What's an onion to do?

Has anyone ever received the email that’s been floating around for a few years now about onions? You know, the one that tells about a flu epidemic in 1919? Well here is an excerpt from that email,In 1919 when the flu killed 40 million people, there was a Doctor that visited many farmers to see if he could help them combat this flu, as many of the farmers and their families had contracted it and many had died. The doctor came upon this one farmer and, to his surprise, everyone in his family was very healthy. 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 onions and place it under the microscope. She obliged and when he tested it, he found that the onion was riddled with flu virus. It had obviously absorbed the bacteria and therefore, kept the family healthy. ” Now do you know which email I’m talking about? 😀 (If you’ve never received this email before, drop me a note and I’ll see about emailing it to you, or maybe just posting it here on my blog.)

I know, I know, it seems a little odd, but you’ll discover, I am a little odd. I don’t say that negatively about myself, I say that with a attitude of warm embrace ~ my oddities allow me to look beyond “normal” and learn about new and different (sometimes old and dated) things.

Anyhow, about the onion. I have had a nasty, yucky, drive-me-up the wall cold now since Sunday. I am not a fan of taking over-the-counter medicines and so I generally don’t. But this little trick, I think I’m willing to give a try and see what happens. What could the harm be? House might smell a bit like onions ~ for a little while maybe. I “waste” a couple of perfectly good onions for cooking? Well, considering that where I live the average bag of onions runs about $2.39 and there are generally 8 – 10 onions in a bag this means my little experiment, if I use only one onion will cost me $0.24 – $0.30. Sounds like a reasonable cost to try out such a simple technique. And it saves me the on average cost of $5.00 for a box of pills that last maybe three days and generally don’t do much for the symptoms anyhow.

Off I go to get my onion….I’ll report back tomorrow.


2 thought on “What's an onion to do?”

  1. Brie February 22, 2011 at 4:58 pmEditReply

    My mom sent me this onion e-mail this past fall, so I have had an onion in my boys room all winter so far, just in a bowl on their top shelf in their room, and we’ve not gotten the flu….colds yes, but no flu. So who knows, maybe it’s the onion?!

  2. Melissa Kunze Post authorFebruary 22, 2011 at 5:07 pmEditReply

    Hum, interesting…maybe it is the onion. I have my onion sitting in my LR right now and I took a before picture. I’m hopeful that it will help with cold’s as well since both are viruses. I plan to take an after picture in the morning too!

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