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The unique healing properties of Indian onions


At the end of the twentieth century, the Siberian healers turned their attention to the healing properties of Indian onions or the Orchithus (Ornithógalum). Since then, it has gained widespread popularity. Several species of bulbous plants are threatened with destruction. Therefore, they were listed in the Red Book of the Russian Federation.

Description of a flowering plant

Ornithohalum belongs to the perennial plants of the Asparagaceae family. Historical homeland is considered to be South America. In Russia, the species was introduced to the Leningrad Botanical Institute from Germany. The name of the Indian onion was given by the association of burning milky juice with Indian spices, and not by the geographical area of ​​growth.

The ornamental plant has a stem in the form of a bulb located above the top layer of soil. The leaves are long, flat as they grow, change their position, fall down, twisting at the ends. The color is dark green with a yellow stripe in the center. The biennial produces an arrow framed in small white or creamy inflorescences.

Indian onions closeup

Cultivation of Indian onions occurs in greenhouses or in residential areas. Does not require increased attention. Comfortably feels on the north windows and in the back of the room. Watering moderate as the topsoil dries. For the summer, the poultry bird is taken out into the open air or transplanted into the ground. In the winter return to the room.

The composition of Indian onions

In traditional medicine, Ornithohalum has not found application, it is not in the reference books of medicinal herbs. For traditional healers, biologically active substances are valuable, composed of leaves and seeds:

  • essential oil;
  • organic acids;
  • type of glycosides;
  • alkaloid group (colchicine, thiocolchicine, colchicoside).

The medical value of the plant, the presence of alkaloids in the composition. But they are not enough to interest the pharmacological industry in Indian onions as raw materials.

Colchicine is a natural poison. Internal reception means based on ornithohalum, can cause intoxication.
Indian onion seedlings

Useful and healing properties

Traditional medicine uses an ornamental plant, as a component of ointments, tinctures on water and alcohol-based, for external use. Ornithógalum juice contains an antibiotic, it has an antiseptic and antibacterial effect. It has an analgesic effect. Active substances, penetrating through the epidermis, relieve inflammation and relieve pain. Applied to:

  1. With hematomas and fractures.
  2. From rheumatic pains in the joints (polyarthritis, arthritis).
  3. To accelerate the regeneration of damaged tissues.
  4. As an antibacterial agent in inflammatory processes.
  5. In the complex treatment of sciatica and osteochondrosis.
  6. To relieve itching and redness in the area affected by insects.
  7. With varicose veins and neoplasms associated with HPV (papillomas, warts), foot fungus.

Alkaloids relieve swelling, prevent the formation of malignant tumors. When applied to the skin, expand the walls of the capillaries, help to improve blood flow to the problem area.

For the manufacture of tools, all parts of the plant have biological activity.
Indian onions in the garden

When cutting leaves, Indian onions will not suffer, and there will be enough raw materials for dosage forms (ointments, tinctures).

Contraindications for use

Apply funds based on Ornithohalum, taking into account that onions are toxic, it is necessary with caution. With a number of factors, treatment is not acceptable. These include:

  • bleeding gums, the means will worsen their condition;
  • hemophilia, excessive blood flow will affect the walls of blood vessels;
  • pregnancy and lactation;
  • allergy.
Before a course of treatment, you must pass a test that confirms or eliminates an allergic reaction.

To test the tolerance of the body on alkaloids, it is necessary to apply the plant sap on the inside of the elbow bend. After two hours, check the test result. If the surface of the skin does not change, the result is negative. When:

Growing Indian onions in flat conditions
  • redness;
  • itching;
  • puffiness;
  • blistering.

Use Indian onions as a medicine is not permissible.

With long-term use of funds, based on plants, colchicine, penetrating through the skin, can cause a decrease in leukocytes (leukopenia). The course should not exceed 30 days.

After using ointments or tinctures, hands should be washed thoroughly with soap. If the components of the plant come into contact with the conjunctiva (mucous membrane of the eye), rinse with water.

