Food: Don’t throw away those onion peels 

May 2, 2016 9:23 AM (UTC+8)

 

If you think onion peels can only be used as plant compost, you are wrong.

Regular intake of the flaky onion skin has more benefits than you can imagine. They are good for your skin, hair and overall wellbeing.

Studies have confirmed that onions are packed with rich source of plant compounds called flavonoids, which are good for the body.
Studies have confirmed that onions are packed with rich source of plant compounds called flavonoids, which are good for the body.

In Asian countries like China and Japan, the peels are used in soups to enhance the flavor of the broth. Onion peels are also dried and special powders are made out of them to make onion tea and other flavoring agents.

Onion peel tea

You can make your own onion peel tea by boiling some onion peels in water. This potion is an excellent home remedy for hypertension. Onion peel tea tones your cardiac activity, boosts your immune system, and reduces muscle spasms.

Skincare

Regular consumption of onion tea will make your skin healthy. The brew has anti-septic, expectorating, laxative, diuretic, anti-cancerous characteristics and can also be externally applied on your skin. It’s an excellent remedy for psoriasis.

Haircare

Water soaked in onion peels can be used as a natural hair dye. Washing your hair in this water will get prevent dandruff and dry scalp.

To make  this healthy hair tonic, add half a glass of onion peels into a full glass of boiling water. leave it aside for 30 minutes. Make sure you cover the lid so that the heat doesn’t get out. Later, separate the liquid from the peels, using gauze. Then, add 2 table spoons of glycerol to the liquid. To use this decoction, you have to rub it into your hair every day, until you reach the wanted result. You can wash your hair as you normally would, and then let dry naturally.

Studies have confirmed that onions are packed with rich source of plant compounds called flavonoids, especially the powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory compound, quercetin.

Next time when you chop onions, don’t forget to use the peels.

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