, I wrapped it around my hand, to test the temperature while waiting for him to get out of the bathroom. I noticed the pain in my arthritic finger slowly going away. It has been several days and it still hasn't started hurting again! What a great bonus!

Jan 06, 2013
To Peel or not
by: Jen

Just wondering too, should I peel it. Should I cut it in half? If I don't peel it, I should just cut the ends off?? Thx

Jan 07, 2013
Onions
by: Jean

Kathy thank you for your post. I am having a bad time with an arthritic finger and have been for a few weeks. It didn't occur to me to make up a pack with the onion. I shall try it.

Jan I never peel the onions, just cut them in half. I used to score the cut half with a knife but don't even do that anymore. However I'm sure it's ok to peel them. Probably give out more aroma.

Jan 07, 2013
colds on January in the Philippines
by: romeo&sy

i tried this once, and works for me!hope this will work for Romeo too :D

Jan 07, 2013
Onions etc.
by: Jean

Kathy you in particular will be interested to know this. As mentioned earlier I have one finger on my left hand that is particularly painful. This started about 5-6 weeks ago for reasons I know not. It has been stiff and sore and I have been unable to bend it to touch the palm of my hand. Last night I remembered your post so took the top of an onion (which I was ready to discard) and rubbed it on and around the finger for a couple of minutes. Imagine my surprise when I stopped, the pain had gone and I could bend my finger, without pain, to touch the palm of my hand. Even I was gobsmacked that this happened. This morning my finger is painful but not as bad as it was and the stiffness has returned. I shall rub onion on it again to get relief. Amazing and thank you for this advice Kathy.
I have just been reading online GEGEBLOG for better mind and body - 10 Brain foods to boost intelligence. Might be a bit late for me lol but I'll give it a go.

Jan 07, 2013
TMD
by: Sandy

Does anyone have tips for TMD? I don't have TMJ (no clicking or popping) but I am sore, like muscular soreness, on the right side where the jaw joint is. I've had this pain for months, over a year. My dentist says my "bite" is fine. Wants me to get a mouth guard to use at night when I sleep. She thinks I could be clenching my teeth while I sleep. I quit chewing gum six months and pain was less severe, but there is still soreness. Anyone experienced TMD? PS - my mother in law swears by the onions! She puts onions out every fall for the last few years.

Jan 07, 2013
TMD
by: Jean

Sandy I had TMJD years ago. The dentist had a mouth guard made for when I slept. I know how painful it can be and how it can interfere with one's life. Eventually a Chiropractor helped greatly. They don rubber gloves and "get in there" to mamipulat the joint in the jaw. IT doesn't hurt. This, along with the mouth guard helped tremendously. I have never had it again thankfully. I would recommend the mouth guard when you are sleeping and perhaps seek out a Chiropractor who practices the SOT method (Soft Tissue.) They don't do the crunching and cracking like a lot of Chiro's. Hope this helps.

Jan 08, 2013
TMD
by: Sandy

Thanks Jean! Maybe I'll reconsider the night guard since it was successful for you. I do have a chiropractor, don't think I mentioned my jaw to him as I didn't even think about it being something he could address. He's not a crack and pop chirop. He does more with massage and muscular movement. I'm probably not describing it right. This week I tried eating softer foods... rather giving up hard stuff - like my almonds, carrot sticks and apples. Today I had no pain, so will keep that up for a few weeks before I try eating the crunchy stuff again. Thanks again for your input. I really wasn't sold on the night guard, as I'm a very light sleeper and figure it will take me a long time to adjust to sleeping with something in my mouth. If the pain resumes I will make the apptmt. for the night guard.

Jan 08, 2013
Herb combination
by: Jan

Jean, the combination of great immune-enhancing herbs that combine to boost resistance to any infection, whether it be bacterial, viral or fungal:

1. Garlic: deworms, inhibits viruses and fungi, relieves pain and fever, disinfects, suppresses cancerous growths, coughs, detoxifies carcinogens, lowers LDC-Cholesterol, improves DLL-Cholesterol, reduces blood platelet interconnection (an important factor in coronary heart disease), lowers hypertensive blood pressure.

2. Echinacea: disinfects, suppresses cancer growth, cough remedy, detoxifies carcinogens, lowers LDC - Cholesterol and improves DLL-Cholesterol, reduces blood platelet interconnection and hypertensive blood pressure.

3. Hydrastis (Golden Seal): Accelerates recovery of mucous mebranes after infections, natural antibiotic and anti-inflammatory, excellent results when first symptoms of colds and 'flu appear, antiseptic, detoxifies and improves haemorrhoids by constricting blood vessels, treats acne, eczema, gastro-intestinal problems, bronchitis, candida, inhibits infection of the urinary system, gastritis, ulcers, constipation and digestive disorders.

4. Peppermint: Improves functioning of Vit. C as an anti-oxidant, accelerates recovery of mucous membranes after infections, anti-inflammatory, reduces muscular pain and 'flu symptoms, combats conjunctivitus.

5. Yarrow: anti-inflammatory, normalises fever, treats hypertension, accelerates perspiration and combats colds, helps for bleeding haemorrhoids

6. Lemon verbena: Combats fever, stomach ailments, blocked nose and respiratory passages.

7. Astragalus: Well-known Chinese herb (Huang Qi) – age-old immune booster to treat repeating colds, 'flu and other respiratory infections.

8. Chamomile: a relaxant and combats fungi, bacteria and pain.

9. Tangerine peel: a member of the bioflavonoid family which maintains high levels of anti-oxidant activity. Helps to clear mucous membranes, eliminating damp and is anti-asthmatic, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and anti-allergic.

You usually need 5 to 8 doses to shake off the 'flu or a cold at between R2 en R3 per dosage. The combination is available commercially, mail to jan@verslank.net for details.




Jan 08, 2013
TMJD
by: Jean

Sandy if the TMD continues I would definitely mention it to your chiro. Sounds like he already does the soft tissue method. You probably wouldn't need the mouth guard then.

Jan, thank you for the info. Am I right in thinking all these come in one dose/bottle or does one have to buy them separately and mix them all togther? Sounds like a lot. I have great faith in Chinese herbal solutions and have used them in the past.

Jan 08, 2013
Yipee!
by: Kathy

Jean, so glad it worked for you!! It was a total accident that I found it but that is frequently how things happen.

Eating cherries is also good for joint pain. My father in law had dupatrene contracture and we cure it by giving him 5 or 6 canned sweet cherries each day. I also take alfalfa for arthritis and can really tell when I forget to take it for a few days.

Jan 09, 2013
Gout
by: Jean

Yes Kathy I believe Cherries are exceptionally good for Gout which can be very painful. I'm lucky, Cherries are one of my favourite fruit and this is their season!

Jan 09, 2013
Herbal combination
by: Jan

Hi Jean, the nine herbs are combined in a liquid solution in well-researched quantities and sold by an International wellness company.


Jan 09, 2013
i believe : )
by: leona

few days ago there was a post about onions, i had to read it cuz i love onions. scared me and at same time wow it will help. sent my grand daugfhter to her dads she is nearly 5 months old, they are all sick and they said they were all fine grrrr, she had cough and started sneezing. yesterday i cut up a large yellow onion and placed it by where every one sits, my husband and two grown kids 25b and 18g laughed. today i woke up with out being stuffed up like i usually am every morning and my grand daughter is fine. i had bit of runny nose and i blew my nose and my sinus is clear and i can breath yay.i have posted it a few times on facebook to family and friends and hope they will try it.will make another post in few days or so . i love eating raw onions and even cooked. when i was a kid i watched my oldest brother eat raw onion sandwich lol i tried it and loved it. i havent done that since ,but i eat alot in my sub sanwiches.

Jan 10, 2013
onions work!
by: Anonymous

when we were babies my mom would bake an onion and put it on our chest and put a cover over our our cradle. The onion steam that we inhaled made us breath easier and sleep like a lamb! and we got better. In the days where medicine was not available, how can it be that people who practiced these remedies got better. Then again, it also depens how healthy a lifestyle a person leads. My parents grew up eating homegrown veggies. in fact all the food they consumed was homegrown and organic!! I fell off the waggon of eating homemade food with garlic and onions by eating out and after 3 years of being flu/cold free I got sick!! After being bedridden for two days and eating everything with garlic/onion, I am feeling much better. I don't care if I smell. I'd rather emit the aroma of these veggies that sneeze the germs in the air and pass it on.

There is not way on this earth that garlic/onions do not help cure the common cold/flu! Dont need scientific proof from the lab of a big corp out to make money with their drugs. Not knocking modern medicine. But generations of my family who ate these veggies daily and having tested this myself, I would never subject myself to pain and suffering by relying on formula 44! I so much believed on theraflu, but it let me down! and nyquil??? I qui(l)t you a long time ago! never coming back.

hope everyone gets well soon! this flu season is a b***!

Jan 10, 2013
Onions
by: Jean

Thanks for the last two posts. Always good to get positive feedback. Leona I remember my dad eating Spanish Onions like they were apples. Also he loved Tripe smothered in Onions and Vinegar.

All the positive feedback is exceptional because it helps most who post on here and believe in the humble Onion. Once again, sincerely thanks to you both.

Jan 10, 2013
going to try onions
by: Babe

I would like to thank every one for posting. Everyone in the house has been sick or is getting sick or still sick. After lots of reading I figure what do I have to loose. I am trying Onions in a bowl tonight. I will let you know how it goes. I also told my Daughter in law to put onions in her room. her daughter ( my grand daughter) was in the hospital with pnamonia and the croop, my daughter in law also has a croopy cough. I will let you all know how we are all doing. thanks again

Jan 11, 2013
Onions rule
by: Brian

Looks like Babe you have my blog repeating problem...3 posts...well done..hehe...blame in on the onions repeating...I had a few times my blogs doubled occasionly...welcome to the blog Babe....scroll back and read all the for's and against's.. the positives for the onion outweigh substantially the negatives...

Jan 11, 2013
Typos
by: Mrs D

The bowel/bowl thing just reminded me of a funny quote by Mark Twain:

"Be careful about reading health books. You may die of a misprint."

Jan 11, 2013
Re: Allergy to Onions
by: Anonymous

For those of you who are allergic to onions, try rubbing the soles of your feet with Vicks Vapor rub and then putting socks on. Be sure to use old socks as the rub will stain the socks. This works to break up very deep coughs and congestion. It does work, believe me. Does not cure the flu, but it will help.

Jan 11, 2013
Onions
by: Jean

Yes indeed I have even used Vicks on the soles of my feet and covered with thick socks. Certainly helps a lot. I keep Vicks Vapour Rub in the house at all times.

Of course, we do have to be careful about the "natural" cures we read about. Common sense is the way to go, altho I know the world is lacking in that department lately LOL.

As for the duplication of posts, the powers that be will eliminate the extras eventually. I think it's happened to most of us.

Thanks e1 for your posts.

Jan 12, 2013
Keeping fingers crossed.
by: Laurie

I had opted out of getting flu shots for my five kids last year and was sticking with the notion this year as well.
My mother began calling me telling me of how horrible this 2013 flu is and the I had better get in a get shots. She about had me scared into it when my daughter of 13 came down with the flu today.
I remember reading a facebook blog about onions and sickness and decided to google its validity.
Thankful I came across this site. I am revived with hope that the onions will help my older baby to get better and to keep my young babies (youngest 2.5) free from flu.
I am noticing that some of the onions are drying out quickly...I know I read that somewhere in the blog but was wondering if someone could refresh me on an idea to keep them a bit more hydrated.
Thanks for all the words, love the blog...I will check back and let you all know what occurs.
God Bless

Jan 12, 2013
Onions
by: Jean

Not sure where you live Laurie but I live in Australia so it's our Summer and yes the onion halves are drying out rather quickly. Don't forget you can help things along by rubbing the half onion on your child's chest too. Keep half an onion next to their bed. Depending on her age get her to sniff the onion too now and again. If things don't get much better chop some onions up, put the in some thick socks and then put them on her feet overnight.

What I have been doing just lately is, when I use onions to cook with, I cut off each end of the onion and just add them to the bowls with the older halves which gives it a few more days life.
Sure hope all this helps during the flu epidemic.

Jan 12, 2013
Onions rule
by: Brian

Well Jean and Laurie, the temp here today in Adelaide is 22C and a light drizzle so my onions should last a bit longer..cut one in half last night when I started getting the sniffles for the usual change of weather. When the smell of the onions gets too much at the end of their job, will set up the tea candles to kill the odour. Nature to help my sniffle and the other nature, fire, to kill the smell. Isn't nature wonderful.
Haven't worn warm clothing for some time now...till today..well a flannelette shirt is the warm bit.

Jan 14, 2013
Skeptical
by: Janice

So, my 14 year old son, and my 12 year old daughter were diagnosed with the flu 4 days ago. They are feeling better now. I came home from work today, and my 2 year old is now running a fever of 100.5. I'm so scared that he's developing the flu. My friend told me about this onion trick. I researched it, and see a lot more yeahs than neahs. I'm going to try it tonight, and see if his fever breaks. If not, it's doctor time for him. Will re-post if successful. Thank you for all the posts.

Jan 15, 2013
Onions rule
by: Brian

Glad you have read all the positives Janice...let us know how you go with the 'onion trick'...good old humble onion...hasn't done me any harm...rather more good than harm.

Jan 15, 2013
Tried it
by: Diana

My husband, teenage son and I just got over a nasty respriratory flu.... do not want our 2 1/2 year old to get it. We are on a waiting list for a flu shot for him. I'm doing everything to protect him. So, ran across this blog and decided that it wouldn't hurt anything! Put 1/2 in toddlers room before nap and he slept very well.. no coughs. Put them around the house later in the evening. Hubby, teen and myself not coughing anymore. Got an amazing night of sleep! Who knows? I will continute to do this and change them out after a week. I'm not an onion person, but the smell weakened through the night, so.... not too bad. All worth it, if it keeps us well. I used white onions and cut them in half.

Jan 15, 2013
Onions
by: Jean

I wish you and your family all the best Diana. Just keep renewing the onions every week (which has been my practice for the past few years.) Don't, once the flu/cold has disappeared, stop putting the onions around. Also you will see from the posts re onion and cabbage poultices on the chest. I have never mentioned this before mainly because I know we have sceptics who love to poo poo these ideas but I do believe a positive attitude helps too. If you believe in something or someone, they usually "come through." Because of my faith in the onion and learning more about it from this site I use it not only to ward off flu/colds but for arthritic areas (rub on the area) and I have good, hard sniffs of the cut onion to help with mild asthma. It has been said there is no evidence to back the positive properties in onions. This is definitely NOT true. I myself have watched a full length programme years ago on ABC which showed lab experiments and travelled to places interviewing people where the flu and colds are unheard of because of eating onions and keeping cut onions around. I believe that was in South America.

Jan 15, 2013
Skeptical
by: Janice

Day 2. Cut onion in halves last night, 2 year old woke up with a fever. Been dosing him with Advil and Tylenol. He was playing all day, but its 5pm now, and he's getting chills. Should I try a new onion tonight? Any advice? I'm also placing them around my house. Should I cut these in halves too, or leave them whole and un peeled?

Jan 15, 2013
Onions
by: Jean

Janice always cut the onions. Certainly keep up with your little one's meds. Also there is a post on here that talks about making a warm poultice for the chest. Steam Cabbage and Onions. Wrap in a muslin and light cloth. Let it cool but have some warmth still left and put it on your child's chest. Also don't forget if he can sniff the half onion. I think I would even try the cabbage/onion poultice in socks for the bottom of the feet. That's where the nasties leave the body a lot faster I'm told. Good Luck and let us know how you go. If none of this helps perhaps go back and talk to your doc.

Jan 15, 2013
Skeptical
by: Janice

Thank you. I'm going to try a fresh onion tonight, even though the one it the room still has some moisture in it. Dr. Appt. already scheduled for tomorrow. He's drinking Gatorade just fine, hoping this last. Thanks for the reply.

Jan 15, 2013
Gatorade
by: Jean

I just recently discovered Gatorade. I have to say it has helped me enormously with the problems I'm encountering at the moment. I try to drink three glasses a day. They recommend you don't drink more than that because of the salt and sugar content.

Jan 15, 2013
Having faith!!
by: Christine

Heard about the onion remedy so since the flu is running rampant this time of year, I've decided to try leaving the onions in the rooms. I've cut the in halves and placed in 3 rooms. Been feeling a little under the weather so I'm hoping this will nip it in the bud. I just don't like that the whole house smells like onions, the family says its not so bad, but its sooo strong to me. That's my only complaint. Hope we all stay flu / cold free!!!!

Jan 15, 2013
Onions
by: Jean

I'm like your family....I don't find it too bad and sometimes I'm not really aware of the Onion smell at all. The few times I have been aware, I find it's very faint. Maybe I am just totally used to it after all these years. I guess it all depends on how good our sense of smell is.

Jan 16, 2013
back
by: leona

Well i am still putting out onion halves where each of my kids , hubby and i sit. my granddaughters daddy came to visit and he was sick with sore throat and cough, i threatened him lil nevaeh better not get sick.i put out more fresh onions. i got a lil sore throat just lasted cpl days, nevaeh had bit of runny nose but gone quick. will keep puting out fresh onions and watch how it goes. makes my eyes teary when i have it in front of me on table lol.

Jan 16, 2013
Amazing....
by: Dr. Pockros, MD

It amazes me how the brain works and how the placebo affect can heal a person. Onions placed around your home will not harm you, but rest assured it is no miracle cure.

Jan 16, 2013
Onions
by: Samara

I have 4 year old twins, both in daycare. In one of their classes only 3 children out of a class of 20 made it to school. The rest were out with flu. The teacher said, " Bet your glad you got your boys the flu shot this year." I told her we haven't had one, in shock she asked me what I have been doing. I couldn't answer her. Today I learned about this "onion cure". I find it very funny, now I can tell her what I have been doing! I have onions out at all times and had no idea that it could have been the thing thst was keeping my family of seven well. I have made it a point to use a onion while cooking everyday in almost everything I cook, just because I want my children to like them and not be such picky eaters. I am glad to know it may have been helping them in other ways too. Thanks for the page.

Jan 16, 2013
re: the doctors comment
by: Diana

I think it's funny you feel the need to leave a negative comment. I also think it's funny that several people have tried this trick,.. and it worked on their family members who had no idea about it, especially the little kids. I doubt my 2 year old isn't coughing cause he heard me talking about what the onions are suppose to do. Can't we just let it be? It apparently works for some people. So okay? It's funny that so many people find an authoritative voice in a faceless forum! Live and let live!


