I am sitting here in my living room on my iPad Mini (my son is on my laptop so I’m relegated to tiny typing) and right next to me is a peeled and halved onion. It sits on our Santa Cookie plate looking rather odd as a table decoration. Why? Well, not usually one for old wives’ tales, I got suckered into something I read on Facebook yesterday.
Apparently, onions pull the germs from the air….literally. According to someone’s hairdresser, who heard it from a cab diver, who knew…someone else, the onion has properties that attract germs like a moth to a flame. Legend has it (well, gossip at least) that a town was stricken with flu, and the only household not to have the illness was a farmer who put an onion in each room. The onion blacked and tested positive for the flu virus, but the family remained healthy!
Going back in history, people used to hang onions and garlic to ward off illnesses such as the Black Death. Well, that’s good enough for me. I am giving it a try! The reason I’m doing it today is that I have the beginnings of a stinking cold. The sore throat, the fuzzy, thick feeling in my head….you get the picture. So far, the onion has not turned black but my nose is clearer and I feel much better than I did when I woke up. Mind over matter? Maybe. But it is worth a try. I’ll let you know if my cold develops into a full force stinker or stays at bay.