The crisp, flaky outer scales of onions could be used in salads, soups and casseroles. This outer skins offer an excellent source of Vitamin A, E, C and antioxidants. It has abundant flavonoids especially quercetin which acts as antioxidant and anti-inflammatory. When discarded, it cut out phenylpropanoid antioxidants that protects heart and combat aging process, lower cholesterol and enhance immunity.
Health Benefits of Onion skins
- Antioxidant source
Peels contains more antioxidants which manage the free radical infection. The increment of free radicals in the body lowers the body’s immunity.
- Treat soreness of throat
Add onion peels in the water for 10 minutes. Boil it and gargle. It helps to lower the inflammation in throat with its anti-inflammatory properties.
- Hair growth
The dry and ungrowing hair could be treated with the use of onion peels. Mix onion peels in water and boil. Then wash hair with regular shampoo. Then rinse hair with this solution so that hair becomes soft, smooth and also eliminates dandruff.
- Skin problems
Onion skin has healing properties so it is helpful in treating rashes, skin inflammation and itching. Rub onion peels on infected area to get an instant relief.
- Pain relief
Boil onion peels in water for about 15 to 20 minutes. Strain the water and drink it as tea before going to sleep for about one week. It possesses healing properties that lowers the pain in legs.
- A tea made with onion peels helps to suppress obesity, lower allergies, infections and high blood pressure.
- To provide relief from muscle cramps, drink an infusion made from onion skins before going to bed.
- Onion’s skin has anti-fungal properties that provide relief from itchy skin problems such as athlete’s foot.
- Onion tea with turmeric helps to lighten dark skin.
- Onion tea also provides relief from toothache.
- It assists healing of wounds and insect bites.
- Intake of onion tea wipes out worms in intestine and prevents vomiting, stomach cramps, nausea and expels parasites.
- Use an infusion made with onion skins as soothing washes for itches and skin disorders.
- Add onion skins to soups, stews, stock or bone broth.
- Mix onion skins when cooking rice and discard it after cooking.
- Add a teaspoon of ground onion skin to bread dough.
- It helps to darken stock and provides vibrant color to gravies and soups.