Green onions should be part of our diet, particularly when they are fresh. Autumn is another best time of the year to indulge in these superb veggies as they are fresh from the harvest and sell and their best prices. These vegetables give our meals a great flavor, but are also full in vitamins and minerals that are good to the health. The green onion's medicinal part is its stem. It works as well as an antipyretic, expectorant, anti-bacterial, and anti-fungal. It is effective against colds, headaches, chills to the stomach, indigestion, and also for insomnia. The white stem and the long green leaves are also used as alternative medicine
• It is mainly used as a traditional medicine for common cold.
• It stimulates the respiratory tract and helps in expelling sputum (phlegm).
• It contains essential oils that stimulates the sweat glands and promote sweating.
• It normalizes blood pressure.
• It increases appetite.
• Reduces cholesterol and the risk of cancer diseases
• It fights infections and bacteria
Green onions are autumns’s pride. Scallions are very low in calories; 100 g of fresh leaves provide just 31 calories. Being a leafy-green, scallions naturally carry more plant-derived antioxidants, and dietary fiber than their fellow bulb members like onions, shallots, etc. 100 g fresh green onions provide 2.6 g or 7% of daily-recommended levels of fiber. Just like many leafy greens scallions are rich in antioxidants. As you may already know antioxidants are disease fighting compounds which repel toxins that enter the body.
We need antioxidants to lower the risk of acquiring illnesses, including those who are fatal.
Green onions are rich in dietary fiber. Scallions have more fiber than ripe onions or shallots. In 100 grams of scallions you get 2.6 grams of fiber which is equivalent to 7% of the recommended daily level.
Green onions reduce cholesterol. Green onions have similarities with garlic in terms of their compounds. Although scallions have lower levels of these substances that cause a reaction of enzymes that lower production of cholesterol particularly in liver cells.
Allicin found in green onions decreases blood vessel stiffness and thereby, bring a reduction in the total blood pressure. In addition, it inhibits platelet clot formation and has fibrinolytic action in the blood vessels, which helps decrease an overall risk of coronary artery disease (CAD), peripheral vascular diseases (PVD), and stroke.
Green onions contain healthy proportion of vitamin-A and other flavonoid phenolic anti-oxidants such as carotenes, zea-xanthin, and lutein. Together, they help the body protect from lung and oral cavity cancers. Aside from vitamin A, scallions have vitamin C and K. It is believed that green onions are among the richest when it comes to vitamin K content. 172% of RDA can be found in 100 grams of green onions. Vitamin K is crucial for bone health and promotes bone strength as well as prevents Alzheimer’s disease. Scallions are capable of lasting almost a week in your refrigerator, remove the rubber band from the stalks and place it unwashed wrapped in paper. While you're shopping make sure that the stem (green) part is fresh, and not soggy. It has the bright color and has not turned yellowish. The stalks should be firm and crisp, rather than wilted and curled.
Topical Application of Green Onion
For sore throat- Cut the green onion's white part into pieces. Put it in a cloth bag and steam it for a hot compress. You can also mix the green onion with grated ginger and some salt. Wrap the hot bag in a towel or gauze and place it over the throat, chest, soles, palms, back, and armpits. It promotes perspiration and lowers the heat and pain.
For swollen feet- Boil the whole green onion for a few minutes. Grind it and mix with a little water just enough to make a paste, and then place it to the swollen part of your feet.
For nasal congestion - Mash the green onion and make wet cotton with its juice. Place the wet cotton to your nose.
Believe it or not, if you cannot sleep well, just place a bundle of green onion beside your pillow.
Did you know that green onion eliminates unwelcome smell of fishes and meats, too?
An average healthy person consumes about 100–150 grams of green onion every day. Celebrated around the world for their robust flavor, onions, garlic, and scallions are getting attention for their amazing health benefits. New studies highlight the value of the powerful antioxidants in these vegetables for health and prevention. Onions, garlic, and scallions can help stimulate immune responses, suppress inflammation, and facilitate detoxification. Scientists believe the components in onions, garlic, and scallions called allyl sulfides and bioflavonoids are key to their powerful health benefits.
For cardiovascular health, clinical experiments have shown regular consumption of garlic may help improve circulation and help decrease calcium deposits and the size of arterial plaque in coronary arteries. As for detoxification, one study found that eating fresh garlic and onions each day can help remove toxins from the body. Two teaspoons a day of garlic and two tablespoons of onions or scallions chopped or crushed is the target amount./AgroWeb.org