In 1919 when the flu killed 40 million people there was a kindly Doctor who tended to the many ill farmers to see if he could help them combat the flu. Many of the farmers and their families had contracted it and many were dying. The doctor was desperate to help his patients but felt there was nothing more he could do – and then he met up with a farmer untouched by the epidemic.
The doctor came upon this farmer whom he realized he hadn’t checked up on at all, so panicked, he insisted on checking out the entire family. To his pleasant surprise, everyone in the farmer’s household was very healthy. No one had yet contracted the flu, in spite of the fact that they lived in the midst of the ill and dying. 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 used 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.
Now, another story from a hairdresser. She said that several years ago, many of her employees were coming down with the flu, and so were many of her customers. She had read this tip in a magazine, so the next year, during flu season, she placed several bowls with onions around her shop. To her surprise, none of her staff got sick. She did have a small shop, and did suggest her employees follow up with the onion idea at home, but wasn’t sure if they all had done so.
I came across an article myself in a print magazine that said to cut both ends off an onion put it into an empty jar, and place the jar next to a flu patient at night. It said the onion would be black in the morning from the germs…sure enough it happened just like that… While talking to a close friend of mine, I mentioned this unusual idea. Shortly thereafter, he unfortunately contracted the flu and decided why not give the onion idea it a try. Onions are inexpensive and he couldn’t smell anything anyway, what with his nose all stuffed up. He said sure enough… when he awoke the next morning the onion was a mess and he began to feel better.
I have yet to try this myself; however, another close friend shared his story with me and said his family did it last year and no one in the family ever got the flu. I asked him if he had just kept cut onions all over his house all winter, or what? That didn’t sound too feasible! He said no, only when flu began to hit people he and his family know. He said they did it for about a month.
Another thing I read was that onions and garlic placed around the room saved many from the black plague years ago. According to legend, the humble onion apparently has powerful antibacterial, antiseptic properties.