This infusion is attributed with properties that relieve nasal congestion and improve breathing difficulties related to chest obstruction.
It is well known that rainstorms, besides causing destruction and death, bring with them an increase in respiratory diseases, the most common of which are colds and flu. In view of these cases, it is common that many people resort to the use of home remedies that help calm the symptoms caused by these diseases.
One of these remedies is the purple onion tea, which is indicated for the relief of discomfort caused by respiratory infections.
Onion (Allium cepa) is characterized by its thiopropanal sulfoxide, an irritating substance that is released when it is cut. This bulb is rich in sulfur compounds that are part of its essential oil and are responsible for its characteristic smell and taste. The allylpropyl disulfide it contains increases the production of red and white blood cells, raising the body's defensive effectiveness.
The medical uses of purple onion are well documented in folk medicine, where it is used to relieve nasal congestion and improve breathing difficulties related to chest congestion. The benefits of onion tea focus on clearing blocked nasal passages, helping to reduce fever and soothe the pain of coughing due to throat and lung congestion.
"Purple onion tea is one of the most effective traditional remedies for colds, flu, colds, bronchitis and nasal congestion, as it facilitates expectoration," says Dr. Ena de Rauda.
Rauda adds that this drink is also attributed with antiviral and bactericidal properties, which help to increase the defenses.
"In the event of severe cases of colds or flu, the best thing to do is to go to the doctor. Besides resting and drinking lots of liquids, you can drink onion tea three times a day. If there are complications in the disease, the onion intake should be suspended and a specialist should be consulted immediately," refers Rauda's doctor.
For the preparation of this infusion you only need an onion, a spoonful of honey and the juice of a lemon. First you boil the onion cut into pieces in a liter of water. When the liquid has been reduced by half, add the lemon juice and leave it in the fire for a few minutes. After straining the onion and applying the honey, the hot tea is served with some honey.
This infusion can also be made with white onion.