Are you suffering from a winter cold or flu - try these onion hacks
Are you suffering from a winter cold or flu?
Every second person I speak to seems to have it! Sore throat, itchy eyes and stuffy nose. Sound familiar? Why not try this tip that my mum and her mum used to always use. If it's one of your kids that's suffering they'll think this is a little crazy, but that will only add to quirkiness of this hack.
Cut an onion into halves and leave it next to the bed while the person who is under the weather sleeps. The active substance released when you cut the onion into pieces, known as allyl propyl disulphide, ensures that your nasal passages open making it easier for you to breathe. This juice/substance is the exact same ones that make you weep while chopping onions.
Another onion hack we've heard of is putting onion in your sock! I know, it's weird! But it is said that if you put onion in your sock when you go to sleep at night, it can help to reduce the severity of flu and fever, help the body to recover faster.
Has anyone tried this one? It sounds very unusual…. but online users say it helps to reduce the severity of flu and fever and other common illness besides enhancing the body health. At this stage, I'm sure those who are suffering will try anything.
So perhaps what generations of mums and grandmothers have instinctively known is effective. Onions have the ability to ward off and relieve symptoms of the common flu? Tell us if you agree!
Here's a quick and easy onion soup receipe if you don't fancy the sock trick!
- 3 large organic yellow onions
- 3 cloves of garlic
- 1/4 cup of fresh, finely-chopped organic oregano (or use a tea spoon of dired oregano if that's all you have)
- 4 cups of water
- Add salt to your taste.
Chop the onions and garlic into cubes. Bring water to a boil and add onions, garlic, and oregano. Let simmer for 15 minutes, or until you notice that the onions are translucent and soft. Blitz it up. Drink the hot soup and allow your body temperature to rise enough to induce mild sweating.