Detox trends are all the rage right now, and this one tops them all!  The good ol’ onion sock detox is the latest craze.  It involves placing a slice of raw onion on the sole of each foot, then putting socks on to secure them in place, and leaving them on overnight.  So what’s the logic behind all of this?

Onions contain organic sulfur compounds that act as a natural chelating agent.  The idea of putting the onion on the surface of the skin, rather than ingesting it, is to allow the onion’s chelating agent (sulfur) to by-pass the digestive tract and be absorbed by your body more rapidly.  Once the sulfur compounds enter your body, they can start to absorb the heavy metals and cleanse your body naturally.

Okay, so now as to whether or not there is truth behind this detox theory, we say, there is no harm in trying it.  And even if the positive results are simply a placebo effect, it’s not a bad thing!  AND if you’re a skeptic, then stick to eating onions instead.

Onions have so many health benefits to the body including many skin benefits:

  1. Anti-Aging

    Ingested: Onion included in your daily diet

    The quercetin found in onions have antioxidant properties which prevent free radical damage that is responsible for causing premature aging of your skin.

  2. Treating Acne

    Applied topically: Onion juice (mixed with olive oil) applied to affected areas

    The anti-bacterial qualities of onions help protect your skin from bacteria that often cause acne break-outs.

  3. Treating Stings and Bug Bites

    Applied topically: Onion slice applied to affected area

    The anti-inflammatory properties of onions reduce the burn, itchiness, and swelling caused by stings and bug bites.

  4. And in case you want to know more about the MIGHTY onion, here's a list of its nutritional contents and natural healing properties below!  It’s amazing how such a simple staple food can be so good for you!

    Nutrients Found in Onions

    Vitamin C, B1, B6, B9 (folate), K




    Dietary fiber

    Quercetin (flavonoid)

    Organosulfur compounds (cancer-fighting)

    Healing Properties of Onions






    Anti-angiogenic (prevent tumors from obtaining a blood supply to fuel their growth)

    And there you have it – all you ever wanted to know about ONIONS!



    If you have tried the onion sock detox, please share your experience!