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The Healing Power of Onions

Hah, nice topic, huh?  I’m still battling this cough I’ve had for more than a month. I’ve tried everything except going to a doctor.  Why?  Well, it’s because I had crappy insurance with my  employer when I was still working – for sick visits, I’d have to pay for the total cost of the visit itself.  That means just the examination is going to be at least $200 or so plus whatever tests they decided to add on, knowing my crappy insurance.  So I was looking to pay maybe around $500 out of pocket just to go see a doctor who was going to say “Oh, no antibiotic will help you. You just need to rest, drink a lot of fluids and you’ll get better.”  Well, easier said than done.  So I sucked it up and didn’t go to the doctor. Ha ha.  I think I may have had bronchitis.  Or still have but I’m definitely at the end of it.  I was taking OTC medicines like Robitussin (doesn’t do diddly), Delsym (didn’t work as well as I would have liked), Dayquil (worked the first day and not so much afterwards), Nyquil (doesn’t work as well as I would have liked but at least it knocked me out), all varieties of Mucinex (just turned my cough from a dry cough to a phlegmy one).  I even tried some home remedies for cough using lemon, honey, cayenne, etc.  Didn’t work.  Just the sight of another cough drop would make me gag on the spot so no thank you.

I started out with an extremely dry and itchy cough.  Nothing would quell it.  It was so bad that the bus driver on my commute actually stopped the bus and handed me a bottle of water to stop my coughing fits.  Total embarrassment!  After two weeks of the dry cough, I took Mucinex and it turned into a phlegmy and mucus-y cough and I was spitting up boogers all the time.  I still am!  Then I caught whatever daycare colds my son would get which would include symptoms like runny nose and that transformed into a post-nasal drip that made my coughing even worse!  Ugh!  This is endless.  It’s always like this. I always get sick starting in November and I don’t get well till it starts to get warm again. Gahhh.

My mom is big on reading articles in the newspapers.  She read somewhere that if you steam an onion and drink the juices from it, it would help the cough.  I didn’t believe her but I humored her when she would chop the onion, put it into a bowl and place it inside an old-school rice cooker where you put water on the outside of the bowl.  2 cups of water on the outside, if anyone is interested.  The onion would produce a small amount of juice.  Basically after it steamed, she put the chopped onion in a sieve and squished the juice out of the onion and handed it over to me.   It’s probably about like 2 oz of  liquid, not much. I was dubious at first, drank it and it tasted like sweet onions. It wasn’t so bad.

But I still didn’t think it worked.  I stopped seeing her every day because I quit my job to stay at home so there was no one to chop the onion for me anymore but she did leave the rice cooker at my place so I could do it myself.  But I was lazy and didn’t do it.

I noticed on the days that I didn’t drink the onion juice, my cough would be so much worse.  So I started doing the onion thing every day. Sometimes I get lazy and don’t do it and then I regret it afterwards.

So I chop an onion, like a medium sized one, every day.  Today I used 4 really puny onions.  I chopped it up and put it in a bowl and steamed it with 2 cups on the outside of the onion bowl in an old school rice cooker.  After it gets steamed, it looks like this:



I then take a spoon and squish the hell out of the onions to get that precious juice that seems to work on my chronic cough:



The onions look like this post-squishing:



You can discard the onions after using this or just eat them.  I ate them the first time (I threw them in an omelet) and was pretty onion-ed out by the end.  So these days I set the cooked onion for my mom and she dumps it into a soup or something and eats them.

I know this sounds like an old wives’ tale but this is the only thing that works for me.  I find that I cough a lot less after drinking this. I don’t cough as violently.  On the days I don’t make this onion tonic, my cough is much more violent and more often.  I’m convinced this is working for me.  Try it! You will see!


Lovely, another storm is hitting us as I type this but this time it’s snow. I really hope I don’t lose power this time.  I don’t know what I’m going to do if we lose power and have no way of getting out from underneath all that snow and with two little munchkins!  We were supposed to celebrate Lunar New Year this weekend and celebrate my father’s birthday this weekend with hot pot but that’s not happening anymore because of the storm.  I just hope it won’t be as bad as they say it will be! 😦








[I am a BzzAgent and I was sent free products to give my review.  I was not compensated in any way for my honesty]

I was lucky enough to be invited to the Burt’s Bees Campaign for their new product – Intense Hydration for the face.  I have always heard of Burt’s Bees and have heard of all the raves it’s gotten from their line of products but for some reason, I never got around to trying them out.  This was a perfect opportunity for me!  I am a Burt’s Bee virgin and thanks to BzzAgent for letting me try out their products!

