Most of us despise the consumption of onions because of the effects it can have on our breath but what rarely anyone of us knows is that the health benefits of onion consumption are far greater.
Onions are a natural remedy for many diseases and conditions. They are excellent in the battle against chronic vomiting and can act as a general antibiotic that will significantly improve our immune system.
Onions come from the Allium family, meaning they are packed with sulfur, which is why they are able to provide antibiotic and antiseptic influence on the body.
Besides sulfur, they contain plenty of antioxidants like quercetin which aid the fight of the body against free radicals. By juicing onions, we can easily create onion juice that, consumed as such, will greatly help against respiratory diseases. Other benefits of onion consumption include regulation of cholesterol levels, improved heart health, help in the fight against diabetes and arthritis.
Onions have been used for centuries before the modern medicine took over and made us look at them just like food dressings. Below, you will find a few interesting ways on how to use onions as a natural remedy:
Crush an onion and mix it with some coconut oil until it forms a paste. Smear the paste directly onto your chest and secure it with a towel or a bandage. This will help you break chest congestion overnight.
Cut a large onion in half and put 1 tablespoon of brown sugar over each half. Leave it to rest for an hour in a closed bowl. Take this amazing combination twice a day in order to eliminate a chronic cough.
The Cherokee used onions to treat their children suffering from colic. Slice yellow onion and boil it in some water. Once it cools off, drain the liquid and feed your infant with one teaspoon every hour until you see improvements.
- Ear infections and ear pain
Take one onion, chop it and put it in a sock. Tie it up and place the sock over the inflamed ear. You can use a headband or a bandage to secure it in place. The pain will soon disappear and you can remove the sock.
Slice the onion into thin pieces and mix them with coconut oil. Massage your feet with the mixture and then put a thin slice of onion on your soles. Using a plastic bag, wrap the remaining mixture around your feet and put a sock over it. Leave it to act overnight and it will successfully extract the toxins and diseases from your body.
The transparent skin that covers the onion can be used to instantly stop the bleeding. Its antiseptic properties will help protect the wound.
Place thin slices of onion in different areas of your home. They will clean the air and get rid of all the viruses and bacteria in the inside on your household.
Cover a yellow onion with a cheesecloth and squeeze the juice from it. Brew a peppermint tea separately and let it cool down. Take 2 tablespoons of the onion juice and after 5 minutes take the equal amount of peppermint tea. Wait for 5 minutes and repeat the same procedure. The vomiting should stop immediately after taking the first dose while the nausea should be gone soon after.
Fight Hair Loss
Boil some water with an onion in it and use the liquid as a pre-shampoo rinse to help fight hair loss and grow out your hair. Its antimicrobial properties will stop dandruff and promote new growth, while the antioxidants will stop hair loss and also help it to grow stronger and fuller.
Loosen Chest Congestion
Crush up an onion and make a paste by adding some coconut oil. Coat your chest with the paste and cover it with a dish towel. Onions work like a natural antibiotic and strengthen the immune system. The vapors that onion give off also work as an expectorant to loosen the mucous in your chest that causes coughing.
Soothe a Colic Baby
To soothe a colic baby give them a teaspoon of onion tea every hour until they are calm. The onion has properties that will relax muscles, strengthen the stomach, and regulate digestion.
Boil a diced yellow onion in some water and allow it to cool before draining.
Some other interesting uses of the onions include:
- Rub onion onto your skin to prevent insect bites
- Rub onion onto your scalp to stimulate hair growth
- Spray boiled onion juice onto your plants to keep them safe from bugs and other pests
- Place onion in your closet to protect your clothes from moths
- Rub onion onto iron to prevent rusting
- Clean and polish glass and copper objects
- Massage your skin with freshly cut onion to avoid freckling
The use of onions against coughs, bronchitis, various infections, colds and congestion has been recognized by the World Health Organization (WHO). Since the onions have been greatly used by the Native Americans and recently recognized by modern medicine, why not give them a shot?