It’s clear that consuming garlic and onions has its benefits but their applications as home remedies cannot be ignored.
Onion Poultice – When chopping an onion the eyes can water and the nose will run; this is precisely why the onion is useful as a healing poultice. Onions can improve circulation and helps to break up congestion. The high sulfur content in onions causes thick mucus to move outward toward the skin. To create an onion poultice, chop the white or yellow onions finely. To really get the juice to come out place a cloth over the chopped onion and smash it under a cup, then puree it in a blender for 5 to 10 seconds. While this can be used at room temperature, it has also been suggested that the onion can be lightly sautéed with a little water or olive oil until warm.
Onion Broth – The same properties of onions that make them so useful as a poultice make it invaluable for stomach relief. An upset stomach may commonly be caused by an irritant in the stomach lining resulting in nausea and vomiting. Cut a white or yellow onion in quarters and boil half of it in a medium sauce pan. Once the onion has begun to fall apart, remove the pieces. What remains is your onion broth. If you are using this for younger children, you can add chicken bouillon to make it more palatable. Drinking a cup of this broth will typically draw the irritant out of the stomach lining. If this is a case of food poisoning or a very serious irritant, there may be additional vomiting, but it will be useful in removing the original irritant.
Garlic Ear Drops – Any parent holding a child that is screaming in pain and tugging at their ear has only one thing on their mind: relieve the pain. Thankfully, this can be done without a visit to the pediatrician or an over-the-counter chemical. Herbal eardrops can be purchased at most health food stores or you can make your own by blending equal parts of garlic and olive oil. To administer the ear drops, warm a spoon by running it under hot water, pour a few drops of oil onto the spoon to warm the oil, then put two to three drops in each ear while your child is lying on their side. Plug the ear loosely with a cotton ball and repeat two to three times a day for up to four days.
Garlic Juice – During summer months, it is not uncommon to deal with insect, tick and mosquito bites. Garlic juice may help reduce that problem. Garlic juice is 5 parts water to 1 part garlic. This can be sprayed on the legs and arms as a healthy, natural, chemical-free bug repellant. Strips of cloth soaked in garlic juice and placed strategically around your yard may also help.
If, despite your best efforts, you or your child are bitten by a bug, tick or mosquito, a slice of garlic clove rubbed on the affected area with the juicy side may help reduce swelling and avoid infection due to garlic’s antifungal, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. Be careful, however, since it may sting. Young children will find this extremely uncomfortable and particularly irritating.