Jan 16, 2013
Onions
by: Jean

I totally agree with you Diana. If indeed he is a doctor then I can understand his concern since he would be needed less if we all learned of new and natural treatments THAT DO WORK. Also the pharmaceutical companies would be concerned too as I believe they hand out trial samples to the docs to offer to their patients and if they work will write a prescription. It's a known fact pharmaceutical companies make enormous amounts of money. I have far more respect for doctors who allow us our choice. We take responsiblity for our actions. If I should die from the flu, my husband certainly won't be trying to sue my doctor OR the onion farmers. I think because of all their learning/education, training and hard work getting to where they are it is understandable doctors can feel threatened by any site where "ordinary" people can post what works for them or worse still patients of their own daring to question them.

Jan 16, 2013
onions
by: leona

Ive noticed my husband dont cough in bed in middle of the night.he usually wakes baby up from coughing..yay for onion lol.im gonna start growing onions, they are cheap, but even more cheap if i grow them lol.

Jan 16, 2013
Why so defensive Diana?
by: Dr. Pockros, MD

What about my post is negative? I said nothing negative about the onion, I stated my professional opinion & left it at that. The placebo effect is very real and sugar pills work for some people. I agree your 2 old does not know, but most likely would have gotten better with or without the onion.

Now Jean, it seems funny to me that you just assume I am a man...I am not. I do agree with you about the pharmaceutical companies as most drugs do not fix the problem, they mask it or make it better to have a customer for life.

Now if you knew anything about the flu or the common cold (and I'm sure you do), you would know I am not concerned because I don't make a lot of money from that or push any drugs to my patients for a cold. Time, rest and fluids are the best remedy. Of course, there are many OTC products that will make this process a bit more bearable.

I am glad you respect Doctors that give patients choices. I am a firm believer in holistic and natural remedies and try to guide and answer my patients questions as best as I can.

Good luck to all and we each must seek our own truth.

Jan 16, 2013
Onions rule.
by: Brian

Well Dr. Pockros, now we have the gender and your attitude to natural remedies sewn up, brings me so say that I am glad there is another General Practitioner besides my own who believes in natural remedies besides that which my Dr., Vladimir, was trained in at Medical college. He doesn't willy nilly suggest either way. If he knows I need proper treatment with drugs of some kind he will suggest it.. but in all the 40 years I have been going to him he has never been wrong in that particular treatment..he, as with a lot of good thinking doctors, is very caring with his patients. But if he thinks natural remedies will do, he hasn't been wrong yet....and yes...onions were one of the assisting remedies. Onions may not be a cure all for everything but I can tell you as a vocalist... I know full well when I am coming down with a horrible flu or cold type feeling and had that occasion on New Years Eve. Normally that feeling would knock me for six as the cricket expression goes..but I took a sniff of the onion and as usual put the onions around the house. Well I did make it to the gig...and on top of that had a good night. And no ill effects from the whatever was going to give me the sniffles on the last day of 2012. It may be a placebo effect thinking to you as a trained physician, but to we devotees we know it works. My lady was a complete skeptic, as she knows when I came down with a flu or just nasty cold I would not get out of bed. It was after that I heard about the humble onion and tried it. I suffered that particular week, but since then I my getting out of bed is a couple of days earlier than usual even my lateral thinking doctor, Vladimir was impressed after examining me. Part two follows.

Jan 16, 2013
Onions rule
by: Brian

Part 2 (the blog by the way only allows 3000 characters). On a different subject, funny it was this very same lateral thinking doctor who warned me years ago in the 70's about pretend sugars in soft drinks e.g. aspartame and the other substitutes. I didn't drink diet soft drinks then. He told me as an analogy that you might as well drink a whole glass of 'real' soft drink as opposed to a half glass of diet drink. I am not diabetic but sadly that is the only substitute there is for them. Why I say that, a friend of mine well meaning gave me a glass of diet lemonade...to me it was a thirst quencher, and went down very nicely till I nearly passed out a little while later...the after taste of sugar substitute is bad enough let alone the effects. And sadly for diabetics there is not enough research of the Stevia plant as a pretend sugar. I applaud that lady in the US, Dr. Janet Starr-Hull, who has been running a campaign (with death threats to her) to rid the country of aspartame products. (Just google aspartame or Dr. Starr-Hull). Some soft drink companies, to me, are so intent on protecting the use of aspartame they seemed to have forgotten to use some of their research money to find a better more safer product. Me! I keep my consumption of soft drinks down and have fruit juice or just plain water. And the odd light beer (which is only a glass or two) or coffee. All in moderation. (By the way before any wowsers who have come on this blog for the first time reading about the light beer....we Aussies like our beer. My full beer days are gone... I must be getting old here drinking light beer)...hehe. :-)

Jan 16, 2013
Onions
by: Jean

First I want to apologise to you doctor for calling you he. You will agree, in the written word, other than typing he/she is the only way to "hit the mark." I never gave much thought to what gender you were or when I typed that if I was right or wrong however, please accept my sincere apology. My own doctor is female. A female doctor is all I want anymore at my age.
I am sure in your position you must know of the frustrations trying to help people and they totally ignore you or, although I doubt in your case, make fun to the point of ridicule. My belief in Onions re Flu and colds which have been proven by me, my family and others on here, are not just pure coincidence. By the way I have never had a flu shot in my life or intend having one and I am in my 75th year. They are offered me and I just politely refuse without there being any problem so my doctor allows me my choice. I hope this clears the matter up as there is no way I would want to offend any posters on this very informative site. I have learned much from it including rubbing onion on arthritic hands, which actually does work. Having "said" all this I realize you could well be male even and if so, all this has been a waste of time. However the apology is still sincere.

Jan 16, 2013
Willing
by: Anonymous

I have not tried Onions but going to give it a try. Some of these people knew some awesome remedies that worked. What does it hurt to try!

Jan 17, 2013
Sore Throat
by: Eve

I enjoyed reading the posts. Very interesting.

I woke up with a sore throat one Sun morning last Dec and was concerned because it felt as if it could only get worse and I am part of a choir and we were scheduled to sing by the end of the week. I hadn't had a sore throat in so long - years. The sniffles I hadn't had in years too until a few weeks prior to this and I took care of it by eating kiwi - 2 kiwis twice p/day, so it was gone by day two and I didn't continue the kiwi.
A few days before the sore throat a friend had told me how a mutual friend of ours had used garlic to heal tonsils. The person was supposed to have surgery mid-week but the problem was solved over the weekend in 4hrs flat and no surgery was needed so the appointment was canceled. I thought if it's good for tonsils it should be good for a sore throat. All the garlic I had looked great but they were all dried out so instead I decided to use a chunk of the onion I was about to season the food with - just thought I'd do something weird, nothing to lose.
I always add onions last, if at all, to not overcook them and to get the flavor. I placed a piece of the raw onion (about the size of half a strawberry each) on both sides of my mouth. I kept the raw onion in my mouth while I finished cooking and let the food cool down enough to eat, about 1/2 hr in all. I would have kept it longer but I was really hungry and thought 'I could always put it back in after I eat’ ending with the chew and swallow step then.
When I took the two pieces of raw onion out of my mouth I realized the sore throat was gone. I mean gone. I thought I was losing it, I couldn't believe it. I wondered if I had imagined the sore throat. I wasn't expecting anything to happen really but I knew that I had put the onion in my mouth because of the sore throat. So I had had a sore throat. My throat was clear and cured and the soreness did not return. Now if I need to fix a sore throat in a hurry again I know what works!
Natural prevention: For another condition I had I usually take Vit D3 daily which is good for preventing the cold/flu and many other things and I only slack off a bit during the summer but I had started slacking off at the start of winter - wrong time.
I am so glad for the quick cure in onions and in garlic and in Kiwi. Every medicine is made from something off the earth or universe anyway so if it works naturally, great and thanks to God. We do need the doctors and I'm glad some persons choose that career.

Jan 17, 2013
Onions
by: Jean

Thanks for that Eve. It's given me an idea. I have a tooth that bothers me so many times through the year. It's one I had Root Canal on about 7-8 years ago. I've had problems ever since even tho I went back to the dentist, she xrayed it and said nothing wrong. So all in all about $1,100. spent on this one tooth so far and still no joy. Why didn't I think about putting a bit of onion at the side of the gum where the problem is. I will try this pronto. Thank you. Will let you know how I go.

Jan 18, 2013
sliced ends off, does it work? I feel better
by: Bill (truck driver)

My family and friends have been fighting this crud for weeks! ER and several doctor visits, more prescriptions very slow recovery.
I heard about the onions on a farming radio show. Found myself chuckling. Was after several friends said they tried it, I decided to give it a whirl. I took the onion, cut off both ends, placed on a plate and put on table near the bed.
Was it the onion? The medicine? The chicken soup? Not sure, but I felt much better the next morning! And yes, it seemed to break up the mucus in the throat and lungs.
I used a spare bedroom to spare the family the odors.

Jan 18, 2013
Onion
by: CrazyMom

I'm a mom of 2, one that is almost 4 and a 8 month old. Myself, hubby and 4 year old received the flu shot because I was not going to vaccinate the baby. I have been a nervous wreck the last couple of months due to the fact of the flu outbreak. I did not get my 8 month old the flu shot, because I am very skeptical of shots in general (do not know the long term affects). I feel forced to get them the shots they need for school. I cross my fingers every time my kids get their shots. It's ridiculous. I am more a worrier then a warrier these days. I had saw a posting on facebook a couple of weeks ago about placing a red onion in the rooms, because my son and I caught something, not sure if it was a mild case of the flu or a really bad cold. So I went into panic mode and was researching online an came across that onion post on facebook. I have had one in her room and my sons room since early January. My sons cough disappeared as my still lingers from New years (is when I got sick) and my daughter has been pretty healthly.. I will be doing this all winter or probably all seasons.. My family thinks I am crazy but I rather try something then nothing!!

I can't seem to believe any doctors now a days because they all seem to be dipping into the pharmaceutical pools of money.. One hand washes the other kind of mentality.. Its getting out of hand..

Jan 18, 2013
Onions
by: Jean

Hi Crazy...I'm so sorry you're going through this and understand your feelings about the little ones. I only ever use brown onions but I think any kind will probably do but having tried no others cant ensure it.
We all have to take responsibility regarding our health not be absolutely dependent on our doctor but be sensible in our choices when they do make suggestions, after all that's all they really can do, then it's up to us. I know there are some doctors who really resent it when their patient makes a choice against what they say. However there are others who are only too pleased we want to take some responsibility. It's easier when it comes to oneself but when it involves children, it's a mother's biggest worry. Keep on with the Onions I'm sure they will help. As I have mentioned on this site several times before, I'm into my fourth year of doing the onion routine and yes I get ridiculed by some family and friends but I'm not letting it bother me now. Hubby and I have been cold/flu free in that time. The last time I had the flu was in 1996 and it was a doosie episode. Wish I had learned about the onions then.

Jan 18, 2013
Onions rule.
by: Brian

Don't worry Jean, I get the same funny looks when I mention the onions. I get the same funny look when I tell people I grow a lot of my vegies in self watering containers that I made with ideas off the internet...where other's plants suffered, my tomatoes, and the other plants barely wilted in the shade. I also have a solar cooker I made (with an idea yet again off the net)and many a casserole has been enjoyed after being cooked in one of those...and the power saved too. People look at me even weirder when I tell them all three ideas...(Only problems with solar cookers you need to turn them to the sun quite often approx every hour, as long as it faces the sun, and you also need a pretty good sunny day but what the heck..solar power is free (so far till the government finds a way to tax it)...although I have set it sort of halfway as I had to go out for a while, and the casserole has cooked a little bit slower but nevertheless cooked beautifully. And yes...there was plenty of onions in the casserole ...lol. I'm not loopy, in fact I can be quite conservative at times. And am not loopy like some of the hippies I meet,..hehe, some of which are good friends of mine.

Jan 21, 2013
DO NOT BELIEVE ANYTHING SNOPES.COM SAYS
by: Anonymous

People think that snoopes.com is the end all be all for information verification. Truth is, they publish what they want to publish regardless of the truth. Look into their history before believing anything they have to say. They have ZERO experience in any kind of investigative reporting. I used to be an investigative reporter and investigated them so I know what I'm writing here. But do not take my words for granted, find out for yourself and check it out.

The onion story might just be an inflated old tale, but also look into history of it. People have been doing things for years that worked regardless of how scientific it may or may not be. If a grandmother or other relative who passed it down from generation to generation, I would believe it more than not.

Jan 22, 2013
various
by: Jean

I was told about Snopes quite sometime ago. Before that I believed whatever they said. Now I take it with a grain of salt.

Brian you might be interested in googling Forbidden Knowledge TV, Brezynski Cancer Treatment. It's a lengthy video but well worth the watch. While you're there you can subscribe to it (totally free). They have some amazing stuff on there.

Jan 23, 2013
Clarification
by: Little T

Brian and Jean seem to be the big commenter contributors, so thanks for that.

I'd like to take a moment to defend Snopes, as the people calling them "detractors" on the issue seem to be unfamiliar with what they actually have to say in their article.

http://www.snopes.com/medical/swineflu/onion.asp

The specific claim they tackle is: "Onions placed about the home fight the flu virus."

In summary, the article states that there is no reason to believe onions pull viruses out of the air - which as Brian has pointed out at least once, is agreeably bunk.

Said article goes on to acknowledge that the World Health Organization notes onion extract to be effective at fighting off the symptoms of "cough, cold, asthma and bronchitis." I'm sure it stands to reason onions would hold these properties as well.

So, there's nothing in the Snopes article saying "lol onions ur dumb." They acknowledge the efficacy of symptom alleviation with no issue at all, with the simple note that onions do not, in fact, fight the virus itself or pull it from there air like a magic magnet.

Ergo, to the title of THIS article, "Can flu virus be absorbed in onions?" Snopes is certainly correct in calling the claim false. If this article were called "do onions help alleviate cold and flu symptoms?" then I would be right with you in being skeptical of Snopes' judgement.

As for their accuracy, each article cites sources. As well, a random sampling of Snopes articles show no political bias in an analysis by FactCheck. So, there's that at least.

Thanks again for all the good info, and enjoy the Ogre Fruit.

That's a Shrek joke, for anyone who missed it.

Jan 23, 2013
Onions
by: Jean

Thanks for clearing that up Little T I do see where you're coming from.
You might be interested in the Forbidden Knowledge site too, especiall about a Dr. Brezinski as mentioned in my post to Brian. Some fascinating stuff on there about a myriad of things.
Sorry I didnt get the Shrek thing lol altho I have watched part of one with my greatgrandchildren LOL.

Jan 23, 2013
Onions rule
by: Brian

Thanks for that Jean...have copy and pasted to goggle...er...google and now saved that site to bookmarks...will check it out later...but it looks interesting...right now looking at Aussie folks songs to relearn, to do at the open mic on Aussie day...I am the MC of sorts..but still have to do some work singing...lol...eeeeeeekkk...work is a four letter word...
Back to that site...given Dad has had two bouts of cancer, that site will definitely hold an interest for me...

Jan 23, 2013
Onions
by: Donna P.

Okay folks, Yesterday was my first day down... the onset of a really bad head cold has me feeling lousy 4 different ways. I read a post on Facebook back in December about the Onion remedy. I woke up at 4 a.m. this morning after my over the counter meds wore off, unable to back to sleep (while hubby sleeps so soundly next to me) and decided to do a little "onion research". I stumbled upon this site and all the wonderful (and even entertaining) information posted. Sadly, I used my last onion over the weekend to make a Carbonara... or I'd be slicing off the ends instead of typing... so I'll have to wait until the sun comes up to run to the grocery store... but I'm definitely giving the onion a try! So thank you all for your informative posts.

Jan 24, 2013
snopes
by: Anonymous

Snopes also says you can eat baby carrots that our tainted with bleached water. I would rather eat the kind that still have dirt on them, thank you.

I have an onion on my desk at work and am surrounded by coughing and sneezing sick employees....8 hours so far and I feel fine.


Jan 24, 2013
Onions
by: Jean

We wait patiently for your report Donna. Hopefully it is all positive.

As for Annon....keep up with the onions. Change them each week and good luck!

Jan 25, 2013
So Research means nothing
by: Anonymous

These "No Name" people below say it is a wives tail, but believe what you want. I would think it it was a remedy that was truely a miracle they would be able to isolate the active ingredient and use it in prevention. Is that not the basis of modern medicine ?

Beck, Melinda. "Home Flu Cures: Bad Medicine
The Wall Street Journal 3 November 2009
Opie, Iona and Moira Tatum. A Dictionary of Superstitions.
Oxford University Press; Oxford, 1992. ISBN 0-19-282916-5
Chambers' Journal. "The Onion is Not Merely a Vegetable."
The Chicago Defender. "Onion Diet 'Will Rout' All Germs."
The Hartford Courant. "Worried About Flu? Old Onion Remedy Hailed."
Los Angeles Times. "Healthfulness of Onions


Jan 25, 2013
Onions
by: Crazy Mom

Im reading these comments about snopes.com. I have not been to that website, so I will not say anything negative about it but individuals who come from that website to this one to say negative comments does not make any clear sense. People on this page are stating what has happen to them using this onion remedy. People now a days feel if things are not FDA approved then there is no clear way that it will work or cure anything. I can go on for pages about FDA medications that clearly does not cure anything.
Little T tried to explain snopes.com's reasoning about their article but snopes has no clear evidence nor does anyone(I believe) on this website as well to have factual (meaning tested through a lab) information that the flu virus is absorb through the air into the onion unless it has been tested. So no one can really say that onions can not absorb viruses/bacteria from the air unless it has been tested. My thought is either agree and try it or move on. Some people just have way to much time on their hands to judge other people and their views..

Jan 25, 2013
Life too short
by: Anonymous

There was 5 examples of Lab testing above that showed it is not possible. What more do you want. You are right, Too much time. I for one am moving on. Use onions anyway you want.

Jan 25, 2013
Onions
by: Crazy Mom

Yes please move on.. Thank You

"According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the officially sanctioned vaccine is the only proven way to prevent the H1N1 virus, and the antiviral drugs oseltamivir (trade name Tamiflu) and zanamivir (Relenza) are among the few proven ways to shorten its duration. "There is no scientific evidence that any herbal, homeopathic or other folk remedies have any benefit against influenza," the CDC says.

Since the CDC says so, I guess it is what it is.. This is how they want us to think. Obviously if a natural remedy works, these guys would be out of business, just saying. Read the side effects of both drugs "proven" to shorten duration. CDC will never nor the FDA come out with proven scientific evidence of anything other then what they study to make them money.

