Healing Power of Onions: Can Onions absorb Bacteria, Viruses and Flu?

The Almighty Onion…is she more powerful than we previously thought? This is an interesting topic that I discovered online several times in various forms, all relating to the theory that if you put an onion in the room of a person who is sick, the onion will ‘absorb’ the illness, and sometimes in just a few hours, the person is better. It seemed unbelievable, but I thought to myself, “Remember that one Jennifer, and if you ever need it, you have nothing to lose by giving the onion theory a try.”

All information in this article is for educational purposes only. 
It is not for the diagnosis, treatment, prescription or cure of any disease or health condition. 

Cut an onion in half to absorb bad smells & even ‘pull’ viruses/sickness from the air

A few points to note on Onion Healing:

This is not a new idea. Onions were used by certain individuals in Europe to successfully fight off the plague in the early 1900’s. Ayurvedic medicine has been using an onion poultice for the chest or feet to cure coughs, fevers and flus for centuries. They also use the onion poultice to reduce pain and inflammation in the joints. Homeopathic doctors also use the healing power of onions to heal from viruses and illness. I even know people in the North American Hutterite community, a pacifist community similar to the Amish whose traditions date back to the 16th century, who tell me it is common practice to place onions in their homes during winter flu season and to use cut onions in the room of an ill person to relieve their symptoms quickly and naturally.

It is said that white onions work better than red onions. Yellow onions would be an acceptable alternative, but white onions, with the latin name Allium Cepa, work best.

The onions need to be peeled if left around the home as a preventive measure against flu and viruses. Many people do this during flu season and find that no one gets sick, whereas in previous years with no onions, they had several members of the family fall ill. If placed around the home for prevention, the onions should be replaced every 3 months.

If someone falls ill with a cough, flu, cold or fever, immediately place a peeled white onion cut in half in a bowl in their room. The onion needs to be cut in half in order to expose the most amount of ‘healing power’ from its pungent odor.

Cut onions can also be used to eliminate mold smells in a closet, drawer or room.

It’s best not to leave a cut onion open in the fridge (to eat later) because as soon as an onion is cut, it will start to absorb bacteria, etc. So, if you cut an onion for a salad, either use the whole thing or put the other half in your garage or basement to absorb bad smells! Once the onion is in a salad in a sealed container, it is safe and can be eaten at a later time.

Perhaps the most interesting onion remedy is the Sock Onion. This is a ‘modern-day’ version of the Ayurvedic poultice, and involves cutting the white onion in half and placing one half on the bottom of each foot so that the cut onion is against the skin. Place a sock on top of the onion so it stays secure in place and leave the ‘Onion Sock’ on overnight. This is especially good for flus and fevers. One of my twitter followers recently shared her success with the Sock Onion:

The Mighty Healing Power of Onions!

Health Benefits of Onions

Onions are rich in sulfur-containing compounds that are responsible for their strong odor. Sulfur is a powerful detox element and helps the body to release toxins, especially for the liver. Foods naturally high in sulfur also help the body to detox from heavy metals like lead, arsenic and cadmium.

The onion is the richest dietary source of quercitin, a powerful antioxidant flavonoid that has been shown to thin the blood, lower cholesterol, ward off blood clots, and fight asthma, chronic bronchitis, hay fever, diabetes, atherosclerosis and infections and is even linked to inhibiting certain types of cancer.

Onions are also naturally anti-inflammatory, antibiotic and antiviral. That, of course, is when you eat them!

Onions to Heal: First to Remove Odors

Fast-forward to me being in Vilcabamba, Ecuador where I’m here renting a house for 2 months to do an extended water fast. In the first few days in the house, we noticed a very bad septic smell coming from both toilets which never got better, no matter how many times we flushed or cleaned the toilets. After we started the water fast and became more sensitive to smell, I thought to myself, What can we do which is completely natural and will still take this smell away? Then I remembered everything I read about the Almighty Onion!

That night, we sliced 2 white onions in half, placed 1 onion in each of 2 bowls and put one bowl in each bathroom overnight. The onion smell at first was very strong, but that is actually a great smell when you are water fasting (we dreamed of tomato gazpacho with onions!). The next morning, to our complete amazement, there was no more onion smell, and guess what? There was no more septic smell either!!!

