Cure infant colic by boiling 4 (1/4-inch) slices yellow onion in 2 cups of water and let it simmer for 5-10 minutes. Let it cool and strain. Feed 4 tablespoons twice a day during a colic attack (5). If symptoms persist for more than a day, contact your pediatrician immediately.
Treat a paper cut by covering it with the transparent film of the onion’s skin. Not only will it stop the bleeding, it’ll even prevent infection.
In addition to healing common ailments, onions have a number of other uses around the home, particularly due to their antibacterial qualities.
Household uses include:
Bug repellent: Keep bugs away by spraying your clothing with a mixture of equal parts onion juice and water. You can also rub fresh onion slices directly on exposed skin.
Moth solution: Keep a bottle of onion juice in your closet and make a few holes in the lid to keep moths away from your knits.
Air purifier: Slice onions on a plate in your bedroom and living room. The onions will absorb toxins and strong odors. Replace the slices every day or so.
All-purpose cleaner: Clean your cutting boards and counters by combining equal parts water, vinegar, and cooled onion water. Spray the mixture and let it sit for 10-15 minutes and wash as usual.
Tough kitchen cleaner: Remove burnt residue from pots and pans by rubbing the surface with a raw onion and letting it soak in onion juice for an hour.
Scalp magic: Promote hair growth by drenching your hair in onion juice, setting it sit for an hour and washing as usual. Use once a week for best results.
Rust prevention: Rub a sliced onion face-down on your iron pan to prevent rusting.
Dish polish: Polish copper serving ware and glassware with freshly cut onion slices.
Skin care: Cut an onion in half and rub on your skin after a long day in the sun to prevent freckling.
Keep onions on hand at home by storing them in a dark, cool pantry. Store them in paper bags with multiple holes and keep them away from potatoes. They’ll last for up to 3 months!