Health Benefits of Home Remedies. Miracle of Onion Peels. Health Benefits of Onions.

Poor people are inventive.

In the Russian language there is an expression “Голь на выдумки хитра”. The meaning of this saying is "Necessity is the mother of invention", but word to word translation would be “Those who have nothing are ingenious”!

Poor people are very inventive indeed.

Memory flashback.

Way back in my old country even if people had money, there was not much choice of goods to buy.

The most common and always available food items were bread, eggs, macaroni noodles and seasonal (only seasonal) fruits and vegetables.

No exotic or overseas fruits were known to soviet people, except oranges and mandarins which for some reason were in comparative abundance only at a New Year time.

Moscow knew more variety, because foreign tourists were allowed to visit Moscow, so government let more supplies (food as well as clothes) to be sold in Moscow in order to show off for foreign people.

However, remote regions where foreign tourists were not allowed to visit, had to live with scares choices.

Many people had their own gardens and they were selling the produce in the markets.

In fall we used to buy potatoes, onions, cabbage and carrots in sackfuls and store them in the cold cellars for winter usage. We used to make lots of preserves not because it was our hobby and not just for the fun of doing it.

It was vital for feeding the family. There was no much choice, you just had to lay in supplies to have food in winter.

Not having choices is not too bad.

It depends, what choices, of course. On the one hand if you have a lot of choices, you might make a bad choice.

You can buy a very expensive facial cream and cover your face with harmful chemicals, dyes and other harmful ingredients.

However, when you don’t have a choice of buying cosmetics products, then you come up with a facial mask made from strawberries, cucumbers, etc.

If you cannot buy an expensive hand cream, you can just use old Grandma’s remedy- castor oil and the effect will be much better!

You can spent a lot of money on house cleaning supplies full of harmful chemicals and inhale this stuff while using spray bottles.

Or you can just use a couple of drops of aromatic ammonia spirit to make your house sparkle.

Choices are all yours even when you do not have much choices.

Those who do not have a lot of choices, are very inventive. They are ingenious.

In old times people didn’t waste stuff. No matter what stuff it was, but people were putting a lot into use from what we just toss into garbage nowadays.

Think about onion peels. What do you do with onion peels? Definitely, you throw onion peels away, don’t you?

Well, probably after you read about health benefits that onion peels can give us, you will think before just tossing this brown dry stuff into your garbage can.

First, I will just name what health benefits you can get from using home remedies made from onion peels and then I will analyze, what is so special in onion peels.

Disclaimer- all the recipes of home remedies are taken from folk sources and the results may vary. The author does not guarantee any miracle cure if applied wrong or over applied. But also, it will not harm you, because these are proven Grandma's recipes.

Boiling eggs in onion peels will give them natural shade.
Boiling eggs in onion peels will give them natural shade. | Source
She uses onion peel rinse to color her hair.
She uses onion peel rinse to color her hair.

Miracles of onion peels.

  • Adding color and nutrition to your soups- usually, for making soups we boil a whole onion as an ingredient to give the soup more flavors. Use onions in peels when you make soups, it will not only give the soup a special color shade, but it will also add heath benefits to your soup.
  • Onion peels are used to color Easter eggs in a natural way. Using onion peels (boiling eggs in water with onion peels) not only will give your Easter eggs a beautiful shade, but also it is a healthy way to make your Easter eggs, avoiding artificial colors.
  • Home remedy for seborrhea, or rather, against seborrhea - using onion peels brew for washing your hair will keep your hair dandruff free, healthy and thick.
  • It is also an effective natural home remedy against psoriasis.
  • You can use onion peels water as a natural dye for coloring your hair. It will give your hair healthy gold or reddish shade.
  • Home remedy against hypertension- drink a cup of onion peels "tea" every day to lower your blood pressure as a natural remedy, without harmful pills. By the way, you also may use garlic peels for brewing tea, as both onion and garlic peels contain a special substance that I’ll cover later.
  • Tea from onion peels may tone your cardiac activity, boost your immune system, and reduce muscle spasms.
  • It also acts as anti-inflammatory natural remedy.
  • Brew from onion peels also has anti-septic, expectorating, laxative, diuretic, anti-cancerous characteristics.
  • Onion peels brew (you don’t have to boil onion peels for this, but just pore boiled water over onion peels to make a brew, just like you make tea) may be used as a natural remedy to clean your body from harmful surplus of sodium and chlorine (this quality is very important for those who suffer from heart diseases).
  • Those who suffer from leg muscle spasms at night should drink a cup of onion peels tea before bedtime and they will be guaranteed a nice night sleep.