Jan 25, 2013
CDC Lies
by: Anonymous

And you are the ones who say ther eis a cure for Cancer but would put too many people out of business if they released it. I know why tou have the moniker of "Crazy Mom".

Jan 25, 2013
Onions
by: Jean

Please Anon....this site isn't made for arguments. There are ways of "saying" things. I believe in the Onion (altho I don't believe it absorbs the flu virus) I do believe somehow the "fumes" help, in fact if you scroll a few times you will see my story of success with this method several times....four years of it in fact. And btw there have been scientific facts on this. I have tried in vain to find the programme that was aired about four years ago on one of the ABC channels. I watched it in it's entirety from the lab tests to travelling to places where colds and flu don't exist because of the tribes belief in the properties of the Onion.
If we would all accept we each have an opinion and if we want to express it, do so in a friendly way. As in "God can force no man to heaven" no one can force another person to believe what they don't want to believe.
Guy Sebastian has written the perfect song for this sort of thing called....Get Along. Highly recommend a listen.

Jan 25, 2013
Onions
by: Crazy Mom

Thank You Jean. Nicely worded!

Jan 25, 2013
I agree 2 Short!
by: Anonymous

Snopes is not the only reference I use. There are plenty of other sites to verify or debunk anything. Urban Legends is another. I guess many wish to live in a fairy tale??

I don't believe anything about an onion "sucking" in germs....that has been proven bogus, so I won't dwell on that.

I do believe though that eating onions have positive effects just as any other natural fruit or vegetable.

Jean, it really makes me laugh that you say you've been doing the onion thing for 4 years and in the same sentence say your last flu was 1996! Essentially you were fine for 12 years without onions. That tells me onions are doing nothing for you! You take care of yourself and have a good immune system....no secrets or magic with that.

I can attest to the use of garlic around my house because I have never had a vampire bother me there .... LOL

Jan 25, 2013
Onion Works For Me!
by: Pam

The people on this site that is negative towards "The Onion" have you tried putting out an Onion and it did not work for you? Just wondering!

Jan 25, 2013
Sure did!
by: Anonymous

Tried it for fun Pam the onion never got black like some claim. Didn't shorten my sickness any? Not that I can prove that, but most colds go away on their own. Let's put it this way it didn't get better in hours like some here claim.

Also, they say not to save or reuse onions because they suck in bacteria and will get you sick. I've been eating raw saved onions for 50+ years and I never got sick from it.

All I can say is try it yourself? I'd rather eat my onions than stink up my bedroom with it in a dish.

Jan 25, 2013
Onions
by: Jean

Well obviously Annon is here to stay, not to be helpful but just be a nuisance. We may just have to put up with this person however we don't have to read their posts. Unfortunately there are others who prefer to remain anon....which means theirs might be overlooked. Shame really.

Jan 25, 2013
Really Jean
by: Jean

I'm a different Anon. Please answer my question.

You say you've been doing the onion thing for 4 years, but you say haven't had the flu since 1996! So you were fine for 12 years without onions? Isn't that what you said?

Jan 25, 2013
Onions rule
by: Brian

Well Jean with all these Anons, I am getting confuzzed...lol.
To the people things don't work for, all I can say "to each their own", but they at least tried the onion, and Voltaire comes to mind with some of the other (sometimes very negative) contributions in the blog, to paraphrase : I may not agree with what they say, but I will fight to the death for their right to say it. (We try to be democratic with our postings.)
That goes for the Snopes devotees too.

Jan 25, 2013
Onions
by: Jean

Anon PLEASE DO NOT POST UNDER MY NAME....THAT IS MISREPRESENTATION. IF THIS KEEPS ON I WILL ASK FOR YOUR POSTS TO BE REMOVED.
As for having flu all those years ago...yes I have been flu free since then....I used to take Echinacia from the health food (that may not be the correct spelling) plus I have always been careful about washing my hands and trying to keep germ free. In all that time I did not have the flu you're right, however I did have colds. Hope this satisfies you, if not too bad. HOWEVER, I REPEAT DO NOT POST UNDER MY NAME...YOU DO NOT HAVE THE RIGHT.

Jan 25, 2013
Wow!!
by: Anonymous

So defensive!! I was very upset that you grouped me in with the other Anon. Let me explain something to you while I'm here for the last time...

You are not the only women named Jean, so you CANNOT tell people not to post using Jean, unless you post your last name. So, please get off your high horse...Good Day!

Jan 25, 2013
;(
by: Sick baby with a fever over a week ;(

Well I'm certainly of the belief you should try anything once with a week of sleepless nights and laryngitis myself I'm willing to try anything!! Here's to a bowl full of onions please please work yere magic ;)

Jan 25, 2013
Onions
by: Jean

At least I post a name.....you are in no position to carry on just using Anon and in the words of Lauren Cooper....from here on in "I'm not bovvered!"

Jan 26, 2013
Onions rule
by: Brian

Well "Wow" by Anonymous (25January 2013)...I am with Jean who said she will have you removed from this blog if she finds you misrepresenting her again....so you are outnumbered...
Put your name on the blog and try to come up with something credible... you showed YOU were the defensive one, not Jean...although I don't know Jean personally, I do know reading this blog that she doesn't, and hasn't come out with B***S*** yet, to put it politely. In a race I would back Jean as a sure fire winner every time...and if she feels she is for some reason not informed about something...she will research it and get back to us...for our benefit as well as her own. And ensuring she gets her facts right with a good well meaning heart is also showing signs of being a winner.

Jan 29, 2013
Onions
by: Jean

Thanks Brian. Sorry I haven't replied sooner but I have a daughter up in the floods in Queensland so we've all been somewhat preoccupied. She flew up there for a few days to visit family and has ended up being there almost two weeks. She is hoping to be able to drive to Brisbane to fly home on Saturday. Poor thing hired a car which she hasn't been able to use much at all. Still she and the rest of the family are safe even tho they had to evacuate the home.
All this has put all the crud in perspective lol. Once gain thanks. I sure hope those just trying the onions for the first time, especially for their children are reaping the rewards.

Jan 31, 2013
onions on the feet
by: Anonymous

had to comment as the flu hit me fast and hard withing a day i was over 103 and in a lot of pain. my husband came home and said a friend told him to put onions on the bottom of my feet for the night...he asked me if i would try it and i couldnt even talk so he tried it. I woke up at night twice with sweat dripping off my body. 5 am and no fever and the tight painful cough is much looser. Got to love a natural remedy. I feel great today compared to yesterday... what a blessing the onions when many people are ending up in the hospital from this virus.

Jan 31, 2013
onions and other home remedies
by: Anonymous

If people believe something to be real, it will be real in its consequences. I think that the power of nurturing, care, and love combined with tried palliative and preventive herbal medicine are the perfect ingredients for a healthy life. Granted that certain things will not be cured with herbs. However, the palliative effect combined with the psychological 'reception' could have positive results. One should never underestimate the merging of mind and body.

Feb 01, 2013
Onions rule
by: Brian

One should not underestimate the power of the goodness of natures vegetables...they were put on this earth for a reason to keep us healthy all psychoanalysing aside of whether it is people's imagination or not...vegetables and fruit are natures healers along with rest, keeping healthy with excercise and keeping one's mind active. So please don't give me the placebo effect rhetoric as did another anonymous a few blogs back.
The ones who I talk to in person who discount this I find out later they have a vested interest in pharmacy interests, or other entities that go out of their way to discount natural therapies that actually work.

Feb 01, 2013
Okee Dokee Brian
by: Anonymous

Placebo effect: Also called the placebo response. A remarkable phenomenon in which a placebo -- a fake treatment, an inactive substance like sugar, distilled water, or saline solution -- can sometimes improve a patient's condition simply because the person has the expectation that it will be helpful. Expectation to plays a potent role in the placebo effect. The more a person believes they are going to benefit from a treatment, the more likely it is that they will experience a benefit.

The power of positive thinking is not a new subject. The Talmud, the ancient compendium of rabbinical thought, states that: "Where there is hope, there is life." And hope is positive expectation, by another name. The scientific study of the placebo effect is usually dated to the pioneering paper published in 1955 on "The Powerful Placebo" by the anesthesiologist Henry K. Beecher (1904-1976). Beecher concluded that, across the 26 studies he analyzed, an average of 32% of patients responded to placebo.

Feb 01, 2013
Placebo
by: Jean

I definitely believe in "mind over matter."

Feb 01, 2013
The scoop....
by: Anonymous

The use of onion to relieve colds is designed to be accompanied by other treatments, such as taking adequate rest, maintaining hand hygiene and drinking plenty of fluids. Capsules containing dehydrated onion or onion extracts can also be purchased and taken to relieve cold symptoms. While it is beneficial to look to natural ways of relieving a cold, care must be taken when self-diagnosing and self medicating. It is important to seek medical advice if symptoms worsen or become prolonged.

Although colds are most commonly treated medicinally using pain killers and decongestant, historical and anecdotal evidence, along with findings presented in the Gale Encyclopedia show that onion may also help to relieve symptoms. However, the vegetable need not be consumed just when a patient is sick. It should be incorporated with other foods as part of a healthy diet. As highlighted by Janet Kurzynske of the University of Kentucky, the more natural the foods, fruits, vegetables, proteins and minerals included in a diet, the quicker it may be for a patient to recover from a cold and the more resilient the patient's immune system to future colds.

Feb 01, 2013
Onions still rule
by: Brian

I recall, Anonymous, that I did touch on the fact that, to quote my last blog, 'vegetables and fruit are natures healers along with rest, keeping healthy with excercise and keeping one's mind active", that vegetables have to be used together. I have come to think that using the onion for colds is like a "booster shot", Jean might agree with that as well, in relation to using all the vegetables into effect as you rightly say, re a balanced diet. I don't need a uni degree to tell me what life has taught me, and others...a uni degree just explains what nature is teaching us and you end up with a piece of paper at the end of it for all your genuine hard work and study.
Like I was a skeptic some time ago about the onion. I do admire people who have achieved something in "the pursuit of excellence" in education...but the university of life teaches us even more. And when we stop learning from that university is when we start failing...and we have all faltered there sometimes till the lecturer, in this case nature, throws the chalk at us to wake us up. Back to the subject of this blog, the humble onion...The first time, I thought I would put the onions out and have a go...but they did work..never believing I would have the positive effect they gave me. And when I woke up next morning feeling great after the night before feeling nearly death warmed up. So hardly the placebo effect came into it. It seems to me that it is too easy to be putting the child's "kiss it better" placebo effect into all this.

Feb 02, 2013
Testing now
by: Anna

So I started have flu like symptoms today and had to leave work early. A co worker mentioned this onion thing and I had remembered hearing about it. Desperate to not get the flu I picked up a white onion, cut the ends off, peeled it and placed in a bowl. I'm feeling slightly better but my throat is a little dry. We'll see in the morning
I also posted on FB about my experiment and I had a few people jump at me saying its not true. I asked if any of them tried it and they all said NO!! Hmmmm....the best is my aunt mentioned this snopes? and I thought "who or what is snopes and what do they have to do with this?" Lol
Loved reading the comments and I hope to return with good news in the morning. Oh and the hot dog/burger cravings ummm yea haha

Feb 04, 2013
the onion works!!
by: Anonymous

I have personaly been doing this after reading this. It works!!! No one has been sick!!! My son has left our home to stay at a friends.. Coming home sick w flu.. Then after 1day he better.. and oinon has turned dark brown.. No one else got sick!! This happened 4x in a month n a half.. but as soon as he was home.. he was better.. and no one else ever got sick!!!!!

Feb 06, 2013
How often do I change the onion daily ,weekly twice a day
by: Syp

I'm tired of being sick since dec ...and passing it on to everybody at home started with flu, went on the severe cough n cold ...leading to ear infection ...getting antibiotics no relief the 11 th day my cough n cold starts again.....I'm tired of the pain in my throat n ears and sleepless nights.....I want to try the onion treatment....just one question how often do I change the cut onion daily, twice a day or weekly .....I ready get rid of my soar throat

Feb 06, 2013
Onions
by: Jean

Syp I change the onions once a week. Make sure you have some in each room. Just cut them in half and put each half in a container or on a saucer and spread them around the house. I've learned from this site too to relieve coughs and colds rub half the onion on your chest. Also cut up onions inside a pair of thick socks, wear the socks so the onions are on soles of feet, is a great way to draw out any nasties. Good Luck.

Feb 06, 2013
Onions
by: Jean

LOLOL before I get picked up on my remark...cut up onions inside thick socks (or similar) I mean cut them up FIRST then put them in the socks. I didn't want to give one of the Annon's room to poke fun and grumble LOLOL....gl e1.

Feb 07, 2013
husband is deatly ill, dont know what else to try and have nothing to lose.
by: Anonymous

my husband has been very very sick since mid December, doctors havnt been able to find the problem, so at the moment hes got onion feet and a bowl by his side, I really hope this helps because hes.............well its bad.

Feb 07, 2013
Onions
by: Jean

So sorry to read your post Anon. It must be hard on both of you. It would depend what is wrong with him if the onions will work. They certainly can't do any harm. If he doesn't start feeling better soon he needs to go back to the doctor. Meanwhile good luck and there are those of us on here who will send good thoughts to you both.

Feb 07, 2013
It works
by: Anonymous

I did it in 2011 did not get the cold for the whole year , I threw away the onion after a year and I got the cold a month later

Feb 07, 2013
Onions rule.
by: Brian

Hope your hubby recovers from whatever has made him that sick...and hope the onion does the trick, or at least makes him feel a bit better...the humble onion does it for me..the moment I feel the sniffles out comes the onion/s, take a sniff then put them on the saucer. Have too many people who come here don't appreciate the onion smell. Out comes the tea candles to get rid of the smell before they come...but then it is back to the onion. They can't understand to this day why onions keep me from the colds for so long...and when I tell them they are skeptic of the whole idea. The humble onion helped me with a flu that I caught off someone and was out of bed a lot sooner by a couple of days than normal. Each to their own I suppose but where the onion is concerned...if it ain't broke don't fix it...so I keep using onions.

Feb 07, 2013
Onions etc.
by: Jean

Brian I just watched the Dr. Oz show. I never usually watch it but what they advertised got my attention. One tip you may be interested in is eating Papaya, Blackberries and Nutmeg can help eliminate cancer cells. I believe if you go to his site www.doctoroz.com he supplies a list under the heading Anti-aging Hot List.

Feb 07, 2013
Onions rule
by: Brian

I remember when I lived in Malaysia I used to eat a lot of papaya. Brings back memories..Dad was serving in the RAAF at Butterworth...just mentioning Papayas (Paw Paws as we used to call them here) brings back a flood of memories of living on Penang Island for 2.5 years.

Feb 08, 2013
Onion
by: Anonymous

Does the onion take away strep throat?

Feb 08, 2013
You left the onion out .....
by: Anonymous

You left it out for a year....LOL!! What a joke, please tell us you are joking!

Feb 09, 2013
HI! :)
by: mellisamouse

I thought I was gunna die, last night I had almost dark green phlem clogging my lungs and the pain was awful. My son also has been off for about a week and a half, last night I out the onions in my socks, and all day today, and no more sore throat, and almost done coughing up the last of the mucus, (which is clear like water now), put some onions in my sons room tonight and haven't heard him cough yet tonight. :) I thought I was a gonner! I am almost human again already! <3

Feb 11, 2013
Onions in Your Socks...50 Years and Counting
by: Anonymous

When I was a child and had a fever, my mom would put onions in my sox and wrap me tightly in a blanket, almost swaddled. I hated the feeling. Didn't care about the smell. I was a deleriously sick kid. My mom would check my temperature again when, " The onions smelled cooked". I use to cry whenever this happened and torment my siblings when they became sick enough to warrant onion socks. I thought it was bunk and teased my mom for years. She was steadfast in her belief and did it evey time. We were very poor and I thought that she did this because she didn't have money for meds. As an adult, I had a really high fever that resulted in me missing my college midterms. My fever was so high that I actually poured my dirty laundry on me for warmth. My mom came to visit, saw my condition and low and behold, at 23 I found myself with onion socks. Six hours later I was already feeling better. At eight hours I felt my fever break and was able to get out of bed and move around. By the way, walking in onion socks is gross. By hour ten it was like my sickness never happened. I am a firm believer in onion socks and have converted many friends and coworkers. I don't know where my mom learned this practice but it has been part of my immediate family for 50+ years.

Feb 13, 2013
wow
by: Anonymous

Wow, this is the 21st century and I can't believe I am reading this.

Feb 13, 2013
Wow why?
by: mellisamouse

Wow, why? It is pretty scientific when you think of it, the same gas that comes and burns your eyes and makes you "cry" burns and kills the bacteria.

Doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure it out.

If you can smell the onion, that is how far it's "gas" goes out on the hunt for...

Geeze some people, close your mind too tight and nothing gets in our out.

Feb 13, 2013
Onions rule
by: Brian

And not only scientific...it works. Don't dismiss nature's goodies for healing purposes..

Feb 14, 2013
Not science!
by: Anonymous

It is not science...period!

Onions contain amino acid sulfoxides that form sulfenic acids in the onion cells. Both the enzymes and the sulfenic acids are kept separately in the cells. When you cut the onion, the otherwise separate enzymes start mixing and produce propanethiol S-oxide, which is a volatile sulphur compound that starts wafting towards your eyes. The gas that is emitted reacts with the water of your eyes and forms sulphuric acid. The sulphuric acid thus produced causes burning sensation in your eyes and this in turn leads to the tear glands secreting tears. Thus you end up with watery eyes every time you cut onions at home. In contrast to sulfinic and sulfonic acids, simple sulfenic acids, such as methanesulfenic acid, CH3SOH, are highly reactive and cannot be isolated in solution. In the gas phase the lifetime of methanesulfenic acid is about one minute...hence no help cutting the onion to leave it out!

Apparently it does take a rocket scientist to figure it out mellisamouse, so I would contact your local scientist or chemist.

I have no problems with you guys sharing your experience, but to say it is science is an out and out LIE! Good luck to ya, I'm keeping my onions on my bratwurst.


Feb 14, 2013
No help?
by: Sarah

Ah yes – I’ve been sent this article about onions… having been sniveling, coughing, blowing & sneezing for nearly a month now, I’m getting to the end of my rag! I’ve had enough – it’s ‘snot’ fair! Anyway I cut up onions & put them around my house last night and now I have a smelly house as well as a blocked nose & a cough!!!

So what do I do with these onions now? I think I’ll make a pot of French onion soup…

Feb 14, 2013
Annonymous
by: mellisamouse

Nice cut and paste job!

