Onion Folk & Home Remedies: Everything Can be Cured With an Onion
Onions: The Amazing Cure All
Onions can cure anything...okay that might be exaggerating just a little bit, but they truly are Mother Nature's little wonders in terms of just how many ailments they can treat. It is astounding just how many folk and home remedies exist that involve an onion - warts, fevers, burns, even cancer can be remedied with onions. Read on to find the onion folk remedy that can cure what ails you.
Medicinal Qualities of the Onion
There is a reason why onions are used in so many folk remedies, they are chock-full of a flavonoid called quercetin. The highest concentration of quercetin can be found in red onions at the part of the bulb closest to the root and in its outermost rings nearest the skin, however many onion remedies call for the use of white and yellow onions as well. Quercetin acts as a powerful antioxidant, antihistamine, anti-cholesterol, and anti-inflammatory. Onions also have antibiotic properties and the ability to remove toxins from the body. They are best used in their raw form to access these medicinal qualities.
Important Note: For the purpose of using a food as medicine, it is always best to use food that has been grown organically and locally. Onions bought in a conventional grocery store are often grown for appearance and have traveled long distances which greatly reduce their nutritional value. Organic, locally grown onions are best for all folk and home remedies.
Onions to Help a Cold
Probably the most common onion folk remedy is for the common cold. Recommendations vary from eating a raw whole onion at the first sign of a cold to boiling an onion and drinking it in a tea with ginger and honey. Eating the raw onion should help clear your sinuses almost instantaneously and the onion tea acts as a strong antibiotic elixir and soothes soar throats.
Onions to Bring Down a Fever
This may be the most unusual home remedy involving an onion by far that I've come across, but those who have tried it swear by it. Here is what you need to to do.
To lower a high fever:
- Put chopped potatoes, chopped onions and and a hint of minced garlic in a pair of socks
- Put them on your feet and get in bed
- Place a cloth soaked in apple cider vinegar on your forehead
Your temperature should come down in the next hour or so...if not at least you have the makings of an interesting foot soup.
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Onions to Cure a Cough
One onion home remedy I am sure to try the next time I have a nagging cough is a simple onion relish made with an onion and brown sugar.
Onion Cough Relish
- Peel a large onion and cut in half
- Cover the tops of both halves in 1/2 tblsp brown sugar
- Let sit for an hour and then scoop up the syrupy contents from the dish.
- Take twice daily
The brown sugar pulls out the medicinal juice of the onion and helps make taking onion juice more palatable. Let's face it, it can't be any worse then cough syrup. Those who use it swear by it and what's not to love, simple, effective, all natural and cheap.
Another simple cough remedy involving onions requires you to drink the juice of an onion mixed with honey. The honey soothes your cough while the onion juice is a good general antibiotic.
Onions for Earaches and Wax Build Up
Does your earache? Do you struggle with wax build up? This might sound crazy, but put an onion in your ear. No not the whole thing, just the inner most portion, otherwise know as the heart if the onion, and then go to bed. When you wake up your ear will be feeling better due to the anti-inflammatory properties of the onion. Your earwax will also be softened for easy removal because of the onion juice. Plus sleeping with an onion in your ear may help to drown out your partner's snoring, so win-win, right?
Onions to Remove an Eye Irritiant
This onion folk remedy is such common sense I can't believe I have never consider doing it before. It's as simple as cutting an onion to get the tears flowing to help ease the irritant out of the eye. Be sure not to rub your eye as this can worsen your condition and cause serious injury.
Onions to Heal a Cut
Who else rushes to their first aid kit for a band aid and some medicated ointment every time they get a cut? I know I used to. Well not any more, you'll find me rushing to my onion basket. Just slice an onion in half and let the juice run onto your cut to keep it clean and prevent infection. Then peel some of the translucent onion skin from the onion and place it over top of the cut to seal it. The bleeding should stop very quickly and your wound will be protected. For larger cuts place a small piece of gauze or some paper medical tape to keep the onion skin in place. Change twice a day until the cut has healed.
Onion Juice to Heal Surgical Wounds
If an onion can heal a small cut, it stands to reason that it can do wonders in healing a larger incision. Honestly, I am continually amazed by the healing properties of onions and this remedy seals it for me. Can you imagine being healed by an onion in a hospital rather than a heap of drugs? It really makes me wonder why hospitals and conventional medicine in general have not embraced natural remedies like this? I guess medication is big business and onions are not.
Again, this remedy is so simple and yet so effective, just rub the juice of an onion on your incision and let the healing begin. The naturally occurring antibiotic and anti-inflammatory properties of the onion go to work on the wound and help the body heal quickly and without the aid of drugs. This remedy works very well to prevent scarring especially in people with darker skin.
Onion to Remove Infection
If you find yourself with an infected cut, boil, insect bite or even cellulitis, give this onion paste home remedy a try.
