Onion is vegetable which has been used in traditional cuisines all over the world since ancient times. Probably all of you are familiar with the medicinal properties, and in addition the science is discovering how its chemical compounds help your health.
Can onions help you fight flu?
Ancient Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine loved onions because of their powerful therapeutic and congestion – relieving properties so we can conclude that this idea originates from a period of thousands of years ago.
World Health Organization recognized the healing properties of onion. It has the ability to relieve flu symptoms, including coughs, congestion, respiratory infections and bronchitis.
Also, there are traditions that place sliced onions beside the bed at night or around the house to prevent getting the flu. According to this 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. These compounds give the pungent flavor of onions and that makes you cry when you are slicing onions.
According to the studies, 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.
In addition, onions are rich in the antioxidant quercetin. It aids the body to combat free radicals and improve the immune response.
Onion Soup Recipe
3 garlic cloves
3 large yellow onions
4 cups water
¼ cup chopped oregano
Himalayan salt for taste
How to prepare the soup?
First of all, chop the garlic and onion into cubes. Then let the water boil and add the oregano. Leave 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
All you should do is to cut a piece of onion and place it directly on the bottom of your feet. Then cover with a sock before going to bed and remove them the next day. If you notice flu symptoms, do this every night.