The pungent smell of onions and the tears it give us, keeps us away from them. But on the other hand onion lavishes us with it’s innumerable benefits. It also add oodles of taste in our food. We will be amazed to see how onions , which are so cheaply available in the supermarket are of this importance to us. Onions are not only used in cooking to enhance the taste but also used to cure health problems related to skin and hair. It has many antibiotic , anti fungal and antiseptic properties which makes onion so precious. The reason for our tears during slicing or chopping of onions is because onions produce a sulphur based gas. When this gas interacts with the tears, it produces sulphuric acid. To lessen down our tears we can refrigerate the onions for 15-20 minutes and then start peeling them and slicing them. Onions come in many varieties like red, yellow, green and white. My personal favourite is green onion, as I love the green leaves it has. But the yellow ones are considered to be the sweetest among all.
Health Benefits :
- Onions have Vitamin C which helps in improving immunity.
- Onions have chromium which helps in reducing and regulating blood sugar and also helps in increasing insulin in the body.
- Raw onions help in reducing the production of LDL i.e. bad cholesterol, hence keep the heart healthy.
- 1 tsp of onion juice when combined with 1 tsp of melted jaggery (gur), helps in curing dry cough.
- Applying onion juice on the area where honey bee has stung, saves you from instant pain and burning sensation.
- Onions are natural blood thinner and helps in reducing the risk of a heart attack.
Skin Benefits :
- Onions help in reducing premature ageing of the skin.
- Onions have antioxidant named Quercetin which helps to keep the skin wrinkle free.
- Onion massage helps in overall blood circulation of the face and keeps it fresh and rejuvenating.
- Onions have powerful antiseptic properties which helps in protecting the skin from acne causing bacteria.
- 1 tbsp of onion juice when mixed with with 1 tsp of olive oil, helps in curing of acne and pimples.
- Onions help in lightening the skin complexion.
- Combining together 1 tbsp of onion juice with 2 tbsp of gram flour and 1/2 tsp of milk and applying over the face will help in reducing the dark skin tone, pigmentation and dark spots.
Hair Benefits :
- Onion juice is used in thickening of hair and removal of dandruff from the scalp.
- Onion juice is used to increase the length of the hair.
- Combining together onion juice with olive oil or coconut oil and applying it over the scalp will not not help in increasing the hair length but will also give them more shine and strength.
- Onion acts as a natural conditioner.
- Onion juice when combined with fenugreek paste and applied on hair for half an hour, nourishes them and keeps them soft and silky.