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Onions And Their Healing Properties

Onions, a member of the allium family, are related to leeks shallots, garlic and scallions. Smelly though they are, they have been used for centuries for their remarkable healing properties. Asian cultures, Egyptians, Romans, and ancient Greeks revered onions. They believed these globes helped to fight infection, relieved indigestion, eased joint discomfort and many other ailments. From modern studies we know that onions have antibiotic and anti-inflammatory properties. It has also been found useful as a diuretic and as an effective expectorant (this would make it helpful for fighting coughs, colds and flu bugs).

Onions, like other members of the allium family, are high in flavonoids and powerful antioxidants known to prevent many diseases in the body. They are particularly high in the flavonoid quercetin, which in recent studies has been shown to prevent heart disease by keeping cholesterol from attaching to the walls of our arteries and also preventing the sticking together of blood platelets and the formation of clots. A 2006 British study shows that people who eat the most quercetin-rich foods (particularly onion soup in this study) have reduced their risk of thrombosis and cardiovascular disease. Quercetin has also been used to stop tumors from growing and is often used for cancer prevention. In central Georgia, where Vidalia onions are grown, statistics show that deaths from stomach cancer is almost 50% lower than in the rest of the United States. Onions are also very rich in fructo-oligosaccharides, compounds that have been shown to stimulate growth of healthy bifidobacteria and suppress the growth of potentially harmful bacteria in the colon. This may account in part for onion’s role in preventing colon cancer.

According to the American Heart Association, onions are a natural and effective way to raise one’s HDL (good) cholesterol. Researchers have shown that by eating white or yellow onions, HDL can be raised significantly, up to 30 percent over time. University of Utah researchers have found evidence that quercetin may even reduce high blood pressure.

Onion’s many sulfur compounds are responsible, not only for their wonderful smell and irritation to eyes, but also for their powerful antimicrobial properties that effectively battle numerous bacteria, including subtilis, salmonella, and E. coli.

The Downside

The unfortunate thing is that when onions are cooked, most of the beneficial effects we get from onions are greatly reduced or even lost during the cooking process, so you should eat them raw whenever possible. Some have even suggested juicing onions and adding two to three teaspoons of honey to the juice as a way to maximize their beneficial potential. This juice, taken for a period of about three weeks, will reduce the length and severity of a cold, the flu or other virus. A good buying tip is that the smellier and stronger the onion, the more potent its healing properties are.

Other Medicinal Uses

  • A compress can be applied to the skin to relieve acne, arthritis and congestion
  • A natural wormer (however studies have shown onions are toxic to cats and dogs)
  • Natural diuretic
  • Relieves intestinal disorders (by stimulating the contraction and expansion of the intestines, onions help to remove intestinal putrefaction and excess gas)
  • Indigestion
  • Headaches
  • Earaches
  • Toothache
  • Prevents tooth decay
  • Laryngitis
  • Colic
  • Angina
  • Jaundice
  • Sunstroke
  • Stimulating hair growth

A Simple and Effective Cough Syrup

Choose one or more of the potent onion varieties. Slice 2-3 medium onions. Place one layer of onions in a glass bowl and cover with organic sucanat or brown sugar. Continue layering onions and sucanat or brown sugar until all onions are layered. For a more powerful remedy, add ¼ cup of Manuka honey. (This is the recommendation of the source I researched. However, it’s really better to use honey from your local area beekeepers. The bees in your area are gathering pollen from YOUR environment, and this helps fight whatever allergy or irritant you’re being exposed to.)

Cover with plastic wrap and leave on kitchen counter for 24 hours, stirring occasionally to insure onions have been fully covered. Drain liquid into a glass jar after 24 hours. Take 2 tablespoons, as needed, for coughs and respiratory congestion. Refrigerate after use. Keeps up to one week in the refrigerator.

Onion Plaster for Chest Congestion

Gather three or four large onions—yellow or brown preferably. Quarter and place into the top of a steamer. While the onions are steaming, prepare a piece of cheesecloth. Open cheesecloth into a large square, or double if it is very large. You should end up with a square 10” x 10” or smaller – depending on the size of your patient.

