Why, Despite Your Understandable Skepticism, You Should Sleep With An Onion In Your Sock

Only if you’re feeling sick, that is.

It’s that time of year: Temperatures are finally getting colder, people are more miserable than ever (when’s the next big holiday?), and illnesses are soon to rise. It’s almost unavoidable in the wintertime. If you’re looking for a quick cure for all that ails you, there is a peculiar yet effective method of dealing with your symptoms.

All you need to do is put an onion in your sock before you go to sleep. Yes, you read that correctly. It sounds weird, but it’s an effective way of combating flu and cold symptoms.

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Obviously, you need to be wearing the sock at the time.

Why does this work? Supposedly, this…

Onions are known as air purifiers, and when applied to the skin, they kill bacteria and help purify your blood.

Apparently, onions are rich in sulfur compounds, and as such they help the body release toxins. They’re anti-inflammatory, antibiotic and antiviral, so naturally they’re a good cold remedy.

This method apparently has been often used in Eastern medicine and, until forgotten, was commonly used in Europe as well.

Your socks might well stink more than they normally do, but people who have used this method swear by it. Go figure.

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