Onions can be found in just about every household kitchen. You may not enjoy cutting this vegetable as it releases enzymes and gas-prone compounds that make you cry like you are watching an emotional scene from a soap opera.
These pesky and eye watering compounds are what gives onions the flavour that enhances salads, soups, and just about any dish it is added to. These bulbs, however, have more uses than expected from health benefits to the perfect grill cleaner. After reading these tips you'll end up adding more onions in your cart.
#1. Don't throw out your burned rice.
Place half of the onion on top of the rice. The bulb will absorb the burnt smell, saving tonight's dinner in the process.
#2. Polish your silverware.
Slice and crush onions followed by placing them in water. Dip a cloth in the mix and use that to remove all the grime and dirt off the metal.
#3. Stop feeling dizzy.
Grab a piece of cut onion and place it directly under the nose of someone who is feeling dizzy.
#4. Cure your insomnia once and for all.
Onions on their own may not produce the best smell out there, but cutting one in half and breathing in the smell has been known to help folks fall asleep easier. You can also place a cut onion in an open jar and place it close to your bed.
#5. Add more onions to your food for an increased sex drive.
Sex expert and yogi Psalm Isadora says this bulb increases testosterone, thus, boosting both men and women's libido. "In Ayurveda, it's known as a tonic for building sexual energy," she explains. "Monks have to avoid it because it's known to build up semen."
#6. Remove splinters without cutting your skin.
Sometimes splinters are stuck deeply in the skin. Grab a piece of raw onion and tape it to the affected area. Wait for an hour before removing the onion and you'll see the splinter follow suit as well.
#7. Help fight off acne and diminish scars.
Mix onion juice, tomato juice, and neem oil, applying it to trouble areas. The topical treatment will reduce redness, get rid off pimples, and lighten the scars.
#8. Clean dirty and disgusting pots.
If your cooking pots have burns and black spots, place a cut onion in warm water. Let it sit and wash away all the gunk afterwards.
#9. Lower your cholesterol level.
Scientists in Hong Kong fed crushed onions to hamsters who were placed on a high cholesterol diet. After eight weeks of being fed cholesterol and not changing their diets, they found the hamsters' cholesterol level decreased by 20 percent.
#10. Improve your digestion.
Onions contain oligofructose, a soluble fiber that helps prevent and treat diarrhea. Oligofructose reduces the risk of developing gastric ulcers and promotes good bacteria growth in the intestines.
#11. Reduce menstrual cramps.
Make an onion tea to help with menstrual cramps. Use the layer of skin and rinse them. Boil them for a couple of minutes and add honey to drink. Onions contain phenolic compounds like quercetin which have medicinal properties.
#12. Helps to fight cancer.
A 2004 study published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry found that quercetin has anti-cancer properties. The research found that quercetin slows the cancer cells growth in the colon and liver.
#13. Avoid getting bitten by bugs this summer.
You may not smell great but that's the point, rub a little of onion on your skin to repel bug bites and stings.
#14. Helpt soothe a sore throat.
Boil onion peels in water and add honey to help relieve sore throats. Remove the peels before pouring.
#15. Eliminate the smell of paints and varnishes.
Cut an onion in half and place it on a plate. Leave it there for a couple of hours, the onion will absorb the strong and often toxic smell from the chemicals found in paints.
#16. Use your kitchen onion for cleaning.
Throw out bristle brushes which can end up in your food and cut an onion in half. Use a fork or aluminum foil to hold the onion while you glide it up and down the grill. This will scrub the grill clean. Throw the onion out once done.
#17. Repel those nasty bugs around the house.
Peel an onion and place it in water in a bowl. Place it near a window to keep bugs at bay. You can also spray your garden with onion water to repel bugs from your flowers.
#18. Keep your avocados nice and green.
Put your cut avocados in a container with a red onion on top of it to keep the vegetable fresh.
#19. Get rid of the rust on your knifes.
Rub your metal knife against an onion several times or until you see it rust-free. Wash it clean afterwards.
#20. Make a natural, organic pet repellent.
If you want your feline or pup to stop doing their business where they are not supposed to just place a couple of onion slices in the area. Your furry friends hate the smell of onions a much as you do and will do everything in their power to avoid the smelly spot.
#21. Maintain silky and shiny hair.
Make an onion broth and spray it on your hair after it's been washed.
#22. Stop fainting spells.
Stop a sliced onion and simply take a whiff to stop feeling lightheaded.
#23. Use onions to decorate easter eggs.
Wrap the eggs in onion skins and a towel on top. Boil them as usual and see the natural colours the eggs give off when dyed.
#24. Remove nasty warts.
Mix crushed aspirin, water, and sliced onions, apply the solution on the wart. The mixture will shrink the wart. You can also apply duct tape to the wart after the potion is applied.
#25. Don't throw out the onion bags either.
Cut the bag into squares to use as pot scrubbers or wash the bag to hold all the bathtub toys or use as the bag that holds small items placed in the dishwasher.