Onions to Heal: Taking the Onion Sock Test

I became so excited with this discovery that I wanted to try to Onion Sock theory. Luckily, we still had 1 onion left in the house, so the very next night, we cut the onion into 4 lateral thick slices (each slice about 1/2″ thick). I use 2 slices on my my feet and gave the remaining 2 to my boyfriend who willing put them on his feet. (Yes, he is a willing participant in all of this stuff including the water fast because, one, he is very open to try new things and he trusts my skills and experience, and two, because he lost his mom to cancer 8 years ago and knows that clean diet, clean body and clean mind are the keys to good health).

Now, the interesting part of this story is that we were on Day 5 of a water fast when we tried the Onion Socks. Mainly, I wanted to see if the onion could be used as a tool to amplify the detox effects. Especially with the body being so clean, the fumes from the onion could theoretically be absorbed through the skin and pass through the body more quickly, and perhaps eliminate internal bad bacteria or even parasites.

With Onion Socks on, we waited anxiously to see what would happen. Note that both of us were feeling good all day and I felt great when we placed the onions on our feet. My boyfriend was feeling pretty tired and weak after his evening enema but had felt really good earlier in the day.

Praise for the Onion!

Praise for the Onion!

Results of the Onion Sock Experiment

After about 30 minutes with the Onion Socks on, I started to feel distinct quivers in my calves and a twitch on my left side at the rib cage. 20 minutes later, I started feeling heartburn! That was amazing. I have not had any acid reflux at all during this water fast (although is was an issue during my last water fast, all of which I explain in my ebook: Water Fasting Guide & 40-Day Journal). Shortly after that, I started to feel hot in the head. In another 10 minutes, my eyes started to tear as if I had just cut an onion, although a much milder sensation but clearly a distinct tearing.

5 minutes after that, my boyfriend told me he had the taste of onion in his mouth!

So clearly, something was happening, even if it was only onion fumes passing through our bodies and nothing else.

The next morning, we compared notes about how we felt. My boyfriend had a terrible night and barely slept and felt that the onion fumes had upset his intestinal worms (which we are sure he has and are hoping the water fast will eliminate). I felt tired and weak, the first day for me to feel that way, but I did feel better. I don’t think it was the placebo effect as I am very open to trying something and saying it doesn’t work.

And the real reason why I think it worked is because 90% of my hay fever and allergy symptoms disappeared overnight!! That is the best part of this story so far. Ever since we arrived to Vilcabama, I have been sneezing like crazy, scratching my nose all the time with excessive mucous coming out of my nose almost constantly. Well, they say that raw foodists don’t have allergies so I could not understand what was going on and I was hoping that the water fast would help. But, we went through Day 1-4 with absolutely no change and no relief, still sneezing up to 50 times a day easily. Well, after the Onion Socks, I did not have any mucous, and I went through the whole day with no itchy eyes and no itchy nose and I think I sneezed only 2 times the entire day!! Now, that is no placebo effect! Anyone who suffers from allergies can appreciate how wonderful the sense of relief is, and to find a natural ‘cure’ and experience allergy relief from 1/2 of an onion?! Wow!!

Today we went out and bought 10 more onions and we are going to continue with the Onion Socks intermittently during our water fast. I’ll update later with more results. Meanwhile, consider trying this yourself at home. I mean, what do you have to lose except for the cost of a few onions? In my opinion, it’s a safe and effective method with nothing to lose and a lot to possibly gain.

UPDATE: I did the Onion Sock again the next night, and that was it. One month later, eating again, and all sign of hayfever are still gone! I recommended this to a Natural Hygiene Raw Foodist in Vilcabamba who was also having hay fever allergies, and he had noticeable reduction of symptoms after 24 hours.

This article is not meant to diagnose any disease. For any serious medical concerns, always consult with your doctor.

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Jennifer Betesh has been working with raw food, juices, smoothies and detox for over two decades to help people heal. Today, she shares her expertise worldwide, offering lectures, workshops, training and one-on-one consultations at various health and detox retreat centers. She provides Iridology Readings & Health Coaching via Skype and Phone to clients and continues to educate, motivate and inspire others on their journey of healing. When she’s not working, you’ll find her hiking in the mountains, power-walking along the sea or globe-trotting to a new and exotic health destination.
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  1. Sonu
    Sonu says:

    I put onions cut near my bed and als near my 5 years led child, but friend told me at night onions give carbon dioxide and does cut onion fumes at night in hailing carbon dioxide. Is that true. Please tell me
    I was told onion cut in half peeled works only for 8 hours but I thought for 24 to 48 hours till it colour changes.

