Why Put Onions in Your Socks Before Sleeping

Why Put Onions in Your Socks Before Sleeping

When your access to medical services is limited–whether because of a temporary natural disaster or a more permanent grid-down situation—relying on tried-and-true ancient methods of healing could save your own, or a loved one’s, life.

Thousands of years ago, an alternative form of medicine began in China that focused on a more holistic and whole-body approach to healing. Those practices, now known as Traditional Chinese Medicine or TCM, have evolved over the years and helped millions of people suffering from a wide array of diseases. In a disaster scenario, the methods used by the ancient Chinese can be employed easily, since the majority of the healing ingredients come from nature and, therefore, can be grown yourself – no pharmacy required!

How your feet affect your health

Traditional Chinese medicine advocates claim that certain nutrients can be absorbed through the skin to heal a myriad of diseases and ailments: everything from insomnia to clogged arteries can be cured with a simple poultice or soak in the right combination of natural herbs. This theory is based on the belief that every part of the body is connected, similar to a giant spiderweb, by a meridian (channel) system that can absorb and redistribute the medicine where it is needed. Acupoints—the areas focused on during acupressure—are prime absorption sites, as this is where the qi (vital energy) of the body’s organs and the meridians meet.

While traditional Chinese medicine teaches that health benefits can be achieved by absorbing nutrients through any area of the skin, some areas—the feet, forehead, and palms, especially—are better than others.

Feet have long been seen, both by traditional Chinese medicine practitioners and others, to be a powerful healing site for the entire body. The feet are made up of various acupoints and nerve endings that are connected to vital organs in your body. By absorbing nutrients and minerals through the feet, the “good stuff” your body needs is drawn in through the skin and travels on the meridians to your vital organs, instead of being wasted in other areas of the body.

Supercharge your health by adding onions to your slumber

Onions have been grown and used for food and medicine for nearly 5,000 years. This widely used vegetable is part of the Allium-bulb family and is one of the easiest to grow—and hardest to kill—of any vegetable in your prepper garden.

You may already know that onions are a low-calorie food that is high in Vitamin C and fiber. But other health benefits of the onion aren’t as widely known. In traditional Chinese medicine, onions are thought to provide energy, induce perspiration and urination for detoxification of the body, and to fight off illnesses caused by germs and viruses. The strong antibacterial and anti-viral properties in onions can help ward off conditions ranging from foot odor to the common flu.

By placing sliced onions in your socks, you can purify your blood, draw out toxins, and eradicate disease when the nutrients and phosphoric acid in the onions is absorbed by your feet – the millions of nerve endings in your feet work with the meridians to absorb and redistribute the onion’s natural properties throughout the entire body.

Tips to maximize the healing power of placing onions in your socks

  • Use an organic onion (you don’t want pesticides being absorbed by your skin)
  • Make sure the onion slices are on the bottom of your feet, not the top, to maximize absorption
  • Cotton socks are best and help to minimize the smell
  • If the smell of the onion bothers you (or your spouse), sprinkle a few drops of complementary scented essential oils to the outside of your socks or on a cotton pillowcase

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  • Charles w Boston Posted April 24, 2020 1:47 PM

    Very good & interesting

    • The Lost Herbs Posted April 27, 2020 6:27 AM

      Hi Charles,

      Thank you so much for your kind words.

      God bless!

    • Joan Steffen Posted January 4, 2021 3:57 PM

      Thank you Nicole and God’s blessings for what you have done and continue to do for making healing more simple and teaching us to use what God has provided to accomplish this and so much more.

    • Danielle Gowan Posted January 20, 2021 5:01 AM

      I am so looking forward the plantain my garden this year with the use of your book all the knowledge you have shared with us, this definitely will be a productive Garden

    • Vanessa Posted December 6, 2022 3:11 PM

      Do you just do 1 night with onions in my sox or is it a longer process.? If so, how long should I use this method for. I’m struggling with, sinus, etc.

