Health Benefits of Scallions or Spring Onions

Scallions, also known as spring onions, belong to the Allium family of root vegetables that include additional flavorful members like onions, shallots, leeks and garlic to mention a few. Allium vegetables are termed as such due to a powerful healing substance found in them called allicin.

The green onion's medicinal part is its stem. It works as well as an antipyretic, expectorant, anti-bacterial, and anti-fungal. It is effective against colds, headaches, chills to the stomach, indigestion, and also for insomnia. The white stem contains a lot of glucose and allyl sulfides. Use it is a raw condiment to many foods by finely chopping the fresh white stem.

Green Onion Health Benefits
  • Scallions are low in calories and fat free while providing a bit of fiber. This fine herb contains folate, calcium, iron and vitamins A, C, K and some B-6. Scallions are also a rich source of vitamin C, manganese, potassium, copper, and contain a small amount of vitamin E. While these elements are not competent in curing disease on their own, they do aid the body in building up its own immunity and activate its ability to fend off disease causing effects of diet and lifestyle. Thus, including these nutrients in your diet is fundamentally integral to overall health and well being.
  • The powerful phytonutrient contained in scallions called allicin is what gives it its anti-viral properties and makes it useful in fighting off colds and flu viruses.
  • It stimulates the respiratory tract and helps in expelling sputum (phlegm).
  • It contains essential oils that stimulates the sweat glands and promote sweating.
  • It increases appetite.
  • It helps prevent diarrhea.
  • Scallions, onions, and garlic are foods which has lot of heat. Consuming them helps in relieving Menstrual pain or dysmenorrhea,
  • It is rich in sulfur, an essential element that kills or inhibits fungus infections.
  • It inhibits cancer cell growth especially colon cancer. Green onion's anti-colon cancer properties are well known among traditional healers around the world.
  • It contains vitamin A and C. The white part of it has calcium, too.
  • The zesty scallion has been shown to help lower blood sugar, high cholesterol, blood pressure, and inflammation. 
  • This green powerhouse surprisingly contains small amounts of essential fatty acids including both omega 3′s and omega-6. Both these essential fatty acids play a critical role in maintaining normal growth and development, including that of the brain.
Home Remedies with Scallions

FOR SORE THROAT
Cut the green onion's white part into pieces. Put it in a cloth bag and steam it for a hot compress. You can also mix the green onion with grated ginger and some salt. Wrap the hot bag in a towel or gauze and place it over the throat, chest, soles, palms, back, and armpits. It promotes perspiration and lowers the heat and pain. This method is known since the ancient times, and it is as good as commercially sold plasters.


FOR NASAL CONGESTION (RUNNY NOSE)
Mash the green onion and make wet cotton with its juice. Place the wet cotton to your nose.
Believe it or not, if you cannot sleep well, just place a bundle of green onion beside your pillow.
Did you know that green onion eliminates unwelcome smell of fishes and meats, too?

FOR SWOLLEN FEET
Boil the whole green onion for a few minutes. Grind it and mix with a little water just enough to make a paste, and then place it to the swollen part of your feet. This simple method is used since hundreds of years ago by our ancestors.

How to store green onion?
Wrap it in newspapers and place it in the refrigerator. If it has been cut, put it in a poly bag, and place it in the refrigerator.

Health Recipes Scallions or Spring Onions
Recipes from Mimi’s Organic Corner
  1. Add to soups salads and stir fries for a burst of flavor with little calories. Go ahead and chop them up for your favorite dishes.
  2. Veggie Dip can be made by dicing scallions into tiny pieces and stir them into plain yogurt with other spices to make a delicious dip for your veggies.
  3. Try Green Harissa, normally made with hot chilies and served with couscous, this aromatic herb based spin is great with roasted veggies or as a rub for fish. Combine cumin seeds, coriander seeds, jalapenos, (seeded and sliced), sliced scallions, garlic clove, olive oil, flat leaf parsley leaves, cilantro, and some lemon juice with fine sea salt. Now spread it over your fish. Delicious!
  4. Oven Roasted flounder with bok choy, scallions, cilantro and lime is a light dinner for any day of the week. Sautee chopped scallion, cilantro and sliced bok choy with lime juice, soy sauce, rice vinegar, minced ginger, olive oil, pepper and dry white wine. Drizzle over flounder in a baking dish and cook on 375 for a short while. Yum!
  5. Try scallion pesto by combining chopped scallions, chopped almonds, garlic cloves, olive oil, Parmesan cheese, lemon juice salt pepper. Once mixed, drizzle over your favorite organic linguini. It’s easy to make, is inexpensive and offers a punch of flavor.

Recipes from Tarla Dalal
  1. A very quick sandwich that you can carry in your snack box any day. The cheese and spring onion sandwich is quite continental, and has a comfortingly bland taste, without any dominant flavours.
  2. The word "penne" means "feather" indicating the transversely cut shape of the pasta, which resembles the wing of a bird. Penne tossed along with spring onions, corn and pepper is simply superb. You will find this a wonderful dish for family meals
  3. Here is a leaf off oriental cuisine, something you can whip up in a whiz. If you have the required ingredients on hand, paneer and spring onions in schezuan sauce can be prepared very easily as it does not require any elaborate preparation of vegetables or masalas. 
  4. A cool and fresh topping that is perfect for serving with crisp and spicy finger foods. With simple, easily-available ingredients, this dip can also be prepared very easily by just blending together all the ingredients. Keep the spring onion and curd dip refrigerated till you are ready to serve
  5. Samosa patti tarts filled with a spicy paneer, celery and spring onion mixture. Your guests will be delighted about the appearance and flavour of the exquisite tarts. You can vary the filling combination and these tarts will taste just as good.
  6. The sweet potato and spring onion soup is much more than a flavourful appetiser. It is actually a sumptuous meal in its own right. Energy-giving and wholesome sweet potatoes are combined with aromatic spring onions in this delectable soup, which gathers its rich texture and mouth-feel from a cuppa...

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