That in NO way explains how or why it wouldn't work...

Science uses clinical trials, and well, the proof is in the pudding, so now explain how it couldn't work?? lol

Feb 14, 2013
Onions
by: Jean

You know Annonymous, whoever you are, you are being a pain. You come on here insulting the people, even naming some, who are genuinely interested in this Onion blog and what it has to offer. Also contributing positive posts of their own. If you think it's all malarky then just stay away.
You know, something happened in our family last week that puts all your meanness in perspective, for me anyway. We lost our son in a terribe accident. Our hearts are broken. It's been a week or so since looking at this site, yup and here you are (possibly again since you won't fess up with a nickname or real name and heaven only knows we have enough Annons.)
Please leave our posters alone, let them give us the information on how they are doing trialing the onions etc., pro and con. Remember the quote (and before you start correcting it, it is from a children's movie, Bambi) "if you can't say nuthin' nice, don't say nuthin' at all." There are ways of "saying" things without being nasty. You just don't seem to have mastered the art. I apologize to our bloggers who are put off by this person.

Feb 14, 2013
I agree
by: Diana

I totally agree with Jean. If you don't personally agree with the things being posted, I don't understand why you are reading this blog. There is no harm in trying this remedy and it has worked for many people. Sometimes those old crazy rememdies and things that our great grandparents did.. actually do work. I just tried in about 3 weeks ago. It got rid of all the night coughing, that my son and husband have throughout the whole winter season usually.

There is enough negativity in this world, strive to be positive....even if that means keeping your opinion to yourself.

To Jean,
I was so saddened to read about your son. I can only imagine that heartache. I will pray for you and your family, for comfort and strength through the days to come.

Diana

Feb 14, 2013
Sorry....
by: Anonymous

I truly am sorry for your loss.

I did not insult anyone? I simply remarked to some insulting comments made by another poster. Funny how you don't chastise her for insulting the rest of us that don't agree with YOU!

I will state again that anyone who says there is scientific evidence or clinical trials that have been done are lying.


Feb 14, 2013
So sorry for your loss
by: mellisamouse

I cant imagine. I just can't. xoxoxoxoxo Prayers to you and your family.

I am at a loss for words.

My deepest condolences.

Feb 14, 2013
Onions
by: Jean

There HAVE been clinical trials. As mentioned once before on this site I SAW CLINICAL TRIALS BEING DONE on an ABC programme approximately 4 years ago. I have tried in vain to find that particular programme, even writing to one of the ABC stations but unless I know the exact date, because of their vast archives, they say they can't search. If you scroll Annon you will see this much further up.

Thank you friends for your condolences. The funeral is next week. Now if only onions could mend a broken heart.

Feb 14, 2013
This is not snopes....
by: Sarah

Have a read at the following website...what do you think?

http://www.truestarhealth.com/Notes/3657001.html


Feb 14, 2013
Onion Works For Me
by: Pam

March will be one year I have used cut up white onions, thanks to this blog, Brian and Jean. My 87 year old dad and myself have been well. All I can say is, the onion works for me!

Jean, My Deepest Sympathy, Pam

Feb 14, 2013
Onions rule
by: Brian

My sympathies to you as well Jean. I know what it is to lose someone being my mum in 2006 from a dementia related illness, but to have lost your son in such a way is beyond comprehension, especially when they had such a life in front of them. Very sad Jean. I always worry about my kids even though the eldest is 30 and my youngest 28. You never stop worrying, I consider myself very fortunate to have them both. I love 'em to bits.
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As for Mr/Mrs/Miss/Ms Anonymous, of which I was one when I first came on here till I found how to put my real name on the blog, I was a bit a sceptic till I tried it.. the onion cure, or at least assistance to some. As for science...plant life has its own science...we humans sometimes put academic titles to everything...I bet if you could ask a plant how it grows and relates to other natural things, it would bamboozal you with its own science to probably astound even the wonderful Stephen Hawking. And that would be a compliment to Mr. Hawking. Like Einstein, it has been said that Mr. Hawking only uses 10% of his brain...doesn't say much for the rest of we mortals. Even he has an open mind. Do you Mr/Mrs/Miss/Ms? Anonymous? (Circle which title applies to you). Onions work for me. Natural process of science has been around before man..it just got on with the job of nature without the help from narrowmindedness. Because it could. Try being a little more positive and we will 'listen'.

Feb 15, 2013
Onions
by: Jean

Thank you Pam and Brian. Some days are diamonds, some days are stones. Today was a stone. I will be in Adelaide next week so doubtful I will be on the computer. Meanwhile I hope all those who are suffering at this time, colds, flu, chest infections etc., are getting relief from our friend the ONION.

Feb 15, 2013
Onion
by: Jean

Sarah thank you for that site....really interesting. Recommend it to other bloggers.

Feb 15, 2013
Onions
by: Jean

Am searching for that programme re Onions/Flu/Colds etc. This is all I could find so far but I will continue to search.

http://youtu.be/F4x-D5jL3Dk

Feb 16, 2013
Yay for ONION!
by: Skye

I am a believer in natural remedies, always have been. So tonight, there are cut onions in my kids bedrooms. Why? Because my 88 year old Grandmother told me about it today. She had 7 children and swore by the cut onion in their rooms at night to get over the flu and cold. I googled it, and found this site, and I'm sure glad I did. I would have done it regardless, as my Grandma is always right. But now that I've found some good success stories here, it backs up what she said.

My baby girl, 22 months old, came down with the flu a week ago, and is still getting over it. My 7 year old son caught it from her and I'm crossing my fingers that tonight isn't another night like last. This has been such a horrible experience and I've never seen a flu last this long.....

Hubby and I have had the flu twice in the last 4 months and we are really hoping we don't catch it again.

Also, not to stir the pot, but to the "Doctor" who posted earlier about the onion being a "placebo"....remember this. All of your medical training was based on OLD principles and practices, no matter how "modern" the teachings seem. It was the shamans, the wise women of the village, and the elders who used natural remedies, who were the REAL healers. They were the first "doctors" and the ones who discovered medicine. So have some respect for this age old practice of using onions, poultices, herbs, etc... to heal.

That is all.

-Skye


Feb 16, 2013
Onions
by: Jean

Thank you Skye for your comments. There is nothing worse than our children being sick. I do hope the Onions help very soon.

I agree re the natural way to go if one can but recognize medicine has its place. As a small child I suffered with migraine headaches. My mother used to put vinegar rags on my head. Now in my old age, I still have a yen for cider vinegar and when this happens I buy a battered Flake and it swims in the stuff, any excuse for battered Flake! I swear it's my body crying out for the vinegar so I satisfy its need. :o)

Feb 16, 2013
Onions rule.
by: Brian

Amen to that Skye...like my comment title reads..: Onions rule.


Feb 17, 2013
onions really work
by: zap

Since reading a news article about this some while back I started using more recipes which contain onion. I chop an onion for cooking at least 5 days per week and since doing so haven't suffered from any airborne infections.

Feb 19, 2013
attempt
by: Shane

I am going to try the onion thing, I live in dorm, so the other guys may hate me, I dont care I have been sick for a week and a half, fever, coughing, dizziness, light headed, and to top that off I normally have the immune system of a rock. I have not had a fever in years, and my doc told me I have a cold. Anyway I will be slicing it in half, then putting a few slices in my socks overnight, I will give a report in the morning. I pray that this works :)

Feb 21, 2013
Attempt: Sucess
by: Shane

So I tried this two nights in a row, the first night, in the morning I woke up and spit A LOT of blood out of my lungs, while I was in the shower. I figured this was a good thing, because I could feel something caking my lungs for days already. The second day I felt a little loose phlegm in my lungs,as i was going to sleep, but it would not come up. In the morning I spit up NOTHING it was dry. I have been coughing a lot today, but I am feeling a lot better. Please for your own sake, put onion slices in your socks

Feb 22, 2013
BS
by: Anonymous

The human species really should be divided into 2 sets of people. The people that believe in god, onions "burning" and curing diseases and sticks found on the ground loosely shaped like a man must have great power! You lot haven't evolved much since the stoneage and if we let you all make sites like this then we'd still be using horses to get about in. In fact, if your site went much further past the cold and flu it would be dangerous. Look at Steve Jobs and how his "belief" in natural bs is better than going to a doctor, look how that turned out and then look at yourselves. It makes me cry that in the world there is normal people, and then there is people like you lot that would think a lightening storm is an angry omen from a fairy spirit.

Feb 22, 2013
Onions rule
by: Brian

Oh at the most recent Anonymous...all I can say to you is "Oh, ye of little faith" in natural medicines...namely the lovely vegies and fruits available to mankind.

Feb 22, 2013
black onion!
by: mellisamouse

I forgot to mention, the onion I had by my bed WAS actually black when I threw it away.... almost all of the other onions never went black, but the one time I had forgotten about onions for a few minths until I was actually sick, and it DID go black..

As for anonymous.... really what is your goal? You just look like a bitter troll with no credibility and nothing to back you up. No evidence against, no scientific explanations as to why you can't see it working etc.... loose any hope for credibility I am afraid

Feb 22, 2013
BS
by: Anonymous

Miss Mouse you crack me up...LMAO!!!!

BTW, I agree with the other Anon.

Feb 22, 2013
Onions rule.
by: Brian

Well, you two uninformed Anonymous', I'm on the side of Mellisa,(Miss Mouse as you call her)I will quote again (as I did last year on this blog)from Ghandi who once said..: "Just because someone told you there isn't a hole in the road you travel, does not necessarily mean there isn't a hole." Who told you it is a falacy about the onion cure?
And, just to get in first here, just in case if you think we are all loopy left pot smoking tree hugging hippies or bogans on this blog (lol), you are mistaken...well there are people who are from all walks of life on here. I can't speak for anyone else here, am not a hippie, can be very conservative on here, but it annoys people that they can pigeonhole me..lol..., love all styles of music (except that thing which people loosely call music namely rap). I remember a song on the muppet show about onions, called "I Never Harmed An Onion"...it might be on youtube by now too, and I think the guest artist was Ruth Buzzi. Was very funny. Actually there was a couple of songs about onions on that show. Oh I do have a sense of humour even though people make light of the onion in song...but I know the benefits of that vegie.
Everyone of us who loves onions on here are very positive about the subject and yet the humble vegie is much maligned for its benefits to health in general by those uninformed. And you won't find onions maligned by chefs including one of those on a cooking competition espousing the benefits of the humble vegie.
By the way, speaking of cooking, my lady has a ton of onions cooking in the electric casserole thingy (very technical again there: thingy), with the corned beef...she knows her onions too!

Feb 22, 2013
Onions rule.
by: Brian

Back again...
Read this "but it annoys people that they can pigeonhole me" to be
"but it annoys people that they can't pigeonhole me.."lol - in second paragraph.
.................................
Oh one of those onion song's full title was "I Never Harmed An Onion (so why should they make me cry?". Just looked it up since finishing my last tirade..er...blog (lol) and found the other Muppet onion songs.

Feb 22, 2013
Nonsense
by: e

Total unscientific rubbish. If onions DID absorb ambient nasties, nobody would want to eat them after all that travel between warehouses and supermarkets. Plus, this article foolishly mixes up virus and bacteria -- NOT the same thing. The flu is a virus, not a bacterium.

Feb 22, 2013
Onions.
by: Brian

Well you haven't obviously picked up on Jean's, mine and others corrections of other well meaningly written blogs...the onion does not absorb the "germs", the stuff coming out of the onions that makes your eyes water is the stuff that is doing the job of making you feel better for some ailments. It is not a cure all, we have said that all the time, there are other vegies used as well for other ailments...I suggest you find that website that shows the veges looking like the organs they are good for in the human body...if we all get back to basics of eating natural and proper foods (like our mums used to cook, or put fruit on the table as a norm)those of us who can remember days before modern fast foods like McD's, the chook cooked and put in boxes, and the other fast food outlets, we might not need half of these drugs the chemical companies push on us., and getting rid of half of them would be a great start which will mean humankind is finally doing its best to look after itself.
If you look at the blog of the positive people on here who have tried the onion 'cure', you are grossly outnumbered. But it is a democracy on here, you can put your case here, whether you are believed is up to us...the positive ones. Next time you come on here...use a bit of fact and by the way, please don't quote Snopes ad nauseum, it is wearing thin...they are not the be all and end all of authoritive comment. Find something origional and we will look it up...well we can't dispute you if we don't get your scource facts correct...we may not agree with them but we will check them thoroughly for your sake. Have a nice day or evening "e" wherever you are. At least you didn't continue to use the Anonymous term..than you for that e.

Feb 23, 2013
how i was healed
by: christine

I had been suffering from Unstable Angina of the heart for years..We have tried all we could to get the best of drugs and improve my condition on medics but my condition have not improved even after spending lots of money trying to give her the best..My illness has given me so much concern.. I was introduced to a psychic site by a spell caster where I read a testimony of a woman cured of subarachnoid hemorrhage permanently..I was baffled an interested in how she was cured and it was revealed that a spell caster helped her did a spell that cured her.. I contacted the spell caster and explained my case to him..he helped me did same spell and told me to take her for a test..we went for almost 5 checkups after the test and the medics all confirmed there is no traces of the virus in her system again..people that has been suffering from this illness can contact the spell caster on ishvaratemple@yahoo.com

Feb 23, 2013
Spell Caster
by: Pam

Christine, So glad that you were healed by the Spell Caster, but, this site is geared towards the "Onion." I've been scammed once, and I learned my lesson. People BEWARE!

Feb 23, 2013
Onions rule.
by: Brian

HI Pam, we need a spell casting onion that rids scammers off our internet and everywhere else...lol

Feb 23, 2013
gonna give it a try
by: Laura

Hi folks- My son has had the worst winter over here in the U.S. and is currently sick with the flu. I heard about the onion thing, read the Snopes review, urban legend etc etc., but you can't argue with people's experiences. I don't know, nor do doctors from what I have read, why putting Vicks on my kids' feet help with cough, but I KNOW that it does. So, I am gonna give the onion a whirl and see what happens. I have enjoyed the posts and am sorry that some folks have been so quick to get so negative. Thanks for the info!!

Feb 23, 2013
Onions rule
by: Brian

Keep we bloggers posted Laura, while the good old Vicks may work, onions are a lot cheaper and do work.

Feb 27, 2013
Onions/Flu
by: Jean

URL:

http://www.globalhealingcenter.com/natural-health/onion-flu-remedy/

Feb 27, 2013
first attempt
by: ALS

Trying the onion remedy tonight. Hope it works!

Feb 28, 2013
Onions rule.
by: Brian

Let us know how it worked for you ALS. Works for me.

Mar 05, 2013
Onions - a quick fix for fevers
by: Pye

I tried this last night, having read about it. My partner became sick with a fever, feeling nauseas, crampy, sweaty and clammy and a low grade temp at 35.4 However when he went to bed I placed 2 onions in a bowl on his bedside table. Within 1/2 hr, he said he was feeling a bit better, after lying down. I checked his vital signs in an hour, and everything was normal. He temperature was 36.5. I just want to inform you, that it works, and I will be using this method all the time now. Thanks

Mar 07, 2013
help?
by: Anonymous

Im 11 and sick and i cant take it anymore. I herd bout the onion trick in 5 grade but am i suppose to leave them as it is or am i suppose to cut them.and will it work in 2 days im planing on going to a friends and i cant be sick

Mar 09, 2013
Gonna give it a try
by: Joey

I'm very skeptical. I've been reading all the good, an it'll be worth it. I work at a Subway sandwich shop so people are gonna think I'm crazy for begging to slice the onions. I'm gonna eat some today as well as leave them by my bed. I will let everyone know, wish me luck. I'm the biggest baby when I'm sick, but then again, what guy isn't :)

Mar 09, 2013
Onions
by: Jean

To Anon...I cut my onions in half and keep each half in a small bowl. I put them around the house and one on my night table by the bed. Works a treat.

Joey what a coincidence I have just ordered Subway...love it.....do hope you find some help with the amazing Onion. It has never failed me.

Mar 09, 2013
So far
by: Joey

This morning at work (Subway) cutting the red onions, I was attacked with tears, but it seemed to open up my sinuses and I breathed betters or about 3 hours. I have my onion next to my pillow, that is how bad I want relief. Ill post my findings :)

And Jean, hope you enjoyed your Subway :)

Mar 09, 2013
Onions
by: Jean

Good going Joey. Don't even wait for the dreaded lurgy to start coming just keep the onions year round....changing them once a week. That's what I do.

As always I LOVED my Subway. I had a change yesterday, I normally have Chicken Teriyaki because it's my favourite BUT a friend was over and we decided to have the Seafood Sensation. It was nice too but I'm hooked on Teriyaki! I keep meaning to venture out and buy something different but hardly ever do. BTW I was so disappointed and wrote Subway a couple of years ago to tell them to bring back those fantastic Cinnamon Rolls. They were the BEST!

Mar 09, 2013
Some results
by: Joey

So I got a large yellow onion and cut it open, smelled it awhile then sat it by my bed. 2 hour nap, I woke up and I felt incredible. Not 110% by any means, I have a cold, but something helped relieve my symptoms. I'm a believer and recommending it to everyone I know. I'm so glad I found this site. I'm sharing it with all my friends

Mar 09, 2013
Onions
by: Jean

Just a warning Joey. Be prepared to be ridiculed by strangers, friends and family. Some people will say they will try it just to placate you then go ahead and do nothing. Some will give you a hard time and tell you it's all nonsense. Don't let this deter you from letting friends and family know that it does indeed work. If they choose to take no heed there is nothing you can do. I've been trying to convince people for years and invariably you will come in contact with skeptics. Meanwhile just keep renewing the half onions once a week (some leave them longer) and occasionally, as I do, I pick up the container and take a good sniff. Keep up the good work.

Mar 09, 2013
Onions rule.
by: Brian

Sometimes Joey, telling people about natural remedies that work for you is like hitting your head against a brick wall. But keep at it...the onions work for me, Jean, and if you scroll back at the positive blogs of people the onions have worked for, you will be convinced of it.
With every plus though there is negatives some scientific reasoning that almost sounds convincing, and some negatives which are pretty sad.
Keep at it and let us know your final results. Like anything, nature takes time. We are in an age where we want instant results all the time...don't hurry nature...let nature work for you.
Cheers.

