Wild onion, field onions, wild chives, wild garlic, wild leeks, have edible flowers and edible bulbs.  It is a good idea to cook the wild onion bulbs, as the inulin content is difficult for a few people to digest.  Cooking will break down this polysaccharide to a more manageable chain.
After flowers bloom a little bulblet forms on flower head, very edible: pickled or stir fry with vegetables and pork.

More as an edible wild plant

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The tough dry skin of an onion is used as a yellow dye.

Onion skins contain quercetrin, skins may be used to make tea.

Bring water to a boil, enter dry onion skins (crushed). Leave skins in water until cool.  Strain through a coffee filter or screen.   Quercetin is somewhat soluble in hot water.   An alcohol tincture may also be made.  Quercitin is anti allergic, also helpful in treating Inflammatory Bowel Disease.

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Commission E approves the Use of Onion and Onion extracts for the following Like garlic onion enhances immune system activity:
  • Colds and fevers.
  • Mouth and pharynx inflammations.
  • Infections.
  • Bronchitis and coughs.
  • Hypertension.
  • Dyspepsia.
  • Arteriosclerosis.

Preparation:  Onion skins can be decocted or infused.  Juice may be pressed from a fresh onion.  Onion may be macerated in a edible oil on a one to one herb to oil ratio.  Tincture may be made by chopping and mincing an onion (100 Grams) in 300 ml. of 70% alcohol (ethanol) shake daily store for 10 days then use.

Add syrup to the onion tincture to make it more palatable, one to one ratio.  Or use the tincture without sugar 5 teaspoons spread over the day.   Syrup 10 teaspoons per day.

Chemistry:  Sulfur compounds: allins.  Also polysaccharides, sacharose, steroid saponins, quercitrin.




Onion extract is antimicrobial to Bacillus subtilis, Eschericia coli, Pseudomonas aeroginosa and Salmonella typhi.

Animal studies suggest onion juice provides protection from asthma attack.

Onion tincture may reduce the severity of bronchial constriction in allergy caused asthma.