    • Jennifer Thompson
      Jennifer Thompson says:

      Dear Sonu,

      I’ve never heard of anyone having health problems relating to any gases given off by an onion and I never read or heard that this could be a health issue. Remember, there is CO2 in soda…that’s what makes it bubbly. No one seems to worry about CO2 fumes from soda and there are billions of people in the world drinking it every day (not that soda is healthy mind you but let’s consider any relative risk here!). From what I understand, an open cut onion placed in a room should be replaced or discarded every 24 hours. I hope that helps and thanks for your question!

      My best,

      To your health,


  2. Elizabeth
    Elizabeth says:

    Aug 02, 2016, I was expose to excessive sneezing (1400 hrs) and by the time I got home (1600 hrs) I was sneezing, runny nose and excess mucous being released in my upper respiratory system. I felt ill so I resort to resting for a while. Later that night I woke up and found the symptoms were worsening. I remembered reading about onions!!!! I felt to try this onion therapy on the soles of my feet. I warmed showered, 2 cross-sectioned slices of red onions, a pair of clean socks, got dressed and went to bed—next morning, I felt so good it was a miracle. No flu symptoms and I had an excellent day at work. Thank God for the Almighty Onion.

  3. Shankar
    Shankar says:

    Hi folks,
    Is there somebody who can help me out on this?
    Had tried this Onion sock experiment a day before but I seemed to be all well only during the sleep. The moment, my day started – I was back to square one. What needs to be done in this case? – Should I carry this onion all along? 🙂 Answers are extremely appreciated in this case…

  4. michelle perry
    michelle perry says:

    am wondering if a onion sock trick would work on my son’s chest cold at night to break up the mucus and help him breathe better. he is on puffers which don’t seem to be working at all right now because he is so congested in his chest? should i try the onion sock method and will it work?

  5. Amal
    Amal says:

    Does anyone know how often one should do this onion sock thing to maintain good health? Also, if I place a cut up onuon in a bowl and leave them around the house, how often should I throw them away and use new ones? Any advise would be very much appreciated. Thank you…-Amal

  6. megan
    megan says:

    I have heard the whole onion trick works…so here goes nothing. I ate some, I have some n my socks and some on my nightstand. My symptoms are a horrible sore throat, fever on and off and mucus stuck to my lungs like glue. I have a 14 month old who cosleeps and who i bf so IM trying my darndest to get better ASAP! Hope it works!!!! I feel awful 🙁

  7. Nate
    Nate says:

    I have been dealing with chronic sinus and ear infections for nearly 8 years , and I recently heard about various onion usage methods, and was just wondering if you had any suggestions, or even case results, with regards to using an onion and healing of a issue similar to mine? Also where would you want to place the onion on your body for desired results ? … I do believe in natural and holisitic medicines and the power of nature, and am very interested in giving this a shot, because no prescription medicines have been able to fix the problem yet .. thank you for your time .

    • Jennifer Thompson
      Jennifer Thompson says:

      Hi Nate,

      Sounds like you can afford to take a gamble and put an onion on your feet. With 8 years of sickness already, what do you really have to lose???

      Let go of the need for case studies and peer reviewed journals – that just creates resistance and keeps you in a state of fear. We are talking about an onion on your feet – nothing to be scared about….live on the wild side and give it a try!!

      Good luck! Healthy Blessings!


    • Barbara
      Barbara says:

      When my children had ear infections I squeezed out an onion pieces with a garlic press, put that juice on a piece of cotton wool and placed it in their ears.
      Did that 3 to 4 times a day. Doctor always confirmed that infection eas gone but did not believe onion did it, but thought it was the antibiotics he prescribed. But I never took them. Had just gotten them in case onion would not work. But it always did.

  8. Amina Nour
    Amina Nour says:

    My husband and I both have been battling a mild cold for three days now. Neither is terribly ill but my husband has a bad runny nose (which drives him insane) and both of us have bad coughs. We have been so worried about getting our 2year old sick but I have been doing all the natural tricks I’ve learned.

    We are currently:
    -Each person eats one raw diced piece of garlic every four hours
    -Each person goes on a high fruit diet with lots of Ginger-Lemon-Honey “tea”,
    -Each person must take a nap during the day for one hour and sleep one hour earlier than “normal”,
    (lastly, this is the onion bit in case you were wondering) – put one onion cut in quarters in the sleeping room. 1/4 by the head (Head board), 1/4 by the face (night stand), and 1/4 on each foot. Feels funny and smells “lovely” (@_@) but totally works and you sleep so much better. Plus after you get over the smell, it’s actually nice. Like the house in general smells better…..

