Green onion, commonly called escallion or scallion, is a grass-like plant with long leaves with a space inside each leaf. This plant is mainly used as an ingredient in Chinese recipes and is also an important part of the spices produced for use in the seasoning industry. It is excellent for use as an antibacterial and antifungal agent. The stem which is mostly white also contains a wide array of health-improving compounds like essential minerals and vitamins.
Alternative Medicinal Uses of Green Onion
- A traditional medicine for the common cold.
- Used as a stimulant for the respiratory tract that helps with the expelling of sputum (phlegm).
- Stabilize blood pressure.
- Prevents diarrhea.
- While speeding up blood circulation, it absorbs vitamin B1 which decreases stress levels and reduces tiredness.
- Contains sulfur which kills or prevents fungus infection.
Because of its potent antifungal and antibacterial properties, Green Onion can help those suffering from Candida which often results in water retention, to flush unnecessary fluid from their bodies.
Helps Prevent Colon Cancer
Onions with its many phytochemicals including allicin–help with inflammation and eliminate cancer-causing toxins that are found in the colon.
Relieves Mosquito Bites
Onions act as an excellent remedy for mosquito bites because of their ability to pull fluids from the skin. Simply press an onion slice onto the affected area and hold for a few minutes. If the symptoms persist, affix a slice to the area with a piece of medical tape for a longer period until the irritation stops.
Promotes a Healthy Heart
Onion, which is an excellent source of sulfur, has strong heart-health benefits. Sulfur is known to reduce the unwanted clotting of blood platelets, so by reducing clumping or clotting, sulfur may well lessen the risk of a heart attack. This sulfur also possesses the ability to lower cholesterol and triglycerides, which are recognized as risk factors that might increase the chance of someone developing heart disease.
Prevents Cold and Flu
The active ingredient–allicin–that is found in green onion contains antiviral qualities that fight off colds and other flu-causing viruses.
Other Nutritional Values
- Vitamin B2 – 0.04mg
- Calcium -31 mg
- Iron – 1.2mg
- Potassium – 180mg
- Vitamin A1 – 0.04mg
- Vitamin C – 11mg
How to Use Green Onion (Scallion)
Most recipes that call for green onions just use the white root and the pale green portion of the onion. However, the green leaves are just as important — when finely chopped, they can be used as a delicious garnish for any dish. They can even replace fresh chives in any recipe.
In Soups. Add 2-3 stalks of scallion to a boiling pot of soup or sprinkle it finely chopped over a bowl of soup for a fantastic garnish.
Seasoned Fried Rice: Gather up some leftover rice, veggies, eggs, and green onions in a hot pot and cook until crispy.
In Salads: Add scallions to your salads for a bit of crunch, flavor, and color.
In Sandwiches: Perk up your sandwich with some scallions for a mouth-watering meal.
Onions are not miracle-working plants, but they can help to improve your health significantly. The best thing about it is that there are no known side-effects of consuming organically grown onions. So why don’t you try adding this amazing vegetable to your diet and experience the good that results from doing so.