Onions: Beauty or Beast?

Onions may be stinky, but don’t let their pungent odour keep you away – the beauty benefits are totally worth it!

Almost everyone knows that onions are very important for health. This veggie is a daily must have, which helps you stay clear of many infections and diseases. Especially during cold and flu season, if you are sick or feel something coming on, onions are a quick heal medicine.

What you might not know is that while onions are loaded with many nutrients to keep illness away, they will also literally make you glow due to their detoxification properties. Did you know that this stinky little veggie can provide you with healthy and glowing skin? Thanks to the presence of rich amounts of antioxidant vitamins A, C and E onions can provide numerous benefits to your skin. Specifically, vitamin C is needed for the building and maintenance of collagen, which provides structure to skin and hair. Talk about going from stink bomb to sex bomb!

Aside from it’s beautifying benefits, onions can help you get your beauty sleep and improve your mood. Folate, found in onions, may help with depression by preventing an excess of homocysteine from forming in the body, which can prevent blood and other nutrients from reaching the brain. Excess homocysteine interferes with the production of the feel-good hormones serotonin, dopamine, and norepinephrine, which regulate not only mood, but also sleep and appetite as well.

With all good things, there comes a price, I remember Mom telling me “it hurts to be beautiful”, so here it is…the onion’s revenge; the smell of onions can be a problem, both on the hands and on the breath. After chopping onions, try rinsing the hands with cold water, rubbing them with salt, rinsing again and then washing with soap and warm water. To remove the smell from breath, eat a few sprigs of parsley or an apple to help conceal the odour.

Additionally, we don’t want puff eyes from tears … before cutting your onion, try chilling it for half an hour or so before cutting to reduce the activity of the tear producing enzyme.

As Julia Child once remarked “I cannot imagine a world without onions.” Chop onions into salads, cook them with vegetables, fish and meats, and find as many ways to eat them as possible.

Whatever has kept onions out of the spotlight while lesser fruits and vegetables are lauded, needs to change. The humble onion, with its tear-promoting stinky pungency, is without question one of the healthiest things you can put in your body. Eat onions, and live better.

A friend recently invited me over for a night of chit-chat, nail painting, and French Onion Soup. The evening was food for my soul in many ways. Here’s my friend Erin’s recipe for onion soup — I suggest you make it and share it, nourish friendship with good times and good food!

Thanks for the recipe Erin!

Erin’s Onion Soup

Ingredients
Bag of onions
2tsp margarine
1 1/4 cup of wine of red wine
2 boxes of stock (1 32oz box of beef and 1 32oz box of vegetable)
1 beef bouillon cube
2 cups hot water
Cracked pepper

Directions

1) Peel and dice one bag onion

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2) Place in pot with 2 tsp of butter/marg and sauté until onions are clear.
(Erin recommends adding about ¼ of red wine or Sherry to it as well)

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Once onions are clear add:
1 cup red wine/sherry
2 32. Oz of sodium free beef stock. ( you can add one beef and one veggie as well)
1 beef bouillon
2 cups hot water
Fresh cracked pepper to taste

Simmer for half hour.

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Enjoy! I made a big batch for me and hubby to take to work for lunches. “Souper” easy!

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In health,
Johanna

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