Onion seed oil
Botanical Name: Allium cepa
Common Method of Extraction: Cold Pressed
Parts Used: Seeds
Note Classification: Middle
Aroma: Strong and pungent aroma
Largest Producing Countries: This is a plant which is a native of South and Southeast Asia.
Traditional Use: The herbs and seeds have been in use as spices in India from olden times. The seed and its oil have grabbed the attention of the western societies due to different various properties. Onion seed oil has minerals which prevent hair loss and keeps the hair healthy and glowing. The oil when consumes make sure that the digestive system is immune to different kinds of disorders. The oil helps in better digestion of food and kills he intestinal parasites to cure diarrhoea. The oil relieves mild fever and can be consumed in the prescribed dosage to cure body aches. It is good for keeping the skin healthy and fresh and helps in getting rid of skin conditions like psoriasis and eczema. The oil is used for clearing acne and fungus and makes the skin clear and fresh. The anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties of the oil help to heal wounds. The oil can be used as a cure for asthma because its clears the respiratory tract of infections. Cold and cough can be cured if you apply onion seed oil on the chest or inhale the vapour and the oil is effective against sinusitis. The oil is good for getting rid of toothache, earache or headache. The onion seed oil provides soothing effect on your nerves and it relaxes muscles and keeps you fresh. Intake of onion seed oil helps to keep the sugar levels in check.
Blends Well With: Onion seed oil blends well with Oregano, sage, Rosemary and Thyme oils.
Of Interest: Black onion seeds have been found in major civilisation like Egyptian civilisation. The Old Testament suggests that the plant was cultivated and used by the Hebrews. The people of the ancient civilisation used the seed to flavour their food. There are traces of these seeds found in Turkey and is believed to be from 2000 BC. The onion seed oil has medicinal properties and because of this it was widely used in different medicinal systems like the Unani and Ayurveda. Onion seeds are not related to onions nor does it belong to the onion family. Onion seed is a plant that bears flowers like most other plants. Onion seed oil is called Kalonji Ka tel in Hindi originated in the Mediterranean region and later cultivated across Saudi Arabia, Egypt and India. Egyptians used the oil to preserve sacred items in the tombs.
Safety Data: Onion seed oil when taken by mouth in small qualities is safe for most people. For some, it may cause allergic rashes when taken by mouth or applied to skin. When taken by mouth it might cause stomach upset, vomiting or constipation. It may increase the risk of seizures in some people. Pregnant women are advised to consult a doctor before using the oil. Same is the case with young children.