I love the fact that all of the products are 100% natural and their packaging is also very good to the environment.  None of that icky stuff with ridiculously complicated names on your skin.  They also have a huge line of products for everything, including babies!  Good to know!  I perused the website and now I want one of everything on the site.  🙂

This is the model they work by:

Good for you — Natural products that nourish your skin, body and well-being

Good for us — Company practices that create a thriving, sustainable business

Good for all — Being pioneers of sensible practices that benefit the world and being good neighbors too

This is like 3 pluses in a row!


Ok, back to the Intense Hydration line.  This is great for dry skin.  The main ingredient used in this line is Clary Sage.  Apparently after some research, they discovered that this plant was able to retain moisture especially since it thrived in dry climate in the Mediterranean.  The Intense Hydration is a facial line and there are 5 products in the line:

The Burt’s Bees® Intense Hydration Face Care line:

  • Clinically proven to intensely hydrate dry skin
  • Helps reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles
  • Is dermatologist-tested and noncomedogenic
  • Is 99% natural
  • Enhanced with probiotic technology
  • Can be found in mass retailers (like Target or Wal-Mart), drug stores, grocery stores and natural health food stores nationwide

Intense Hydration Cream Cleanser

  • Provides intense hydration and helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles*
  • Leaves skin feeling soft, supple and revitalized
  • Removes dirt, oil and makeup
  • Rinses easily without leaving a residue
  • Costs $9.99

Intense Hydration Day Lotion

  • Provides intense hydration for a revitalized appearance
  • Leaves your dry skin feeling soft and supple
  • Absorbs quickly thanks to a non-greasy formula
  • Costs $17.99

Intense Hydration Eye Cream

  • Helps increase skin’s ability to retain moisture and reduce fine lines and wrinkles for a revitalized look*
  • Leaves the delicate skin around your eyes feeling soft and supple
  • Absorbs quickly thanks to a non-greasy formula
  • Costs $17.99

Intense Hydration Night Cream

  • Replenishes moisture while you sleep — wake to skin that feels soft, supple and revitalized
  • Provides intense hydration and helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
  • Absorbs quickly thanks to a rich, non-greasy formula
  • Costs $17.99

Intense Hydration Treatment Mask

  • Clinically proven to provide immediate, intense hydration**
  • Leaves skin looking revitalized
  • Easy to apply — goes on wet and stays wet; wipe off with a tissue or washcloth
  • Costs $17.99

*When used with the complete Burt’s Bees Intense Hydration Face Care regimen.
**In clinical studies, 100% of women tested showed an increase in skin hydration after one hour.

Here’s the BzzKit un-veiling:

What I saw when I opened my BzzKit

I was ecstatic to find full sized products in my box!
My BzzKit contained the Cream Cleanser, Night Cream and Treatment Mask,
along with an information booklet and a bunch of samples and coupons I can share with my friends!

These cute little samples are of the Day Lotion and Night Cream.
I shared these with my friends and family!

I jumped on this campaign because winter is here.  My skin tends to get dry in the winter (I’m sure for most of you, too!) from the harsh winds and the dryness from the heat in the house and other places.  Just so you know, my skin wasn’t super dry at the start of this campaign.  As days went by, some days I felt my skin was starting to feel tight and just a little dryer than normal.  I’ve been using the Cream Cleanser almost every day for the past couple of weeks and I feel that my skin has gotten much softer since the start of this campaign.  I haven’t been using the Night Cream or Hydration Mask daily (it’s recommended to use this 1-2x a week) but I’ve used them sporadically.  I think it’s because the Cream Cleanser is doing such a great job at hydrating my skin!

The scent of the products may be a little too strong at first.  I wasn’t sure if I liked the smell in the beginning but I’ve grown to love it.  It’s very different from other smells and it takes time to get used to but I think it smells great!

In conclusion, I would highly recommend the Intense Hydration line of Burt’s Bees products to anyone who has experienced dry skin.  This will surely make your face nice and soft. It surely has to mine!  If you don’t suffer from dry skin, do make sure you check out their whole line of products. I’m sure you can find something that would be a correct fit for you.  So uhh…don’t be surprised if you find Burt’s Bees products in your Xmas gifts from me this year! 🙂


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