No matter what we have on our daily schedules (working, parenting, school, moving, traveling), we don’t have time to get sick! I got an email recently about an onion, and it got me wondering…
Onions have a variety of medicinal effects. Early American settlers used wild onions to treat colds, coughs, and asthma, and to repel insects. In Chinese medicine, onions have been used to treat angina, coughs, bacterial infections, and breathing problems according to this vegetarian-nutrition website.
There are some who say to leave an onion in a jar by your bed at night if you are coming down with a cold as it will attract all the nasties and you will feel better in the morning. My friend who sent the email said her mom use to put garlic in her socks when she had a cough. I would think if garlic works, so would onions!
I don’t know who wrote the “onion email” to begin with – it’s one that has been circulating – but I did a little background check, and some believe onions have shown to have medicinal qualities through the ages. They may not “cure all ills” but they’re cheap and they taste good, so… Besides, believing helps make it work, right? It’s that psychosomatic thing.
I’m on my way to Chile and know that I’ll be cooped up in a plane for several hours with that wonderful recycled air. I think I’m going to tie an onion around my neck. Stay tuned for some adventures about Chile.
Oh, and if I do tie that onion around my neck? I’ll be sure to have a photo taken and share it with you.
Photo above by Mary Lascelles
Mary Lascelles, a k a Relo-Mary, is a Palo Cedro, Calif., resident who owns a concierge relocation service, movinglinks4you.com, operating across the United States and Canada to assist people with every aspect of their selling, buying and moving needs. She can be reached at 530.515.6299.