Onion (Allium cepa)

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Onion is a member of the Amaryllidaceae family like garlic and shallots which have similar properties. Historically, onions have been a part of the western diet for centuries. Rich in Sulphur- like compounds, they particularly benefit the respiratory system and the immune system as well as being used topically for their drawing properties with things like boils. Everyone is familiar with the fact that when you peel and chop an onion, tears flow. This is down to the strong but harmless gas which stimulates and opens up the sinuses. It creates a chemical reaction in the eye which causes us to cry.  


You can use onions for

  • Boost immunity
  • Aids the respiratory systemby it’s decongestant and expectorant properties (clearing the head and lungs from mucous), and eases sore throats and spasmodic, irritating coughs
  • Can help reduce the risk of cancer, if eaten regularly
  • Improve quality of skin and hair
  • Rich in folates (foic acid) so can help improve mood, and sleep, and work towards alleviating symptoms of depression. (Ideal if you suffer from SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) during the dark winter months!)




Melanie is a Master Herbalist and a Wholistic Health Coach. Melanie’s aim is to empower her clients to reclaim their own ability to heal themselves. She offers both individual sessions as well as complete personal programmes, with guidance and natural remedies, to bring about transformation and harmony on all levels. Melanie runs seasonal experiential ‘Herbcraft’ Masterclasses and is available for talks and workshops. She is author of ‘Herbcraft’– an accredited professional diploma and offers both home study and online courses.


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