Onion Paste to Draw Out Infection:
- Boil milk and pour it onto a thick slice of white bread
- Grate an onion on top of the bread
- Mash it into a paste
- Clean the infected area and apply the onion, milk, bread paste
- Apply the paste to the infected area
- Sit still and allow the paste to harden and suck out the infection.
It is important not to break the seal. Within a few hours the infection will start to come out of your body. Clean and repeat twice daily until the infection is gone.
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Onions to Heal a Burn
Burn yourself on a pan while cooking? Quick grab an onion. Just slice it in half and apply it directly to the burn for two minutes. The soothing and healing should start right away. Then, to promote healing, whip up some egg whites and apply to the burned area and let it dry forming a protective barrier. Cover with a clean gauze bandage. Clean and replace bandage as needed. You will be shocked with how fast your burn heals and the lack of scarring.
Onion to Soothe Bee Stings and Other Insect Bites
If you are stung by a bee or wasp, carefully remove the stinger by scraping across your skin with your fingernail or a credit card. Do not try to pinch the stinger out as it will only push more venom into your system. Once the stinger has been removed cover, the bite with a grated or crushed white onion. The onion's anti-inflammatory properties will reduce the swelling and onions also act as a natural antihistamine.
Onion Wart Cure
Oh warts! So many children get the wart virus and end up with lumpy, bumpy fingers for a while. The next time this happens skip the medicine isle and cut a tiny piece of onion, the size of your wart, and secure it over your wart with a band-aid. The onion will literally burn the wart off your finger in a few days. Be sure to use a wart sized onion or risk burning the skin surrounding your wart.
Onions to Lower Blood Pressure
If you struggle with high blood pressure, onions, much like their cousin garlic, can help get those numbers down. The quercitin found in yellow and red onions not only helps lower your blood pressure, but can help in the fight against heart disease and stroke.
To experience the full benefit of this onion home remedy it is best to eat at least one if not two onions a day either raw or lightly sauteed. Fully cooked onions are not nearly as effective as the heat destroys a lot of their healing properties.
Onions to Lower Cholesterol
Are your cholesterol numbers worrying you and your doctor? Try adding a half a raw onion to your diet a day and watch those numbers improve. In just one month you could see an improvement and avoid the need for medication all together.
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Onions to Stop Vomitting
I have to admit that I was a little skeptical when I first read about using onions to cure vomiting, but a the same home remedy came up several times from various sources leading me to believe that this is the real deal. People reported getting this recipe from Yogi's and grandmothers alike. The instructions are rather specific and the remedy won't work unless done in the right sequence.
Cure for Vomiting:
- grate 1 white or yellow onion
- place the grated onion in cheesecloth or paper towel and press out the juice
- make a cup of strong peppermint tea and let it cool
- drink two teaspoons of onion juice
- wait five minutes
- drink two teaspoons of peppermint tea
- vomiting should stop immediately, nausea should be gone within 15 minutes, if not repeat both onion juice and peppermint tea until symptoms subside
Onion Juice Therapy for Cancer
Is it possible that drinking onion juice can stave off and even fight cancer? A lot of people think so, so much so that they commit to drinking a glass of this potent stuff once a day. Although there is little scientific data to back up this onion home remedy, I certainly think it would be worth a try.
This remedy requires the juice of organic, strong flavored onions grown in soil close to where you live. Yellow onions work best for this remedy. Using a juicer would be your easiest option for extracting the potent onion juice, but if you don't have one, a hand held juicer, like the kind used for juicing an orange would do in a pinch.
For maximum impact it is important to drink the onion juice straight and not eat or drink anything for an hour afterwards. It sounds crazy and unpleasant, but pales in comparison to having cancer I'm sure. So raise a glass of onion juice and drink to your health!
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Other Unusual Uses for Onions
My search for onion home remedies yielded so many results that it was impossible to share them all here, but here are a few of the more unusual ones that I just couldn't resist mentioning:
- Rub onion juice on you as a bug repellent
- Use the juice of an onion to repel moths
- Rub onion juice on the scalp to promote hair growth
- Rub an onion on your skin to prevent freckling
- Use an onion to polish glass and copper wear
- Rubbing an onion on iron will prevent it from rusting
- Boiled onion water, cooled and sprayed on plants will repel pests
An Onion A Day...
Reviewing this long list of onion folk and home remedies leads me to believe that Mother Nature is one smart lady. Could it be possible that everything we need to heal ourselves is growing around us? Wouldn't that be amazing? It certainly brings new meaning to the idea of universal healthcare.
So in the spirit of good health for all, give one or some of these onion remedies a try to share the info with others. Who knows, maybe the age old saying will have to be changed from "an apple a day keeps the doctor away," to "An onion a day..."
Happiness and health for all!
Disclaimer: I am not a medical professional. The folk and home remedies in this article should not be used as a substitute for conventional medical advice should it be required. We are all personally responsible for our own health.