Facts About Foods And Their Medicinal Uses


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Saturday, March 14, 2020


The uses of the onion are many and varied. Fresh onion juice promotes
perspiration, relieves constipation and bronchitis, induces sleep, is good for
cases of scurvy and sufferers from lead colic. It is also excellent for bee and
wasp stings.

Onions are noted for their nerve-soothing properties. They are also beautifiers of
the complexion. But moderation must be observed in their use or they are apt to
disagree. Not everyone can digest onions, although I believe them to be more
easily digested raw than cooked.
A raw onion may be rubbed on unbroken chilblains with good results. If broken,
the onion should be roasted. The heart of a roasted onion placed in the ear is an
old-fashioned remedy for earache.
Raw onions are a powerful antiseptic. They also attract disease germs to
themselves, and for this reason may be placed in a sickroom with advantage.
Needless to say, they should afterwards be burnt or buried. Culpeper, the ancient
herbalist, says that they "draw corruption unto them." It is possibly for this
reason that the Vedanta forbids them to devout Hindoos.
Garlic possesses the same properties as the onion, but in a very much stronger
degree. Leeks are very much milder than the onion.

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