How To Make Onion Juice For Skin, Hair And Health?

Concoct a fantastic potion with the beneficial properties of this flavorful bulb.

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While the onion is a common vegetable widely used in many cuisines all over the world, there are other ways to benefit from it as well. While you can chop or blend onions for salads, soups, curries, and other recipes, did you know that you can directly use onion juice as well? Yes, you got that right! In this article, we introduce you to onion juice and the many ways it can benefit your skin, hair, and health. Read on to know more!

protip_icon Know Your Ingredient: Onion Juice

What Is It?
The juice, extracted from a fresh onion, is a rich source of an organosulfur compound called allicin.

What Are Its Benefits?
May boost metabolism, reduce cholesterol, treat urinary disorders, and may reduce cardiovascular risks.

Who Can Use It?
Generally safe for use, but some people with skin sensitivity might face allergic reactions.

How Often?
Can be used as a hair and face mask twice a week.

Caution
Excess application or consumption may cause skin and digestive issues.

Onion Juice – A Brief

We often include a good number of juices in our diet to stay in the peak of health. But have you ever thought about using onion juice ever?

I know that when it comes to juices, we mostly rely on fresh fruits and vegetables. The onion is never our first choice. However, being a rich source of the organosulfur compound, ‘allicin,’ the juice of this vegetable is considered to be antifungal and antibacterial and can boost our metabolism, improve digestion, reduce cholesterol levels, improve blood circulation, decrease cardiovascular risks, as well as treat urinary disorders (1, 2, 3).

Wait, the benefits and advantages of onion juice don’t end here. There’s more to the story.

This wonderful vegetable is high in sulfur, vitamins A, B, C, and E, powerful antioxidants quercetini  A plant pigment found in many fruits and vegetables with anti-inflammatory properties that can aid in reducing swelling. and many other flavonoidsi  A group of natural compounds found in many fruits and veggies with anti-inflammatory and disease-fighting properties. which are doubled and even tripled when two or more onions are reduced to make a thick juice. Onion juice is totally skin friendly, making them wrinkle-free and radiant. It also tackles hair problems.

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Over 5,000 years have passed since onions were cultivated, but our ancestors consumed wild onions long beforehand.

With so many benefits, why not make the best use of this? Let’s dive straight in to find out how to make onion juice in the correct way.

How To Make Onion Juice At Home

Making fresh onion juice in the confines of our home is no rocket science! All you require are a few onions, a juicer, lots of patience, and the ability to handle the strong odor of onion that might burn your eyes!

Ready for the challenge? Go ahead and have a look:

You Will Need
  • 2-3 medium size onions
  • A sharp knife
  • A juicer
  • A medium-size glass jar
What You Need To Do
  1. Start the process by peeling an onion.
  2. Place the peeled onion in the sink under running water to rinse it. This step will help you clean the vegetable properly by getting rid of all types of dirt and flecks of skin.
  3. Take a fresh paper towel and pat the onion dry.
  4. Cut the dried onion into end-to-end quarters using a sharp knife.
  5. Now, put an onion quarter inside the chute of the juicer and turn the device on. It will smash the vegetable by putting force on it and extract the juice completely. Juice up the other quarters one by one in the same manner.
  6. Once you are done with juicing the entire onion, clean and wash your juicer properly. You may also have to dip the device in hot lathered water as well as scrub it for quite a few minutes to get rid of the strong, long-lasting aroma of the vegetable.
  7. Collect the fresh juice and transfer it to a glass jar for further use.

Note: Apart from a juicer, a blender (hand-operated or machine) or even a grater can be used for making onion juice. In the case of a blender, you have to follow the aforementioned procedure exactly for preparing the onion for juicing. And if you are juicing an onion using a grater, there is no need to cut off the opposite ends of the vegetable.

protip_icon Quick Tip
Depending on soil conditions and temperatures, onions come in various shapes, sizes, colors, and pungency. The onion flavor tends to be milder and sweeter in warmer regions.

Now that you know how to make onion water, let’s learn the right way to use it!

How To Use Onion Juice For Skin, Hair And Health

After you are done with the initial process of onion juice extraction, it helps to know about its use. We have listed here a few ways in which you can utilize this amazing concoction to achieve better skin, hair, and health. Check them out!

