Pregnant Onion – The Health Benefits Of Ornithogalum Caudatum
In order to refer to some herb as to medical, it should contain at least some biologically active substances with complex effect on the body and ability to cure various diseases. Pregnant Onion, False Sea Onion or Ornithogalum caudatum is often used in alternative medicine during the past years and many of us have verified the healing qualities of Pregnant Onion. Remedies made of False Sea Onion are mainly used externally and they act very fast.
Biologists are convinced that almost all parts of the herb can be used for medical purposes. Pregnant Onion leaves are proven to possess strong anodyne properties. In addition, they contain substances which accelerate blood delivery to the areas of your body affected by some disease.
Unfortunately, Pregnant Onion is not included in the approved official list of medical herbs and there are insufficient studies on the healing qualities of it. Moreover, there are no clinical evidence about the effect the herb has on the body. As a result, False Sea Onion is used nor in traditional medicine, neither for the industrial production of medical remedies.
Pregnant Onion is used only in folk medicine.
According to the researches made to find out the chemical composition of Pregnant Onion, the active substances the herb contains are similar to those in basket plant (Callisia fragrans). However, you should keep in mind that Pregnant Onion contains also poisonous substances.
Pregnant Onion – Biologically Active Substances The Herb Contains
Pregnant Onion contains various biologically active substances, such as, glycosides, flavonoids and alkaloids, and these substances are responsible for the great health benefits Pregnant Onion offers.
Pregnant Onion – Glycosides
Glycosides are substances found in many herbs. The medical effect of these substances is varied. Pregnant Onion contains cardiac glycosides. They have specific effect on heart muscles, as well as, influence all of the most important parameters of myocardial performance. Cardiac glycosides are found in other herbs, as well, including pheasant’s eye, may-lily, foxglove and other.
Heart glycosides are poisonous; therefore you should not use them to treat yourself on your own, as it may expose your health to danger.
Pregnant Onion – Flavonoids
Flavonoids are defensive substances of herbs similar to vitamins. Whether you use them internally or externally, they pose no threat to your body. Flavonoids are very powerful anti-oxidants. They normalize your metabolism, protect your skin against the harmful influence of free radicals, as well as, prevent aging processes of cells and all body.
Mainly due to flavonoids Pregnant Onion contains, remedies made of the herb have antispasmodic activity – they prevent spasms of blood vessels, improve blood flow, relax smooth muscles relieving pain thus.
Flavonoids are said to have anti-inflammatory action, as well. They are used to deal with joint inflammation and purulent wound. It is proven to be of great help for the treatment of angina.
Pregnant Onion – Alkaloids
Alkaloids have very complicated and varied chemical composition. Various herbs contain these substances and they tend to accumulate in various parts of the plant. Many alkaloids have bitter taste and they have very powerful effect – they are very poisonous, but small quantities of these substances are used for medical purposes in both traditional and alternative medicine. Owing to the varied composition of alkaloids, they have also varied effect.
Pregnant Onion juice contains very strong alkaloid – colchicine. Colchicine has strong anti-cancer action – it prevents tumorous cells from dividing. Unfortunately, it has the very same effect on the intact cells of your body.
Colchicine is responsible for the anodyne and anti-inflammatory properties of Pregnant Onion. Together with heart glycosides, colchicine causes burning sensation and facilitates blood supply to the area it influences.
Colchicine has one more healing quality – it is able to reduce and prevent symptoms caused by attack of acute gout. It is due to the fact that this alkaloid reduces crystallization of uric acid salts. The accumulation of these salts causes gout attacks.
However, you should keep in mind that colchicine is very poisonous. As a result, you should use remedies containing this alkaloid with caution, even if you use them externally. If the burning sensation continues for a long time, you must stop using the remedy.
Doctors usually warn people willing to treat themselves with herbs, especially, if these herbs contain poisonous substances. Therefore, you take a risk when using Pregnant Onion.
Nevertheless, if you decide to use Pregnant Onion for medical purposes, you should observe the following rules:
- Do not use folk methods together with methods of traditional medicine.
- Do not smoke and do not consume meat, cultured products and alcohol during the course of treatment.
- Observe the advisable amount of medical procedures and the indicated dosage of remedies during the therapy.
Before using Pregnant Onion, you should apply the remedy to a small area of your skin to make sure it does not cause any allergic reaction. Nevertheless, be aware that the external use of Pregnant Onion remedy usually causes burning sensation and it is a normal reaction that lasts for 5-10 minutes. Stop using the remedy and carefully wash the area unless the burning sensation stops after 15 minutes. You can use sea buckthorn oil or some other vegetable oil to reduce skin redness caused by the use of Pregnant Onion remedy.
People suffering from hemophilia must not use Pregnant Onion remedies as the herb contains substances facilitating the blood flow to areas treated with the remedy.
Pregnant Onion – How To Make Remedies Of The Herb
There are insufficient researches on the healing effect of Pregnant Onion. However, folk medicine uses remedies made of it for the treatment of various diseases. Find below some recipes on how to use the herb to make various remedies for external use. It is not advisable to use remedies made of Pregnant Onion internally, and risk your health and even life. Instead of it you can choose proved and safe remedies made of other herbs for internal use.
