No one uses the crisp, flaky outer scales of the onion. We all throw them away. But, they are actually good for your health! They’re some of the healthiest parts of vegetables and fruits get.
Some of the healthiest parts of vegetables and fruits get thrown away, such as the onion skin, melon rind and orange peel. One recent research claims that the outer skins of onions are a rich source of flavonoids, especially quercetin, a very powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory compound.
Benefits of using onion peel:
- Decreases LDL cholesterol and blood pressure
- Fights allergies
- Reduces inflammation
- Supports muscle growth and function
- Treats depression
- Treats some forms of cancer, and other conditions.
The compounds plants produce as a reaction to stress can help you if being under similar circumstances.
That’s why plants concentrate many of the protective compounds in their outer coverings, which is the point where most environmental assaults can take place.
The skin is not edible, but still its benefits can be extracted by adding them into soups and stews, and removing them at the end.
So, our advice for the following time you are preparing a soup is to add a whole onion or two, along with the peel into the pot. This will help you extract quercetin and other beneficial compounds that are included in onions. You can also keep onion peel in a paper bag. Put a handful of onion peel in a cut-off leg of a pantyhose or a thin sock and tie it up loosely. When the soup is cooked, throw away the peel.
Other uses for onion peel
Some people even recommend a mixture of onion skins that can be used as a soothing wash for the itch of scabies and other skin problems.
You can also use onion peel infusion as a beauty product. Onion broth is a popular softening and smoothing hair rinse. Use it on freshly washed hair and let it air dry.
The effects of using an onion peel are all beneficial, so don’t hesitate to try it out today!