There are several reasons why you should not throw away onion peel

Onion peel

You probably know that you can use both the onion bulb and its skin for various purposes Onion and onion peel contain special substances that are very beneficial for our body. Onion peel also works as antihistamine and has strong anti-allergic properties. But that is not all.

One of the substances found in the peel is called quercetin. Regular intake of this substance helps strengthen cardiovascular system and reduces the risk of heart attack or stroke.

How should you use it to your benefit?

If you cook whole onions in a soup, that is with the skin, the broth will have a nicer colour and will taste better and thanks to substances that are gradually released from the skin (and are not destroyed by cooking), the soup will also be healthier.

Onion peel

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Can you use onion peel to enhance growth of other plants?

If you feel that your houseplants are not doing as well as they ought to, or you just want to improve general growth, you can try onion peels. Add peels in the soil where they will provide an additional nutrition and enrich the soil. First, break the peels into small pieces and then add them to the soil. Water regularly and you should see improvement soon.

Onion peel and muscle cramps?

A great natural remedy for cramps is a homemade broth made from onion skins. You will need 1 spoon of onion skins. Grate the peel, put in a cup and pour boiling water over. Let it sit for 10 minutes. Drink approximately 2 decilitres of this broth every evening. You may also use it if you have the flu or suffer from a common cold.

Onion peel
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Use onion peel in homemade bread

This is a great trick how to give your home-baked bread a wonderful aroma and colour. Just add 1 teaspoon of crushed onion skins to the dough and bake as usual.

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Radek Štěpán

Gardening is my hobby, I have a lot of experience and I am happy to share it.


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