They make you cry and they give you bad breath, but beneath the layers onions are a versatile food with a variety of uses and have much to offer your health.
Varying in shape, size and color, this vegetable is easily used in different types of recipes including salads, soups and burgers. But onions are good for much more than just being eaten. You can use them for your home and body, too.
Unique Uses and Benefits of Onions
While I’ve heard of onions being used to repel bugs, I had no idea they could do all of the following things! Check out the list below to see all of the amazing things you can do with an onion.
Make burned rice edible again
If you’re worried about wasting ruined rice, there’s no need! Care2.com says to “simply place half of an onion on top of the rice. It will absorb the burned taste.”
You can also “prevent your avocados from browning by storing them in a plastic airtight container with red onions,” says care2.com. “Place half of an onion in the container first, skin side up, and then place the avocado. You can use red onion to store guacamole, too: Place some slices on top of the guac’ in a plastic container.”
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Onions are commonly added to a wide variety of dishes to add flavor and texture. Yellow and red onions are usually sweeter in taste, while white onions have a sharper, spicier flavor. Red onions also add a nice color to salads.
Onions can improve the digestive system. If you have a digestion problem, then onions can cure it by increasing the release of the digestion juices.
Onions increase the insulin in the body and also treat diabetes by controlling the sugar levels in the blood.
Onions can be used to prevent cancers of the head, neck and colon.
Inflammation from arthritis in the joints can be healed with onions.
Rich in nutrients
Onions are rich in sulphur, fibers, potassium, calcium, vitamin B, vitamin C and they are low in fat, cholesterol and sodium.
Protect against infections
Onions have antibiotic, antiseptic, antimicrobial and carminative properties to help you stay away from infections.
Use in place of smelling salts
Overwork yourself? Feeling light-headed? Onions are a great natural remedy to use instead of smelling salts.
Treat illnesses and allergies
Onions provide an immediate cure for fevers, common cold, cough, sore throat, allergies, etc. Mixing onion juice and honey can cure these problems easily. Moreover, placing a small piece of onion on your forehead can work against the side effects of a fever.
Provide a good night’s sleep
Consuming onions daily has been found to be an effective cure for insomnia and sleeping disorders.
Boost cognitive function
Adding onions to your diet improves memory and strengthens the nervous system.
Slice onion and then crush it. Combine crushed onion with water. With a cloth, dab it on the metal surface. Rub until clean.
Get rid of paint smell
The same mixture described for polishing metal works great for combating the unpleasant, and sometimes unhealthy, odors of paints and varnishes.
Okay, so this particular use is actually for the mesh packaging that onions are often sold in, but hey — a way to re-use unnecessary packaging, right?! The mesh is a perfect tool to clean all that gunk that builds up on sponges. Cut it up into smaller pieces for best results.
Clean your grill
Chop an onion in half, and turn on your grill. Using a fork, glide the onion on the grill to scrub it clean.
Make a DIY dye
Onion skins make great dyes! Place the skins in nylon panty hose, tie top shut, and boil in a pot for about 20 minutes.
Cleanse the air
According to livingtraditionally.com, placing onion slices on plates throughout your house can purify the air of viruses and bacteria.
Soothe a sore throat
Making onion tea is a great remedy for soothing sore throats. On the stovetop, boil water with onion peels in it (about 1 cup of water for the peels of 1/2 an onion.) Bring to a boil, remove onion and serve.
Fight cold and flu
According to littlethings.com, putting onions in your socks and sleeping with them by your feet at night is said to help alleviate cold, flu, and fever-like symptoms.
Ease the pain of burns
Rubbing onions onto burns helps soothe the pain.
Experiencing bodily pain? Onions can be fried in sesame or castor oil and used to heal any aches.
Have a splinter that just won’t budge? Try taping (yes, with tape, or a adhesive bandage) a piece of raw onion to it. Hold tight for about an hour before removing the onion.
Rubbing an onion on your skin is a simple way to repel bugs.
Soothe insect bites and stings
In addition to repelling insects, if you happen to fail to escape from them, rubbing onion onto bug bites will help to ease the pain.
Stop a nosebleed
Inhaling a small piece of onion can stop or slow down bleeding through the nose.
Treat head lice and hair loss
Onions are surprisingly great for your hair. You can use onion juice on the hair or the scalp to get rid of lice and combat hair thinning.
For a hair loss treatment, all you need to do is juice an onion in a juicer and add ½ teaspoon of honey to it. You can add any essential oil of your choice to suppress the smell. Apply this mixture all over your hair or onto the portions that appear thin. Leave it overnight and do not cover your head. Shampoo your hair the next morning. This should be done at least once to thrice a week for best results.
The juice from onions is sometimes used as eye drops to clear vision in children.
Fights tooth decay
Onion juice is also used to treat toothaches for decaying teeth.
This humble vegetable can provide you with a healthy and glowing skin, thanks to the presence of rich amounts of the antioxidant vitamins A, C and E. Both the consumption and the topical application of onions can provide numerous benefits to your skin. Here are are few ways:
- Fade dark spots: Applying onion and turmeric juice on your dark patches can help remove them.
- Reduce wrinkles: Massaging your skin with fresh onion juice helps increase the blood circulation and improves the overall appearance of your skin by imparting a more youthful and radiant appearance.
- Treat acne: Mix 1 tablespoon of onion juice or extract with 1 tablespoon of olive oil and apply it on your face. Leave it on for 20 minutes and then wash off.
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