Onion is vegetable widely used in cooking for its strong taste and its many health benefits. Native to Western Asia, the annual production of all varieties reaches 64 million tones worldwide. But do you know that the onion has miraculous healing properties able to cure many of your ailments?
Belonging to the allium family (garlic, shallot, leek, chives …) onion is a wealth of benefits. Low in calories and rich in antioxidants, fiber, minerals and vitamins, it helps protect body cells against the aggressive and inflammatory effect of free radicals and prevents premature aging.
Thanks to its high content in anthocyanin (antioxidant found in red onion) and quercetin (a flavonoid present in the yellow onion) it fights against the increase of cholesterol levels in the blood and reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease. A study, published in the Journal of Clinical Investigation, showed that onion is protective against the formation of blood clots and the buildup of plaque on the arterial walls. Its effectiveness is due to its richness in rutin, a chemical compound that is abundantly found in apples.
To help you approach the miraculous properties of this vegetable, here’s how to use it to treat various health problems:
The onion and other condiments from Allium family such as garlic or leek, are very beneficial for preventing and treating osteoarthritis. According to a study at the University of East Anglia and King’s College London, regular consumption of these foods significantly reduces the risk of hip osteoarthritis. The decomposition of allicin contained therein, promotes the production of diallyl disulfide, a sulfur-containing compound that protects against wear of the cartilage.
The content of glucoquinine in the onion makes it powerful anti-diabetes food. This plant regulates blood sugar levels in the blood, prevents development of diabetes in genetically susceptible individuals and even would reduce the administered insulin dose.
This abdominal pain in children can be a real ordeal. To relieve it, here’s a remedy inspired by the Cherokee Indians. Cut a yellow onion slices and boil them in water. Then let the mixture cool, strain and give one teaspoon to your child, several times a day. Antispasmodic and antiseptic properties of onion stimulate digestion and soothe the pain.
Ear infections and ear aches
Antiseptic, antibiotic, antibacterial onion is perfect for treating infections and easing the pain they cause. Chop an onion and place few pieces in a handkerchief. Wrap the onion with the handkerchief and knot. Place the knotted handkerchief on the painful ear and keep the compress until the disappearance of pain.
Known for its expectorant and anti-infective effects, onion is a powerful remedy against coughing, breathing problems and winter illnesses. To relieve your airways, mix a crushed onion with coconut oil to form a paste. Apply it on the chest and wrap yourself in a thick towel and get dressed. Keep doing this until you are properly warmed up, then remove the towel and rinse off with warm water.
To stop your cough, take a large onion cut in two, then add a teaspoon of brown sugar on each half. Leave on for an hour, then eat them. Consume this cure 2 times daily until complete healing.
To lower fever without resorting to drugs, cut an onion into slices, place them under the soles of the feet, then put on socks to keep them in place. Onions absorb heat and promote elimination of toxins responsible for your temperature rise.
Pregnancy or food poisoning, vomiting can be very annoying, especially if they are repetitive. To stop and soothe your stomach, prepare a peppermint tea, cool it a bit and extract the juice of white or yellow onion. Take 2 teaspoons of onion juice, and after 5 minutes, the same amount of cold tea. Wait for 10 minutes and take another spoonful of onion juice.
Repeat the same process until you feel soothed. The effect of this remedy will be felt after 20 minutes.
Disinfectant and antiseptic, onion is very effective to stop bleeding wounds, and prevent mosquito bites. Apply the transparent onion skin on the area to be treated for relief.
For hair care
Applying onion juice on your scalp will allow you to clean and stimulate the growth of your hair. Its nutrients nourish hair follicles and strengthen the hair structure.