Using Onion peels tincture

  • Home remedy against varicose veins- In a cup pore 100 ml of vodka over 2 Table spoons of crushed dry onion peels, let stand for a week. Strain the tincture. Take 20 drops two-three times a day for 10 days.
  • Home remedy against Atherosclerosis – the same onion peels tincture as in the previous case- take 20 drops with 2 Tablespoon of olive oil 3 times a day, 30 minutes before food. Take for 14 days, then make a break for 10 days and repeat the course.
  • Home remedy against nail fungus- 8 table spoons of crushed dry onion peels cover with 0,5 liter of vodka. Let stand for 10 minutes. Strain. Wet a piece of cotton into onion peels tincture and apply on nails affected by fungus 2-3 times a day. Another way to cure nail fungus is to soak feet or hands in a hot solution of onion peels and water for 20-30 minutes.


Natural home remedies from onion peels.

  • A natural dye for coloring your hair. It will give your hair healthy gold or reddish shade. Boil 2 Tb. spoons of onion peels per cup of water approximately 20 minutes, then let it stand for several hours. Strain the brew and use as a rinse every time you wash your hair.
  • A natural home remedy against seborrhea - using onion peels brew (water from boiling a handful of onion peels for 5-10 minutes) for washing your hair will keep your hair dandruff free, healthy and thick.
  • A natural home remedy against hypertension- make tea from onion peels (just brew onion pees as you would any tea herbs) and drink a cup of onion peels tea every day to lower your blood pressure as a natural remedy, without harmful pills. By the way, you also may use garlic peels for brewing tea, as both onion and garlic peels contain a special substance that I’ll cover later.
  • A natural home remedy against sore throat- gargle with onion peels brew several times a day.
  • A natural home remedy against stomatitis, parodontits- three tea spoons of dry onion peels boil in 16 oz of water, then let stand for 7-8 hours, strain the brew and rinse your mouth several times a day.
  • Use the same solution to rinse a wound- it will clean the wound and aid in healing.
  • A natural home remedy against rhinitis of any nature- put 4 Table spoons of crushed dry onion peels into a pot of boiling water and inhale over the steam for 3-5 minutes.
  • A natural home remedy against dry cough- 2 Table spoons of onion peels boil in 2 cups of water on low to medium heat. Then let the brew cool and strain it. Drink ¼ cup of warm brew three times a day, 30 minutes before food.
  • A natural home remedy against cystitis- 3 tea spoons of crushed dry onion peels brew in two cups of boiling water, let stand for 30 minutes. In case of acute cystitis drink ¼ of a cup 2 times a day for 5 days. In case of chronic cystitis drink two Table spoons 3-4 times a day for 10 days.
  • A natural home remedy against amenorrhea (absence of a menstrual period in a woman of reproductive age)- two or three table spoons of crushed dry onion peels boil in 1 liter of water for 15 minutes on a slow heat. Let it cool naturally, then strain the brew. Drink ½ of a cup twice a day (in the morning and evening) 30-40 minutes before food.
  • Home remedy against (sorry) hemorrhoids – 4 Table spoons of onion peels boil on a slow heat in 2 liters of milk for 10 minutes. Cool the mixture until warm and strain. Soak the spot with hemorrhoids (you know what I mean!) in a seated bath during 10 minutes.

Quercetin molecule

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So why onion peels claim to be a miracle cure for many cases?

It is scientifically proven that onion peels are rich in Flavonoid glycosides, a substance that is considered very beneficial for health. Onion peels contain a large scope of different macro- and micro-elements.

In other words- almost entire Mendeleev’s periodic table is found in onion peels.

But most important substance that is found in onion peels is quercetin (flavonoid), Quercetin is a naturally-occurring polar auxin transport inhibitor (oh, my, I have no idea what exactly it means, but I know the miracle qualities of onion peels). The same substance (quercetin) is found in apples and other fruits. Our body needs quercetin in big amounts, so the more we can supply our body with it, the better.

