Onion is a very used flavor in cooking, for its strong taste and multiple health benefits. Native to West Asia, the annual production of all its varieties reaches 64 million tons, worldwide. But do you know that onion has miraculous therapeutic virtues that can cure many of your ailments? Explanations.
Belonging to the family of alliaceous (garlic, shallot, leek, chives …) the onion is a real mine of benefits. Low in calories and rich in antioxidants, fiber, minerals and vitamins, it helps protect the cells of our body against the aggressive and inflammatory effects of free radicals, and prevent their early aging.
Thanks to its rich anthocyanin (antioxidant found in red onion) and quercetin (flavonoid present in yellow onion) that fight against the increase of cholesterol level in the blood and reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases. One study, published in the Journal of Clinical Investigation, found that onions play a protective role against blood clots and plaque build-up on arterial walls. Its effectiveness is due to its richness in rutin, a chemical compound found abundantly in apples.
To better get closer to the miraculous virtues of this herb, here is how to use it to treat different health problems:
The onion, along with other condiments of the alliaceae family such as garlic or leek, are very beneficial for preventing and treating osteoarthritis. According to a study conducted at East Angelia University and King’s College London, regular consumption of these foods would significantly reduce the risk of osteoarthritis of the hip. The decomposition of the allicin they contain, promotes the production of diallyl disulfide, a sulfur compound that protects against cartilage wear.
The onion glucoquinine content makes it a powerful anti-diabetes. This plant hormone regulates blood glucose levels, prevents the development of diabetes in genetically predisposed individuals and even reduces the dose of insulin administered.
These abdominal pains in children can be a real ordeal. To relieve them, here is a cure inspired by the Cherokee Indians. Cut a sliced yellow onion and boil in water. Then let cool, filter and give a teaspoon to your child, several times a day. The antispasmodic and antiseptic properties of the onion will stimulate digestion and soothe the pain.
Infections and pains of the ear
Antiseptic, antibiotic and antibacterial, the onion is perfect to treat infections and relieve the pain they cause. Chop an onion and take some pieces that you place in a low end. Place your knotted stocking on the aching ear and keep it in place with a hat or headband. Keep the compress until the pain disappears.
Known for its expectorant and anti-infectious effects, onion is a powerful remedy for coughs, respiratory problems and winter diseases. To decongest your airways, mix a crushed onion with coconut oil to form a paste. Apply it on your chest then wrap yourself in a thick towel and dress. Stay warm until you are warm, then remove the towel and rinse with warm water.
To stop your coughing fits, take a large onion that you cut in half, then add a teaspoon of brown sugar on each half. Leave for an hour, then consume them. To be repeated twice a day until complete healing.
To lower your fever, or your child’s fever without medication, cut an onion into slices, place on the soles of your feet, and put on socks to keep them in place. The onion will absorb heat and promote the elimination of toxins responsible for your temperature rise.
Pregnancy or food poisoning, vomiting can be very bothersome, especially if they are repetitive. To stop and soothe your stomach, prepare a peppermint tea, let it cool, and extract the juice of a white or yellow onion. Take 2 teaspoons of onion juice, and after 5 minutes, the same amount of cold tea. Let another 10 minutes pass, then take a spoonful of onion juice.
Repeat the same process until you feel calm. The effect of this remedy will be felt after 20 minutes of taking it.
Disinfectant and antiseptic, the onion is extremely effective at stopping bleeding wounds, and preventing mosquito bites. Apply its transparent skin on the part to be treated to relieve it.
The application of onion juice on your scalp will allow you to cleanse and stimulate the growth of your hair. Its nutrients nourish the hair follicles and strengthen the structure of the hair.