The Onion is an edible bulb with a pungent taste and smell. Long before farming or even writing was invented, wild onions were a staple in prehistoric diets.
It is believed to have originated in central Asia. Other research suggested it was first grown in Iran & West Pakistan. The original, or the wild onion is now extinct.
But with its loss came the more modern species & perhaps one of the earliest cultivated crops. This Vegetable has been mentioned in some of the oldest Vedic writing from India as early as 5,000 years ago.
In Egypt, writings of he onion can be traced back to 3,500 B.C. They worshiped the onion as symbolizing eternal life and imaged it in their paintings. It was used as food, medicine and in mummification, in fact, Ramses was entombed with onions in his eye sockets.
In the old testament, Numbers 11:5, onions were mentioned.
India as early as the 6th century it was celebrated as medicine, good for diuresis, digestion, the heart, eyes and joints.
Sumerian text dated to about 2500 B.C. Tells of someone plowing over the city governors’ onion patch.
Greeks used them to enhance the performance of their athletes.
The early Roman Empire Author Pliny the Elder wrote of Pompeii’s onions before he was killed by the eruption of the volcano Vesuvius.(1)
Onions are great for working Magick to promote health, Stamina, prosperity, stability, strength, and to absorb illness from the sick. (2)
In *1919 when the flu killed 40 million people. Farmers remained health. Their secret? They placed an unpeeled onion in a dish in the rooms of the home, (probably only two rooms back then). A Doctor examining an onion under a microscope found the flu virus in the onion. It obviously absorbed the bacteria, therefore, keeping the farmers healthy. (3)
The thin, clear skin from the outer layers of an onion can be used to not only stop bleeding, but it works as an antiseptic. Onion juice is a natural antibiotic.
Take a couple of thin slices of onions and rub the face of them with coconut oil. Place them on the bottoms of your feet and wrap them in place with cling wrap. Put on a pair of thick socks and as you sleep with the onion slices on your feet the onions drain your body of toxins. It’s pretty incredible, actually. (4)
And so on until present day the simple plant called onion became the Nobel onion. Food, medicine, magic, miracle.