7 Surprising Health Benefits of Onion

Onions, though we often take them for granted, can provide a more useful purpose than just adding taste and flavor to our foods. These stem tubers can be a great way to cure a number of illnesses and conditions that affect us on a day-to-day basis. My grandmother actually uses onions to effectively treat 7 diseases described in the next pages.


Most of these ailments are attributed to bacteria that enter into the body to live. Onions, with their strong anti-bacterial properties, create unfavorable conditions within or on the surface of the body, making it difficult for these microbes to remain alive and thrive. With that said, let’s find out what these unbelievable monocotyledons are capable of curing:

Illness 1: Smelly feet

Smelly feet or Bromodosis is a common foot issue that is characterized by a smelly, unpleasant odor. Do you know those buddies who when they leave their shoes at your doorstep, the whole house will smell like crazy? Well, it’s not because of poor personal hygiene that these individuals have smelly feet. Instead, it’s due to a very notorious bacteria known as “Kyetococcus sedentarius,” which feeds and thrives on the sweat that comes from our feet.

Help your friend get rid of bromodosis with onions. These stem tubers are high in sulphuric compounds, which have strong antibacterial properties. By leaving them inside the socks and sleeping overnight, they can completely wipe out the bacteria, getting rid of the condition once and for all.

Illness 2: Skin Conditions

A number of skin conditions that are characterized by inflammatory pustules and papules e.g. pimples, acne, boils, warts can actually be made to go away with onions. Instead of wasting your hard-earned cash on skin treatments that don’t seem to work, just crush some onions in a pestle and motor or any similar utensil and apply the paste on the affected area, leaving it there for at least 30 minutes.

You can do that every morning before you wash your face and every night before you wash your face in preparation for sleep. These vegetables are strong antioxidants and sulfur agents that will make life a living hell for all the bacteria that are responsible for these skin ailments, including Propionibacterium acnes.

Illness 3: Hypertension and High blood pressure

Did you know that onions actually regulate high blood pressure? Yes, you read it right, the heart healthy fibres found in onions can actually bring down your blood pressure if it’s too high.

Thanks to Quercetin which is a natural pigment present in onion and other fruits and vegetables too, has unbelievable blood-pressure-lowering properties. If you or you beloved ones suffer from blood pressure, you can regulate the illness and control it by ensuring your diet is heavy in onions.

Illness 4: Sore Throat

A sore throat is a respiratory condition that can cause great discomfort in swallowing food, drink, or saliva. The pain or irritation of the throat can last from few days to  many days many sore throat is generally caused by flu or cold, each of which may be accompanied by a very notorious virus known as “pharyngitis.”

Onions contains sulfur compounds properties that will expel the mucus harboring your body, providing incredible relief from sore throat and flu or cold. If you’ve come down with sore throat, just cut some onion, soak it in drinking water for a few hours then drink it. Taking this remedy twice a day; once in the morning and once in the evening will help your throat heal, naturally, within two days or so.

Illness 5: Skin infection, Ringworms

Ringworms can affect the skin with a series of rough patches characterized by dead skin. This condition is caused by a fungal infection attributed to a group of fungus known as “Tinea.” Though the condition often doesn’t cause discomfort, it causes embarrassment by ruining the look of the skin.

The good news is that ringworms will go away in a few days when you use onions as it’s recommended. Just apply and leave onion paste on the affected areas of your skin or scalp for a few hours before washing it off once in the morning and once in the evening, repeating the same steps until the infection disappears.

Illness 6: Cough

Coughs are a family respiratory illnesses attributed to upper respiratory tract infections. These illnesses can be cured by drinking onion concoctions, which will kill the microbes that are causing infection in the mentioned respiratory tract. Remember that onion has strong anti-bacterial properties that make conditions very unfavorable for this bacteria.

If you want to try this powerful yet natural remedy, just slice some onions and put them in your drinking water, soaking them for about eight hours. After that, drink four large spoons of this remedy three times a day to see your cough go away in days!

Illness 7: Pneumonia

Last but not least, taking onions can be a great way to find relief from bronchitis or pneumonia. The vegetable cures the two respiratory ailments by unblocking the pores of your respiratory tract, relieving congestion. They also draw away mucus from the lungs, restoring the patient’s breath.

All you have to do is to drink 3-4 small spoons of crushed onion mixed with water three times a day and the breathing problem will go away in a few days.

Final Thoughts

As you can see, onion is a vegetable that serves as an important remedy for a number of illnesses some of which can be deadly. If you have bromodosis, sore throat, pneumonia, or any other illness mentioned above, it’s about time you tried the natural healing powers of these stem tubers.