Plants and Health

Onion: excellent for the skin


Onion (Allium cepa) is a bulbous plant belonging to the family of Liliaceae and which can exceed 1 m in height when it is in flower.

Unknown in its natural state and today widely present on all continents, the onion was one of the first food plants cultivated by humans.

It is recognized for its many virtues and health benefits.

  • Vegetable garden: successful onion cultivation
  • Kitchen: recipes with onion

Onion and its health benefits

Appreciated for its flavor just as much as for his nutritional benefits, the white, yellow or red onion is both a vegetable and a condiment, recognized above all for its diuretic, stimulating and antibacterial properties.

  • Rich in polyphenols and source of selenium and ofcopper, onion is a food antioxidant virtues. It protects the body against free radicals that accelerate the aging of cells, seems reduce the risk of certain cancers, and help in proper functioning immune system and nervous system.
  • Onions are also excellent for the health of the skin and hair.
  • Thanks to its effects diuretics, raw onion is recommended for people withrenal failure or from prostate disorder.
  • The quercetin contained in the onion is particularly recommended for people suffering fromhypercholesterolemia : Combined with a healthy diet, onions have the power to lower "bad" cholesterol in the blood.
  • The emollient and softening action cooked onion makes itpectoral effective in rebellious coughs. Moreover, itsmucolytic propertieshave a positive effect in preventing respiratory infections.
  • Cooked onionstimulates appetite and digestion. It helps to fight against flatulence and the constipation et has "cleaning" virtues.
  • In local application, a slice of raw onion is an effective antibiotic forskin infection (boil, whitlow),Insect bites or from itching thanks to his actionanti-inflammatory and anti-infectious.

Growing onion for its benefits

  • To obtain a correct development and a good maturation of the bulbs, plant your onions in full sun. Regarding the soil, avoid excessively clayey soil and prefer a light, loose and well-drained soil. Also note that onions have a poor tolerance for acidity. The best results are obtained in silico-clay soils.
  • Useless to try the onion culture pot, he would not be comfortable there and would not develop properly.
  • Vegetable garden: successful onion cultivation

Onions in the kitchen for their benefits

We eat raw fresh onions in salads and the sandwiches. Warning however, raw onion may be poorly tolerated by the fragile intestines.

Onioncooked is eaten stuffed, in pie, in donuts, in mash potatoes, incorporated in a soup or in gratin.

He accompanies and raises the meats and the Pisces, goes well with most vegetables and also enters into the composition of sauces and pasta.

Bunches of fresh onions do not keep for more than a week in the vegetable drawer of the refrigerator.Dry onion, meanwhile, keep in a dry place, protected from light, to avoid seeing it germinate.

  • Kitchen: cooking recipes with onion

Nutritional intake

Onion raw brings on average43 kcal / 100 g, and when it is cooked about 30 kcal / 100 g.

Onions are very rich in vitamins, trace elementscalciumphosphorus andmagnesium.

Video: Onion Juice For Skin Pigmentation. Onion Juice For Skin Care (October 2020).