In order to make remedies of Pregnant Onion, you should use at least two years old herb.
Infuse granulated 20-centimeters-long Pregnant Onion leaf with a liter of boiling water and fill a thermos bottle with the tincture. Let the infusion brew for 2 hours.
Another recipe advises to infuse 20-centimeters-long Pregnant Onion leaf with a liter of boiled water at a room temperature. Boil the infusion in water bath for 15 minutes by stirring the tincture for the whole time. Leave the infusion to brew for 45 minutes and decant it. Squeeze the sediment and fill a bottle with the infusion. Cover the bottle up and keep it in a dark place for no longer than a week.
The infusion is mainly used to relieve pain by rubbing it into the painful areas or for compresses. These procedures are usually performed before going to bed.
Extract is usually made using ethanol or vodka. Infuse granulated 60-centimeters-long Pregnant Onion leaf with half a liter of vodka or ethanol at 70 percent concentration. Fill a glass jar with the tincture and cover it up. Some healers prefer using vodka rather than ethanol, because tincture made of ethanol is too concentrated.
Let the tincture brew for two weeks in a dark place. Remember to shake the jar occasionally. When the tincture is ready, decant it and fill a clean bottle with it. Cover the bottle up.
The tincture is used to rub the bad areas. The length of the procedure depends upon each case individually. When the patient is a child, the rubbing should last less than a minute. If a patient is a grown-up – perform the procedure for 1-2 minutes. When treating a child, you should dilute the tincture with water in order not to burn the skin or cause allergy.
Before using Pregnant Onion tincture, you should try it on a small area of your skin to make sure it does not cause allergy.
Pregnant Onion – Bulb Extract
Remove the upper covering scales from the bulb and reduce it to small pieces. Infuse the granulated bulb with a liter of vodka or ethanol. Let the tincture settle for two weeks. Shake the vessel every day. When the tincture is ready, decant it. The extract is very strong; therefore you should definitely dilute it before use. Fill the tincture in a bottle, cover it up and keep it in a dry and cold place.
Bulb extract is used similar to that of leaf extract. However, bulb extract is stronger than leaf extract. In addition, it can be kept for a longer time.
Pregnant Onion bulb tincture should be made only if you have several herbs. It is due to the fact that you will need one bulb 4-5 centimeters in diameter (so the herb is at least 2 years old).
Pregnant Onion – Leaf Paste
Pestle Pregnant Onion leaves to get a paste. The paste should be used immediately and it cannot be kept. It is due to the fact that it looses it healing properties thus.
The paste should be used for compresses to treat radiculitis and relieve joint pain. The paste should not be placed directly on the skin as it might cause burn. Put the paste on double gauze or thin cotton fabric.
Pregnant Onion – Juice
Pregnant Onion juice is usually extracted from the paste. Simply squeeze the paste through double gauze. You should definitely wear rubber gloves when extracting the juice to avoid burning your hands. The juice is great pain-killer. Fill it in dark glass bottle, cover up, and keep for 3-5 days in dark and cold place.
The juice is often used for compresses. Saturate thin cotton cloth with the juice, place it on the bad, painful area and leave for 1-2 minutes. Afterwards, cover the area with woolen cloth to keep it warm. Perform the procedure before going to bed.
The juice is used to relieve toothache. Just rub your gums around the painful tooth with a bit of the juice and the pain is going to vanish within 5 minutes. You can use the juice to treat bruise and small injuries, as well as, reduce itch and pain caused by insect bite.
Pregnant Onion – Decoction
Decoction is made using granulated Pregnant Onion leaves (sometimes bulb). Infuse the leaves with cold water, mix the infusion thoroughly, cover the vessel up and let it brew for an overnight. In the morning bring the infusion to a boil on a small fire (but do not boil). Afterwards, let the decoction become cold and decant it.
Another recipe to make Pregnant Onion decoction is by infusing 20-centimeters-long leaf with 1.2 liters of water. Boil the infusion for half an hour on a small fire or in a water bath. Afterwards, let the decoction become cold and decant.
Pregnant Onion decoction is used to deal with rheumatism and cold viruses. It can be kept for a longer time than the infusion.
Pregnant Onion – Salve
There are various recipes on how to make Pregnant Onion salve. The simplest one is by mixing Pregnant Onion juice or leaf paste with lanolin or vaseline. Pestle 20-centimeters-long leaf to get a paste and mix the paste with one tube of lanolin and two tablespoons of honey thoroughly. Fill a glass vessel with the salve and keep it in refrigerator, but for no longer than a month.
Many healers advise using lard or badger fat instead of lanolin. However, if these ingredients are not available, you can use lanolin or vaseline as described above.
Pregnant Onion salve is used for rubbing painful joints and areas affected by radiculitis. The procedure should be performed before going to bed.
Pregnant Onion remedies are used mainly externally to deal with various diseases, such as, rheumatism, muscle pain, head ache, polyarthritis, osteochondrosis, gout, accumulation of salts, toothache, small injury and strain, as well as, many other diseases.