Mar 13, 2013
onion
by: Anonymous

i cut an onion in half and wore it around my neck like a good luck charm yes it went bit moldy but i haven't had a cold now for 7 years neither have i had a girlfriend and i smell like a french mans sock. come on folks you honestly think half an onion is going to stop an ever evolving virus maybe people are just avoiding you because you stink of onion

Mar 16, 2013
It helps and works.. :)
by: Angelica

Hi,

I came across your blog when I had a cold last year on the internet. I thought that's interesting I will try it. I have been into natural remedies for a long time some things do work and things don't. Everyone is different. I always get ridiculed by my friends and family all the time.. Anyway I did try the onion cut it up and put it in my room and kitchen and it did shorten the cold/flu I had.. I also had lots of chicken soup with onion,garlic, ginger.along with taking ACV. and honey ginger teas... Didn't have to go to the doctor where as everyone else I know runs straight to the doctor to get antibiotics...

I am abit worried about this flu coming to Australia, so I guess I have to load up on alot of onions and start eating them and leaving them around the house...

You have a great blog, don't worry about the negative people just do what works for you..

Mar 16, 2013
Feel better
by: Joey

I felt incredible after just a couple days... My stepmom didn't understand the stank of our house, but i felt better alot faster. thanks all for the support. :)

Apr 02, 2013
onions
by: curious

ok well i have read all of the comments and sadd what the heck i need to try something since ive been sick now for 1wk and a half... will see!hope it works.

Apr 02, 2013
Onions
by: Jean

Let us know how you go curious...either way. Also tell us exactly what you did i.e., cut onions in half, sniffed them, kept them next to your bed or even resorted to cutting them up and putting them in some bedsocks....that seems to work a treat. Good Luck.

Apr 18, 2013
Brilliant. Absolutely Brilliant.
by: Advanced Math/Science

Brilliant. Absolutely Brilliant.

I am a born and trained skeptic with an advanced university math/science degree. I have many friends/classmates who eventually acquired PHD's and some who became physicians, most of whom as young physicians were very quick to prescribe medication for all ailments. However, I had a particularly wise friend (a chemist at a pharmaceutical company) who answered me truthfully a question that had been nagging me as a young graduate.
My question was, “What do you think of such and such a myth that states that such and such a thing remedies such and such a problem?” I had heard of many myths. She told me that science is the foundation of our training, but when you really think about it hard, all myths have a kernel of truth, and only a complete fool, or someone with a lot of money to gain, would ever dismiss an idea out of hand with great vigour.
I was getting hit hard with the flu/colds 2 to 3 times a year since I was 3-4 years old. No purchased medication ever prevented it and only very slightly eased the symptoms. It was like clockwork. Classmates/workmates would catch it, then I would catch it, and it would last for 1 to 2+ weeks. Listen to the media, and you would believe that a variety of flu’s/colds are constantly crisscrossing the globe during flu season, and as many types of flu shots should be taken. An article about the virulence of the flu/colds appears almost every day. I spent years (decades) looking for a solution.
Along came the idea of cooking with onions and garlic to prevent colds. Surprisingly, this idea was met with a lot of detractors, frequently accompanied by derision and scorn. Further investigation led to instances of onions preventing the Spanish Flu and other plagues. 2 to 3 generations of families attest to no flu or colds as long as they can remember because of daily use of onions. People in their 90’s swearing by it. All of this dismissed as Urban Myth by detractors. Interestingly, detractors never disprove the idea. Detractors tend to widely refute it out of hand. They attack a questionable/mistaken assumption (onions attract germs) as to why it works. They imply the remedy costs money. They quote studies that prove medications alleviate colds symptoms to a minor degree. They state that there are no scientific studies to prove onions prevent colds/flu. I learned this in pseudoscience 101: Raise enough doubt and you don’t have to disprove it.
I started cooking daily with onions and garlic 3.5 years ago. I slice up 2 onions and a couple of cloves of garlic and let it sit in a bowl for 15 minutes before using it to cook. Not only have I never had the flu/colds even once since, but I have never even had the slightest sniffle. Prior to onions and garlic, 2 to 3 colds/flu every year for 30 years straight without fail. Next step: leaving a sliced onion in each room during winter.

Brilliant. Absolutely Brilliant.

Apr 18, 2013
Onions
by: Jean

Thank you for your comments Advanced. It is wonderful to read of someone who has gained a knowledge in you're field. I admire those with a brain that are capable of such.
I have used this remedy for a few years now, half an onion in each bowl left around the house. My friends and family are used to this 'quirk' of mine now and don't make fun of me anymore, well hardly lol.
Two weeks ago I felt a tightness in my chest and noticed I was having the occasional cough. Most unusual for me, I'm not a cougher. I decided to take the advice of one of our bloggers here to cut an onion in half and rub my chest with the cut half. I only did this 2 - 3 times over as many days and the tightness has gone with no coughing whatsoever. I am a true believer because for me and my family IT WORKS. Keep blogging.

Apr 24, 2013
Eat them!!
by: Orim


Apr 24, 2013
Onions
by: Jean

Absolutely Orim, sniff them, put them in bedsocks to wear at night, rub your chest with them, keep them around the house and most definitely EAT THEM!

Apr 26, 2013
THE ONIONS TEARING THE COLD\FLU
by: Anonymous

UPSTATE THERE IS A CITY AND TOWN CALLED STERLING WHICH ONCE GREW ONIONS ON GROUND, NOW GROWING THEM UNDERNEATH IN BASEMENTS OF...WHICH SMELLS LIKE SMELLING SALTS. SMELLING SALTS ARE STRONG THEN ONION ANY DAY AND ALSO MADE OF ONIONS, BUT, THE TRUTH OF THE MATTER ONIONS ARE TEAR GASES FOR MAKING CHEMICAL TO KILL INSECTS BETTER. LET'S SEE HOW THAT'S DONE. SO SAY DEAD OR MISSING ONION GROWERS UNDERNEATH STERLING AURORA UPSTATE NEW YORK, WHEN GROWING POTATO THEY POUR CHEMICAL FORMALDEHYDE OVER TOP TO MUSHROOM THEM, GIVING TIME, ABOUT YEAR OR MORE POTATO GROWS INTO FUNGUS ONION BULB OR STINKING STRONG CHEMICAL FOR KILLING ANTS AND BUGS BY BETTER PRODUCT POTATO ONION BULB VEGETABLE.

TEAR GAS IS MADE OF ONIONS STRONGEST WITH FUNGI PRESERVES MORE, SO SAID THE DEAD UNDER STERLING WHO WERE IN ACCIDENT BELOW THERE TO FIGHT JAPANESE PEOPLE COMING INTO AURORA UPSTATE TO EAT THEIR POTATOES AND MOREOVER, TO EAT THEM. END OF STORY FROM REPORTER US89511X SENIOR CITIZEN RESERVE FOR FOODS AND NON-ANIMAL-NONAGRICULTURAL PRODUCTS ONLY.

Apr 26, 2013
Anyone try this.....
by: Mr. Cannabis

I have not personally tried this yet, but have been hearing very good things! You put 15-20 drops into a gallon of water and drink the mixture over 3 days.

Oregano is nature's antibiotic. It may be one reason why people who eat a Mediterranean diet tend to live longer and healthier lives. Besides making pizza, pasta and salad taste great, the oil of the wild oregano plant has been shown to kill unwanted bacteria, fungus, yeast, parasites and viruses. It's a powerful antihistamine. New research is finding that oil of oregano is as effective against colitis as prescription drugs without the harmful side effects. It is also able to regenerate liver cells.

Oil of oregano is made from the leaves and flowers of the wild oregano plant found growing naturally in the remote mountainous regions of the Mediterranean where there is little pollution. It is a member of the mint family. The flowers and leaves are harvested when the oil content of the plant is at its highest. It has a history that stretches back to the ancient Greeks, whose name for it translates into "joy of the mountain". They used it to treating infection related illnesses and diseases. As the dangers of antibiotic use become more apparent, health conscious people as well as holistic healers are looking for natural alternatives to treat infections. They are finding oil of oregano to be the perfect natural choice.

Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/024685_oregano_oil_of.html#ixzz2RaObgPOX

Apr 26, 2013
Onions...Oregano...Med Diet
by: Jean

Thank you Mr. Cann. I too agree the Mediterranean Diet is a very healthy one. In fact I truly believe I could live on it as I am drawn to it in restaurants. Fasta Pasta used to serve a plate of anti-pasta which sadly they have stopped doing now. That was always a treat for me. As I get older I eat less meat simply because I don't particularly want it anymore, no other reason. I use Oregano prolifically when I cook but have not seen the oil. I will definitely look out for it...thank you. I copied and pasted the site you suggested but all I got from Google was to check the spelling. I would be interested in finding it.

Apr 26, 2013
Copy & Paste
by: Mr. C

Jean, just copy and paste this entire link in your browser for the whole article.

http://www.naturalnews.com/024685_oregano_oil_of.html#ixzz2RaObgPOX

Apr 26, 2013
I believe the onion myth
by: Anonymous

I have been sick for two days. I heard about the onion and decided to research it. Came across this blog. I only had a valdalian onion (purple). I decided to try it cause I felt it couldn't hurt. I cut the top and bottom and placed in a bowl. Went to sleep and felt much better this morning. I think when I go to the store next it will be a bag of onions in my cart. Thank u everyone for the tips.

Apr 26, 2013
Onions
by: Jean

Good news Anon. Mr. C I copied and pasted again and same thing.....can you write out the actual name of the site...I may find it easier that way. Thanks.

Apr 27, 2013
Gonna Try this
by: TO Mama

A friend of mine heard this from a neighbour and told me to add a bowl of onions to our little one's bedrooms to stop the constant chronic coughing that seems to happen every night from both of them. I shall try and report back. Tally-ho!

Apr 27, 2013
Onions
by: Jean

Also Mama you can rub the children's chest with the cut end of half an onion. I do this when I get a tightness in my chest. Never fails. Onions in the bed socks is a good way to go too.

Apr 29, 2013
Website
by: Mr. Cannabis

www.naturalnews.com

Then search oregano oil....

May 07, 2013
wanna b scientist
by: Anonymous

tHere are a few post that claim that viruses are microbial not bacterial they go on to state that you would need an electron microscope to see the virus this would make sense except for one problem microbes are microscopic see how the words have the same prefix electrons on the other hand are smaller than an atom being that we know they are a component of an atom. atleast do some research before you presume to know what you are talking about

May 08, 2013
Onions
by: Jean

Hope things worked for your family Mama. It had been a very long time (years in fact) since I had a tight chest and the start of a cough but two weeks ago this is exactly what happened. It continued for two days until it dawned on me the advice I give friends I needed to take myself. I rubbed half an onion on my chest and sniffed randomly at the ones I have around the house. Did this for two days and happy to say a cold didn't eventuate and the awful tightness in my chest completely disappeared. I didn't leave the house so wasn't too concerned about smelling of onions ;o)

May 18, 2013
Maybe it works?
by:

So I have had the worse fluey/cold since Wednesday, when I suddenly got very sick, throwing up. Since then my chest is in agony and had the bug thats deffinatly "going around". My one year old is teething and has a terrible cold and is so grumpy and my four year old is bunged up.

So after reading this all evening, I sliced onions in half put one in each of my daughters room and one in my room. Much to my partners disgust at the smell of onions.

I had the WORSE night sleep on off for about 2 hours a time, and each time I woke up I tried to breathe it was blocked and awful. But then this morning I got a lay in and when I woke up I feel loads better RE: nose. Chesty cough and pain is still there. Kind of believing.... But my one year old is still grumpy with a very snotty nose! So make of it what you will. I guess its a trial and error thing. I will say I believe it did some good for me but then I didnt expect it to cure me.

May 18, 2013
Onions
by: Jean

Aww sorry Maybe it works. I hope by now things are improving. Once you have full blown flu etc., I'm sure it will take quite some time for the "onion thing" to work. Prevention is better than cure. I keep the onions around all through the year and at the slightest hint of a mere cold will take long hard sniffs of the onion through the day. I keep half onions in most rooms with the exception of the toilets. I try to remember to renew them every week but admit sometimes I forget however still no colds/flu in this house for years. BTW we do NOT get the flu shot. Don't forget the cut up onion in the bedsocks at night. That will be of great help.

May 19, 2013
Walking on Onions
by: Jen

Tomorrow is our wedding anniversary and we have a wonderful night away planned. Except I have had a bad cold for the past week and it has progressively worsened. According to Tim Ferriss (4 Hour Body) onions cut up in a room are supposed to help kill off infection.

Well I looked up home remedies for sinus infections, colds and flu and found all your comments. Thank you for all your tips.

So I now have sliced up onions on the soles of my feet wrapped in glad wrap and then wearing my socks over the top of the gladwrap. I am officially walking on onions.

This is how committed I am to making our wedding anniversary memorable :)

May 20, 2013
Onions
by: Jean

Aww Jen I do hope it all works for you in time for you to really celebrate. Walking on the Onions? I've not heard of that before but hey what the heck. Keep those bedsocks full of onions and sleep the night away while hopefully the dreaded lurgy is drawn from you.
Have a wonderful celebration and congratulations. Let us know how it went. Good luck and Good wishes.

May 20, 2013
Onions rule
by: Brian

To walking on Onions:

Giant steps are what you take,
Walking on the onions,
I hope your bad cold breaks,
Walking on, walking on Onions...

(apologies to Sting of "Walking On The Moon" fame...hehe)
..................................
Been offline since 11.30am last Friday due to a telco fault (at least I don't have to pay for it)...I didn't realise that I would miss my internet so much...lol. Sadly onions are not a cure for telecommunications problems...then...maybe the previous person who didn't crimp the wire properly might have been feeling under the weather and could have done with a dose of onions...but the telco today found it...yay..had to trace all the way from the exchange to find it right across the road...but he did it and I shook his hand furiously...they get good money but I think it makes their day if they get a personal thanks occasionly. Doesn't cost anything to thank someone for a job well done.

Jun 06, 2013
Why the bowl?
by: hot2trot

Is that a bowl of water? If water's not involved, why the bowl? How about a cup, a saucer, or a plate. I mean, does the vessel matter?

Jun 06, 2013
Onions rule
by: Brian

Bowl or whatever vessel you wish to use Hot2trot,..side plate, bowl,saucer..as long as the onion has somewhere to sit on to do its bit to make you feel better later on...I use a plate...works for me.

Jun 06, 2013
Onions
by: Jean

I use little soufflé bowls simply because they are deep enough for the onion to sit without sticking out of the top. That is the only reason but you can put it in any type of container you wish. As I have them around my house i.e., living room, dining room, kitchen, bedrooms etc., the bowls sitting around look just like decoration until you go right up to them and see the half onion.

Jun 08, 2013
not very well 2 year old
by: jewel

my son who was born at 27 weeks pregnant
now 2 and a half has come down with a chesty cold
i have cut onions and placed them in his i
really hope it works it smells strong but let u
knw how it goes

Jun 08, 2013
Onions
by: Jean

Oh Jewel the poor little darling. Hopefully it will help him recover quickly. Do not however discount the doctor if things don't improve soon and please let us know how things progress. Meanwhile positive thoughts and prayers for you and your little one.

Jun 09, 2013
onions-day 3
by: jewel

thank you jean :) i truely believe that the onions cleared
our sinus's and i was begining to come down with
the cold we went to my mums who had
no onions out within the hour our noses were
running feeling chesty went home to our
house & onions by morning my sinus are cleared up
and my son has responded well to them aswell
jean do you have a recipe reguarding
bringing fevers down using onions?
im a believer :)
#mum of a little boy getting better

Jun 09, 2013
Onions
by: Jean

no Jewel unfortunately I dont have any recipe in bringing down a fever with onions. You can Google a few different ways tho. I'm glad he's feeling somewhat better. Keep replenishing the onions every week. That's what I do.

Jun 10, 2013
Onions and Eucalyptus
by: Jean

I just learned something new and after living in Australia over 32 years too where Eucalyptus trees are all around us. Apparently if you pick some branches, tie them together and put them over your shower head, when you shower it will relieve your sinuses and any congestion you may have. I am ready to try this. It's Winter here now so certainly seems like a good habit to get into. Hope this is of some interest.

Jun 13, 2013
Colds/Flu
by: Jean

Recently found the following for your perusal....To the knockers of the site I take no responsibility for any information I find however I have used the Onion idea in our home for years now. The last time I had the 'flu was 7 years ago, or a cold for that matter. When I do feel the symptoms of a cold coming I inhale from the cut onions around the house occasionally.
I certainly am not averse to trying the info below.

INFLUENZA: A scientist in Spain has proved that honey contains a natural 'Ingredient' which kills the influenza germs and saves the patient from flu.
IMMUNE SYSTEM: Daily use of honey and cinnamon powder strengthens the immune system and protects the body from bacterial and viral attacks. Scientists have found that honey has various vitamins and iron in large amounts. Constant use of Honey strengthens the white blood corpuscles (where DNA is contained) to fight bacterial and viral diseases.
COLDS: Those suffering from common or severe colds should take one tablespoon lukewarm honey with 1/4 spoon cinnamon powder daily for three days. This process will cure most chronic cough, cold, and, clear the sinuses, and it's delicious too!

Jun 13, 2013
Colds/Flu
by: Jean

Just found this article re Honey and Cinnamon. For those who may be interested.

COLDS: Those suffering from common or severe colds should take one tablespoon lukewarm honey with 1/4 spoon cinnamon powder daily for three days. This process will cure most chronic cough, cold, and, clear the sinuses, and it's delicious too!
IMMUNE SYSTEM: Daily use of honey and cinnamon powder strengthens the immune system and protects the body from bacterial and viral attacks. Scientists have found that honey has various vitamins and iron in large amounts. Constant use of Honey strengthens the white blood corpuscles (where DNA is contained) to fight bacterial and viral diseases.
INFLUENZA: A scientist in Spain has proved that honey contains a natural 'Ingredient' which kills the influenza germs and saves the patient from flu.

Aug 07, 2013
Onions
by: Jean

Goodness this part of the site hibernated for Winter I think. Thought I would let you know on this day Wednesday, August 7, 2013 we are almost through our Winter and twice now I have had a few sniffles and scratchy throat so figured I was in for it. Refreshed the Onions around the house and put one next to my bed. I would occasionaly pick one of the onions up and take a good sniff. Consequently so far, no cold has surfaced for myself or my hubby. This is the first year he didnt get the flu shot. I have never had one.
Regarding the Cinnamon and Honey I have been putting it on toast however I was reminded you take a tablespoon of the mixture as it is. I did it once but prefer it on toast.
As a little giggle I will tell you about my son in law who posted on his facebook he had had a nightmare that some man had pinned him up against the wall, feet dangling and he could see the last two letters of the perpetrator's name. RR. After he woke up and thought about it he decided the man who pinned him up against the wall must have been Jack Parr (An American TV host from years ago.) I posted on his facebook underneath, try putting half an onion next to his side of the bed and make sure he sniffed it to help keep the nightmares away. So far so good. ROFL! (Rolling on the floor Laughing) Here's to you all out there and hope you are keeping healthy and flu and cold free.