    Over the four years of marriage l, my husband and I have only been sick twice (including this time) and we’ve only gotten sick when we have been lazy with these above healing tricks.

    So far my Little one hasn’t shown any symptoms and I think it’s the onions magic. We co-sleep, so he has been in the room with the onion AND two sick people but has not even gotten a little cough. Thank God.

    Hopefully this helps someone.

  9. Hari Emani
    Hari Emani says:

    Thanks Jennifer for this post. Also thanks for the comment by vero4112.

    I had been dealing with fibromylagia. After reading this I tried onions in the socks.

    I am really surprised at the results.

    I used organic red onion in the sock for 10 days every day. From fist day I started to enjoy one benefit – lot of freedom in breathing. I am not sure if I had any other benefits due to onion or due to other lifestyle changes. May be onions contributed a bit more to the overall progress.

    I also tried onion under my jaw (used monkey cap), the next morning I did not feel like brushing next day. I felt so fresh in the mouth.


    • Shankar
      Shankar says:

      Hi Hari,
      Are you sure about what you have commented here? As I wanted to give a try here as I have been suffering with the nose/chest congestion since childhood…

  10. Dione
    Dione says:

    Hi there.. I’ve had a horrible flu or cold for a week where I couldn’t sleep cause of the wheezing in my chest. I’ve been reading about the onion in the socks for a bit, and finally tried it last night with a few sliced by my bed. First night in a long time I slept like s baby! I didn’t even get up once. I don’t even care that I probably smell like a big onion.. Lol! My cold feels 95% better today so I’ll do it again tonight. Oh ya.. The virus I had also came with terrible lower back pain, I thought maybe I pulled my back out cause I could barely get out of bed in the mornings.. Today I got up totally pain free.

  11. Niamh
    Niamh says:

    I tried the cut onions in my docks one night and my feet were frozen from the the cold and damp of the onion I had to take them out after an hour! Maybe I’m doing it wrong? Any suggestions please.

    • Jennifer Thompson
      Jennifer Thompson says:

      Hi Niamh,
      Was the onion in the fridge before you used it? Most likely a cold onion is going to feel cold on the feet. I never refrigerate onions or garlic, always have them at room temperature, and I’ve never had a problem with cold (onion) feet. My suggestion would be to make sure the onion is room temperature and not refrigerated. All the best!
      My best,

      • Shankar
        Shankar says:

        Hi Jennifer,
        Appreciate your comments. Even if it gets better, how much socking an onion overnight, will help a person who resumes his work in an Air conditioned environment the next day?

  12. Diane
    Diane says:

    I placed onions in my 11 year old sons socks overnight to help break a fever. He woke the next morning with fever and a rash. Day 2….rash is worse and itchy but fever is gone. Is this a normal reaction?

    • Jennifer Thompson
      Jennifer Thompson says:

      Hi Diane,

      I’m sorry to hear about your little one. The good news is that the fever broke, so seems like maybe the onion worked! I’ve never heard of anyone getting a rash from doing the onion socks, but I HAVE heard of people having an allergy to onions. Does your son normally eat onions and has he ever had a rash before? You may want to be careful with adding onions to his food and watch for any future reactions to food. Onion is in the LILY botanical family. Foods in the lily family include: Asparagus, Chives, Garlic, Leek, Onion, Sarsaparilla. If you are sensitive to one you *may* be cross-reactive to other foods in the same family so it’s important to watch out for all of them.

      Wishing you all the best in health,


  13. michael
    michael says:

    I had a terrible cold/ sinus infection, and my mom recommended me to cut a onion in half, and sleep next to it, i cut 2 onions, and after one night i did feel the difference, i have yet to try the sock method!

  14. Cyndee Adkins
    Cyndee Adkins says:

    FUN FACT! So when I was younger, any time we would get stung by a bee, my mother would cut a white onion and tape it to the area we were stung. I was allergic to bees and would SWELL so much. She would put this on me and within a few hours the swelling would be down, and by the next day my pain would be gone. My whole body would smell of onions. I remember that part because if I scratched my arm or something, I would Smell of onions lol. It works wonders for bee stings though!!

