Onions aren’t just a simple flavor for your food – they are a natural remedy for many diseases and conditions.Onions can treat symptoms such as vomiting and act as a general antibiotic that will improve your immune system. They are vegetables from the allium family and are rich in Sulphur which gives them their antiseptic and antibiotic properties. Onions are also rich in quercetin, a powerful antioxidant which can fight free radicals in the body.

Onion juice is a great expectorant which can help you treat respiratory conditions. Onions are also good for your heart, can treat arthritis, diabetes and can reduce your cholesterol levels as well. They have been a staple of alternative medicine for centuries.

Here are interesting ways to use onions as a natural remedy:

Chest congestion

Crush an onion and mix the juice with coconut oil, then apply the mixture on your chest and cover it with a towel and shirt. This will break up chest congestion overnight.


Boil some chopped yellow onion in water and let the mixture cool down before straining. Feed a teaspoon of the mixture to colic babies every hour until you see improvements. This is an old Cherokee recipe for baby colic.

Ear pains and infections

Chop some onions and put them in a sock, then tie the sock well and place it over the inflamed ear. Remove the sock when the pain is gone.


The film that covers onion skin can stop bleeding from cuts and will act as an antiseptic on the wound.


Peel a larger onion and slice it in half, then cover the halves with a tablespoon of brown sugar and leave them in a closed bowl for an hour. This amazing combination should be taken twice a day to ease your cough.


Slice an onion thinly, then rub your feet with coconut oil. Now, put a thin onion slice onto each of your soles and wrap with plastic wrap. Put socks on your feet in the end and leave the remedy to work overnight to extract toxins and diseases from your body.

Clean the air

Putting onion slices at points around your house will purify your air and eliminate bacteria and viruses.


Here’s how onions can stop vomiting: grate a yellow onion and squeeze its juice through a cheesecloth first, then brew a cup of peppermint tea and let it cool down. Drink 2 teaspoons of onion juice, then wait 5 minutes before drinking the same amount of the peppermint tea. Wait for 5 minutes again and repeat the treatment until the symptoms go away. The vomiting should stop after the first dose and the nausea should soon be gone.

Other interesting onion uses

  • Use onion juice to repel insects;
  • Rub onion juice on your hair to stimulate hair growth;
  • Spray boiled (cooled down) onion juice onto your plants to repel insects;
  • Use a fresh onion slice to polish copper and glassware;
  • Rub an onion half on iron to prevent rusting;
  • Rub a cut onion on your skin to prevent freckling.

Native Americans have been using onions to treat seasonal diseases such as flu or colds in the past, but now, the onion has been recognized by the WHO (World Health Organization) for its ability to relieve coughs, congestion, bronchitis and other respiratory problems. As you can see, onions are a powerful natural remedy against many diseases, so why not give them a shot the next time you’re ill?