Onion Juice Packs For Skin

Contrary to popular belief, you don’t need to spend a lot to get that perfect skin. You can achieve the desired effect by using natural products as well, especially onion juice. Have a look:

1. Onion Juice And Gram Flour Skin Rejuvenating Face Mask

Skin rejuvenating face mask made of onion juice and gram flour
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You Will Need
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon freshly extracted onion juice
  • 2 tablespoons gram flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon milk
  • A pinch of nutmeg
  • 2-3 drops of your favorite essential oil
  • Cotton ball
What You Need To Do
  1. To prepare this face mask, take all the above-mentioned ingredients in a plastic bowl.
  2. Mix thoroughly to form a thick paste. You are allowed a few extra drops of milk to achieve that face mask-like consistency.
  3. Add a few drops of essential oil of your choice to suppress the strong aroma of onions.
  4. Apply this face mask evenly on your freshly cleansed skin.
  5. Let the pack stay for 15 to 20 minutes, or until it dries off completely.
  6. Dab a cotton ball in milk and use it to wipe off the mask by massaging the skin in circular motion. Using this exfoliating pack twice a week will help you achieve brighter skin within no time.

2. Onion Juice And Tomato Juice Anti-Acne Face Mask

Tomato and onion juice
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You Will Need
  • 1 tablespoon fresh onion juice
  • 1/2 tablespoon tomato juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon neem oil
  • Cotton balls
What You Need To Do
  1. Mix all the ingredients in a small bowl.
  2. Dip a fresh cotton ball in the solution and apply it all over the face gently.
  3. Remove the mask after 10 to 15 minutes—wash it off with regular water.
  4. Repeat the process twice a week to achieve the desired results. This effective face mask will help open clogged pores, further reducing the growth and spread of acne.

Note: Check for allergies before using tomato juice. Many people develop skin irritation and red skin after using tomato juice on their skin. Doing a patch test on the underside of the wrist or foot is a good way to find out possible allergic reactions. If sensitive, it’s better to skip this remedy altogether.

3. Onion Juice And Yogurt For Youthful Radiance

Onion juice and yogurt for youthful radiance
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You Will Need
  • 1 tablespoon onion juice
  • 1 tablespoon fresh yogurt
  • 2-3 drops of your favorite essential oil
What You Need To Do
  1. To make this face mask, combine equal quantities of fresh onion juice and yogurt to form a paste.
  2. Add a few drops of your favorite essential oil to give the otherwise pungent mix an aroma.
  3. Massage this mix gently on your face and neck by using circular hand movements for 5 to 10 minutes.
  4. Wipe it using a clean washcloth.
  5. Wash it off as usual and moisturize it.
  6.  Repeat this process every two-three days to achieve a radiant glow. Rich in phytonutrientsi  A group of natural chemicals or compounds produced by plants with anticancer and cardio-protective properties. and antioxidants, onion juice provides the much-required nourishment to your skin while eliminating skin impurities. The lactic acid in yogurt helps to magnify the effect set by this main ingredient.

How To Make Onion Juice Packs For Hair

This juice has been used for hair treatment for a very long time. When applied directly to the bald patches, it is known to accelerate hair growth just after few uses.

But there are a lot of other variations of making onion juice that take care of the different subsets of hair care. Let’s know more about how to make onion juice for hair growth here:

1. Onion Juice And Honey To Control Hair Loss

Onion juice and honey to control hair loss
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You Will Need
  • 1/4 cup of fresh onion juice
  • 1 tablespoon of honey
  • Shower Cap
  • A plastic bowl
What You Need To Do
  1. Mix the above-mentioned ingredients in a plastic bowl to form a running paste.
  2. Apply this paste directly onto your scalp and massage it gently for five minutes using fingertips.
  3. Leave the mixture on for about half an hour to assure its proper absorption. This mix can be left overnight too. Just make sure to cover it by wearing a shower cap.
  4. Rinse it off using lukewarm water and mild shampoo.
  5. Using this technique twice a week will most definitely keep your hair loss condition under control.

