Onion is an ancient vegetable, which has been part of the traditional cuisines all over the globe. Onions’ medicinal properties are well known too, and the science is discovering how its chemical compounds help your health.
Can onions help you fight flu?
Well, this idea originates from a period of thousands of years ago. Ancient Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine loved onions because of their powerful therapeutic and congestion-relieving properties. The ability of onions to relieve flu symptoms, including coughs, congestion, respiratory infections and bronchitis is recognized by the World Health Organization.
Moreover, there are traditions that advise placing sliced onions beside the bed at night or around the house to prevent getting the flu.
According to theory, raw onion absorbs germs in the air and prevents their entering into the body.
Why onions are so beneficial?
Onions are rich in sulfuric compounds such as thiosulfinates, sulfoxides, and other odorous cysteine sulfoxides. The pungent flavor of onions is given by these compounds, and it is them what makes you cry when slicing onions. Studies have shown that the thiosulfinates in onions are responsible for their powerful and helpful properties.
Sulfuric compounds are also essential in preventing cancer and heart diseases. Also, they boost immunity for preventing general disease.
Moreover, onions are rich in the antioxidant quercetin. It aids the body to combat free radicals and improve the immune response.
Onion Soup Recipe
- 3 large yellow onions
- 3 garlic cloves
- ¼ cup of chopped oregano
- 4 cups of water
- Himalayan salt to taste
How to prepare the soup?
Chop the garlic and onion into cubes. Let water boil and add them and the oregano. Let the mixture simmer for 15 minutes, or until the onion is soft and translucent. Have the soup and allow your body temperature rise enough to start sweating mildly.
Additional Onion Remedy
Cut a piece of onion and place it directly on the bottom of your feet. Cover with a sock before going to bed and remove them the next day. If you notice flu symptoms, do this every night.