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Onions and Honey as an Immune Booster?


Well, it didn’t last. Both of my kids have colds. They’ve had onions, both cut and peeled and the opposite (peel on with ends cut) in bowls in their rooms. Apparently, this isn’t the miracle cure I was hoping for, but I haven’t given up hope yet since the onion was touted as keeping the flu away. So, the onions stay. Now, I can try the onion cough syrup and onion poultice if my kids will put up with it.

I, on the other hand am still healthy. I have another MOPS talk on Friday at my old MOPS group in Monroe, WA and I am doing everything I can to stay healthy for that. That reminds me though, I need to blog about the neti pot.

Anyway, I digress. I was at my Naturopath’s office and asked my naturopath about her thoughts on the onion. I told her what I had read and asked her what she thought about the onion. Basically, she concurred with what I’d read and told me that in school (at the world renowned Bastyr) they’d made a concoction in which they put large slices of onion in honey and let it sit for a few days, removed the onion and used the onion-ed honey in tea.  I’d also read about “honey balls” in which one takes any herb that they’d like to get down and mixes it with a spoonful of honey. Yes, just a spoonful of sugar method. I thought I’d give it a try with onion so I finely chopped onion and mixed it with some delicious pure, raw honey I’d gotten from my brother. I’ve got to say it was really good. Not only because the honey itself is delicious, but something about the onion and honey combo had me craving it the next two days. I thought maybe I was simply craving the sugar in the honey but it wasn’t that. My husband, who is rarely a willing guinea pig, did taste, and agree, that there was something about the honey and onion combination that was like able.

I don’t usually sweeten my tea but when I’m sick I find that hot water with fresh lemon juice, and honey is better than anything else. So, I decided to try out the onion and honey in a jar experiment and see if I can get my sick kids to give it a try (I’ll let you know…). I used a small 8 oz. jam jar and put large chunks of peeled onion in raw honey. I covered the jar with a small plate and left it on my counter overnight.  The onion has so much water that the honey is now very much a liquid. I haven’t tasted it yet, but it must be similar to my honey/onion ball.

Honey, although a highly concentrated sweetener, has so many benefits. It is even touted as a way to relieve seasonal allergies. It is best to get raw and unfiltered honey. If you need allergy relief, buy from a bee keeper that keeps his bees within 25 miles of your home. We’ve already learned about some of the benefits we get from the onion, so combine the two and it’s got to make for one great immune booster. So far so good. I’ll let you know if I stay healthy or succumb to the mucous particles constantly being flung in my direction.

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  • cindyfowler

    I love using the neti pot! After struggling with sinus infections every year, and a particularly bad on last winter, I decided to give the neti pot a try. It truly cleans out the sinuses. I am all for any remedy that doesn’t require medicine. I eat lots of onions, anyhow, so that’s no problem using them. I have an allergy to commercial fragrances that are found in air fresheners, and those nasty plug in things. Would love to see you post about those, and healthier alternatives. (I like a drop of essential sweetgrass oil on a light bulb).

    • http://www.healthnutnation.com Alison

      Great idea! I plan to post about the newest study linking breast cancer with those horrible plug in air fresheners as well as spray ones. The neti pot is also a fantastic post idea! Thanks Cindy!

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