  • Wendy Swanson Posted April 24, 2020 2:45 PM

    I have recently been studying Relexology, acupressure and aromatherapy. I love the info. You shared about the sliced onion in the sock, it makes sense to me, thank you Nicole! I love your emails! Blessings to your day!

    • The Lost Herbs Posted April 27, 2020 6:28 AM

      Hi Wendy,

      Thank you so much for your wonderful words. We are really glad you like the article.

      God bless!

    • J. Menhati Singleton Posted May 20, 2020 1:17 PM

      Hi, I enjoy reading information from The Lost Herbs. I only open my email from you when I have time to read the entire article.

      I have also started teaching a group zoom reflexology, I find it challenging because I’m not able to touch or demo on their feet. I am a massage therapist the absence of touch is a bit challenging. I will introduce the healing properties of the onion next week. Many Blessings to ALL

  • Pamela A Sutton Posted April 24, 2020 5:14 PM

    Thanks, Nicole. I’m looking forward to my materials coming and attempting the DIY skills and techniques needed for wellness in any/all seasons of plenty as well as need.

    • The Lost Herbs Posted April 27, 2020 6:30 AM

      Hi Pamela,

      Thank you so much for your interest. Good luck on your journey.

      God bless!

  • tim watson Posted April 24, 2020 5:43 PM

    so how many days do you do this before you see results

    • clara-Bo Posted January 10, 2022 4:53 PM

      I too would. like to know number of nights with oinions in socks to recieve benefits for ridding diseases

  • Rita Posted April 24, 2020 6:55 PM

    Will this help with underarm odor? if not do you have any suggestions for controlling underarm odor? She actually smells like strong onions but eats very little onion -raw or cooked.

    • Melody Posted July 23, 2020 4:09 AM

      I learned in Mexico that a slice of lime works wonders for underarm odor.

      • Katie Posted February 2, 2022 3:35 AM

        Can you pls say more? Do you sleep with the slice under your arm overnight, rub the underarm area with the lime slice and then dispose of the slice, or what?

  • Leon Pantenburg Posted April 25, 2020 10:22 AM

    Love your posts!

    • The Lost Herbs Posted April 25, 2020 4:00 PM

      Hi Leon

      Thank you for your feedback. I’m glad you love our posts

      God bless!

  • Mark Posted April 27, 2020 1:24 AM

    Gives me a good reason for obtaining some new Jin-cotton- in-Jin grandmas pick of socks . I’d tried the acupuncture once And just about? Hit every color on that foot Chart? “Worn” out “ Apache Moccasins & the dreaded running trail “Patchwork had no label? goat-heads” @ Nowhere was wondering spotlight had stopped on fire.. Thanks Nicole
    My continuous Lessons of dancing! “Naturally” each foot!

  • Mark Posted April 27, 2020 1:24 AM

    Gives me a good reason for obtaining some new Jin-cotton- in-Jin grandmas pick of socks . I’d tried the acupuncture once And just about? Hit every color on that foot Chart? “Worn” out “ Apache Moccasins & the dreaded running trail “Patchwork had no label? goat-heads” @ Nowhere was wondering spotlight had stopped on fire.. Thanks Nicole
    My continuous Lessons of dancing! “Naturally” each foot!

    • The Lost Herbs Posted April 28, 2020 6:10 AM

      Hi Mark
      Thank you for sharing this with us.
      God bless

  • Marissa Varley Posted April 27, 2020 9:57 AM

    Hi Nicole, love the book btw, In your intro you mention herbs ability to relieve clogged arteries, as my Book is online, can you tell me if there is an area/topis that discusses this as I have a husband with this problem in his legs and would dearly love to help him if at all possible. he had Diabetis but that with the help of herbs and the wonderful use of both Bitter Gourds and Gynura Procumbens has now shown non diabetic bloods for the last 3 tests. I need to now move on to helping if I can with the damaged caused with neuropathy in his feet/leg.
    Thank you for what you do. It really is an amazing feeling to have someone lyou at my side