If garlic peels are put under microscope, quercetin may be seen as cubed crystals. In onion peels under a microscope quercetin is seen as sharp, needle-like crystals. In this type quercetin is the most effective substance.

Quercetin reduces permeability of capillaries, it increases resilience of capillary walls. It is very important for those who suffer from hypertension, because hypertonic capillaries are very permeable and fragile. The same is noted in cases of rheumatism, atherosclerosis and many of infectious diseases. Some chemical medications (like coagulants, thiocyanates, etc) damage capillaries, so in this case quercetin from natural sources, like fruits and vegetables, can benefit the situation. Quercetin also has spasmolytic qualities.

It is proved that quercetin has antivirus qualities and this fact allows us to use it for preventive actions against many infectious diseases viral in nature. When our blood system gets quercetin in needed amounts, it slows down the speed of freeing histamine (Substance that plays a major role in many allergic reactions. Histamine dilates blood vessels and makes the vessel walls abnormally permeable), leukotriene (One of a group of hormones that cause the symptoms of hay fever, psoriasis, ulcerative colitis, dermatitis and asthma) and other biologically active substances, thus trigging anti-inflammatory effect.

Quercetin is more effective than vitamin E in preventing lipoproteins build up in arteries and vessels.

Quercetin is a very effective antioxidant and everyone knows the benefits of antioxidants for out health.

We have two choices- bad and good. What should we choose?

We can spend lots of money buying drugs with no effect, drugs with lots of harmful effects. We can try to solve our problems with “miracle” pills.

We can also guard ourselves from negativism, get rid of bad habits, drink clean water in needed amounts, exercise and train ourselves to be positive.

What is your choice?

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suziecat7 6 years ago from Asheville, NC

Lots of great advice here - all new to me. I wonder if you rinse your hair in onion peel water if you'll smell like an onion all day. Either way, I loved this Hub and rated it up.


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lmmartin 6 years ago from Alberta and Florida

Now I know why I cried as I cut the onion and discarded the peels -- my Scottish blood knew I was wasting something. Saved by your beautiful hub. Lynda


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Vladimir Uhri 6 years ago from HubPages, FB

Great Hub, thanks.


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LaurieDawn 6 years ago

An insightful and informative hub. I never would have thought any of those things about onion peels! They usually go into the garbage. Thank you for sharing it with us.

Blessings.

Laurie


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Aya Katz 6 years ago from The Ozarks

ReuVera, I enjoyed reading this hub. I like onions, but I never before considered using the peel.


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Alison Graham 6 years ago from UK

Reuvera, what an amazing amount of research you have put into this article. It was an absolutely fascinating read. I was very interested in the fact that onion peel contains quercetin as I have been researching health benefits of apples and they also contain quercetin - maybe that's why the saying "an apple a day keeps the doctor away" originated!


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ReuVera 6 years ago from USA Author

suziecat, LOL, I was thinking the same.... As a teenager I got dandruff and my mother treated my poor head by rubbing onion juice into the hair roots. Dandruff was gone the next day, but I smelt like an onion cellar. Smell was gone after a couple of washes, but dandruff was gone for good.

I hope that onion peels rinse will be softer...

Thank you for your support.


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ReuVera 6 years ago from USA Author

Lynda, thank you! Maybe somewhere I am Scottish too.... I hate to waste! Oh, wait, I am Jewish. LOL. I always put an onion in peels when I make a broth. I just take off the outer layer, for cleanness.


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ReuVera 6 years ago from USA Author

Vladimir, thank you. I know that you love onion in all its ways, and as a doctor you know onion's benefits (as well as garlic benefits!)


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ReuVera 6 years ago from USA Author

Laurie, thank you for following me and welcome to Hubpages!

We throw away a lot of useful things. I myself is a master of getting rid of something that I don't need, as far as things are concerned. But I hate wasting anything connected with food. Maybe my mother's stories about the time when they were starving during WW2 taught me to save food.

And it is really wonderful, how much benefits natural remedies can give us.


