Onion Essential Oil
Botanical binomial: Allium cepa
Other names: Onion Allium cepa Liliaceae
Country of Origin: Hungary
Part of plant used in production:
Methods of production: Steam distillation
Description: Onion is a perennial or biennial herb native to Asia and the Middle East with over 500 species in its genus. It can grow up to 1.9 metres tall with hallow leaves and a fleshy stem. The bulb is globe-like and succulent.
Characteristics: Onion oil is pale yellow to brownish-yellow with a strong sulphuraceous odour that has a lachrymatory (tear-producing) effect.
Properties: Antimicrobial, antirheumatic, antiseptic, antisclerotic, antispasmodic, antiviral, bactericidal, carminative, depurative, digestive, diuretic, expectorant, fungicidal, hypocholesterolaemic, hypoglycaemic, hypotensive, stomachic, tonic, vermifuge.
Constituents: Dipropyl disulphide, methylpropyl disulphide, dipropyl trisulphide, methylpropyl trisulphide and allylpropyl disulphide.
Uses: High in Vitamins A, B, and C, Onion essential oil works as a great anti-stress remedy, helping the body overcome colds and flu.
Onion eases insomnia, anxiety and nervous tension. It assists with respiratory problems, cuts, wounds, and burns, cold sores and athlete's foot.
Onion essential oil can be used for detoxification due to it's expectorant properties.
It may be added to hair growth formulas as it clears the scalp from dandruff and helps hair appear more shiny and healthier.
Safety: Avoid use during pregnancy/lactating. For external use only. Should be diluted prior to skin application. Avoid contact with eyes and mouth. May cause skin irritation for some individuals, a skin patch test is recommended prior to use. Consult your healthcare professional before using essential oils during pregnancy.