Witches don’t like onions, so keeping one or two in the house is a good protection – but left whole, not peeled or cut.
However there is an ancient superstition that a peeled onion will ‘absorb’ germs, thus shortening the span of an illness by taking all the danger into itself and preventing others in the household from catching the affliction. Modern medical experts have advised that because something has been believed for a long time does not mean it is true, and the ‘cut onion’ information is not true and should be disregarded.
The American Onion Association (founded in 1913), officially represents growers, shippers, brokers and commercial representatives of the US onion industry. And although onion growers might have viewed the legend as helping increase sales and gain respect for their product, the Association has publicly announced: ‘There is no scientific evidence that a cut raw onion absorbs germs or rids the air of toxins/poisons’.
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