  15. Jorj
    Jorj says:

    I’ve sick for nearly a week now and my cough and colds has been on for four days. I was prescribed with meds but I don’t feel any relief. Increased my fluid intake and nothing but healthy food and lotsa tea. I just put on my onion sock and about to hit the sack. Hoping for results in the morning. Thank you all for sharing!

  16. vero4112
    vero4112 says:

    I didn;t try the onion on my feet but

    years ago I had a bad ear pain, it was so bad that I wanted to climb up the wall

    called my mom and was told to put onions around my neck, I thought how could that help, but IT HELPED, pain was gone and I could sleep peaceful thru the night,

    Same worked when I had excruciating tooth ache !!!

    and I had it a lot of times

    sometimes I hold the onion on the hurting cheek

    When I grew up my mom put a small linen sack around my neck with chopped onions. I wore it between undershirt and shirt./sweater.

    Everybody was sick in fall/winter but NOT ME !!!

    I grew up in Germany with a lot of snow, I NEVER wore a hat, scarf or gloves, I never buttoned my jacket or coat = I NEVER WAS SICK !!!

    well I might have smelled a bit strong but onion smell is better than garlic for me.

    and I NEVER was sick

    one important rule / how to use the onions

    I use a man’s handkerchief and chop onions in it,

    bind it around my neck

    then bind a kitchen towel on top of it

    leave it over night if possible

    when I take it off I dry with a towel and put a bathtowel around my neck

    slowly loosen the towel over a oeriod of 1-2 hours

    avoiding draft

    I was told, that the onions open the pores and clean your body,

    after the pores are open you have to avoid draft

    or you might get more sick.

    I have NO scientific proof, but it worked every time better than vicodin, tylenol etc.

    lately it is not working so good anymore,

    I think it is the quality of the onion

    now that everything is GMO even you try to go natural

    the wind / rain still contaminates the crop

    but it still works – only not so great !!!

  17. Jen
    Jen says:

    I have been placing cut onions in a bowl in my children’s rooms for years. They rarely get sick. If they become unbalanced, they recover quickly.
    Thank you for offering this sock experiment. I have had CHRONIC allergies since I was 16. I am 50 now. I am not having an acute reaction right now, but thought it might help my chronic issue.
    In my case, the socks create heat. I feel a strong Apana, downward pulling sensation. I fall asleep almost immediately. I do not wake up between 3-5 am with chronic congestion and itching as usual. What a relief! When I take the socks off my congestion and sneezing returns. So I will continue to purge. I am also attempting to adhere to an anti-hisatmine diet, especially dairy, alcohol, gluten and left over meats.
    Onions, garlic and ginger are the Trinity roots: very powerful healing benefits. But if you meditate, the Apana energy may affect your experience. Jennifer, you eat raw food, I suspect if you eat foods that grow above the earth, your meditation may elevate or lighten up. I plan to experiment with this during the summer when fresh fruits and veg are in season. Thanks for your inspiration.

  18. amelita yap
    amelita yap says:

    Hi i need an advice if this onion sock can help my son….i notice that his cough comes back again and again…he sure took medicine and antibiotic but still it goes back…i’m worried about this….i also let him took ascobic acid to have additional strength for his immune system…by the way his 15 year old…i have read positive comments about the onion sock thing please help me on how and what to do with it to help my son on his condition..i will appreciate your reply on my email…thanks in advice godbless

  19. jen mercado
    jen mercado says:

    The chemicals within the onions travels in your bloodstream, its the reason why you can taste it after 30mins.

  20. Loretta
    Loretta says:

    I have a male cat and he was urinating in our bathroom. I pulled up the tile floor, there is hard wood underneath soaked in urin. I tried bleach water and a scrub brush to get out the smell, I let Iit dry, but the smell was so strong I remembered reading about how onions soak up bad orders, so I had a left over piece from dinner and stuck it on the floor in the bathroom. The next morning the smell was gone, I couldn’t believe it!!!

  21. Roberto
    Roberto says:

    I have the flu ..and I was wondering wat if I used an onion that was already cut and left in the freezer. ..

  22. Amber
    Amber says:

    Are they harmful to my indoor kitty?Ive had horrible congestion sneeze cough from THE AC.Im on my way to buy one now.My mom told me about this year’s ago but never tried.Socks are too much but def gonna slice one.My only concern will it make my indoor kitty sick?

