5 ways to use Onions for Skin and Hair
As odd as it may sound, onions are very beneficial for skin and hair treatments. These sweetly pungent dumplings are extremely effective for treating various skin and hair conditions if used in the right manner.
Onions are a rich source of vitamins A, C and E; sulphur and B-complex, thereby helping to improve blood circulation which in turn helps in rejuvenating a dull complexion and protects the skin from free radicals. Onions also contain a plant pigment known as quercetin which is known to be one of the most powerful antioxidants found in nature. Quercetin helps to fight free radicals which in turns protects our bodies from diseases. Onions also help fight acne since they are antiseptic and contain anti-bacterial, anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory properties. Onion juice helps in unclogging blocked pores which can help treat various skin and scalp conditions.
The best part about using onions for your beauty care is that they are a kitchen staple in most households and are easily available. They are also most likely to be organically grown unlike most other vegetables.
Below mentioned are some of the ways in which you can incorporate these pungent little beauties for your skin and hair care needs –
1. Acne Face Mask -Onion Juice + Neem Oil + Tomato Juice
Make a blend of 1 teaspoon onion juice with 1 teaspoon tomato juice and 2-3 drops of neem oil. Cleanse skin with a mild cleanser and apply this concoction directly all over the affected areas. Regular application will help to reduce inflammation as well as reduce acne scarring. Onion juice helps to kill the germs in the pimples thereby treating acne.
Also read: Benefits of Onion Juice for Hair
2. Anti-hairfall Hair root treatment- Onion juice + coconut oil or olive oil
Add 2-3 tablespoons of onion juice to 1/4th cup coconut oil or olive oil. Apply this in circular motion all over the scalp avoiding the length of the hair. Keep this mixture for 20 minutes before rinsing off with your regular shampoo followed by conditioner. This pack helps to strengthen hair follicles and stimulate healthy hair growth. Onion juice also helps to reduce and treat dandruff and promotes hair growth since it revives the hair follicles.
3. Face pack for rejuvenating dull skin- Onion juice + gram flour + milk + rose water
Mix 1 teaspoon of onion juice with 2 teaspoon of besan (gram flour). Add enough milk to make a thick paste. Optionally, you can add a few drops of rose water. Apply this pack all over the face and neck. Relax and lay back for 15- 20 minutes before rinsing away the pack with cold water. This mask works as an excellent homemade and natural skin exfoliator, thereby helping to rejuvenate dull skin.
4. Lip pack- Onion Juice + vitamin E oil
Mix a drops of freshly squeezed onion juice with a few drops of vitamin E oil. Apply this mixture on the lips and let it sit for 10 minutes. Regular application of this pack will make the lips soft and pink.
5. To treat insect stings and bites
Insect stings and bites can be very painful. Onions are very effective in treating insect bites and bug stings. In case of such an event, simply slice an onion and apply it on the affected area. This will reduce the inflammation, sting, pain swelling and itchiness caused due to insect bites or bug stings and calm the affected area.
TIP- To make onion juice, grind or mash one onion. Take this onion pulp and strain it through a tight wire
mesh to obtain onion juice.