Onions are an impressive vegetable. In fact, people were using them in the ancient world to both help AND prevent illness. Sadly, natural medicines like onions often get neglected because of their smell and aftertaste but they are so powerful that they are worth the pungent taste and smell!
From the article:
“The onion is a member of the allium family, along with garlic and chives. Due to a high sulfur content, onions are naturally antibiotic, antifungal and antiseptic. They offer the best instant help for vomitingand can be consumed regularly as a general antibiotic that can help protect your immune system.
Here are 20 Health Benefits Of Onions:
- Fight free radicals
- They are natural expectorants, able to improve respiratory problems such as bronchitis and other infections
- Lower high cholesterol
- Boost heart health
- Relieve pain from arthritis
- Lower plasma glucose concentrations and supply chromium, which helps control blood glucose levels and fight diabetes
- Contain powerful antioxidants which help strengthen the immune system
- Break up cough/congestion
- Stabilize your blood sugar levels
- Promote bone health
- Protect your body against inflammation
- Proven to help prevent cancer
- Guard against the development of neurodegenerative disorders
- Improve symptoms associated with asthma
- Block histamines from aggravating your immune system
- Aid in weight loss
- Help to increase testosterone levels and sperm concentration, aiding fertility
- Disinfects wounds and promotes quick recovery
- Relieve earaches
If you are willing to take a chance and include the helpful onion in your natural health arsenal, here are 7 ways to use them:
1. Help with Chest Congestion: Create a paste by crushing an onion on top of 1-2 tbsps of coconut oil. Layer your chest with this paste and then drape a towel over it or put on a shirt.
2. Aid Wound Recovery: Press the transparent film of the onion against the cut and bleeding should reduce or stop immediately. Onions also simultaneously protect the wound from infection.
3. Reduce A Fever: Cut an onion into thin slices and apply to feet, then put on socks (you can also apply the slices after first putting coconut oil on the bottom of your feet and then add socks). It is believed that onions pull out illness-causing toxins from the body.
4. Stop Coughs: Take a large onion, peel it and slice it in two. Coat each face of the onion with 1 tbsp of brown sugar and then cover the onion halves for one hour. Eat twice a day to end the cough.
5. Ease Ear Pain Or Ear Infection: Cut up (I prefer to grate mine, squeeze out all the liquid, put it inside the ear, place a cotton ball inside the ear to keep the liquid in, and lay on my side) the onion and put the pieces inside a thin sock. Then, tie the sock closed and place it over the painful ear. You can wear a hat to keep the sock in place or lay on your side.
6. Help With Colic: Dice up a small amount of yellow onion and boil it to create an onion tea. Once it cools slightly, give a teaspoon of the recipe to the afflicted child every hour until the condition improves.
7. Stop Vomiting Immediately: Grate one onion and extract the juice. Meanwhile, brew a cup of peppermint tea and then let it cool. Drink 2 tsp of the onion juice. Wait 5 minutes and then drink the same amount of the cool peppermint tea. Wait another 5 minutes and repeat the process until the vomiting stops. Vomiting usually stops immediately and nausea should go away within 15 minutes.
Even more proof that onions are amazing:
- Gladiators consumed a lot of onions because they were thought to “lighten the balance of the blood” before a duel. They also rubbed onion juice all over their bodies to “firm up the muscles.” Hmmm…
- Egyptians used to bury pharaohs with onions inside the tombs, as it was believed the pungent root would breathe new life into the dead as they journeyed to the afterlife. In fact, the humble veggie was respected so highly in ancient Egyptian culture that it was frequently depicted in tomb wall art, carvings, and placed on altars to the gods.
- Russian soldiers during World War II applied onions directly to wounds to help disinfect and treat infections.
Give them a try next time someone is feeling unwell. These affordable veggies are certainly less expensive then a trip to the doctor!
Source: Fit Life