Onion – the amazing ‘cure-all’

Everything can be cured with an onion

Onions can cure anything…okay that might be exaggerating just a little bit, but they truly are Mother Nature’s little wonders in terms of just how many ailments they can treat. It is astounding just how many folk and home remedies exist that involve an onion – warts, fevers, burns, even cancer can be remedied with onions. Read on to find the onion folk remedy that can cure what ails you.

Medicinal qualities of the onion

There is a reason why onions are used in so many folk remedies, they are chalk full of a flavonoid called quercetin. The highest concentration of quercetin can be found in red onions at the part of the bulb closest to the root and in its outer most rings nearest the skin, however many onion remedies call for the use of white and yellow onions as well. Quercetin acts as a powerful antioxidant, antihistamine, anti-cholesterol, and anti-inflammatory. Onions also have antibiotic properties and the ability to remove toxins from the body. They are best used in their raw form to access these medicinal qualities.

Important note: For the purpose of using a food as medicine, it is always best to use food that has been grown organically and locally. Onions bought in a conventional grocery store are often grown for appearance and have traveled long distances which greatly reduce their nutritional value. Organic, locally grown onions are best for all folk and home remedies.

1Onions to help a cold

Probably the most common onion folk remedy is for the common cold. Recommendations vary from eating a raw whole onion at the first sign of a cold to boiling an onion and drinking it in a tea with ginger and honey. Eating the raw onion should help clear your sinuses almost instantaneously and the onion tea acts as a strong antibiotic elixir and soothes soar throats.

2Onions to bring down a fever

This may be the most unusual home remedy involving an onion by far that I’ve come across, but those who have tried it swear by it. Here is what you need to to do.

To lower a high fever:

  • Put chopped potatoes, chopped onions and and a hint of minced garlic in a pair of socks
  • Put them on your feet and get in bed
  • Place a cloth soaked in apple cider vinegar on your forehead

Your temperature should come down in the next hour or so…if not at least you have the makings of an interesting foot soup.

3Onions to cure a cough

One onion home remedy I am sure to try the next time I have a nagging cough is a simple onion relish made with an onion and brown sugar.

Onion cough relish – recipe:

  • Peel a large onion and cut in half
  • Cover the tops of both halves in 1/2 tblsp brown sugar
  • Let sit for an hour and then scoop up the syrupy contents from the dish.
  • Take twice daily

The brown sugar pulls out the medicinal juice of the onion and helps make taking onion juice more palatable. Let’s face it, it can’t be any worse than cough syrup. Those who use it swear by it and what’s not to love, simple, effective, all natural and cheap.

Another simple cough remedy involving onions requires you to drink the juice of an onion mixed with honey. The honey soothes your cough while the onion juice is a good general antibiotic.

4Onions for earaches and wax build up


Does your ear ache? Do you struggle with wax build up? This might sound crazy, but put an onion in your ear…

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