  23. Veronica
    Veronica says:

    I will try the onion in the sock tonight but I was wondering is it okay for a one year old in the room she has a bad cough at night I believe mold is behind the paneling of the walls and her father has bad allergies and her mother is pregnant is a onion in a bowl by the bed ok

  24. Lisa
    Lisa says:

    I have been doing the onion sock treatment for two days now. I must admit that strange things are happening to my body. Heat seems to be emanating through out my abdomen. I feel so much better in the mornings. My arches are not so painful and can carry me for most of the day. I shall persevere and hopefully it doesn’t continue to scare me as much because my legs are getting tingling sensations. How long do I need to do this before I start at once a week?

  25. mistic
    mistic says:

    Onion work! Since my baby was born we use it. My son like to take onion next to his bed when he feels symptoms of cold. And he say to me mam do we hawe an onion? Can you make me onion tea?. Yes, tea is grat medicine. It smell bad but the taste is not so bad. But now I use the sock onion and found that It helps with spiritual cleaning. First and second night I had bad dreams and pain in all of my muscles. But I felt great. So I Will continue for fife more days just to make shure that bad energies are weakened so I can do it once a week. Thank you so much!

  26. Jennifer Thompson
    Jennifer Thompson says:

    Maybe “modern science” is starting to catch up? Thousand-year-old Anglo-Saxon potion (made from onions and garlic) kills MRSA superbug: http://www.cnn.com/2015/03/31/health/anglo-saxon-potion-mrsa/index.html

    “The scientists weren’t holding out much hope that it would work — but they were astonished by the lab results.

    “What we found was very interesting — we found that Bald’s eyesalve is incredibly potent as an anti-Staphylococcal antibiotic in this context,” Harrison said.

    “We were going from a mature, established population of a few billion cells, all stuck together in this highly protected biofilm coat, to really just a few thousand cells left alive. This is a massive, massive killing ability.”

    The team says it now has good, replicated data showing that the medicine kills up to 90% of MRSA bacteria in “in vivo” wound biopsies from mice.”

  27. Sofie
    Sofie says:

    I’m allergic to capsicum and half way thru eating street vendor halal food I noticed a burning feeling thru out my body especially my feet. My food had pieces of green chillies with seeds intact I immediately threw out my food but suffered the consequences the rest of the day into the next day until I could not bare it any longer. My sister Good had mentioned the power of the onion a while ago and my sis Ahp always has remedies and recommended flat 7-up so I decided to google it. Last night I went to target and got a large white onion sliced it and onion socked it and immediately felt a cooling sensation and fell asleep around 11 and woke up at 3:30 am feeling great the burning and tingling are virtually gone I feel fab – “thus behold the power of the mighty Onion”. Thank you GOD, my Arc Angels,
    Mom & Dad (May God bless you’re souls I miss you both RIP” and my sister Good for the recommendation and sis Ahp for always having helpful advice! I love you all and hope this write up helps others as it has helped me.

  28. floiya
    floiya says:

    Obviously the onion will absorb or trap some viruses but i think the main emphasis of the onions is that it releases sulphur in the air which burns the viruses… just imagine if it can cause you to shred tears in your eyes, how much a small virus. it will really destroy a viruses in minutes. the air will feel clear and you will wonder why didnt you know this years ago. I have been using cut onions around the house every now and then just to maintain health… it really works.

  29. Juliana
    Juliana says:

    I started taking the idea of using onions only this year, after I heard or read how effective it was for the cold or body pain. Right now I hv cut white onion tied to the side of my face. My face got swollen from an infection. Plus I’m taking my doctor’s prescribed antibiotics. Good read. Thanks 🙂

  30. Ashley
    Ashley says:

    I’m a teacher who is constantly around sick children, and one of my co-workers gave me an onion to keep on my desk in my classroom. Additionally, I eat onion and garlic several times per week. I’m currently sick with cold/flu-like symptoms for the third time this winter (all since getting the onion).

  31. Grace Saiz
    Grace Saiz says:

    Had a friend that emailed me the story of a flu epedemic in the 1800 that killed many people, so an scientist or professor went around to study this and found a farmer that had a peeled onion in all the rooms in his home. No one in that home got sick. The scientist asked if he could take the onion with him. He studied it and found the flu virus in it. After I read this I have used the onion in my home for 7 yrs. And me and my family have not had the flu…

  32. CocoaBean
    CocoaBean says:

    Do you have any research backing up the fact that onions absorb bacteria? It should be pretty easy to prove or disprove, since all you’d have to do is do a count on bacteria/virus after the onion has been sitting. I have yet to see any scientific information on this. Also, I find it really hard to believe that bacteria or virus, which “live” on things (like living organisms) are magically drawn to an onion. How would they move?