    Kindest thoughts and hugs

  • Clyde Slate Posted April 27, 2020 3:37 PM

    Nicole what are your recommendations on my sciatic nerve right side, it kills me

    • Tracey Reagan Posted October 20, 2020 1:34 PM

      Hi friend. The power of life and death are in the words we speak. Nicole will respond in due time but I wanted to share with you that if you want to live a more fuller, healthier life then you must not use the phrase “ kill”. This word invites premature death into your life. I wish you the best and I pray that you are made new mind, body, and soul. I pray whatever is causing you stress and/or pain is diminished right now in the name of Jesus. Be well my friend.

  • Julian Ray Posted April 28, 2020 1:37 PM

    Hi Nicole
    So glad for you sharing such life sustaining info. Do you know any organic info that addresses a man’s prostate inflammation issues? Thanks

  • Sandra Posted May 8, 2020 5:13 PM

    Hello..I like the idea of the onions but, I was wondering if you could make some kind of police from these onions to maybe paste on bottom of your feet and covering with socks..Does anyone know if this may work as well or how to do it?? Ty in advance for any replies

  • Vanessa Nocella Posted May 19, 2020 1:20 AM

    My daughters mother-in-law who is from the Dominican Republic made a remedy for my daughter who was really sick and it had onions and I do not know what else but she put this in my daughters socks on the bottom of her feet while she slept and she woke up the next morning all better she swears by this that it drew the sickness out of her.
    There is a lot of medical knowledge out in the world.
    God sent down the cure before he sent down the disease.

  • GREG MORALES JR Posted May 19, 2020 5:31 AM

    Nicole: Agent Orange & Toxic Water Poisonings torturous Military tenure now dying slowly but surely. Diabetic feet pain, swollen legs, cramps swelling pain, bilateral knees HTO, bilateral shoulders metal, U/L back herniated disc in lower, neck herniated disc, migraines many concussions TBI, Fibromyalgia pain, CNS symptoms ; Vietnam vet agent orange and LEAD, MERCURY, PCE, TCE, BENZENE, VOC. ONLY HERB I LOOK FORWARD TO IS MEDICAL MARIJUANA ON OUR MISSISSIPPI BALLOT 2020. PRAY FOR ME?

    • Nancy Posted December 30, 2020 1:51 AM

      I recommend adding Anthony William to your healing journey. 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻

    • Mary Ann Posted June 30, 2021 3:18 PM

      YES, there is help. I have Agent Orange: Non-Hodgkin’s Follicular Indolent Lymphoma Stage 3. I stopped Sugar and sugar substitutes. I started on Merek Fenbenzal Dog Wormer of one ounce a day from a four ounce package, four ounces a week. Cancer (Mesentary and other locations in remission after TREANDA Chemo and ? Immunotherapy.) Increased Fruits and Veggies, no red meat. Lots of prayers.

      • Karla Meehan Posted November 9, 2021 2:42 PM

        I would highly recommend that you stop taking dog wormer. It’s only used in humans in small doses for parasites. Otherwise, it can be very dangerous. Try taking supplements like ashwagandha and astragalus and drink lots of green tea instead.

  • Jensen Kvarnes Posted May 20, 2020 3:32 PM

    Can you do this with garlic and other herbs?

    • The Lost Herbs Posted February 7, 2022 5:37 PM

      Hi Jensen,

      You can use garlic as well. You can crush a few cloves and put them in socks to let the garlic absorb through your skin.

      Garlic is a plant in the Allium (onion) family. So it is closely related to onions, shallots, and leeks. Garlic like other onions gets its pungency from sulfur compounds, which work as the plants’ defense mechanism. It contains also antimicrobials that help fight bacteria and viruses.

      Many blessings and good health!

