A lot of times, we use onions to cook and make a salad. But, did you know that there are many unexpected uses of onions that you probably didn’t know about? In fact, some health freaks swear by some of these because onions are antibiotic and antiseptic agents. I personally had no clue that onions can be used in other ways except well, cooking and salad. If you’re anything like me, it’s time for some education:

1. Cough relief.

If you’re suffering from a cough, peel and slice an onion into a few round circles, put a table spoon of sugar around each slice, cover the onions and let them sit for about an hour then eat the onions like this at least twice a day. Apparently, this method helps relief cough. This is because onions are rich in Sulfur and have antibacterial properties that can kill the micro bacteria.

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2. For hair loss.

You have probably heard that you can use onion juice for hair no? Well, at least I knew that. Onions are known to have microbial properties that will prevent dandruff in your hair while promoting hair growth. They also have antioxidants that prevent hair loss, while helping your hair grow fuller and longer. Boil an onion in water, then once the water has cooled down, transfer it into a bottle and use that water on your hair before using your shampoo and conditioner like you normally would.

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3. Treat bug bites.

If you have been to camping or hiking, you sure as hell know that bug bites can be quite annoying. If you happen to suffer from some, cut an onion into two halves and rub the juice on the bite. The anti-inflammatory properties in the onion will not only reduce the inflammation in the bite but will also soothe the itching. So, next time you’re hiking or camping, be sure to pack an onion – it’ll come in handy.

4. Ear infection.

Ear infections cause a lot of ear ache. Instead of waiting for the pain to go away, you can use onion to treat the ear pain. Chop an onion into fine pieces, put them into a thick sock, then hold the sock over your ear and this will help relieve the pain. Remember if pain persists, you should see a doctor.

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5. Soothe a sore throat.

Boil onion skin in water, and gargle with the mixture after it has cooled down. The anti-inflammatory properties will help reduce the inflammation and pain in your throat. Feel free to add honey or lemon if you cannot handle the taste.

6. Treat minor burns.

The sulfuric compounds in onions will reduce the pain and redness from the burn and speed up the regeneration of new skin. To treat a burn with an onion, simply rub the infected area with a sliced onion.

7. Fever.

If you have a fever, cut an onion into thin slices and rub coconut oil on your feet. Apply the onion slices on the raches of your feet then wrap your feet with a plastic wrap and secure it by wearing socks just to be sure that it will not come off. During the night, the onion will draw the bacteria, toxins and sickness from your body through your feet. When you wake up in the morning, your fever should be gone and you should be feeling much better.

*Disclaimer, you should always try these home cure methods as a DIY and seek medical advice if you’re unsure.