Traditionally, people have relied on onions to purify the blood and aid the heart and circulation?
Modern research has shown that raw onions significantly lower bad LFL (low density lipoprotein) cholesterol, helping to protect against heart attacks.
We all know and respect the onion, below we list some of its beneficial properties.
Raw or cooked, onions reduce blood pressure, thin the blood, and dissolve blood clots.
Particularly when raw, onions are a pungent digestive stimulant and a good tonic for liver disorders, flatulence and chronic constipation. They enhance digestion and absorption, acting as a nutritional energy tonic during convalesce and for tiredness, exhaustion, and anaemia. Onions are powerfully antiseptic, and will help ward off respiratory , gastrointestinal, and urinary tract infections. Their pungent effect increases circulation and causes sweating, helping to bring down fevers and sweat out colds and flu. Onions are excellent for sore throats, pharyngitis, rhinitis, colds, phlegm, sinusitis, breaking up mucus congestion, and as an expectorant for coughs and bronchitis. As a blood cleanser and diuretic, onions are good for water retention, urinary gravel, arthritis and gout.
For wasp or bee stings, dab on a raw piece of cut onion and place a slice on the sting. For warts, chop onions, cover with salt, and leave overnight. Dab the warts twice daily with the juice. You can also apply onion to burns, cuts, boils abbesses, and animal bites; use it as drops for earache; and apply with cotton wool to ease toothache. Grated onion can be used as a poultice for chilblains and, when applies to the head and inhaled, to relieve headaches and migraine.
In modern folklore, onions are used throughout the world with incredible versatility. Onions are powerfully antiseptic, and research has confirmed their ability to fight many infections bacteria, including salmonella. They have also been shown to lower cholesterol when half a medium raw onion is eaten each day. Research suggests that onion juice is cooked onions juice reduces blood sugar - and investigations continue into the use of the sulphur compounds in onions as an anti cancer remedy. Small wonder the ancients saw this miracle plant as a cure for all ailments.
Food is warmed by the addition of the onion, so that other flavours are brought out. Their presence encourages digestive juices to flow, so that you make better use of the food you eat.
Onions are easy to grow. They like a well drained soil and a fairly dry growing season. They are lifted and dried when the stems die down in late summer.