Unleashing the Power of Onions - Harnessing the Healing Properties of Onions
I remember an Italian friend, who decided to cook a homemade meal for her hungry family, one leisurely weekend. All the ingredients for a delicious meal were right at hand. Suddenly I heard the song – she sang when she cooked – broken midway and abruptly. Where were the onions? All the herbs were there, and so were the spices. Garlic was also there in large quantities, but where were the onions? More
Table of Contents
Types of Onions
Onions for Nutrition
Onions for Diabetics
Onions for Stomach Problems
Diarrhea and Cholera Preventative
Onions to prevent Cholesterol buildup
Onions for Urinary Infections
Inflammation of Joints and Osteoarthritis
Onions to Cure Depression
Onions to cure Coughs and Colds
Anti-aging benefits Of Onions
Onion Juice to Remove Scars
Onions for Sunstroke
Onions as an Appetite Enhancer
Traditional Onion Recipes
Traditional Onion Soup
How to Dry Onions
I remember an Italian friend, who decided to cook a homemade meal for her hungry family, one leisurely weekend. All the ingredients for a delicious meal were right at hand. Suddenly I heard the song – she sang when she cooked – broken midway and abruptly. Where were the onions? All the herbs were there, and so were the spices. Garlic was also there in large quantities, but where were the onions?
Imagine cuisines from all over the world which have not been flavored with members of the onion family like onions, garlic, leeks, and shallots.
I can just understand how she felt, especially when a large multitude of people all over the world are not going to consider a meal complete, and less it is been accompanied with onions in some form or the other. There are 325 varieties of onions, found all over the world and it has been shown during archaeological surveys and through historical records that onions and mankind go together, just like bacon and eggs, salt-and-pepper and so on.
You can eat onions raw, boiled, baked, cooked or in any way you wish. It is believed that onions supposedly originated in Western Asia, from where they spread all over the earth. Onions are one of the foods spoken of in the Holy Bible.
In Egypt, workers on the pyramids were fed corn bread and onions, and so were the soldiers in Rome, who ate bread, onions and a fish sauce called garum, flavored with their daily ration of salt [salarium was the money paid out to them so that they could buy salt.] Thus the term “salary” and the term of loyalty, coming down from the ages, “Eating someone’s salt ”which means having worked for them. In medieval Europe, rents were paid in onions and also bride gifts given during medieval weddings included onions and spices for those who could afford to give these preferred and desired gifts.
It is a not so well-known fact that the onion is most powerful when it is plucked out fresh from the earth, and eaten within an hour. That is because it has a vital element, which remains only for an hour after the onion has been harvested. So when we were young, our grandmother always told us to go out in the garden and pull out a couple of fresh onion plants, to eat with our lunch.
According to her, this would prevent us from suffering from sunstroke. It would also strengthen our immunity systems. It also kept our digestive system working excellently. After lunch, we were made to brush our teeth and gargle with salt water so that we did not go back to school, smelling of onion breath.
It is a known historical fact that Gen. Grant demanded onions from the war Dept. during the American Civil War. According to him, his Army would not keep healthy, without onions, nor would it march without them! The very next morning two wagon loads of onions were sent straight to him.
According to him, onions kept his soldiers fit and prevented them from suffering from stomach problems. He was right, there.
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