Fighting Pertussis, Whooping Cough

For the past four weeks my twins have been coughing and keeping me awake. I finally returned to one of my favorite old time remedies. One onion sliced into four pieces.

The two middle halves go onto my feet which I then cover with white socks. The other two outer halves will be placed on a plate and placed into the boys room. I am sleeping right now in between my boys, so my husband gets his well deserved good nights sleep.

The kids bedroom is a gigantic mattress so actually four people can sleep there. If you don’t share the same bedroom with your kids, place the onion in your kids socks. If they won’t let you, just cut the onion into halves and place them in their room. One drop of high quality oregano oil and we are now sleeping through till 7 am.

This is not a new idea. Onions were used 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.

I was given this remedy in 2010 by my English friend Kelly. I was on bed rest for six weeks in the middle of a hot Tokyo summer fighting pneumonia.

At first the onion may be a little turn off due its rather strong smell compared to beautiful essential oils. Oil of oregano is rather heavy but both together seem to do the trick. I leave the bedroom window closed but keep the bedroom door slightly open.


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