Onions: the Medicine Used to Cure Julius Caesar’s Flu

woman-onionThere is a belief that current generation is far behind in intellectual capabilities and knowledge than the wisdom of ancient civilizations. At least it is something to put in thought that 90% of the knowledge (in all spheres) acquired by mankind is lost in the course of medieval age.

Well, what we are talking about is that ancient wisdom used onions to treat common cold, flu and many other domestic diseases. Still at many parts of the world, onion soup is suggested by grandmothers to ward off flu. Some prevailing ancient medicine systems such as Ayurveda and Chinese medicine uses “onionary” diets as prescriptions to control constipation and such congestion related problems.

If we put it in another way, onion is a naturally occurring antiseptic and disinfectant. Sickrooms of 19th century used slices of onion to disinfect the premises thus preventing diseases to spread. The reason for this disinfectant property is thiosulfinates present in onions. Thiosulphinates can kill harmful food poisoning bacteria like salmonella and E. coli. There is a kitchen remedy for ear infection which is to put slightly heated onion ring into ear; this practice is considered as a very effective way to kill infection causing microbes.

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This is a guest post by Mellissa Gibson, connect to her on G+ or Twitter. Melli regularly blogs on BeautyofFood.org

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