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ReuVera 6 years ago from USA Author

Aya, thanks for stopping by. I used onion peels for some things, but I found out all the spectrum of benefits only when I researched the topic.


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ReuVera 6 years ago from USA Author

Alison, you are right, apples also contain quercetin and this is exactly what makes apples and quercetin-rich fruits so healthy. There is a Russian saying "Onion is against seven illnesses". In Russian culture, the number seven is a capstone. But onion peels can be uses against 77 illnesses :-) I found through my research that the miracle is in the special form of quercetin crystals that take a sharp shape in onion peels. They say that in this form quercetin is more effective.


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anglnwu 6 years ago

To think that all this while, I've been throwing precious healthy stuff away. I really enjoyed reading your hub. Truly enlightening and it gave me lots of ideas. Rated useful!


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justmesuzanne 6 years ago from Texas

What an interesting HUB! Thanks for all the great ideas! :)


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ReuVera 6 years ago from USA Author

Angeline, thank you! You are a guru in healthy stuff, so nice words from you mean a lot.


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ReuVera 6 years ago from USA Author

suzanne, thank you for stopping by. The greatest ideas come from just researching regular things. Folk medicine is so rich in ideas and also it makes a lot of sense.


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erthfrend 6 years ago from Florida

Excellent hub! Thank you so much for sharing these wonderful tips!


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ReuVera 6 years ago from USA Author

erthfriend, thank you for stopping by. I am very glad you enjoyed reading this hub.


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prairieprincess 6 years ago from Canada

Thank you! I have used onions for colds, but didn't know about the other uses ... Great info, and interesting to read. :)


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ReuVera 6 years ago from USA Author

prairieprincess, thank you too. It looks like onion is good for many things, and what is more surprising, onion peels have even more benefits! At least more than we know.

BTW, today I made beef broth (base for borsch) and as usual, I put an onion in peels. The broth got a special clear golden shade...


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sheila b. 6 years ago

I'm going to use the whole onion next time I make soup. This was a great read.


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ReuVera 6 years ago from USA Author

sheila, you will be doing it all the time now. The cooking broth even smells different when you put the whole onion in peels. Later I just throw the onion away.


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ladyeagle_cdc 6 years ago from San Juan City, Philippines

very informative. Thanks alot!


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ReuVera 6 years ago from USA Author

Thank you, ladyeagle!


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BobbiRant 6 years ago from New York

My mother was so big on home remedies and we were usually quite healthy too. We always boiled our Easter eggs in onion skins to color them and we'd write sayings on the eggs in wax pencils and the words would magically appear on the egg shells. Great hub.


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ReuVera 6 years ago from USA Author

BobbiRant, how glad I am to meet someone who was using onion peels too. If you follow the link about coloring Easter eggs in onion peels, you'll see some suggestions how to make the color patterns.


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cjv123 6 years ago from Michigan

Wow - who knew the many, many uses for onions no less onion peels?! I have never used onion peels in anything but I'll definitely try it! Great tips! Thanks so much for writing this!

Carol


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ReuVera 6 years ago from USA Author

Carol, isn't is amazing how we learn things that we even didn't think about, when we start some research.


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brightforyou 6 years ago from Florida

Amazing hub; your attention to detail and research is fantastic - who knew about onion peel? Thank you for this very enlightening hub!


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ReuVera 6 years ago from USA Author

Thank you, bfy! Actually, I am getting a sore throat, so I am going to use one of the "recipes" right away.


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Stephanie Henkel 6 years ago from USA

This was a great hub! I really enjoy learning about old home remedies that were used for generations. The onion peel remedies are new to me -- thanks for all the very interesting information.


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breakfastpop 6 years ago

Great hub. Onions...who knew they were so versatile.


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ReuVera 6 years ago from USA Author

Stephanie, thank you! I have to confess that onion peels miraculous opportunities were new to me too. I new some of them, but never thought how much we can benefit from simple onion peels. Only when I made this research I found out facts about quercetin and all the rest.


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ReuVera 6 years ago from USA Author

BreakfastPop, maybe you can use some of this in your hub, say, when we all need to cleans up after indigestion from political insinuations....


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billrobinson 6 years ago from CA, USA

A very interesting post. Makes us realize the things we need to eat. Thanks.


