Cold-Fighting Onion Remedy
2 to 3 thick slices sweet onion, such as Vidalia
2 tablespoons (30 ml) honey
Biologically speaking, the onion is a close relative to garlic and contains many similar antiviral compounds that may help prevent a cold or clear it up faster. As a medicinal plant, it has long and storied history, from ancient Greece and Rome to India. The simple sugar in the honey helps draw the juice out of the onion slices. Place the onion slices in a glass bowl and drizzle with honey, turning the slices to make sure they are well coated. Cover the bowl and let sit at room temperature for 3 to 4 hours. Drain the juice that collects and take by the spoonful to relieve sinus congestion.
Onions have been cultivated for more than 5,000 years. The ancient Egyptians revered the onion, evidence of which has been found in royal tombs, while the ancient Greeks and Romans attributed a number of health benefits to onions.
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