I know, people think that this must be an old wives remedy- and well, it is. But this is so effective that I have had many fall in love with this little secret, and years later, they will still write to me to tell me that the onion foot poultice has worked against another ugly illness for them.
I want to share this with you because this is an affordable, yet effective remedy. I love it best when I am coming down with a sickness- when I am going to bed knowing that I will wake in the morning sick, or when I feel that fever trying to settle into my body. Almost every time I use this on myself or someone else, the person wakes in the morning feeling much better, if not 100%.
How does it work? Onions have anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties. This is mainly attributed to their organosulfur compounds such as allicin and quercitin which are also found in garlic.
Poultices are used by applying a substance- in this case, onion slices, to the skin. It travels via the skin into the blood stream where it is carried throughout the body. This application by-passes the chances of it getting broken down and bogged down in the digestive system. It allows the body to utilise that full effect of that raw onion pungency.
Onion poultices are great for warding off almost any sickness that is trying to settle in such as colds and flus and any other viruses. You can use it in the very beginning or to try to get relief once the sickness has settled in.
I also like using it on the chest when coughs have become too uncomfortable.
OF course, PLEASE CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR FOR MEDICAL ADVICE. If you feel you are sick enough to visit a doctor, DO NOT DEPEND ON ONIONS.
So how do you do it?
Slice an onion horizontally and place the ring or half ring on the bottom of your foot. If you would like, you can wrap this with saran wrap to keep the smell in or to help hold heat in the feet. I personally prefer that my feet breathe, so I leave off the saranwrap. Then carefully pull your sock over to hold the onion slice in place on your foot.
It is best to do this before bed, so that you aren't walking around on your onions. In the morning, remove the onions from your socks.
That's it! A 25 cent remedy that can change the course of your sickness.
I hope you all stay as healthy as possible, but if you do get sick and are able to try this, let me know how it works for you!