Allium Cepa - The Homeopathic Remedy

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Allium Cepa - Uses, Benefits, Properties, Description, Effects and Details of Allium Cepa explanation and other information

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Remedy Name/s: Common Name/s: Latin, Zoological, Botanical and mineralogical name/s:
Allium Cepa, Allium Red Onion, Onion Allium Cepa

General description and domicile:
There is little need to describe the common red onion as it is one of the better known vegetables and can be found in virtually every kitchen.

The common red onion has been cultivated as a garden vegetable for hundreds of years. It is available in vegetable shops and gardens in all parts of the world.

Decongestant, diuretic and antiseptic properties of the onion has made it a popular herbal remedy for hundreds of years.

Part used and extraction:
The bulb of the onion is used, harvested when mature.

Remedy preparation:
Chopped and steeped in alcohol for several days to obtain mother tincture

The onion was hung outside houses to ward off the plague in the Middle Ages.

Proved by Dr Constantine Herring.

Remedy profile:
Coughs and colds that are very runny with watery catarrh respond best. Also neuralgia and hay fever especially if accompanied by tearful eyes and runny noses.
This remedy has no psychological or mental symptoms although the conditions it works best for may cause irritability and melancholy.

Key Symptoms:
Burning Catarrh, Eye discharge that does not burn (as opposed to Euphrasia where the eye discharge burns and the catarrh does not).

Used for treatment of:
As always in homeopathy the primary use of any remedy is treatment of conditions similar to the symptoms that the substance causes in an otherwise healthy person. As the onion causes teary eyes and a runny nose this remedy works best for conditions that cause runny noses and teary eyes.


Catarrh (watery)


Eye infections and irritations

Hay fever


General Symptoms Worse for: Factors/Conditions that make the symptoms worse
Stuffy, warm rooms
In evenings

General Symptoms Better for: Factors/Conditions that improve symptoms
Fresh, open air

See also our Herbal page on Allium Cepa.


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