Aug 07, 2013
Onions rule.
by: Brian

Hi everyone, especially Jean:

Been a long time since
the last time of my post,
But I still maintain,
Onions are the most.

Cinnamon and Honey,
Onions to boot,
Add a glass of fresh orange juice,
And life's a hoot.

Aug 25, 2013
Vampires
by: Anonymous

I put onion in a bowl, unpeeled, of course as a vampire repellant. Damn, it works great! Have not been bothered by them since!
Seriously, anecdotal stories are NOT science ane correlation is not causality.

Aug 25, 2013
Onions
by: Jean

Good O Brian. We are almost through Winter without nary a sniffle and hubby didn't get the flu shot either so we've done well. It's been a cold, wet Winter as well.
I told a friend I was putting a cinnamon/honey mix on my toast. She told me 'Noooo you have to just take a teaspoonful NOT on toast.' LOL only did it that once but will certainly not throw the idea away.
Hope all is well in your part of the world with you and your family.

Aug 25, 2013
Onions rule.
by: Brian

To (yet another)Anonymous: Anecdotal or not, and all vampires aside...(yep I haven't had any vampires around either)..but the onions work for me, Jean and others...not everything has to be verified the modern sciences to clarify what works or not...only to satisfy govt. safety concerns...but it is verified by natural science...yes there are things invented by man that do work...we have to have a balance...I have taken thyroxine tablets processed in a pharmaceutical company all my life do to an inactive thyroid, unless someone can come up with a natural alternative, I am likely to still be taking them everyday for the rest of my life...but I have always been open to natural therapies. And they have been slowly making headway into the mainstream of healthy thinking...even my marvellous physician uses them at times. Then at the age of a bit over 70 he has been around awhile and quite capably of discerning which remedies work or not...which is why I have never gone to any other doc unless he was on holiday...then I will visit the other doc in the medical complex. Natural and modern science should work together. Scroll back a long way in the onion blog and you will see all the anecdotal stories, then make your mind up before you read a sample of the blog to make your statement. You are welcome to put you thoughts on here..it is a democracy, but like any working democracy, politeness is always a must..(not that you were impolite and I thank you for that)and base them on fact...our natural science facts are that the onion works for us. natural science was around long before modern laboratories with bunsen burners,test tubes and the like...nature is our first laboratory. If we don't learn from nature, we are not likely to survive...someone always learns from nature and passes the benefits on to someone else.

Aug 25, 2013
Onions
by: Jean

I've learned to ignore the anonymous ones who make fun or knock this remedy. It's worked for us for years so I'm sticking with it. It's been over 7 years now since I had the flu. I know because our daughter was visiting us from the States and I couldn't even go to the airport to see her off. She just told me on facebook she can't believe that was 7 years ago. Since that time, no more flu and not even a cold for either of us. I'm sure the onion growers love us. I'm particularly happy to learn of those who use this remedy with their children which brings such relief or better still keeps the cold and flu completely away. I have two friends who have been down with the flu this Winter. One is having her second bout. She's miserable. I don't even bother mentioning the onions to them as I have over the years, since because of their scepticism choose to see the doc for "proper" medication or get through it as best they can. All for the wont of cutting an onion in half. Go figure! LOL

Aug 25, 2013
Onions
by: Pam

White Onions still working for me and my 88 year old Dad! Drop of Oil of Oregano under tongue works well too.

Aug 26, 2013
Onions
by: Jean

Thanks for the Oregano tip Pam. I have just put together a concoction given to me by a friend for a Colon and Liver Cleanse.
Cut up a Watermelon and put in large container (include skin.) Slice up a whole lime and add, then include some chopped Mint leaves. Add some cold water and leave for the watermelon to "break down" giving even more liquid. Drink as desired.
I'll give it a go. It certainly can't do any harm.

Aug 30, 2013
Onions
by: Jean

For those interested I have just found something on youtube. Flu Cure with Onions and Sugar.

The video shows in detail and is very short. Found it most interesting. I shall certainly try it if the need arises with myself or my family.

Sep 18, 2013
Giving it a go
by: Anonymous

I heard about this a wee while back and then found out it was an 'old family remedy' that my grandma used. Anyhow I feel like i'm fighting something off and have a sore throat so am trying the onion. After all if there is one thing I learned in life - Grandma is always right

Sep 18, 2013
Onions rule.
by: Brian

It won't hurt you to try, and you will find your Grandmother was right on the money.

Sep 22, 2013
onion for pneumonia
by: Anonymous

I heard that if you cut off both ends of an onion and put in a glass jar it will pull it out of the patient. My question is ~~~~ do you put the lid on the jar or leave it off?

Sep 22, 2013
Onion Sugar remedy
by: Jean

http://youtu.be/NPo0_qI6ss4

Sep 22, 2013
Onions
by: Jean

Anonymous you can put the onion in any open container and leave it open. I have half onions around my home in ramekins, kitchen, lounge, dining room, bedrooms and even at my computer desk.

Sep 27, 2013
A Believer
by: Anonymous

I'm in shock and wonderfully amazed, this morning I knew I was in for a two week bout with either the flu or a very bad cold. I was upset because I'm a SpokenWord Artist and I have a gig on Saturday morning and need my voice in top shape. I remembered the onion story and decided to give it a try. Amazingly enough, I began to feel better. I held the onion under hot water so it would peel easier, cut off the ends and placed it large side up in a saucer. I placed one in my office and one in my bedroom. Immediately I started to feel much better, the roughness in my throat disappeared. I had a friend over for supper and we all enjoyed the meal. I shared with them, now they will try when they need too. It works and that's all I care about. MY chest soreness is long gone, I feel great and no negativity from me.





Sep 27, 2013
Onions
by: Jean

Thanks for that Anon....don't forget too next time to liberally rub the half onion on your chest if you are either congested or have a cough. People say they don't want to walk around smelling like an onion lol and I completely understand if one has to go out but if you can stay home, keep sniffing and rubbing those onions and leave them around the house. I am just going into my 8th year of no colds or flu. I replenish the onions regularly and when I have to I rub my chest with half of one. I have the luxury of being able to stay home being retired, so I have no worry about smelling onion-like whatsoever. By the way I have never had a flu shot in my life.

Sep 27, 2013
Onions rule.
by: Brian

To Spoken Word Anonymous:

I'm glad the onions worked for you,
And saved your throat for Saturday,
When you perform the spoken word,
I hope the onion cure gets a say.

Please tell the audience sitting there,
(To have a cold just isn't fair),
So please sprout the benefits of the onion true,
As anything less than good health, will never do.
.............................................
Cheers,
Brian
Poet Non-extraordinaire...hehe

Oct 05, 2013
trying it
by: Jodi

tried everything else, giving this a try

Oct 29, 2013
Hoping this works
by: Hayley

I have read all your comments with great interest, my 3 yr old has croup n coughing so much , been sick from the mucus, just placed cut onions everywhere , hoping it helps his cough and stops the rest of the family getting it

Dec 05, 2013
It's true
by: Liz

I have been practice this advice since I the last 5 years, and I didn't get sick anymore. Never again use flu shots.


Dec 07, 2013
I'll give it a try.
by: Ellie

Hmmmm..... My kids and I get cold, the flu, and almost always end up with bronchitis and sinusitis . It never fails- every 4 months we get ill for a total of 2-4 weeks...... I have desided, that tomorrow morning ( it's past midnight ) I'll stop by the store and get the Onions! To get better results; should I get them at the all Natural Food Store, or just swing over to Cub Foods?!
I'll check 2 c, if there's an advice for me here, regarding organic versus Cub...
Thanks. I REALLY HOPE THIS WORKS!
Kids have missed too much school already and I'm running low on fumes.... Being the caretaker , but also being sick.
I will def post an update!!!!

Dec 07, 2013
Onions
by: Jean

Ellie, Liz, Hayley, Jodi...I do hope the Onions help. For the first time in almost 8 years I started to get the sniffles and a runny nose a week or so ago. I had unfortunately got out of the habit of putting half onions around the house. I berated myself with "well you asked for it." The runny nose lasted most of the morning and then I decided to do what I know works. I cut Onions in half placed them in containers and put them around the house. Then I took one to bed with me and on the way to the bedroom took some big, hard sniffs. I lay down (daytime) reading and every so often sniffed at the onion. I eventually slept and woke up....no runny nose. However I didn't want to take any chances so every now and again sniffed at the onions. By the following day all sniffles and runny nose had completely disappeared. I am so glad the cold didn't eventuate as I would then not be able to brag ... I've not had a cold in almost 8 years. That was when I had a bad bout of the flu and have never had the flu since. I buy the cheapest brown Onions and always have. They have always worked for me. I wish you the same success as I have had over these years.


Dec 07, 2013
Onions rule.
by: Brian

Hi Jean..long see no time...er...long time no see.

Dec 07, 2013
Brian
by: Jean

Hi Brian....yes it has been awhile. The year brought big sadness to us in February. We lost our son in a skydiving accident. He was 45 and left behind two teenage sons. I will leave you to guess how this has affected us. I gave up almost everything and rarely left the house. I became quite ill (no colds or flu) and lost a lot of weight. All from the grief. We are starting to feel a bit more normal but now that Christmas is around the corner it's bringing a few tears. Unfortunately the Onions can't help with this. I'm glad to see some positive feedback on here tho and pray for those mom's who are taking advantage of the onions to help their little ones.
I wish you and all our contributors a very Happy Christmas and hopefully a peaceful new year.

Dec 08, 2013
Onions - Look what I found!
by: Jean

FW: ONIONS FOR COLLECTING THE FLU VIRUS
In 1919 when the flu killed 40 million people there was this Doctor that visited the many farmers to see if he could help them combat the flu. Many of the farmers and their family had contracted it and many died.
The doctor came upon this one farmer and to his surprise, everyone was very healthy. When the doctor asked what the farmer was doing that was different the wife replied that she had placed an unpeeled onion in a dish in the rooms of the home, (probably only two rooms back then). The doctor couldn't believe it and asked if he could have one of the onions and placed it under the microscope. She gave him one and when he did this, he did find the flu virus in the onion. It obviously absorbed the virus, therefore, keeping the family healthy.
Now, I heard this story from my hairdresser in AZ. 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 in her shop. To her surprise, none of her staff got sick. It must work.. (And no, she is not in the onion business.)
The moral of the story is, buy some onions and place them in bowls around your home. If you work at a desk, place one or two in your office or under your desk or even on top somewhere. Try it and see what happens. We did it last year and we never got the flu.
If this helps you and your loved ones from getting sick, all the better. If you do get the flu, it just might be a mild case..
Whatever, what have you to lose? Just a few bucks on onions

Dec 17, 2013
Okay...here goes...
by: Charley

So, at my place right now there are 4 of us trying to get rid of a nasty virus that has left 3 of us on antibiotics, all of us with a wicked cough and it just needs to leave! Someone mentioned the onion to me. Well...there was a large Vidalia sitting on my counter. Then there's the question of how to prepare it. There are those who cut it and those who don't! It hasn't done much good in my kitchen this week so far just sitting there untouched, so I cut it and put it cut-side up in each of my kiddie's rooms. We will see what happens!

Dec 17, 2013
Onions
by: Jean

Hi Charley, welcome to the site. I always cut the onions in half and place them in a small container. I actually cut more than one onion as I have several containers around the house.
I know in the article it mentions at one point the onion isn't cut but I can't see how that could be much help. We have over the years had amazing success with them cut in half.
Once the virus has got a hold of you all as it seems it has, it will be harder to get rid of. However on saying that I would continue putting them around the house. Keep half a one by your bedside and take some big deep sniffs.
Will be interested to see how you go on. Taking antibiotics will of course help so it will be difficult for you to know if the Onions have. I say they would. Get well soon all of you.

Dec 17, 2013
Onions rule.
by: Brian

Very sad to hear of your loss, Jean, my thoughts are with you there, especially as in October, I lost my Dad to cancer, fortunately he was in care at the hospice at Modbury Hospital who's care was wonderful for that short weekend. Went in on the Friday and was supposed to come out on the Monday, but his condition worsened on the Monday night and passed awaw at about 0830 on the Tuesday. just before the Hospital rang me. I had been there most of the day till about 4pm when Dad said to me, "you might as well go home and come back tomorrow morning.."..well was about to leave for the hospital when the call came. So it was ring my brother who lives in Sydney, and picked him up on the Tuesday afternoon. The rest you probably know if you have been a co executor. And like you, it will, it will be the first time we have had Christmas without our loved ones. Lost Mum in '06, so at least there was a considerable distance in time to keep an eye on Dad, even though then, his health was reasonable. Wasn't till 2 years ago they found a bowel cancer which was sorted out, but this time it wss lung cancer. I keep telling people to stop smoking as Dad's cancer was smoking related, (and they pulled about 2cm of tar from his lungs in the op.)but no one listens, they are in denial about the effects of cigarettes on human health...you can't tell them Jean, you just can't tell them...if you could remove the peer preassure that keeps people smoking, out of the equation, the job of telling people to stop smoking would be much easier for me, the government, cancer council and other anti smoking entities, would be much easier.

Once again, Jean, my condolences to you and your family.

Dec 18, 2013
Onions
by: Jean

Thank you Brian. It's the hardest thing I have ever gone through and continue to go through. Life will never be the same for us.

Back to the Onions. As mentioned I neglected to put onions around the house for some weeks and found myself one morning with a mild cold...that I call the sniffles. I was shocked. After all it's been 8 years since I've had a cold. I immediately cut onions in half and put them around the house. I went to bed with one right next to me on the bedside table. I woke up next morning sniffle free. I had during the evening before I went to bed took big sniffs of one of the onions. You really do feel almost instant relief. Also don't forget if you have a chest cough or cold to rub them on your chest.

Dec 28, 2013
Colds, Loose bowels
by: Anonymous

Born and lived way back in the country, we had to survive on Herbs, yellow root and other home remedies. Onions do work as most of you have said, big words for meds does not work. It is what Gods earth, produces. For the loose bowels try drinking flour in water everyday, if you can stomach it mix ground onions in a teaspoon of flour paste and eat it (start out with one tablespoon, then 1 teaspoon of paste). change your diet, less sugars and spicy foods. This should help in less than a week. Hope it helps let me know in your posts.

Dec 28, 2013
Onions et al
by: Jean

Thank you Anon.....any suggestions are helpful and I do believe we are given all we need in the earth but man seems to adulterate what we are given. When we find certain things work for us i.e., for our family the onions definitely do the trick, it encourages us to explore more into the natural remedies with what are produced on the earth. I'm sure there is so much more to learn.

Jan 07, 2014
Placebo effect...?
by: Anonymous

I haven't tried the onion thing (yet... my boyfriend is getting sick I might try it on him), although there "isn't any scientific proof", there is one and it's called the placebo effect. But the placebo effect is not necessarily a bad thing. I heard somewhere there was a study done that showed that about 65% of medicines work (what kind i don't know) simply because of the placebo effect! It does not matter if this is something that has no real scientific proof if it seems to make a difference for you I suggest keep using it, people underrate the use of the placebo effect (although there might be other possible reasons other than that, that we simply don't know about), and if putting an onion out or putting them in your socks helps keep the cold away and get rid of them, keep doing it. People can try to disprove it but if it works for you, it works for you and thats the end of the story.

Jan 14, 2014
Grandaughter
by: Brenda

My grand came home from school with no appetite and with a dry cough and phelm coming up I had heard about the onions and i have just cut o ne in half and put it next to her in the bedroom. Its been about an hour and a half now and it appears she is coughing less. We will see in the morining. That oinion has Already made its appearance thru out the upstairs. Fingers crossed she better in the am

Jan 14, 2014
Onions rule.
by: Brian

Well, Brenda, if the onion works in making your grandaughter feel better, you may have a future convert to the onion cause..Parents and grandparents, via love, will do anything to make their kids/grandkids feel better.The kids are your family's future...you have to keep them going somehow...
Last night about 9pm, was feeling absolute crap, so on the spur of the moment, and loving fried onions, cooked equivalent to a whole plate and consumed them gleefully...well I feel a lot better this morning. I think some of my not feeling well is the stress of helping my brother sort out Dad's house for sale (Dad passed away Oct. 2013), the sooner we hand the house keys to the agent, the better. Then I will feel compared to now, 100% better. And get back into a normal routine. My normal things like music activities start again on the 22nd and consider that part of my routine. And that normal side of the routine is paramount to feeling a bit better in myself...
For the time being, the fried onions from last night have settled me down for today at least..if I don't improve on that it is the onions beside the bed overnight for me.

Jan 14, 2014
Onions
by: Jean

Sorry Brian you lost someone in 2013 as well. It was a hard year to get through and I couldn't wait for 2014 never thinking about the anniversary of losing our son which will be the 8th of February. It took most of the year to realize that would crop up each year. But back to the Onions. I am stopping getting frustrated with friends who say they are miserable with heavy cold or flu and yet thinking the onion thing is a laugh. What made me able to let go?Well about a month ago I woke up with runny nose and head cold. Admittedly it wasn't a real heavy one but enough I couldn't be without a box of tissues by me. It brought to mind I had been slack in putting out the half onions. I immediately got out of bed sliced an onion in half and took one half back to bed with me. I took long hard sniffs a lot that morning even after getting up. By afternoon the runny nose was settling down and by the following morning it had cleared up completely. Placebo? Well could be since I have believed in this method for years now....and yes somewhere it has been proven the Onions work. They work for me. End of story. If sucking on a lollypop for instance, did the same thing...I would be all for that too.

Jan 14, 2014
Here I go!,
by: Carly

I refused the flu shot for my kids this year thinking they are strong enough to beat the flu. Now they are sick.....low grade fever bad cough ext. so in their rooms tonight are peeled onions cut in half and a slice on each of their feet. Wish me luck!

Jan 14, 2014
Onions rule.
by: Brian

Can't be really a placebo though can it Jean?. I mean we could have suffered further...but instead s we get up, and cut an onion, sniff it, and later start feeling better... it works..you and I know that and those fried onions made me feel better. I must have forgotten for awhile that I cooked them as I couldn't remember why the electric skillet was out next morning... old timers disease may be...but I felt a lot better this morning...too much of a coincidence to not be working for us.

Jan 15, 2014
Onions
by: Jean

Carly it's not necessary to peel the onions just cut them in half and place them around the house. Of course if you want to put them in the children's socks overnight you will need to chop or slice them. I have not needed to try that myself yet but know of others who have and rave over the overnight "cure/relief."

