Onions are used by many as a natural cure for many health problems. It is inarguably one of the best remedies for severe vomiting and as a general antibiotic that can support your immune system.
The onion represents the allium family, onion’s sulphur give its antibiotic and antiseptic qualities. Onion is also remarkably high in antioxidant Quercetin which helps the body to combat free radicals. (1)
Respiratory conditions respond well to onion juice as it is a excellent expectorant. Onions are suitable for fight against hight cholesterol levels, heart, arthritis, a great antioxidant, and good for diabetes due to its flavonoid and sulphur compounds. (2)
Some uses of onion in alternative medicine:
•Breakup chest congestion- Grind an onion within coconut oil. Apply the onion paste on your chest and cover it with a cloth.
•Colic- Cherokee Indian recipe for colic babies: Boil diced yellow onion in water. Let it cool down and then drain it. Give a teaspoon of the onion tea to the baby every hour until the baby shows some signs of relief.
•Ear pain/infection– Dice onion and place them into a thin sock and tie the sock closed. Put the flattened onion sock over the troubled ear and cover the head/ear/sock with a hat to keep the sock in place. Remove when pain is gone.
•Cuts- The transparent film of the onion skin will prevent moderate bleeding quickly. It also acts as an antiseptic for the wound.
•Cough- Peel a large onion and cut it in half. Cover each half with a tablespoon of brown sugar and leave it for one hour. The sugar/onion relish should be taken twice daily to help with a cough. (3)
•Fever- Slice an onion into thin wedges. Rub the bottom of the feet with coconut oil. Place a small slice into the arch of each foot and wrap with cling wrap. Cover the onion/feet with a sock overnight to let the onion draw out toxins and the illness out from the body.
•Cleanse the air- Place slices of onion on plates around your house to purify the air of viruses and bacteria.
•Vomiting- Grate one big onion. Squeeze the onion juice from the onion wrapped in a cheesecloth. Cook a strong cup of peppermint tea and let it cool and then drink two teaspoons of the onion juice. After 5 minutes drink two teaspoons of the cool peppermint tea and wait again. Repeat both the onion juice and peppermint tea until the symptoms recede. Vomiting should stop instantly, and nausea should go away in 15 minutes.
Other Neat Onion Uses:
Rub a cut onion on you to repel bugs
Rubbing onion juice into your hair promotes growth
Onion juice repels moths
Spraying your plants with boiled onion juice repels pests
Prevent rusting by bub an onion slice into the face of an iron
You can polish copper and glassware with a slice of onion
To prevent freckling rub a cut onion on you
The Native Americans have practised onion to treat colds and flu for ages. World Health Organization has recognised the ability of onion to relieve coughs, congestion, bronchitis and respiratory infections. (4)
As shown, onion cures have been around for many years and is a trusted, proven remedy for many ailments.
In the spirit of good overall health, give one of these natural onion remedies a try next time you are experiencing health issues.
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- Azuma, K., Ippoushi, K., Ito, H., Horie, H., & Terao, J. (2003). Enhancing Effect of Lipids and Emulsifiers on the Accumulation of Quercetin Metabolites in Blood Plasma after the Short-term Ingestion of Onion by Rats. Bioscience, Biotechnology, and Biochemistry, 67(12), 2548-2555. doi:10.1271/bbb.67.2548
- Campos, K., Diniz, Y., Cataneo, A., Faine, L., Alves, M., & Novelli, E. (2003). Hypoglycemic and antioxidant effects of onion, Allium cepa : Dietary onion addition, antioxidant activity and hypoglycemic effects on diabetic rats. International Journal of Food Sciences and Nutrition, 54(3), 241-246. doi:10.1080/09637480120092062
- Mustapha, Y., & Bala, M. (2010). Antimicrobial activity of leaf extracts of Pavetta crassipes (hutch) against some respiratory tract pathogens. Science World Journal, 2(2). doi:10.4314/swj.v2i2.5173
- Lee, J., Miyake, S., Umetsu, R., Hayashi, K., Chijimatsu, T., & Hayashi, T. (2012). Anti-influenza A virus effects of fructan from Welsh onion (Allium fistulosum L.). Food Chemistry, 134(4), 2164-2168. doi:10.1016/j.foodchem.2012.04.016