2. Onion Juice And Coconut Oil For Hair Nourishment

Onion juice and coconut oil for hair nourishment
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You Will Need
  • 1 tablespoon onion juice
  • 1/2 tablespoon coconut oil
What You Need To Do
  1. Mix onion juice and coconut oil in a bowl.
  2. Massage your scalp and hair thoroughly with this oil mix for about five minutes. Using gentle circular movements is the best bet.
  3. Now, rinse a fluffy towel in some warm water and wring it.
  4. Wrap your head with this towel and leave it on for half an hour.
  5. Rinse it off using warm water and mild shampoo.
  6. Repeat this process one or two times in a week to get well-nourished hair within no time. This mixture will also help improve the quality and texture of your hair.

3. Onion Juice And Beer For quick Hair Growth

You Will Need
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon freshly extracted onion juice
  • 1 tablespoon beer
What You Need To Do
  1. Mix onion juice and beer to form a smooth hair mask.
  2. Apply this mask on your scalp and hair and massage gently for around five minutes using your fingertips.
  3. Leave the mixture on for another half an hour. You can wear a shower cap to protect the mixture from running off.
  4. Rinse it off using a shampoo and regular water.
  5. For better results, use this mix about two to three times in a week.

Disclaimer: While it helps your hair, we don’t encourage the use of beer. Use this remedy only if you are okay with this ingredient.

4. Onion Juice And Lemon For Dandruff-Control

Lemon and onion juice for dandruff control
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You Will Need
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon onion juice
  • 1 teaspoon freshly extracted lemon juice
What You Need To Do
  1. Combine these two ingredients to form a fine paste.
  2. Apply it on your hair and scalp and massage gently.
  3. Leave it on for 15 to 20 minutes.
  4. Rinse it off using a mild shampoo and lukewarm water. Let it air dry.
  5. Use this mix twice a week to gain complete control over dandruff.

5. Onion Juice And Yogurt For Shine

You Will Need
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon onion juice
  • 1 tablespoon yogurt
What You Need To Do
  1. Mix onion juice and yogurt in a small bowl to form a paste.
  2. Apply this mask evenly on your hair and scalp.
  3. Leave it on for about 45 minutes. Meanwhile, cover the head with a shower cap and watch television or read a book.
  4.  Rinse well using your regular shampoo.
  5. Repeat this process twice a week for shiny hair.

6. Onion Juice And Garlic For Alopecia

Garlic and onion juice for alopecia
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You Will Need
  • 1 tablespoon onion juice
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 1/2 tablespoon olive oil
What You Need To Do
  1. Crush a clove of garlic and mix the juice with a tablespoon of onion juice.
  2. Apply this mix directly onto the affected area one hour before you go to sleep. Make sure you cover the area well. Also, avoid rubbing the mixture too hard. This harsh treatment might aggravate the condition.
  3. An hour into the application, massage your hair and scalp gently with some olive oil.
  4. Leave it on for one full night. Protect the mask and your pillow cover using a shower cap.
  5. Rinse the mix off your head by using a mild shampoo and normal water.
  6. Repeat this process twice a week for best results.

Note: Adding some lemon juice or rose water to your hair rinse might help prevent the pungent smell of the onion juice. Rosemary, lavender and peppermint essential oils are also a good solution to sabotage the odor.

Lydz, a blogger, described her experience of making and using onion juice. She blended the onions and applied the juice on her scalp, and left it for 30 minutes. She stated, “I have previously added onion to my homemade deep conditioner but I now use the juice on its own as a scalp treatment (i).”

So, now you know how to use onion juice for hair growth, let’s look at the benefits of onion juice for your health.

Onion Juice For Health

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The Ayurvedic medical text Charaka Samhita mentions using onion and its juice for treating indigestion, eye inflammation, heart disease, and kidney stones.

Using onion juice in a certain way can help prevent and treat a number of diseases. Have a look:

1. Raw Onion Juice For Earache

You Will Need
  • 1 tablespoon freshly extracted onion juice
  • Cotton ball
What You Need To Do
  1. Dip a cotton ball in the onion juice and use it to release the drops into your ear.
  2. This solution will help treat an acute earache, and a few applications will also lessen the ringing sound in the ear.
  3. Use this method twice every day until the symptoms subside.

