Once Upon a Time ~
With the H1N1 Flu scare, a lot of my colleagues have been sharing Folk Remedies which they have used or heard about over the years ~ I’d like to share some of these with you.
One man told a story about how when he was a kid and in the hospital near dying ~ his Italian grandmother came to the hospital and told a family member to go buy her a large onion and a new pair of white cotton socks. She sliced open the onion ~ put a slice on the bottom of each of his feet and then put the white cotton socks on him. In the morning when he awoke they removed the socks. The slices of onion were black and his fever was gone.
The following story might have some truth to it and I am going to try it this winter. In 1919 when the flu killed 40 million people, supposedly there was a Doctor that visited many farmers to see if he could help
them. Many of the farmers and their families had contracted the Flu and many had 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 every room of the home. The doctor couldn’t believe it and asked if he could have one of the onions. He took the onion and placed it under the microscope ~ as the story goes, he did find the flu virus in the onion. Perhaps it absorbed the virus, therefore keeping the family healthy.
I heard similar stories from many practitioners. One said that a hairdresser in Arizona told her 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.
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 and on your desk. Try it and see what happens ~ many practitioners swear that they did it in the past and never got the flu.
One last anecdote from Oregon: “I contacted pneumonia and needless to say I was very ill…I came across an article that said to cut both ends off an onion ~ put one end on a fork and then place the forked end into an empty jar…placing the jar next to the sick patient at night. It said the onion would be black in the morning from the germs…sure enough it happened just like that... the onion was a mess and I began to feel better.”
* Onions are very toxic to dogs and cats so be sure that your pets cannot get at them.