Description : Allium cepa, the onion (also called bulb onion or common onion) and the shallot, is a monocot bulbous perennial.
Uses : Onion has numerous medicinal uses for treating diseases. Onion is used almost in all the medicinal systems. Different plant parts are used in various forms such as raw, hot or cold water extracts, fresh or dried, decocted or extracted with water or butanol. These are used either orally, aurally or externally to treat several ailments.
Nutritional facts of onion : Onion protects the body from different diseases helps in maintaining good health. Onions are abundant with minerals and vitamins. It contains Vitamin A, B complex and C. The variety having sulphur, calcium and iron. Onion is one of the best aphrodisiacs and having many medicinal features and values.
Top 10 benefits of eating raw onion :
1. Onion regains consciousness
Onion contains isophenyl propyl amine, where inhaling strong smell of ammonia givesrelief in regaining consciousness in the diseases like giddiness, epileptic fits, hysteria and severe headache.
2. Onion for arthritis treatment
When poultice of onion along with mustard oil is applied over painful joints, it provides relief. The paste is also effective in case of wounds and ulcers.
3. Onion as disinfectant
The paste of the unripe onion is a very good disinfectant. The paste is effective for insect bites and skin related problems.
4. Onion cures headache
When the onion paste is applied on feet sole, it eases from headache. The people of warmer region also use the paste on forehead to get relief from the scorching heat.
5. Onion for cataract
Onion juice is good for eyes and used as eye cleansing medium. The juice of onion and honey when put 2-3 drops on eyes, it is a good treatment for preventing cataract.
6. Onion as an appetizer
Onion pickles when prepared with the combination of black pepper, cumin seeds and salt, acts as an excellent appetizer.
7. Onion for earache
Fresh juice is a good treatment for earache. It should be used as 2-3 drops in a day.
8. Onion for stomach pain
For stomachache, the juice of onion is beneficial when it is taken along with ginger powder and salt. Onion juice is also beneficial for hoarseness of voice.
9. Onion is good for common cold
Inhalation of onion is good when the person is suffering from common cold and epitaxis. It is also effective for teeth and gum disorders.
10. Onion relieves amoebic dysentery
The mixture of onion+ ginger powder + vinegar provides relief when a person is suffering from Amoebic dysentery and hepatosplenomegaly.