Well, I’m no medical student, and any doctor I’ve ever spoken to says ‘colds are viral, rest and drink plenty of fluids’, and that seems to be the end of the story. However, this winter has been long and now my 3 year old is at preschool it feels like the household has been experiencing the trials of one bug followed by another. So is there anything I can do about it? Is there an answer on how to prevent a cold?
While pondering this I recalled an old wives tale which I have heard members of the ‘older generation’ pass on. Apparently, the key is to prevent the cold in the first place, and to achieve this you should hang an onion in your house. Presumably peeled. The idea being the onion attracts the virus leaving you breathing fresh clean air.
Now, I don’t know if this school of thought is traditional to Northern Ireland or not, but I do know that I have yet to meet anyone prepared to compromise the smell of their humble home to discover whether or not this theory works. In the dire grip of a winter cold of course you might be prepared to consider it. However, at that stage your nose is so stuffed up you can’t smell anything anyway. Regardless, it’s too late, the onion is a preventative measure.
If anyone else has tried this theory please let me know. Indeed, if anyone wants to give it a try I would be interested to know the results. Usually I am a fan of natural remedies, but I just can’t seem to get on board with this one.