Jan 21, 2014
Not true
by: Wolfie

This is an old wives tale for a reason folks. There is no proof, scientific or otherwise, at all, that this works.. and never has been.

Jan 21, 2014
Onions
by: Jean

It's worked for me for over 8 years now and it works for family and friends. I feel for people who won't at least give it a try. If it doesn't work for you I'm sorry and I certainly don't have the answer why but I won't deny our success with this simple method. As mentioned much earlier there was an ABC program on this very subject showing laboratory testing and visiting places where this remedy has been used for many, many years.

Jan 21, 2014
Of course
by: Anonymous Virgo

Of course this is an old wives tales, it had to start somewhere... But being an old wives tale doesn't mean it doesn't work! You will never see scientific testing on this for there is absolutely no money to be made with putting onions in your socks. It's a free natural remedy and scientific medicine would very like to ban all this. Actually they did for a while. They even labelled natural medicine doctors as quacks and women healers as Witches. And sadly Many Many natural remedies have been lost forever because of this and replaced with products you have to buy.
I think a mixture of both types of medicine would have been ideal, but greed and power got in the way!
Keep doing what works if it's no harm to you! We need more of the old natural remedies to come back to life! and maybe we'll see less toxic medication being used when it's not really needed.

Jan 21, 2014
Onions
by: Jean

I tend to agree.....three times Anon LOL

Jan 22, 2014
Go onions!
by: CP

My son had the flu as few months ago. I cut an onion in half and put a piece in his bedroom as well as a piece in the kitchen. The next day, the half in his bedroom had become moldy and black.

Last night, I tried the onions in the socks suggestion. It felt tingly up my legs and on my injured right leg it felt as if it was pulling something out too. This morning I removed my socks and the onions were black around the edges about 1/2". I feel like I do when I get a deep massage. Sore. Toxiccc.

Jan 22, 2014
Onions
by: Jean

I can't say I have ever heard of the onions turning that quickly. Seems unusual however I do know the soles of the feet do release toxins hence smelly feet.

Jan 23, 2014
Didn't seem to work for me:(
by: Jules

Hi all, I had a really serious flu and tried onions in socks and also slept with 2 halves of onion next to me... I also tried holding a piece of onion in my mouth for a bit... Whilst the onion did help with expelling flem...I still have a hacking cough and my sore throat is still there:( maybe I just have a really virulent strain of the virus...
I've also been drinking a lot of soups made with onions and other veg..
Perhaps I just have to let this flu run its course but I'm refraining from taking medicine....
Any ideas why it hasn't worked so well? I've read on here that some ppl r cured overnight... Is that really true??

Jan 23, 2014
Totally Works
by: OnionFoot

I tried this for the first time yesterday. I've been sick off and on for years now and the only thing that made me better was time. So after reading about the onions I figured I would try it. I put onions in my socks (My foot was tingly, I kind of liked it.) As well as a half an onion next to my bed. I woke up today feeling fantastic.

I can't say for sure if the onions did it but I will surely be doing it again next time I feel a cold coming on.

Jan 24, 2014
Onions
by: Jean

Jules I think what has happened with you is you started the onions once the flu was full blown. The ideal of course is to start with the onions(putting them around the house, next to your bed, sniffing them etc.,) when you feel the dreaded lurgy coming on. Obviously it got a real hold over you by the time you learned of the Onions. All I can suggest now hun is you let it take is course but still keep on with the onions and then, next time you feel fluish or just a cold coming on, start the Onion routine. I have Onions in containers around my house and renew them each week (sometimes I do forget) and have been doing this now for many years. This year marks the 9th year I haven't had a cold or the flu and I don't get flu shots, never have. Get better soon.

Jan 24, 2014
Onions
by: Jean

Onionfoot (love the nic) congratulations on giving it a go. You obviously caught it in the nick of time. Don't wait for a cold or unwellness to happen (if that's a word) just get into the habit of putting the Onions around the house in containers and particularly next to your bed. They can be changed each week. Onions are not expensive so it's no biggie. You could cut the onions into three if you wanted. I just cut them in half. Stay well.

Jan 25, 2014
How do you keep onions safe
by: Anonymous

If you leave onions around to help with colds and such, which I believe can, how do you keep onions, for eating, safe from them absorbing any type of bacteria flying in the air?

Jan 25, 2014
WHAT ABOUT GERMS ON SURFACES
by: GLORIA

HOW DOES THE ONION PREVENT GERMS ON SURFACES. YOU MAY GO TO THE STORE OR SCHOOL AND PICK UP GERMS, BRING THEM HOME AND SCATTER THE THROUGHOUT THE HOUSE. DO THE ONION PICK UP HE GERMS?

Jan 25, 2014
Onions
by: Jean

As I am not an expert I cannot answer either of those questions. I just know it works for us and has done for many years. I have searched for the ABC programme for a few years on this very subject but to no avail. Unless I can supply them with the date of viewing they can't go through all their files, which I completely understand. Suffice it to say...this works for me and my family and for others as you can see from some of the posts. It is a matter of choice if you want to try it yourself.

Jan 25, 2014
Onions rule
by: Brian

HAPPY AUSTRALIA DAY to my fellow Aussies on this blog. Hope the day goes well and remember, we Aussies, and New Zealand too, have a lifestyle that others are envious of. We can vote for the party of our persuasion without some nutter coming around to a polling booth and messing things up for us...we put up with the new government of, or not of our persuasion, and get on with our lives again knowing in 3 years time we can vote again in freedom, and maybe vote that government, in or out..lol..we can chat to the people around us, handing out voting cards of their's and our persuasion in civility and have a joke with them, where else can you do that bar down under and also NZ, our cousins across the Tasman Sea...Oh I love Australia...the land I was born in..
Jean, can you remember the exact title of that ABC Onion program again...I forgot, but will sus it out again at this end..I, like you before, had not a lot of success. "Happy Australia Day, 'ave a good one mate." It is happy onion day as well everyday in this household...hehe.

Feb 11, 2014
Hello
by: Anonymous

Hey y'all, so I heard the story about the dr finding the family well in nursing school a while ago and was doing some more research and came across this post...lol you guys are too funny! While it's not proven "scientifically" which is what I normally base my practice on I still think it's worth a shot..not to mention there are some Doctors who think it could be beneficial..the thing about science is that there are all these theories & if something is not disproven or you don't know the complete answer it can't be totally ruled out! I do think it has more opportunity to be a bacterial host than a viral one...that's usually what gets people sick from a Potluck potato salad ....it's not the mayo!! So please don't eat the old ones...but I say onion it up!

Feb 11, 2014
Onions rule.
by: Brian

Potluck salads eh? Never heard it called that before..lol...but know what you mean, Anonymous. I make my own salads from ingredients I know the origions of...like local organic market gardeners or something from my self watering planters, in this case, my tomatoes, cucumbers and capsicums. Make your salads before you go out and put them in a mini esky (cool bags with icebricks) if you are going out on a picnic. I have never had the 'pot luck' problems with hotel bain marie salads...yet. But there sadly might be a first time. In fact right now, have just made my salads on the plate, put the plate in the fridge for a short while till my steak is ready. And yes...I do have onion slices in my salads...hehe. Like my comment title says...onions rule.

Jun 09, 2014
Onions in socks
by: Anonymous

My little girl has a really bad cough and ive just heard about this putting onions in your socks to help clear the cough.. Well shes asleep with the onions in her socks i shall let u know results tomorrow :) i hope this does work and makes her better x

Jun 09, 2014
Onion cure
by: Jean

Unfortunatley No Brian I don't remember the name of the programme. I happened to turn the TV on one Saturday afternoon and it was on ABC channel and already started. I was glued to the set as it was so interesting. I even wrote to ABC but they needed more definite info which I wasn't able to give them sadly.
We are still doing the "onion thing" and steering clear of colds and flu. However hubby has a bad cough at the moment but it hasn't turned into runny nose, or sniffling. He is still taking sniffs of onions as am I because I believe prevention is better than a cure.

Jun 09, 2014
Onions rule
by: Brian

Hi Jean, it seems to be a long time between drinks for both of us on here lately. Hope you and everyone on here is feeling healthy. Winter ills are on the way again, but the humble onion keeps me above board in that respect. Had my share of onions at a sausage sizzle on Saturday. I said to the lady pile the onions on, which she obliged. She told me they were about to pack up the bar-b-q so gave me the extra and even gave me a piece of bread with some more on..sometimes being last isn't a bad thing..hehe.
Was feeling like a cold coming on last Saturday night, so did my usual onions on the side table and that got me through the Sunday as I was playing guitar at the church and didn't want to sniffle all the way through it all. So that worked and was feeling a heck of a lot better next morning.
Anyone who doesn't want to try it because they don't believe in natural remedies, is missing out a lot where the onion is concerned.
p.s. Hi Admin,long see no time...we seem to have doubled up here with our contributions again..lol, I noticed as I came into the blog...cheers.

Jun 17, 2014
Onions
by: Jean

We were away for a short while and spent a couple of days in Adelaide. Only a 4 day trip to see family and friends.
Got home and we both got coughs. Hubby's was far worse than mine. We did the onion thing, put them around the house, kept them on bedside table etc., and made a habit of picking up the container now and again for a good hard sniff. My cough disappeared within a couple of days. Eric's lasted a bit longer but was more severe than mine. It finally cleared without any colds eventuating. I keep the onions around even if I a. don't have a cold or b. feel like I might be getting one. Come August it will be 8 years since we have had cold or flu. I remember 8 years particularly because I got a terrible bout of the flu in 2006 and decided I needed to do something without having to get the flu shot. Fortunately within weeks I saw the program on the ABC Channel re keeping the onions around so decided there and then I would follow their advice. It has served me extremely well these past 8 years and I have every confidence it will continue to do so. As promised in some of my other posts, I will own up if indeed I do get a bad cold or the flu.

Jul 29, 2014
Trying the onion home remedy for the 1st time
by: Paulina

Hello everyone:
My 4 month old baby and I have been coughing for days( she had a cold last month ) her little nose is all stuffed up, so im constantly cleaning her little nose, and so anyway, my fiancee told me about the onion remedy and since we are very holistic I ran to the kitchen and got an onion cut it in half and placed it in a bowl in our bedroom ( the smell is not bad, I actually like it lol), It's been about 1 hour since i put it out and so far my nose has been runny, I've been sneezing more often, I feel like its entering my nasal passages, my baby is taking a nap right now, tho she has coughed a little bit. This is my first time trying this home remedy, I truly need it to work, we're very against regular medicine, we are very holistic and like all natural remedies and stuff, also we are very into the environment (own a renewable energy business in Chile South America) Anyway, I will post tomorrow for any results, I do belive in positive thinking "build it and they will come" sort of thing. My baby's health is a prioroty and I have Faith this will work, thank you for all the posts, it really helps when you come into new information, specially if it has helped many people over the years.
Thank you Jean and Brian, stay positive always.
Greetings from Chile, Paulina and Baby.

Jul 29, 2014
Onions/Flu/Colds
by: Jean

WE will be thinking good thoughts for you and your baby. Don't give up even if you don't see any improvement right away. Keep on keeping on. We are now 2/3 through our Winter which has been particularly cold this year. So far so good.

Jul 29, 2014
Onions/Flu/Colds
by: Jean

Paulina come to think of it....when I first saw a programme on TV regarding the onions/Flu/Colds etc., it showed where the camera crew went down to South America (unfortunately I can't remember exactly where) and interviewed people who had used this remedy for years. It seems colds and Flu were virtually unknown to them thanks to Onions.
This Winter (as I am in Australia so it's our Winter now) I started to come down with a cold for the first time in many years so I immediately kept fresh Onion halves next to the bed and around the house putting more out than I normally do. As expected it cleared up within the day. This has been a tried and trusted method for our family personally now going on 9 years!

Jul 30, 2014
1st Time
by: Jacqueline

Our 3 boys and husband are coming down with a cold, so I thought I would try the onion thing. I have put a whole onion sliced in half in each bedroom, I'm a bit worried about the smell though - will this smell hang around the house for a long time? Any feedback would be great
Thanks

Jul 30, 2014
Onions/Flu/Colds
by: Jean

Jacqueline don't worry about the smell, it will eventually abate but then when you put "new" Onions out of course, the smell will reappear. It never bothers me and no one has ever walked into my home and said "Oh smell the onions!" It's important to now and again take good hard sniffs of the Onions especially if you feel the starting of a cold or Flu. I only ever use brown Onions, they're usually cheaper. If they do the job (and they have for years in our home) that's more important than having the smell around. Come August it will be 9 years since the cold or Flu have affected my husband or myself. You will get people telling you it's nonsense, old wives tale etc., etc., but if it works for you just shrug off the remarks and stay Flu/Cold free. Good luck.

Jul 30, 2014
Day 1
by: Paulina

Hello Jean and everyone in this blog:
Well so day 1, last night the smell was strong but we accepted it, in a few hours I couldn't even smell it, here's waft happened:
My baby coughed a lot less than previous nights, she slept real good, woke up twice for feedings only and in the morning she had a big smile, I cought a little more than usual and sneezed a lot, it feels like my mucus is breaking down Abdul finally coming out so that I can breathe better, in my own words I think that the virus or whatever this is is starting to come out of me, I'm cleaning my nose constantly and my cough is no longer dry, I feel good right now I'm drinking fresh ginger tea, already had my warm water with fresh lemons.
I also put halves of onions around my home just in case, again I say the smell is no problem for us, our health comes first.
I will keep the onions in our bedroom even after we get better which I feel is going to be very soon =) thank you Jean for your wishes they are very appreciated. Down here in Chile is also winter and it's a crude winter... Can't wait for summer !!! Will keep you all posted in our progress ! Thank you again and have a wonderful healthy day

Jul 31, 2014
Onions
by: Jean

Good news Paulina. Keep up the good work. Don't forget to occasionally pick up the container and sniff good and hard at the onion.

A little advice from online for mucus....hope it helps.
Blow your nose regularly, even when you do not feel the need to cleanse your nasal passages. The mucus in your throat is normally caused by drainage from the nose to your throat. Keeping the nose clean prevents the mucus from making its way to your throat.

Combine a glass of warm water with a 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon of salt. Mix well and gargle often during the day. The salt water will help to thin the mucus, making it easier to get rid of. It may also provide some temporary relief from the discomfort associated with mucus in the throat. Do not swallow this mixture as it may lead to dehydration. Simply spit into the sink when finished and gargle with clean water to remove the salt.




Jul 31, 2014
Onions rule.
by: Brian

Hi Paulina, I am glad you took up the onion challenge...it works for me too. Keep it going, you won't regret it.
Cheers,
Brian

Aug 15, 2014
FYI from Forbidden Knowledge.
by: Jean

Though some might be interested in this snippet...

There are two superfood classes of vegetables most adept at blocking human cancer cell growth in a petri dish: the cruciferous family (cabbages, kale, broccoli, spinach, even watercress) and the allium family, which includes garlic, scallions (green onions), yellow onions and leeks.

- See more at: http://www.forbiddenknowledgetv.com/videos/cancer/1-anticancer-vegetable.html#sthash.cN0Y8TXL.KCM9irss.dpuf

Aug 20, 2014
How easily folks are duped & scammed
by: Eric

A bit of history

It's true that 500 years ago it was believed that strewing onions around the home protected against the plague, but there are two important caveats to bear in mind: one, that belief was based on an ignorance of what actually causes infectious disease and how it's spread, and two, the theory behind it wasn't that onions absorb germs or "toxins," but rather that onions absorb noxious odors (miasma), which were thought at the time to be the main vehicle of contagion.

The miasma theory began to lose steam as medical science progressed in the latter half of the 19th century, but we still find sources like The People's Physician, a home medical manual published in 1860, stating that raw onions "possess the property of imbibing the morbid effluvia, or noxious exhalations from persons diseased." A few sentences later the author makes this now-familiar recommendation:

Persons threatened with or having seated fevers, should have the half of a raw onion bound upon the sole of each foot at bedtime, being permitted to remain until morning, by which time the slices will have drawn, to a great extent, the febrile disorder from the system.

By the 1880s, references to "morbid effluvia" and "noxious exhalations" were giving way to talk of germs and bacteria, but the onion remedy, albeit slightly modernized, still held sway in some quarters, as in this example from the Western Dental Journal, 1887: "Sliced onions in a sick room absorb all the germs and prevent contagion."

Now, more than 125 years later, we read on Facebook that onions cure disease by absorbing "toxins," as if it's a long-established medical fact.

Regardless whether the agent of infection is thought to be miasma, germs, or toxins, what none of these sources provides is a scientific explanation of how the humble onion could be capable of performing such an incredible absorptive feat. So far as I've been able to discover, there isn't one.

See also:

Can Raw Onions in a Room Prevent the Flu?
Viral message claims raw, sliced onions placed around the home will "collect" or "absorb" any flu virus present and protect the household from influenza.

Are Leftover Onions Poisonous?
Viral message claims that uncooked, leftover onions are "poisonous" because they're "a huge magnet for bacteria" and therefore especially prone to spoilage.

Vicks VapoRub on Feet to Relieve Coughing?
Viral message claims coughing in children can be stopped "100% of the time" by applying "Vicks Vapor Rub" to the bottoms of their feet at bedtime.

Sources and further reading:

Beck, Melinda. "H1N1 Inspires a Boom in Alternative Flu Treatments." Wall Street Journal. 3 November 2009.
"Definition of Miasma." MedicineNet.com. 30 May 2004.
"Do Onions Absorb Bacteria that Cause Illness?" Food for Thought. 18 February 2013.
Duret, E. Practical Household Cookery. London: F. Warne, 1891. p 382.
Hatfield, Gabrielle. Encyclopedia of Folk Medicine. Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO, 2003. pp 255-256.
Meader, L.P. The People's Physician: Designed as a Manual of Medicine, Expressly for the Use of Families and Individuals ... To which is Added a List of Synonyms of Many Common Medical Plants. Cincinnati: self-published. 1860. p. 115
"Onions as Bacteria Magnets." The Chemist's Kitchen. 6 April 2009.
Pearson, Lee E. Elizabethans at Home. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1957. p 476.
The Western Dental Journal. Kansas City: R.I. Pearson, 1887. p 466.
Schwarcz, Joe. "Is It True that Onions Can Absorb Bacteria?." McGill University Office for Science & Safety. 29 December 2012.

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Aug 20, 2014
Onions
by: Jean

That last post was a bit too lengthy for me so only read for five mins. I'm still going with the Onions. They work for me. Now into 9th year without colds or flu.

