Health through plants with Sandra Della Signora

The onion, from the kitchen to the universal remedy

I often find when recommending plants that many of us have few specimens on hand in case of an emergency. So I propose recipes with what we find in the kitchen. And the onion is a food of choice that has many secrets to reveal to us…

Ordinary food, you think, well no! It has many virtues that give it significant medicinal power. If your natural pharmacy is empty, consider the onion for many ailments! It is first of all a food very rich in antioxidants, including vitamin C, selenium, flavonoids… Which makes it a vegetable of choice against cellular aging. Rich in inulin, its bulb plays the role

prebiotic that feeds your intestinal flora and facilitates transit. Be careful though for irritable bowels for which it can cause irritation, especially when eaten raw.

It has been known for a long time for its antiseptic and anti-infective principles that can be used in different situations: genital and urinary infections, wounds, ulcers, bites

and bites. Or boil, paronychia and abscess and in this case it is cooked under the ashes or in a covered saucepan over low heat. It has in an antibiotic action that prevents the development

staphylococcus aureus.

It is also a plant of choice for colds and lung ailments by calming coughs and promoting sputum. It is used rather cooked in this case. Allium cepa, from its small Latin name,

is known in homeopathy to manage rhinitis, clear runny nose and eyes. Alternatively, a raw onion cut in half and placed on the bedside table can reduce nighttime coughs. Raw onion pulp as a poultice can be effective against migraines and neuralgia. In mother tincture, onion is one of the remedies to relieve inflammation and hypertrophy of the prostate (in

associating it with stinging nettle root and willowherb). Macerate a chopped raw onion for 24 hours in red wine to obtain a vermifuge drink… Excellent diuretic, it acts on all kinds of oedema. It also has hypoglycemic effects, to be integrated without concern into the diets of diabetics. In short, consume it with all the sauces, preventive or curative, the onion brings you longevity and comfort!

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