Onions are great for salads and frying up as a side dish, but some may argue that there even better for curing ailments and helping out around the house. Onions are a vastly versatile natural remedy because of it is filled with antiseptic and antibiotic agents due to ts high sulfur content. They also help your body fight off free radicals that cause chronic disease, like cancer.
Onions can boost your immunity, stop vomiting, treat respiratory conditions and help treat diabetes, heart-related issues, lower cholesterol, and arthritis.
They have been used by Native American to treat colds and flu, and even the World Health Organization now recognize onions as a good way relieve respiratory infections, bronchitis, cough, and congestion.
Here are some healthful ways that you can use onions for common ailments:
Peel and slice an onion in half and put a tablespoon of brown sugar over each slice and cover them for an hour. Eat this relish twice a day to get rid of your cough. The sulfur in onions has anti-bacterial properties that kill cough-causing microbes.
Sulfur also works as a detoxing agent to release toxins in the body. It’s anti-inflammatory properties reduce plain and inflammation that occurs during a coughing fit.
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.
Soothe a Bug Bite
Place a piece of onion or some fresh onion juice onto a bug bite to soothe it. The anti-inflammatory properties of an onion will reduce inflammation and discomfort from the insect bite.
Chop up an onion and put it inside of a thin sock and tie it closed. Put the sock over your ear and hold it in place with a hat. Leave it on until the pain goes away.
Use the film of your onion skin for a cut. This will work as an antiseptic agent that stops bleeding quickly. The antibiotic and anti-inflammatory properties help to heal the wound, while the antimicrobial properties will prevent it from getting infected.
Soothe a Sore Throat
Make a decoction from onion skin and water. Drink a little and gargle with it. If the taste is unbearable you can add some lemon and honey. The onion’s anti-inflammatory properties will reduce the pain and inflammation in your throat.
Grate an onion and squeeze it with a cheesecloth and collect the onion juice. Brew some peppermint tea and let it cool. Drink two teaspoons of the onion juice and wait five minutes. Then drink two teaspoons of peppermint tea. Repeat this until your stop vomiting.
Cleanse the Air
An onion will purify the air by sucking out bacteria and viruses of the air and absorbing it.
Treat Sun or Minor Burns
Rub some fresh onion on your burn to prevent infection. The sulphuric compounds will speed skin regeneration and reduce burning and redness.
Cut up some thin onion slices. Run some coconut oil on the bottom of your feet and apply your thin slices onto the arch of each foot. Wrap your foot with plastic wrap and cover with a sock. The onion will draw out toxins, bacteria, and sickness from the body overnight.
By D.G. Sciortino
Source: sweet and savory