ElfLord 6 years ago

Thanks for linking to my blog! It's neat to hear about some of the other uses of onions and their peels.

Flattering to see my picture there too, thanks for the credit :P


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ReuVera 6 years ago from USA Author

ElfLord, your blog is great! Thank you.


xandra 6 years ago

thank you for this extensive list of home remedies. I’ll sure try some of your suggestions herein… Keep up the good work...Thanks for the resources.


Seb 5 years ago

What a lot of work you put into this. I usually use as much of the onion as I can. I have psoriasis on one elbow which I can't get rid of. I am going to give your remedy a try. Thankfully no hemorrhoids.


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mannyrolando 5 years ago

Great information, will definitely think of this information the next time I cut into an onion! Thanks!


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RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

Wow. Who knew there was so much to the common onion? This is definitely a great resource hub. Interesting and well done. Thanks for sharing.


Vincent Gill 5 years ago

I love home remedies and this is a good one.

Potato skins is another - http://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/vegeta...

Best wishes.


Victor Alfred. 5 years ago

thanks for this information about onion peels in fact in Nigeria especially the northern part we have enough onion but these tips are relatively not know.


Derdriu 5 years ago

ReuVera: What a clear, precise, useful presentation on the many healthy benefits which the versatile onion brings to its users! The topic is so timely and upbeat that your conclusion is perfect: be healthy with healthy foods and equally healthy thoughts. The onion is a win-win situation all around: healthy to cultivate, eat and use.

Thank you, voted up, etc.,

Derdriu


hamza 4 years ago

Thank you for this information value


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rajan jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

Hi ReuVera,

I found this hub of yours, copied on a website exactly, by one Hina Khan. The website address is

http://www.articlesbase.com/health-articles/miracl...

This so called writer has copied atleast on more hub from a hubber here. I'm writing to him too.

I would suggest you take up this issue with the writer, the website owner and finally with the DCMA if the copied article isn't taken down.


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ReuVera 4 years ago from USA Author

Hi Rajan Jolly. Thank you for the lead. This hub was copied before too and I took care of it through DCMA. Right now I am contacting the website where my hub was copied this time.

It is a shame how some people steal internet content and even don't think that it is theft.....

Thank you again.


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Scribenet 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Wow, Grandma knew a lot! I have to try some of these! thanks for a great Hub!


Diya 4 years ago

Brilliant Post !!

I love to use natural products anyway. Thanks ReuVera for sharing this.


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tirelesstraveler 4 years ago from California

Wow! Have used Quercetin for allergies for years. I have also heard of dying fabric with onion peels. Now I shall try hair. This hub gets my BEST find of the day award. Going to link it to several of my hubs. Voting up interesting useful and awesome!


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ReuVera 4 years ago from USA Author

Thank you, I appreciate it very much!


sana 3 years ago

thanx


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creativelycc 3 years ago from Maine

Excellent Hub, I didn't realize that onion peels had so many health benefits. When I think of all the onion peel I've wasted over the years not knowing that they were so useful. I'll definitely keep some onions peels for now on and make a tea or use is in my hair when it grows back after chemo. The best to you!


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Careermommy 3 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

I'm curious now what onion peel tea tastes like. It seems like with all of these nutritious benefits it is definitely worth a try. This was an excellent hub, with valuable information, and it was very well written. Definitely worth hub of the day.


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rajan jolly 3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

Vera, not only is this hub a delight to read but has so much of practically useful info. Who would have thought onion peels of all the things had so many awesome benefits. I have written a hub on the health benefits of onions but you have really excelled here.

Being a lover of all remedies and foods that are natural I appreciate this info and will be book marking this hub.

Voting up, useful and awesome and sharing this hub as well.


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Marilyn Kee 3 years ago from Penang, Malaysia

Oh gosh! How much i hate onions. Guess I should learn to love it as it brings so much of benefits. Yikes. I'll definitely share this let the world know how awesome onions are.


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Nila says 3 years ago from CA,USA

It is a total surprise to know the onion peels have so many uses. Thanks for the informative hub. But I am scared to use it as a tea or in soups because of the fertilizers and insecticides being used in vegetation. Sad thing!

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