Steam the onions until soft and allow to cool slightly. Using a slotted spoon, spoon the onions onto the cheesecloth. Fold cheesecloth over the onions. Press out remaining liquid as you fold. Fasten the bundle closed with knots or safety pins to keep the onions from falling out. Place the onion plaster on the chest of your patient. The plaster must be warm, but not warm enough to burn the skin.



Sliced raw onions wrapped in cheesecloth and placed the forehead. Let sit 15-30 minutes. Repeat 2-3 times daily, as needed.


Small raw onions chopped and missed with dry mustard placed in cheesecloth bundles and placed on affected joints. Let sit 15-30 minutes. Repeat 2-3 times daily, as needed.


Baked onions wrapped in a cheesecloth bundle and placed on the affected areas. Place on the face in the area where the affected tooth/teeth are. Let sit 15-30 minutes. Repeat 2-3 times daily, as needed.


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  1. ALthough your inforamtion and intentions are good, you must understand the use of an onion and how it’s use can also be harmful. For instance, you suggest that one can use a peeled onion for upto one week as long as it is refrigerated…this is incorrect. I fyou understand the true healing properties of an onion, than you need to understand it natural and amazing absorption properties. When you first peel an onion and use it, you are fine. But once you peel it, it immediately begins to absorb bacteria, which igreat for a bacterial infection, or simply gathering abcteria from it’s current environment, therefore when you leave you leave your onionn unpeeled and un-used it is absorbing bacteria; even when wrapped and put back in the fridge, because now the onion has absorbed all of the bacteria from the refrigerator and THE LST THING YOU WANT TO DO IS RE-USE OR EAT THE ONION RAW, FOR YOU WILL DIGEST ALL OF THE BACTERIA IT HAS ABSORBED. EVEN WHEN IT IS IN A SALAD, SOUP, OR OTHER LEFT OVER MEALS. Please change this suggestion in which you have suggested because you are causing more harm than good. This theory goes as far back as the ancient romans and greeks, who cherished the natural healing and absorption properties of an onion and used it only once. Please make the necessary changes to your above article, for your suggestion to re-use it is the worst thing one can do with an onion. FYI; if you are going to teach other about natural uses, please understand and research them FULLY. For you are only contributing to disease and infection which lead to more seroious conditions within the human body, when you don’t fully understand what you are talking about.

  2. Wow, did you just seriously copy this post word for word from another blogger? And with absolutely NO ATTRIBUTION whatsoever?!? That’s just shameful and completely unprofessional. I understand the internet is a place of sharing information, but it’s also a place of mutual respect between bloggers, and that respect is displayed through attribution of borrowed content.

    Here is the original post that I’m referring to. Notice that this blogger includes a personal story from her sister (including the recipe at the end for the cough syrup!). Shame!

  3. Thanks for the info. This was circulating over Fb and thought if try it once I get sick…
    I’m sick now. Last night I peeled 2 big onions and cut them in half, put one on either side of me.
    Slept. Woke up still sick, but will continue to do this. Eager to see if it works.

    Any other recipe suggestions for someone sick in bed with the common cold, cough, chest congestion,

  4. I’m allergic to capsicum and half way thru eating street vendor halal food I noticed a burning feeling thru out my body especially my feet. My food had pieces of green chillies with seeds intact I immediately threw out my food but suffered the consequences the rest of the day into the next day until I could not bare it any longer. My sister Good had mentioned the power of the onion a while ago and my sis Ahp always has remedies and recommended flat 7-up so I decided to google it. Last night I went to target and got a large white onion sliced it and onion socked it and immediately felt a cooling sensation and fell asleep around 11 and woke up at 3:30 am feeling great the burning and tingling are virtually gone I feel fab – “thus behold the power of the mighty Onion”. Thank you GOD, my Arc Angels,
    Mom & Dad (May God bless your souls I miss you both RIP” and my sister Good for the recommendation and sis Ahp for always having helpful advice! I love you all and hope this write up helps others as it has helped me. Btw I’m going to drink the 7-Up now as the onion smell is making me queazy.

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