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Onions (Allium cepa) are members of the Liliaceae (Lily) Family, making them relatives of garlic and leeks and scallions. The genus name cepa, is from its old Latin name. Native to Asia, they are one of the planet's oldest cultivated foods. Ancient Egyptians considered onions, a symbol of the universe and Isis, the Mother Goddess. Onions were buried in tombs along with the Pharaohs. Greeks fed onions to Olympic athletes and Alexander the Great to his troops to build muscle strength. During World War II, Russian troops, used onions topically to treat infections.

Onions are hot and pungent. Onions help prevent blood platelet aggregation, have a cleansing effect upon the lymphs and warm the kidney's yang. They contain anti-cancer phytochemicals including cepaene, disulfides, trisulfides and quercitin. They are considered a supreme food in preventing stomach and skin cancer and tumor growth. They also contain small amounts of prostaglandins A1 and E, which help lower high blood pressure. Onions clear phlegm and respiratory congestion, and help prevent heart attack and stroke. They are used to treat anxiety, flu, atherosclerosis, asthma, blood clots, bronchitis, catarrh, colds, coughs, diabetes, hay fever, hypoglycemia, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, hoarseness, insomnia, obesity, parasitic invasion, pneumonia, rheumatism, sinus congestion, tuberculosis, and urinary infections.

Onions are antibiotic, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antiviral, diuretic, expectorant, laxative, liver stimulating, sedative, and tonic. They contain beta-carotene, vitamin B, C, potassium, selenium, and sulfur.

Onions can be strong or mild, with white being the mildest. Red and yellow onions are higher in antioxidants. Look for firm onions with a dry skin, and free of soft spots. Cooking onions deactivates their medicinal properties. Store onions in a cool, dry place. Their volatile sulfurous oil is what causes tears. Peeling them under cold running water prevents the vapors from rising to one's eyes. Enjoy onions in salads, dressings, vegetable dishes, and soups. Banish onion breath by eating some parsley sprigs.

Some may find onions cause flatulence or have irritating action on the bowel. Bee and wasp stings have long been relieved with a poultice of raw onion. Rubbing onion on a balding scalp was a traditional remedy to treat baldness.

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Brigitte Mars is an herbalist, author and nutritional consultant in Boulder, Colorado. She is author of Rawsome!: Maximizing Health,......moreBrigitte Mars
 
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