It's the flu season again, and H1N1 is back! I remembered I read an article on how onion could ward off flu, which I've tucked safely into my "ToKeep" folder. So when both my kids and hubby were down with flu, cough and sore-throat, I quickly ran a hunt for it.
"In 1919. When the flu killed 40million people, there was this doctor that visited the 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."
Here's another version from a hairdresser in Arizona...
" She said that several years ago, many of her employees were coming down with the flu, and so were many of her customers. The next year, she placed several bowls with onions around in her shop. To her surprise, none of her staff got sick. It must work . ."
Well, I don't know how true this is, but when I ran a quick google search, there are many supporting facts on the use of onions (and also garlics) to ward off flu. They have powerful antibacterial, antiseptic properties.
So, what have I to lose? Just a few bucks on onions!