  • Uschi Posted May 20, 2020 9:18 PM

    Thank you, Nicole’, I look forward to learning from your book. Another thing onion is good for is bug bites. My wife was bitten on the wrist by a brown recluse spider and by the time we got to civilization, it had tracked up her arm well beyond her elbow. I had heard that onions were very drawing so I made a poultice and the next morning the tracking was half the length it was before, and the day after that the tracking was gone. In 3 days you could hardly see the bite. At a festival one year, a young boy was bitted by a wasp and his parents forgot his epi pen. He was highly allergic and would have ended up in ER but we onion poultices the sting and in 2 hours the bite was a tiny pinprick and the kid was fine, laughing and playing like he should have been on such a great day! His mom said that normally he would completely swell up and Be seriously ill but luckily, the onion came to the rescue! I have heard that cut onions can absorb airborne viruses and bacteria and were put around the beds of the ill during the plagues and the caregivers around them did not get sick the same way others did. I have used it numerous times on bug bites and it works really well. So simple! pass it on!

    • Martha Posted October 1, 2021 7:23 PM

      During the 1918 Flu Epidemic, many families in Canada cut onions in half and put them in every room in the home. These families did not get the flu. Some had colds but were very mild.

  • Suzanne Brady Posted July 2, 2020 2:11 PM

    My mother has sworn by this for years to reduce fever. It works.

  • June Kane Posted October 16, 2020 4:18 PM

    Wonderful article!! Thank you! Can you also please comment on reflexology relating to the top of one’s Feet? I feel odd pains in between the metatarsals in the tops of my feet. I’d love to k or more about what that means! Thank you!

  • Rainbow Dolphin Woman Posted December 29, 2020 3:03 PM

    Always wanted to try this and now I will. Thank you!

  • Laurie Hendrix Posted December 30, 2020 4:13 AM

    Onions are great to cut and place in a dish in a bedroom when you are sick. It draws out the poison in the air… it really works !

    Also, never add onions raw to a summer salad until last. Cut it just before using it. Never store unused cut onions in the refrigerator. It draws out toxins and impurities , then you eat it! It is onions not mayo which turns the salads bad.

  • Ntombi Posted January 10, 2021 7:44 AM

    Beautiful article! My chest tightens more often leaving me struggling to breathe for days and in worse cases upto 2 weeks. A friend recently told me to put onions in my socks and I tried it last night! Results…. I still struggled to breath half the night BUT surprise surprise I woke up feeling fine and breathing well!!
    I then remembered this article and luckily theres a detailed diagram of the 2 feet with labels of which part connects to the the other body parts. I’m going to try the onion-socks method again this time placing the onion on the part that’s connected to my lungs and hope works quicker.

  • Lorraine Smash Posted February 11, 2021 6:12 PM

    Thank you for your expertise. I truly appreciate the information you share ,it is vital for Wealthy Health.🙂

  • LA Posted February 7, 2022 5:04 PM

    Already asked but not answered…”will any onion work or are there specific onions that work best?”

    • The Lost Herbs Posted February 7, 2022 5:20 PM

      Hi LA,

      Thank you for reaching out to us.

      Overall, red onions contain a higher amount of antioxidant compounds. They are higher in total flavonoids than white onions and yellow onions are considered to be in the middle. Red onions contain 415 to 1917 mg of flavonols compared to yellow ones, which only contain 270 to 1187 mg.

      So if you want to get a little more benefits, use red onion.
      But generally, any onion (red, yellow, or white) will work.

      Many blessings and good health!

  • Rhonda Posted July 16, 2022 2:51 PM

    Feel hopeful I have a chance now Ive finally found this site. God bless you all.

  • sheiliah mcgaughy Posted November 26, 2022 11:06 AM

    Any suggestions for gastroparesis?

  • Debbie Posted December 5, 2022 4:37 PM

    I am not able to eat onions as my digestive system cannot tolerate them. I can however eat leeks, spring onions, red shallots and garlic.
    My question is ‘could using onions on my feet cause any issues?

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