A staple food in most households, onions are used to add flavor to an otherwise bland dish and turn an average meal into an elegant dinner. However, onions have other uses beyond the kitchen.
Women, in many countries around the world, have used onion to regulate their fertility dating as far back as 3500 BC. The onion bulb has been documented as being eaten with the intention of encouraging menstruation in countries such as Europe, India, and Vietnam.
WARNING LEVEL: Low Risk Associated with Use
LAST MENSTRUAL CYCLE: If Your Last Menstrual Cycle Started About 6 Weeks Ago
POSSIBLY TOXIC: Not Known to Be Toxic
UTERINE AND HORMONAL EFFECTS: Contract Uterus, Increases Estrogen, Reduces Progesterone, Reduces Prostaglandins
ALSO KNOWN AS: garden onion, bulb onion, shallot. allium cepa
IS USED FOR: seasoning
HOW IT’S PREPARED:
- Uterine Cleansing Onion Pessary*: Bake onion for one hour at 350 ̊F (177 ̊C). Cool. Baked onions left whole or mashed (as a simple or in combination) may be wrapped in cheesecloth, tied with string, and inserted. Replace pessary every eight to twelve hours for up to six days.
* This pessary, usually worn overnight while sleeping on a towel, tends to increase the release of fluids cleansing the uterus and vagina. Used in the week prior to menstruation, it helps to encourage a menstrual flow. Used in the week after menstruation, it helps to clear the uterus, leading to increased fertility.
- Onion Decoction: Slice three or four onions (with their skins); boil for ten minutes in one quart (1 L) of water. Filter and sip throughout the day. A decoction can be used as fumigation and douche. Strained onions can be made into a pessary.
- Onion Scale Infusion: 2 oz. (50 g) onion skins to one cup (250 ml) water, simmer for ten minutes and sip throughout the day.
POSSIBLE SIDE-EFFECTS AND SIGNS OF TOXICITY: not known to be toxic