This winter as always, I was determined not to succumb to the bot. Sadly it sneaked in the back door when I wasn’t looking. I dosed myself up with all my usual remedies, Vit C, echinacea, cayenne pepper, lemon and honey drinks, kumarahou and kawakawa tonics, and consequently I wasn’t actually ever sick enough to warrant any time in bed or any days off work. What got me in the end was “The Cough” It came on every evening at 8pm and continued until 2am. It didn’t matter whether I was in bed or out of bed, inside or outside, in the bath or by the fire. It was a horribly persistent and at times quite violent cough, which after 10 days was still going strong. By now I was really exhausted. A friend suggested using an onion in my room at night. I did and was quite blown away by the result. She has been doing this for her family for years and it has always worked for night coughs apart from when her boy had whooping cough.
So what you do is you chop an onion into chunks (don’t worry about the skin) and put it inside a muslin bag or you can use a tea towel and a rubber band.
Place the bagged onion by your pillow so that it is quite near your face.
I hung it over my headboard. The first night I did this I started coughing at my usual time of 8pm. I took myself off to bed at around 10pm ( still coughing ) accompanied by an onion. I closed my bedroom door and got into bed ( still coughing ) After a few more coughs I quickly fell asleep and as they say the rest is history. I needed to have an onion in my bedroom for three more nights and you need to use a fresh onion each time. I really wouldn’t have believed this if I hadn’t experienced it myself. The cough was so persistent and so violent and a single onion stopped it dead in it’s tracks. No sugar needed to help this medicine down.