  33. Martin
    Martin says:

    Just tried this last night. I don’t feel any different!

    Am I doing it wrong or is it a hoax? I keep reading online people saying it doesn’t work but everyone on this blog is convincing me it does.

    I used a yellow onion and put it on my feet and also cut another in half and put it in a bowl next to my bed. My terrible sinus infection is still here in the morning.

  34. araba
    araba says:

    I am using onion now on my heels which got tender and painful after wearing heels….I can barely walk on the right foot….tied the onion up wit a kerchief and started having twings and burning sensations intermittently….hope the swelling and pain goes away

  35. Joan
    Joan says:

    My symptoms are allergies, cold, and ver bad night time cough. I will be trying the onion socks tonight and will report back tomorrow.

  36. Rosana
    Rosana says:

    Odd question. Did anyone that tried the onion socks have any unpleasant side effects like uncontrollable rancid smelling gas and or diarrhea? I don’t know if this is my body purging toxins or something else. I did the onion socks two days in a row and it did help with my allergies / sinuses but now I have this horrible gas and very loose bowels light in color that looks almost like oil or mucus. I’m not sure if it’s an unwanted side effect of wearing the onion socks or maybe something else.

  37. Carradee
    Carradee says:

    I’ve heard about the sock onion for a while, and even the “cut onion in half” thing. Well, I started trying the “cut onion in half” and found it helped. When I cut up an onion, I started taking the root and top and the outer peel and sticking them in a dish near me. When sick, I noticed faster improvement when I had an onion near me.

    Then I had an ear infection, and I put the onion *on* my ear, and noticed even faster relief.

    Then one day, I felt as if I had strep (which I’ve had multiple times—short version: adrenal stress sucks). I knew pau d’arco would help, but I didn’t have the wherewithal to boil it and all at the time. If I’d tried, I would’ve gotten splinters. So I thought, “I have an onion. I’ll try the onion sock thing, and if it doesn’t work, I’ll call the doctor.” (Note that my regular doctor has recently retired, and I have a list of odd allergies to popular medical items that make diagnosis difficult.)

    Within 20 minutes, I started feeling better. “No way that’s placebo,” I thought. I started doing it more, and I noticed that it improved my allergies—and the effect lasted for days. It also seems to be helping some other health issues. I now aim to wear onions in my socks for at least one day per week. (I work from home, so I can do that sort of thing.)

    Rather than cut the onion in half, though, I peel off fleshy layers and stick them under my arch. It works. 🙂

      • Fareena James
        Fareena James says:


        I really need some urgent advise on this Onion socks, My very good friend is suffering from extremely bad cough since last 5 month,s he is diabetic ( type 1). He has visited his GP and have been give antibiotic and syrup but nothing seems to be working,I really need advice do U think this onion thing will be helpful.Thanks in advance reply on my e-mail will be preferable.

        • samuel
          samuel says:

          wow,.. sound good,. am going to try it tonight,. bco i need to clean my system,.. can this also work for diabetics?

  38. Lisa
    Lisa says:

    Tess Hernandez,

    Please don’t try the onions on your new baby. Its skin is not ready for the strength of the onion, nor is its body able to handle it and may be very allergic not to mention would make it very sick.

    • Anna
      Anna says:

      I know that this was an old post but hopefully this will help someone in the same position. My baby was 3 months old when she had her first sniffles. My first daughter and I had a cold and coughs for about 3 days. I breastfed my baby, she didn’t get it bad like we did, just uncomfortable with runny and blocked nose. I put few slices of onion in her socks that day and night. I expected her to have a hard time breathing , but she slept through the night as usual (she was already doing it at that time).

      You can put few pieces of thinly sliced onion in a baby’s socks. It’s not harmful at all.
      Also slice some onion and put on a plate in the room.

  39. diane barrios
    diane barrios says:

    I am about to try this onion sock. I am not feeling well due to flu that just set in this morning. My two kids just got well from fever and colds/cough. I believe it is viral. I will give you update later. I will be using red onions because I cannot go to the supermarket to get the white onions. I believed God made these onions so special.

  40. Martha
    Martha says:

    Aug 16,2014 11:15pm well I’m trying the onion sock detox because I have joint pain through out my body all night so I was willing to try this . I will tell everyone how it works out.


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