Onions, a remedy for cough?

After a long pause in writing, I am looking forward to being more active here, and sharing the result of my browsing and researching. These past years have been filled with constant research but very little time to actually summarize and write the result of those long (often night-time) sessions. Where should I start?

We all have a lot on our minds right now. The world is pushing and pulling in all different directions, and never have we felt more divided. And this is a pretty disturbing feeling. In the midst of all this division though, I think we can at least agree that we need to support our immune systems, and that we need to look for help everywhere we can, starting from what is a the center of our every day life: food, and natural ingredients.

Is anybody coughing around here?

This winter has brought respiratory symptoms to many of us. And whether we are dealing with a mild cold or a more severe disease, we all could use some help, especially coming from comforting ingredients we often have lying around. As I was recently looking for ways to relieve a (mild) cough, I found recommendations to cut an onion open and to leave it close to the bed at night. I also found advice to infuse onion pieces in water for a few hours and to drink spoons of the liquid regularly. And I wondered if there was any truth to those.

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Probiotics can help fight allergies

Mast cells are involved in allergy. Allergies ...

Mast cells are involved in allergy. Allergies such as pollen allergy are related to the antibody known as IgE. Like other antibodies, each IgE antibody is specific; one acts against oak pollen, another against ragweed. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Allergies, such as asthma, food allergies and eczema are a plague of our modern society, affecting between 20 and 30 percent of the population in western countries. The prevalence of those allergies has significantly increased in the past few decades, raising questions about the causes of such epidemics.

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