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Just read yesterday that the use by dates on medications are put there by the pharmaceutical companies to make sure we throw them out after said date and go buy more. That in actual fact the meds are good for quite awhile longer. Not sure this is the case but thought I would mention it on here.

Sep 09, 2014
Onion home remedy
by: Paulina from Chile

Hello my onion friends:

I'm sorry for not writing before, I actually thought I posted here and didn't press ok or something, anyway, to continue on my postings, we put up 1 onion (white) cut in half in our bedroom and withing 2 weeks or less we were much better, my baby started to cough less and less and so did I, its been a month now and all is good, we're almost done with winter down here in South America. I had thrown away my old onion, and didn't put a new one for a few weeks, and just this week my 5 month old baby started to get a cough and sneezing, so guess what? I put another onion by our bedside 2 nights ago and shes already getting better!!! I'm not posting this to get people's attention specially the SKEPTICS attention, I do not want to see your NEGATIVE comments on this matter, it is quite simple, if you do not believe in nature's remedies, then fine don't, but don't get all pissed off and write rude comments please.
This remedy works for us and that's all that matters. Thank you Jean for your positive comments.
Kind regards from Chile
Paulina and Baby.

Sep 09, 2014
Onions Rule
by: Brian

Yes Pauline...your success with the onions certainly invalidates some of the claims made in the post before Jeans. Onions work for me too. Don't give up. I have quite often listened to people who try to downplay natural remedies...then I found out sometimes that they have investments in Pharmaceutical companies...go figure.

Sep 09, 2014
Onions/Colds/Flu
by: Jean

Paulina I am so happy this is working for you and you have persevered. As any good mom would, they will try anything to help their child.
Just yesterday my grandson posted on his facebook that he was miserable with a cold. I posted the usual to him (I can't count how many times I explain the onions) and the following day a friend of his had posted under mine, "old wives tale" or something similar. After all these years I am used to be scoffed at and it has no meaning for me anymore. I will explain the reason to you how I found the onion "thing" works and the reason I remember. In August 2006 my husband and I had celebrated our 50th wedding anniversary with family and friends. The next day I came down with a bad case of the flu. I was utterly miserable and was unable to make the five hour car journey home for a couple of weeks. Once I was home I happened to watch a programme on TV regarding this very thing..Onions/Flu/Colds. I was utterly amazed to learn the facts and figured what did I have to lose? I have followed this remedy ever since and as I have said, have just entered my ninth year without even a sniffle. Scoffers don't bother me anymore hence I broadcast the Onion remedy to anyone willing to listen. I am exhilarated you have been able to help your baby. Keep up the good work. Also now I am learning about Honey and Cinnamon as a natural remedy for ailments too. All these things can be found in our pantry or kitchen cupboard. Hugs to you and your baby Paulina. Keep up the good work.

Sep 13, 2014
is it ok to do the onion sock on my 19 month old
by: Anonymous

I was just wondering if I can do the onion sock on my 19 month old who is congested with a cough

Sep 13, 2014
Onions in socks
by: Jean

I'm not so sure I would advise this for a 19 month old. However I would put half onions around the house, especially in the baby's room.

Sep 18, 2014
Onions rule
by: Brian

Just had a funny thought Jean, though not one normally to be into conspiracy theories (lol), that pharmaceutical companies will pressure governments around the world to outlaw anything in the kitchen, or garden that can be used to cure ailments...we would have nothing left to eat..lol. A very large insecticide company in the US has been trying to get normal or heirloom seeds banned or at the very least phased out so that only their seeds can be used in the US for farming or just backyard growing.(No guessing which company that is). Seeds which just happened to have insecticide genetically modified into their product so supposedly kill off pests that threaten the crop...so that farmers can supposedly have a better yeild. Fortunately we have a law in Sth Oz that prevents that type of seed being used. Our farmers are against those seeds being used. But a spokesman for our conservative parliamentary opposition has said that the moratorium for that farming process will be got rid of...shows how much conservatives care about our planet in that respect. We have had that moratorium which funny enough was agreed with ages ago on a bipartisan process...hmmm...well in the US a lot of people are keeping their old seeds from previous crops so that in the event the laws helping that large insecticide company will be defeated in congress. In some states it is unlawful to grow crops not of this company's invention. Hopefully one day those laws are overturned in congress, and people will stop playing with the very nature that was there to help us with our ills. Some of that nature includes onions, cinnamon, and other beneficial plants. I have been to quite a few rallies against that certain company, and with a clear conscience too, to get the message to our political parties, conservative and non conservative, to get the message across that we don't want crops here that have been messed with. I am not overly politically motivated normally but things like this really get me going. I like my nature to be just that..nature. I like my onions to be beneficial...not messed with by some company whose only motive is for pure profit, and not for mankind's benefit. I have worded this comment carefully as not to put this site in a legal bind they can't get out of, as I like this site very much. Nature rules, and should not be stuffed up.

Oct 18, 2014
I'm a believer!!!
by: Anonymous

I've literally had 2 mason jars with onion slices in them beside my bed for 45 minutes! Just laying in my bed next to where the onions are has made me feel a lot better! I'm sure I'll feel even better in the morning!!

Oct 19, 2014
Longest Blog I've ever seen.
by: Perry

This is honestly the longest blog I have ever seen. After reading for over an hour, I finally just skimmed to the end.

My story:
I work in Sales. Last weekend, I was at a home show, and picked up a cold, which was evidenced by Tuesday night when I went hiking and felt cold, to find the next morning (Wednesday) I was all plugged up. Bad news for someone who is expected to be the face of the company. It seems some winters I get sick multiple times. Others, not at all, but I wasn't always in sales, so it didn't really bother me too much. I did some quick checks to refresh my mind about colds vs flu, etc. Colds are caused by Virus, and according to mainstream sites like WebMD, there are no known cures out there - just things to make the experience more pleasant.

So, I've been plugged up for a few days. I started popping echinacea and garlic, and downing Vitamin C. Which may or may not have helped. Hot showers / reading in the tub, etc. helped clear out passages temporarily.

Then, tonight (Saturday), I helped my dad go get a load of manure for his amazing garden (Literally, his tomato plants have more tomato than vine, they yield that much!). He mentioned always starting fall / winter out by making a big pot of onion soup, and sent me home with a dozen onions. I googled onions and found this blog. Finally, I took a break to start cooking the soup (with some beans, kale, turkey, etc. thrown in), and then spent yet another hour reading.

So, I am starting the onion sock challenge, and have placed a halved onion in my room. To be fair, just cutting the onions up for the soup pretty well cleared out my sinuses, so I'm breathing great now. My headache seems to have gone away.

Will report findings over the next few days. Here's the summary.

Tuesday night: First signs of cold onset.
Wednesday: Congested Nose. Taking echinacea, garlic, vitamin C.
Thursday: Congested Nose, starting into upper throat. Taking echinacea, garlic, vitamin C. Made chicken noodle soup.
Friday: Congested throat. Headache. Particularly painful when I bend over. Taking echinacea, garlic, vitamin C. Some soup.
Saturday: Congested. Have started minor bouts of coughing, but not painful incessant. Headache not as bad. Taking echinacea, garlic, vitamin C. AND NOW, ONION Soup / socks / room. As of bedtime (Midnight, due to reading this excessively long blog), Nose is clear. Headache is gone. I have just a little phlegm in my throat, but am feeling pretty good.

Have not taken any pharma / pills other than basic garlic / echinacea.

Oct 19, 2014
Onions and colds
by: Pam

Please keep us up to date, keen to hear more!

Oct 19, 2014
Onions
by: Jean

Hi Annon
Thank you for your interesting post. Glad you are getting some relief. I used to take Echinacea years ago. I can't say I felt any relief from it but don't doubt it can help some people. From the blogs you will see I've been doing the onion"thing" for over 8 years now. We all should stick with what works for us no matter what others may say and believe me I have been laughed and a ridiculed in those 8 years re my belief in the Onion LOL. If the pills work for you, stick with them. In those 8 years I have never had a full blown cold or flu. My husband had a minor cold about 5 months ago which didn't eventuate to influenza and only lasted a few days. I have been cold and flu free now for 8 years and two months. Glad you found the site, welcome!

Oct 19, 2014
Onions rule.
by: Brian

Hi Jean, the laugh is on them...while they are spending heaps of money on chemical medication, with little beneficial results...we on the other hand are doing it cheaply with onions...lol.

Oct 19, 2014
Update
by: Perry

Update: Sunday morning. Slept fine. Nose not runny at all, but right nostril blocked while left is clear. Can't seem to get it to clear by simple light blowing (aka the "proper way") - just a little mucus. Throat / chest feels blocked, but tightening and breathing briskly doesn't produce a phlegmy discharge. It's like it all dried in there. Maybe Seems unlikely, but maybe I'm dehydrated, after the two tall glass of dilute apple juice that went with my two bowls of mostly onion soup juice just before bed?

Feel good, but not amazing because while I can breathe fine, I still feel a little stuffed up in the sinuses and chest. Annoying.

Oct 19, 2014
Onions
by: Original Pam Feb 2012

I am still watching this blog. White Onions, 365 days of the year in 6 rooms! Haven't been to a doctor since!!!! Thanks Jean and Brian

Oct 22, 2014
babygirl extremely sick
by: Anonymous

My 3 year old has a cough fever stomach hurts eyes she really weak stuffy nose hospital says it a stomach virus but she is not throwing up so i have the humidifier on with salt and vick with hot water and i put onions on her feet i have 3 kids all with cough but she the only one really bad and my 2 month old has a cough and stuffy nose.. will update if my babygirl feels alittle better tomorrow im praying she does and this works for us cause doctors out here suck and i just want my baby better hate seeing her sick

Oct 22, 2014
Onions
by: Jean

Well done Pam....hope all goes well.

Found this tonight, altho I have heard of it before. 1 teaspoon of honey with 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon taken twice a day for three days knocks out Bladder and Kidney infections, reduces sugar levels and blood pressure and acts as a pain reliever for arthritis.
Good luck all you who are willing to give these things a go especially when you have little ones who are sick and you so badly want to give them relief. For me as I have mentioned before, it's been 8 years and 2 months since I had the flu. Since then Ive not a cold or the flu. Easy for me to remember the dates as we were visiting our son in Adelaide when I got the flu and our daughter was over from the States. Once we got back home I saw the ABC programme on Onions combatting colds and flu and since then I have never looked back. I'm proof this works. Well done all those of you who are giving it a go.

Oct 22, 2014
onions tonight
by: vingirl

Just popped some sliced onions in my daughters socks and hoping for a good night's sleep. I have been sitting in her room for almost 2 hours now, since the slices of onions have been placed in a plate on her bedside table and I an feel the effects / benefits on my beginnings of a cold. She has been asleep for nearly two hours now and not a single cough has escaped her. I have spent my time reading this excellent blog. Thanks Jean and Brian for your comments and contributions. Onions rock!! Going to stock up tomorrow :)

Oct 23, 2014
Update
by: Perry

Update: Monday thru Wednesday.

Have been eating onions at least once per day (typically as a soup). And have onion by bedside.

In reality, I have gotten slightly sicker. While my nose has stayed clear for the most part, my nasal passage in the back remains stuffed up, and my throat as well. Tough kicking this cold!

So, maybe onions are good pre-emptive boost, but they aren't a fix-all-do-all for when you get sick. To be fair, I should be getting more sleep and eating more regularly throughout the day probably (I tend to work too much). They do seem to help keep your nose clear though.

Oct 25, 2014
A Believer
by: kjtmama

My 2 year old woke up at 1:00 am crying because he couldn't breathe because of congestion. A few weeks ago a read something about putting onions on the bottom of your feet with socks over them to help with colds. Tonight I remembered reading this. So I tried it. My baby was able to breathe normal again within one hour and is sound asleep!! While waiting that hour, I looked this up on Google and found this site. It has been very interesting to read. I am totally an onion believer!! :)

Oct 25, 2014
Onions
by: Jean

Thank you for the last three posts. To kjtmama it is music to my ears to know this onion therapy can help ease things for your baby. Also vingirl in helping your daughter.
I'm sorry Perry things don't see to have worked for you but would like to point out that sniffing the onions every now and again is the way to go. I never read where eating onions can help however I believe the humble onion has great power so eating them can only do good, I suspect. This site is more about keeping them around the house and especially occasionally taking good deep sniffs every now and again. If I feel a cold coming on I put cut onions next to the bed. I take a good deep sniff before getting into bed and if I wake in the night do the same thing. I make sure there are half onions in different rooms of the house. I don't worry about the smell or what people may think. This remedy has worked for me for over 8 years. I am particularly thrilled that mothers using it for their little ones are having great success. Thank you for your comments everyone. Keep up the good work....oh and no, I don't own an onion farm lol.

Nov 02, 2014
it works
by: Anonymous

Try it before you knock it. It's extremely detoxifying in your socks and soothing when you breath near you bedside. I used the methods to get me through a virus that couldn't be medicated. Thank you to onions and Google search, saved my health

Nov 09, 2014
Been a great read
by: Saralou uk

I haven't read it all, but I certainly plan to as soon as I have typed this. I had to see if it was still going very much like needing to see the back page of a novel. How sad but it's been a great read especially Jean and Brian, it's been a pleasure to read your posts x

I am known for being a little eccentric so having onions knocking around the house won't be a big deal to people that know me, as for the cost of a few onions anything is worth a shot! Winter is looming the kids are back in school and the bugs are out in full force. They have now been added to my shopping list! I do like natural remedies. At the minute I am suffering from joint and disc wear in my neck don't think there will be a natural cure I have researched but not yet found too much and at 35 I am a little young for this, it did kncok my confidence, I am getting used to it now and awaiting a neurosurgery appointment. I certainly want to ward off anything else that will make me feel worse than I already do, I will keep checking in and will update as the months go by :)

Nov 09, 2014
Onions
by: Jean

Saralou your post made me smile. I too am known to be eccentric because of my believe in the mighty Onion but after all these years I don't give a fig anymore. I can say in all honesty it has been 8 years and three months cold, flu and sniffle free for me. My last bout of flu was August 2006. How I remember it so well is because our daughter who lives in the States, came over for a visit. We drove her to Adelaide where her plane was departing in a few days time. When we arrived in Adelaide I came down with a shocking case of 'flu and was unable to see her off on her flight. The rest of the family went and I had to stay behind, I was so upset. The flu held me captive in Adelaide for a couple of weeks. It was after that I learned about the Onions. I stand by this to anyone and have been called all sorts of names and laughed at. It took some getting used to. I KNOW it works. People can laugh at me all they want, I know what I know and the greatest reward is hearing from folks on here who have tried it and had success. God Bless.

Nov 10, 2014
helping with colds, flu and joints NEW
by: ~ Megan

Removed duplicate posts - very important to only click ONCE when submitting your post... it might seem as though it hasn't gone through, but it will have, trust me! Good to keep reading posts from all of you old and new friends.

As for joints, I don't have problems, despite most people my age suffering; I have lots of TURMERIC, and if I feel the faintest twinge, I boil water, immediately pour 1/2 - 1 cup over a couple of heaped teaspoons of turmeric powder, add several good shakes of black pepper, heaped teaspoon of coconut oil, then drink (can cool it a bit with a dash of cold water). Tastes revolting first few times, then it becomes delicious - trust me again!

I usually have this before dinner. You might need to do this for a few weeks for noticeable change, then you can cut down. I use turmeric a lot in cooking too - almost as good for you as home grown vegetables... and onions of course! Megan

Nov 10, 2014
Thank You NEW
by: Jean

Thank you Megan. Good to hear from you. I will remember the Tumeric. I read yesterday where Curry is very good in helping people with heart problems. I'll find the article again and report. As I have heart problems I was thrilled since I LOVE Curry!

Nov 10, 2014
Onions and flu NEW
by: Jean

Found this in my mailbox this morning....I post for your interest.

http://www.snopes.com/medical/disease/flushot.asp#2LbmGMpoHQ6qO6qp.03
I think from the look of this you may have to copy, paste and Google.

Dec 04, 2014
Onions Colds Flu NEW
by: Jean

On clearing out my desk this morning with hundreds of pages of typing (no exaggeration I'm ashamed to say) I came across these.......

Cough Syrup can be very expensive. Have a go at making this one, it will knock your socks off!
Slice an Onion onto a saucer. Cover the Onion with brown sugar and place another saucer on top to cover it. Leave for an hour for the Onion juice to collect. Take one teaspoon of this liquid before bed and hey presto, no more cough and no more sleepless nights. (I admit I have had no need to try this yet.)

Eucalyptus Stuffy Nose?
Put a few drops of Eucalyptus Oil in a large bowl of steaming hot water and place in the room well out of harms way. The vapours will fill the room. You can also put a drop or two on your pillowcase to help you sleep easier.

Garlic Magic
Many people take garlic capsules to stave off colds but you can save a fortune and stay healthy by eating fresh garlic instead. Based on around $20 for a jar of 30 Garlic tablets, replacing the capsules with one clove of Garlic a day can save you over $200 a year and it's just as effective.

Chest Rub
A jar of generic chest rub is a handy standby. It's brilliant on headaches and migraines when rubbed gently into the temples, keeping away from the eyes. To quieten coughs, massage into the soles of the feet and cover with socks. Perfect for kids who hate taking medicine.

Hope this is of some use to you.

Dec 11, 2014
Replacing onions... NEW
by: Mom

Ok - I just read over all the information - which took a while :o) I am willing to give this a shot. What is the best method - cut onion in room or uncut onion in room? Also, how often do you have to replace them? I will keep you all posted - I have a 1 yr. old that has started with the sniffles and a cough...Thanks!

Dec 14, 2014
I don't know if they absorb viruses but I do know this NEW
by: Anonymous

I know of a place where people are hired to slice onions in an onion ring factory in Idaho. The pungent odor of onions is extremely strong in this place but the rumor is the people who work there never get sick with flu or colds.

Dec 14, 2014
Onions flu NEW
by: Jean

Thanks mom.....I usually cut one onion in half(skin on) and put each in a small container to leave around the house. If there is someone with a cold of flu, put half of one next to their bed. I change them when I think about it so sometimes they are there for more than a week!
Depending on the age of your child, if you can get them to sniff the half onion now and again, that will hurry things along.

Thanks for that info Anon. Makes a lot of sense to me as to why the workers don't get flu or colds. As mentioned several times in this site, I started using the onions over 8 years ago and haven't had a sniffle, cold or flu in all those years. I admit to feeling like I have had a cold coming on and that's when I refresh the half onions and make sure I take the occasional sniff when I walk by. So far 8 years clear.

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