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Onions - Allium Cepa The onion is grown worldwide, has been used across many continents and by many religions for its healing properties. It is probably the most important bulb vegetable in terms of its healing properties. It is used both in its green stage as a scallion (spring onion), or green onion, and in its mature stage as a bulb. The volatile oil that is the source of the onion’s pungent flavour comes from the onions tightly packed globe of leaves. Thought to have originated in Asia, the onion has been cultivated since ancient times. The bulb of the onion is used in cooking and medicinally, like garlic, it warms the body and stimulates the circulation thus they have long been considered the mainstay of every household remedy chest. Allium has many healing properties and is often used to treat earache and toothache in children, as well as the acute symptoms of a cold and related headaches. It also relieves streaming eyes and noses, headaches, burning pain, and neuralgia and pains that move from side to side, commonly from left to right – as it has great antibiotic properties, it draws out infection by causing the body to “weep” which in turn helps to release toxins. For treatment of your cold, mix the juice of an onion with honey and take, as you would cough medicine. Coughing (as Allium is known to strengthen the lungs) and the early states of laryngitis can also be helped as can colic in babies – add a chopped onion to milk and simmer for twenty minutes on the stove, strain before serving. It can be kept in the fridge for several days and warmed when required. It is particularly good for the treatment of hay fever symptoms – profuse discharge, smarting and swollen eyes, sneezing, sore noses, and the upper lip when it has been irritated due to your streaming nose. Allium is excellent in the treatment of burns – macerate a raw onion and use on burns to help th
e healing process – it also acts as an antiseptic. This can also be used for putting on bruises and unbroken chilblains – however, be warned, you may loose a few friends in the process. I have already mentioned load of aliments, which benefit from Allium, however, it is also good for helping reduce serum cholesterol after the consumption of a fatty meal. Medical evidence has stated that regular consumption of onions, both raw and cooked, may provide protection against some cancers, and it has also been recommended that if you are at risk to heart disease or circulatory disorders, that you eat it daily. As you can see, the good old everyday common onion, which is cheap to buy and easy to cook, can do you more good than you realise.
A perennial that produces onions. It has a variety of uses. Doctors recommend the onion for some vitamins and to arose the appetite.