The use of onions in traditional medicine at home

Thanks to the therapeutic elements in the composition of the poultry, folk healers use all parts of the ornamental plant. If an onion is needed for cooking, the plant will die. Apply for treatment not only means, but also pure juice.

The Indian onion has been effective in treating bruises and hematomas. Influencing peripheral vessels, improves the metabolic process between the blood and damaged tissues. Removes swelling and characteristic pigmentation.

Essential oils and organic acids, in composition, improve the regeneration process of mechanically damaged tissues. Eliminate the inflammatory process and the growth of bacteria. Due to its bactericidal properties, alternative medicine is aimed at the treatment of furunculosis and herpes.
Indian onion flower

For the analgesic effect, Ornithohalum is used in complex therapy for stretching muscles or ligaments. Cures pain syndrome of neuralgic nature (sciatica), with the deposition of salts (osteochondrosis, polyarthritis).


For the preparation of medicines from Indian onions, taken "adult" plant. The optimal concentration of active substances is achieved in 2 years. In the manufacture of tinctures, it is desirable to consider that colchicine is poorly soluble in alcohol. Therefore, the tool is water-based, will be many times more toxic.

Do not use metal objects when working with poultry. Take care of rubber gloves. If household appliances (mixer, blender, meat grinder) were used, it is recommended to treat it with a disinfectant and wash it with hot water.

Substance for compress

Crushed leaves to the formation of gruel. It is used for compresses on the back or joints with radiculitis and rheumatism. The procedure will help get rid of the pain. In order to avoid chemical burns, the substance is applied on a gauze napkin, then put on the problem area.

The following method is also suitable for compress. The juice is squeezed out from the crushed leaves and stored in a glass container for 4 days. Used as an application or compress for neuralgic diseases and salt deposition.

Substance for Indian Compress


For the preparation you will need a sheet of Indian onion 15-25 centimeters long. It is crushed, placed in a thermos and poured boiling water (1 liter). Allow to infuse within 2 hours.

You can prepare the product on the steam bath. Finely chopped leaf, filled with cold water, aged for a couple of 25 minutes. Merges into a thermos, insists 3 hours.

On the basis of alcohol is prepared as follows:

  • bulb with an arrow or leaves is crushed;
  • poured into a plastic or glass container with a liter of ethanol;
  • aged at a moderate temperature for 21 days.

On the basis of kerosene effectively acts with radiculitis. Ingredients:

  • leaves of the plant (a total of 45-50 centimeters long);
  • 200 grams of pure kerosene;
  • 250 grams of oil (sunflower, olive, mustard).

It is placed in a glass jar, hermetically sealed, infused at a temperature of 25 degrees for 2 weeks. Periodically the contents are shaken.

Indian Bow Infusion


Ointments are used to treat joint pathologies and wound healing with purulent formation. The basis will be animal fat from sheep wool (lanolin), 45 ml will be needed. Add 2.5 tablespoons of honey and gruel from the leaf of a plant.

For the following ointment recipe you will need:

  • 2 egg yolks;
  • 3 tablespoons of sea buckthorn oil;
  • a piece of beeswax, measuring 5: 2 centimeters;
  • 1 spoon of kerosene;
  • 2 spoons of plant juice.

Observe the cooking sequence. In boiling oil, wax dissolves. After the composition has cooled down, kerosene, Indian onion juice, and finally, yolks is added. After stirring, the mass is ready for use.

Indian Onion Gel

Ornitogalum decoctions, used less frequently, they are not as effective. Cook over low heat for 25-30 minutes (1.5 liters of water, 25 cm sheet). When it cools, you can apply.

As well as any folk remedy, the medicine made from the Umbilia bird is recommended to be used in combination with traditional therapy, after consulting a doctor. Given that the juice contains toxic substances in room conditions, flower pots should be placed out of the reach of children and pets.