Nowadays people seem to be popping pills like they’re candy, we get an ache here and a pain there and we make a beeline straight for the medicine cabinet. However, it turns out dabbling in a tub of tablets from your local pharmaceutical store may not be the way forward to solving your physical woes.
What is the answer then I hear you ponder… apparently the secret lies in natural remedies not synthetic medication. More specifically I’m talking about one of the world’s healthiest foods that doubles as a medicinal agent, onions. Obviously not when they are deep fat fried in an onion bhaji (although they do taste bloody good) but when the vegetable is used in a variety of different ways that you may have never considered before. Shrek was right onions do “have layers”, layers and layers of health benefits hiding underneath that skin.
1. Wave bye-bye to that annoying cough
Your breath will probably smell like ass but using onions in cough syrup has proven to be highly effective. Mix it with a bit of honey to improve taste as both have properties that help us to heal.I remember when I was young a cold bath was the method used to bring down a temperature. I think that’s now the reason why I can’t have an ice bath after sports, I’m scarred. It turns out all you need to do is slice up an onion and stick it in your socks. Sounds like voodoo but the onion absorbs the fever and it’s much less traumatising, just remember to wash your feet in the morning.When you think of onions most of us imagine standing at the kitchen counter with tears rolling down our faces cursing at them as we prep our dinner. However, onions have a good side too, they help to kick colds to the curb. Either boil one in tea or, if you can, eat it raw (I’d opt for the tea) and watch your cold slowly disappear.
4. Stop earaches
Can you hear that? That’s me telling you that a staple cupboard ingredient can help to alleviate the struggles of earache. Take the heart – the innermost part of the onion – and insert it into your ear. They are known to decrease the pain and soften the wax, ultimately acting as an incredible natural anti-inflammatory.