Healing with Onions
Vidalia, Spanish, Pearl. Red, Green, Yellow, White. Raw, baked, caramelized, fermented, even fried. They release sulfur compounds that jerk our ducts and bring on tears. A bittersweet relationship and such a small price to pay. Any way you slice their lovely spirals, they are irresistibly appealing and of course, healing.
With a few exceptions, such as with Ayurveda diet, onions have ben revered for their medicinal properties longer than documented. Ancient cultures have always possessed an intuitive understanding that was shared, honored and applied. We have finally caught on and are on the path of rekindling our relationship with the true, full benefits of using foods to heal.
On the recorded part of things, Ancient Egyptians worshipped onions for their ability to absorb impurities and even used them when they took oaths. They certainly had to be special if they buried them with their pharaohs. The National Onion Association notes that Early Native Americans also used onions for many purposes, from syrups, poultices, and as an ingredient in dyes. Once a upon a time, onions placed in bowls in the home or office place were known to help combat black plague. Rumor also has it that the same process helps keep the flu at bay. It’s worth a shot. Today, we know that onions are anti-septic, anti-bacterial, and great for digestion, cholesterol, and infections. Their high flavonoid content makes them ideal for combating free radicals too and ground you at the same time.
They are easily overpowered and overlooked by more dominating ingredients, but the flavor they impart cannot be reached without them. Onions have always been a staple in my kitchen and foundation of most if not all dishes. The smell of cooked onions is just… tantalizing. Why limit ourselves to olfactory and palate? They are anti-septic, anti-bacterial, and anti-inflammatory and great relief for cold symptoms and fever. In fact, I have been relying on onions to combat fever, by slicing them raw and placing in sox successfully for many, many years. Try it, the next time a fever hits.
Onions, as a member of the allium family contain substances that inhibit the formation of blood clots. Onion or “allium cepa”, is not surprisingly ruled by fiery Mars, ruler of the muscular system, blood formation and sex organs. It’s’ no wonder they make us cry.
While raw onions are an awesome addition to any salad, adding caramelized onions gives any salad more flavor, and sweetness.
They are also easy enough to cook in advance and store to add to sandwiches or soups. How do you like your onions?