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14 Surprising Uses for Onions

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14 Surprising Uses for Onions


Rich in antioxidants, thought to prevent cancer, diabetes, and even the common cold, onions are nothing if not a superfood. But that’s not all they are — the same properties that make onions a great food to eat also make them great for other things, from healing your skin to cleaning metal. Click through to check out some surprising uses for onions, and leave your own tips in the comments section!

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7:58PM PDT on Sep 28, 2015

for the cold: In a bowl, an onion make slashes in the part of the union of the upper sides. And open it a little; maintaining the other side; joined below. Spilling honey on the open top. Put this preparation beside the bed next to the person who has the cold. In the morning drink honey.

9:56AM PDT on Sep 26, 2015


11:48AM PDT on Sep 16, 2015

Wow-I've never heard of 3/4 of these tricks..burns & splinters? Gonna remember these.

11:42AM PDT on Sep 16, 2015

As soon as i feel a cold coming on, i load up on onions & well! Thanks!

9:52AM PDT on Sep 14, 2015


5:20PM PDT on Sep 10, 2015

Thanks much for these ideas! I didn't know onions had so many uses, I just knew they taste great and are good for the lungs.

3:30AM PDT on Sep 10, 2015


11:32PM PDT on Sep 8, 2015

If the ONLY thing in this article was how to take the burned taste out of rice --or repelling insects-- it would have been well worth it.

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