ONION SEED OIL
BOTANICAL NAME- ALLIUM CEPA
COMMON NAME- ONION SEEDS
PARTS USED- SEEDS
In Indian cuisines onion seed oil has very crucial application. Its oil is used for enhancing the flavour of the food in many parts of the world.
There is not much historical evidence about the use of onion seeds, although black onion seeds have been found to be used in many civilisations and Egyptian civilisation where one of that civilisation. Even the Old Testament has mentioned that the plant was grown and cultivated by the Hebrew tribes of yore. Use of onion seed herb for adding flavours to the food has been used by most of the ancient civilisations. Traces of the seeds of this herb was also found in turkey which goes back to 2000 B.C. it has been in use for many centuries for its high medicinal properties which was used in ancient medicine system which includes UNANI and ayurvedic system.
South and south East Asia is the native place for the onion seed herb. The herb and its seed is used by the Indian subcontinent countries for many centuries. However it is also gaining attraction of the western countries as it has highly effective medicinal use.
The seed of the onion seed plant is harvested only when they are completely dry. The seeds are visible when flowering heads and onion plant umbrels turns in brown colour. And after its head is turned brown, they are shaken strongly for collecting the seeds.
COMMONLY KNOWN BENEFITS
Onion seeds have many health benefits which are recognised by the modern day civilisation and it is used mainly as a spice in India as well as in other countries.
Application of essential onion seed oil us very beneficial for skin. By applying it on skin one can cure many skin conditions such as acne. It has certain other benefits such as it is used extensively for the prevention of hair loss and immature balding. Apart from this it is also used in general health complications and is also capable of removing fungal skin.
It can be used to clean congestion by applying the oil on chest. It also provides immediate relief from flu and cold and is also recommended for the treatment of cough and asthma. Sinusitis can also be cured by applying this oil.
This oil is very beneficial for our nervous system. It can be used to treat lethargy, relaxed muscles and also helps the nervous system when injected orally or applied to the skin. It provides great cure for the people suffering from arthritis and rheumatism.
It is also beneficial for the people suffering from diabetes as regular intake of this oil improves the blood circulation level and also controls the blood pressure. It is very beneficial for our digestive system as it cures intestinal parasites and diarrhea.
This oil was used to treat the digestive disorder by the ancient Greeks. Other than, it can also be used in the treatment of many acute aliments such as headache, ear ache etc.