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My wife is a fiber artist and uses onion skins as a dye for her wool. Takes a ton of skins but dyes the wool to a beautiful brownish color. Can be used up to 3 times to dye wool with each batch a little lighter than the last.
Hi, I am doing tea from the onion skin and is very good for colds also. I never use the skins of onions as food or in food but reading what lots of people write here I will give a try next time when I gone make some soup. Thank you for the tips. Regards from the UK.
For about three months I have been grinding onion skins in a coffee grinder, then placing the powder into 00 Gel Caps taking one daily. I'm not sure it's helping with my elevated blood pressure, the real test will come in a couple of weeks when i go to the MD. I also grind oatmeal and place the powder in 00 Gel Caps taking one or two a day. Still crazy after all these years.
Do you think that if I made a yellow/red onion skin powder, that it could be used to dye hair?
I have no idea! But I don't see any risk to giving it a try, Tjarda. Let us know how it turns out.
I have used onion skins as hair tint. Put brown or red onion skins in pan with water. Simmer. Put in frig overnight. Strain and put on wet hair - leave in about 30 - 45 min. Rinse.
Hi I've been reading up on onion skin I find it very helpful for flu coughs boiling with honey and a bit of sugar at end for taste, it also helps with my breathing for asthma when I'm sick and relaxes me I've been sticking in food prosser to make into flakes and taking other tea from bags and stuffing with onion skin flakes to make my own teabags as very time consuming doing every day a full teabag would last 2 cups so I'd Hav one at night and one in morning before work to help with coughing, I really think someone should be making a teabag to sell all the skins that are thrown out could be used for something :)
"Recent research confirms that the outer skins of onions provide an exceptionally rich source of plant compounds"
Can you please cite the paper where this research was published?
There's quite a bit of research literature on the phytocompounds in onions and their scaly outer skins, David.
This Overview from the onion trade organization contains a lot of scholarly references at the end.Here's another reference to check out:
Antibacterial and antioxidant activities of quercetin oxidation products from yellow onion (Allium cepa) skin
In commercial food-processing operations, onion skins are often characterized as industrial waste. Of course, the processors would be eager to find profitable uses for them:
Characterization of industrial onion wastes (Allium cepa L.): dietary fibre and bioactive compounds.