Benefits of using this onion extract range from therapeutic to medicinal.
1. Improves digestion
Onion water improves circulation thereby promoting digestion. Onion has substantial amounts of fiber known as oligofructose which is a soluble fibre. Onions also have a good supply of Insulin, a dietary fiber responsible for the healthy bacteria present in the intestines, which promotes a healthy bowel movement.
2. Accelerates hair growth and reduce dandruff
Onion water is very good for hair, especially natural African hair. It contains trace amounts of sulfur, which is one of the essential nutrients in promoting hair growth. A study has shown that applying onion juice on hair and scalp twice in a week for two months can stimulate hair growth. It can also be applied to hair as a cure for dandruff. Apply the onion water unto hair and scalp using a cotton ball or pad and massage gently for around five minutes using your fingertips. Cover with a shower cap and leave on for about 20 minutes. After that, wash off with regular shampoo and water.
3. Good for heart health
According to Bordia, A. et al, onion water helps to reduce cholesterol and can thereby improve heart health. Although garlic is said to be more effective than onion, onion water has also been known to prevent lipid accumulation in the aorta.
4. Helps skin health
Diluted onion juice has substantial amounts of Vitamins A, B and C. It is also rich in calcium, magnesium, iron and phosphorus. Onion water mixed with honey is used as a cosmetic recipe to clear the skin and prevent occurrence of acne.
5. Helps reduce inflamed areas
Onions also contain Quercetin and bioflavonoids which can lower inflammation, fight pain and help to build better resistance. Onion juice contains thiosulfates and cepaenes. These compounds have properties that can inhibit inflammatory cell influx in humans. As a result, they can be used as an anti-inflammatory medicine and treatment of swelling.