This formidable vegetable may make you cry a bucket of tears but as much as that seems a negative aspect, the Onion has a variety of benefits too. It is a scientific fact that Onions have a number of health properties due to the concentration of substances called polyphenols and flavonoids in them.
Polyphenols are vital in prevention of diabetes, neurodegenerative and cardiovascular disease. As a prebiotic, Polyphenols improve gut health and digestion. They also help control weight and boost immunity. Here’s all you need to know about the healing power of onions.
1 Medical reasons why Onion is good for health
Most of the beneficial substances in onions like flavonoids and sulfur compounds have been linked to anti-carcinogenic properties as well as acting as agents of anti-inflammation and anti-allergy. Onions are full of antioxidants that kill free radicals in the body. Onions are rich in potassium that work as an electrolyte, improves blood pressure, prevents stroke, improves metabolic function, a balanced central nervous system and contributes to muscle building too.
The main flavonoids present in onions is quercetin whose powerful antioxidant action improves cardiovascular health, reduces cholesterol and has anti-carcinogenic properties. As a result, Onion is great for weight loss too.
2 Here’s how to use an onion for ear infection
Take a large onion, peel it and cut in half. Then scoop out the insides with only the last 3 rings remaining. Set your oven at 300 degrees and heat the onion for 15 minutes until it is steaming hot. Remove it and wrap it in a clean towel and place it over the infected ear till the pain is relieved. You can even use this same remedy for coughs and colds.
Onion for Hair Growth
- Juice extract of 1 onion
- 1 tsp honey
- A drop of essential oil for flavor such as lavender, cinnamon etc
- Mix well and massage into scalp
- Cover your hair with a shower cap or towel and leave overnight
- Shampoo and rinse off the next morning
- Repeat thrice a week for a few months till you see results.
- Onion of soothing and healing burns
The antiseptic healing powers of onion will prevent infection, soothe the skin and induce faster healing. Rub fresh onion on burns for instant pain relief.
3 Onion for reducing toxicity of insect bites and stings
Believe it or not, the onion even has the potency to neutralize sever insect stings. Even local non lethal scorpion stings can be neutralized by rubbing a fresh onion immediately all over the sting. The chemicals in the onion reduce inflammation, pain and itching.
4 Use Onion for reducing scars and stretch marks
Onions are effective against scarring as a result of wounds and surgery. Just mix 10 gms of soap with 3 grams of salt. Chop the onion in small equal sizes and mix all three ingredients to form a mixture. Place the mixture in room temperature water for 15 minutes after which remove and add to cold water for five minutes. Blend and the strain. The residue liquid will be pure onion extract which should be applied on the marks once daily.
If your skin itches or red marks and blotches appear, then stop the treatment immediately. Always consult your dermatologist for any new herbal treatment as a mark of precaution. The healing powers of onion are well known in most herbal remedies and consuming it in salads or daily will also contribute to good health.