2. Onion Juice And Honey For Cough

You Will Need
  • 2 tablespoons onion juice
  • 2 tablespoons honey
What You Need To Do
  1. Mix the above two ingredients to form a concoction and save it in a small jar.
  2. Consume one teaspoon of this mixture twice a day—morning and evening. This concoction should last three to four days.
  3. Using this mixture will relieve you of even the most stubborn of coughs and sore throats.

Note: If you cannot tolerate the pungent flavor, onion water can be used instead of onion juice. A simple onion water recipe is easy to make. Immerse 3 to 4 roughly chopped onions in a jar full of water and refrigerate for 24 hours.

3. Onion Juice And Ginger Juice Boosts Libido

Ginger and onion juice to boost libido
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You Will Need
  • 1 tablespoon of onion juice
  • 1 tablespoon ginger juice
What You Need To Do
  1. Mix the two ingredients well.
  2. Have this mixture thrice a day for a month to boost your libido. Onions are said to increase the sexual desire in an average human.

Now that you know the different ways of using onion juice for your health, check out the following section for the potential side effects of using it.

Side Effects Of Onion Juice

  • Cutting onions releases sulfurous compounds, which may irritate the eyes and make you tear up (4).
  • It has a strong smell that can be challenging to get rid of even after washing.
  • Some people may experience a severe allergic reaction, scalp irritation, redness, or a burning sensation when applying onion juice topically (5).
  • It may also cause vomiting due to its overwhelming smell and taste.
  • Onion may aggravate the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) (6).
  • Excess consumption of onion juice may lead to anemia, weight loss, and can be toxic to liver, heart, and kidneys (7).

Infographic: 6 Ways To Use Onion Juice For Skin, Hair, And Health

Onion juice has been traditionally used to treat a variety of ailments, from cough and cold to hair loss and skin infections. It is a great natural remedy as it contains anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties. Check out the infographic below to learn how it can also be used to benefit your skin, hair, and health.

6 ways to use onion juice for skin, hair, and health (infographic)

Illustration: StyleCraze Design Team

Onion is a widely used vegetable with a strong smell. Chopped onions are used for cooking and flavoring dishes as well as to prepare curries, salads, and soups. However, their juice exhibits several antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties that help treat many ailments. Onion juice can be easily prepared at home. The antioxidants and flavonoids in the juice offer many benefits for your skin, hair, and health. You can also use the juice as a skin rejuvenating and anti-acne face mask, a hair pack to control hair loss and accelerate hair growth, and a treatment for cough or low libido.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I drink onion juice everyday?

Yes, when consumed in moderation, onion juice can help make a good difference to your hair,skin, and overall health.

Does onion juice make hair white?

No, onion juice helps improve blood circulation and retain the natural health and color of your hair.

When should I drink onion water?

Drinking onion water on an empty stomach helps make the most of its benefits.

Is onion good for the lungs?

Yes, its anti-inflammatory properties make it beneficial for lung health as well.

Can I apply onion juice after oiling my hair?

It is ideally applied to clean, oil-free scalp for optimum benefits.

Key Takeaways

  • Onions contain a compound called allicin that lowers the risk of cardiovascular disorders.
  • It is also packed with beneficial antioxidants like quercetin that delay early signs of aging.
  • You can either consume or mix onion juice with gram flour, honey, or tomato juice to boost skin tone and improve your hair and overall health.
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References

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  2. Antiplatelet constituents of garlic and onion
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  4. Investigation of Volatiles Emitted from Freshly Cut Onions (Allium cepa L.) by Real Time Proton-Transfer Reaction-Mass Spectrometry (PTR-MS)
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  5. Immunological characterization of onion (Allium cepa) allergy
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  6. Irritable Bowel Syndrome
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  7. In vivo Investigation of Anti-diabetic Properties of Ripe Onion Juice in Normal and Streptozotocin-induced Diabetic Rats
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Sarah Spann has 4 years of experience as a clinical nutritionist. She specializes in gut health and is based in Brisbane, Australia. She is dedicated to changing the paradigm of gut health and works with clients all over the world to help them get back the freedom, energy and confidence that their gut issues have taken away. Sarah is passionate...read full bio

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