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Allium cepa: Effect and areas of application

by Josephine Andrews
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The main areas of application of Allium cepa are diseases of the upper respiratory tract, especially colds with cough and runny nose. The homeopathic remedy with onion essence is also said to help with hay fever with watery eyes. Read all about the homeopathic effect and the correct use of Allium cepa here.

What is Allium cepa and how does it work?

Allium cepa is the Latin name of the onion. To make the homeopathic remedy Allium cepa, an essence is made from fresh onions and processed.

You can observe the main areas of application of the homeopathically potentized kitchen onion yourself when you cut an onion . You can get the juice in fine squirts in your nose or eyes, or at least be exposed to the onion’s ethereal fumes. All of a sudden, the classic cold symptoms appear: watery discharge from the nose, watery eyes and sneezing. The nasal discharge is acrid and can irritate the nostrils and upper lip.

If you then leave the kitchen and go out into the fresh air, your nose and eyes will feel better again. But if you stay in the warm kitchen, the symptoms will last a long time or even get worse. These are exactly the typical cold symptoms that should respond well to the homeopathic remedy Allium cepa.

When is Allium cepa used?

In addition to the common cold, other diseases with similar symptoms can also be treated well with Allium cepa – such as hay fever.

Discomfort in the digestive tract such as flatulence can also be treated with the homeopathic onion remedy. They are similar to the indigestion that sensitive individuals experience in themselves from eating raw onion.


Typical diseases and conditions that are said to respond well to Allium cepa:

  • colds
  • conjunctivitis
  • allergies
  • laryngitis
  • otitis media
  • Inflammation of the sinuses (sinusitis)
  • hoarseness
  • Asthma
  • Intestinal colic


Typical symptoms and complaints that should point to Allium cepa as a suitable homeopathic medicine are:

  • Running cold with a lot of watery, sore secretion
  • Copious, non-irritating tearing of the eyes
  • scratchy throat, hoarse voice
  • Pain in larynx when coughing
  • Cough irritation in the bronchi
  • The complaints get better:
    • in the fresh air
    • in cool rooms
  • The symptoms get worse:
    • in warm rooms
    • by getting wet
    • in damp, windy weather
    • in the evening

These symptoms can either be the actual signs of the disease or they can also occur as simultaneous changes from the normal state. In any case, these signs are intended to indicate that Allium cepa may be an appropriate homeopathic remedy for the patient.

If the symptoms persist, always go to a doctor and clarify the causes. This is especially true when babies and children are affected.

Allium cepa for baby and child

Sometimes a single glance at a child with a cold is enough to realize that Allium cepa is the right homeopathic remedy: the nostrils and upper lip are red, the eyes are watering. Often the tears flow as copiously as the nasal discharge.

If the child has to cough, it has such pain in the larynx that it puts its hand to its throat while coughing. In the evening, the suffering Allium cepa baby or child is particularly bad.

The homeopathic kitchen onion is also said to be very effective in the case of allergic attacks in children. However, Allium cepa is not suitable for the treatment of recurring colds in a child with a weak immune system or for the long-term treatment of an allergy.

What characterizes the Allium cepa type?

The homeopathically potentized kitchen onion is a remedy that is used exclusively for acute illnesses. Therefore it is not possible to define a concrete type.

How is Allium cepa used?

The homeopathic single remedy is used classically in the form of small globules. Homeopathic drops or tablets are also possible as individual remedies.

There are many homeopathic complex remedies that are offered to treat colds. Most of these complex remedies contain Allium cepa in different potencies. These remedies are generally offered as tablets or drops, rarely as globules.

If you have a cold and show the typical Allium cepa symptoms or parents have identified a typical Allium cepa baby or child, you should start treatment quickly with Allium cepa D6 or Allium cepa D12.

To see quick success, repeat the dose several times a day. If the symptoms are more pronounced, the patient suffers particularly or the symptoms have existed for a long time, it is best to use Allium-cepa-C30 globules. However, you should not take this potency so often and monitor more closely between doses to see whether an improvement has set in. If not, seek medical help.

Higher potencies, such as Allium cepa C200, should only be used if prescribed by a homeopath. They are used in severe acute illnesses. In such cases, you should refrain from self-treatment.

If initial aggravations occur, stop taking Allium cepa.

Typical Allium cepa applications

Sniffles – copious, watery coryza (like from a tap)
– nostrils and upper lip are sore
– hay fever, worse from flowers, in warm rooms, on the left side and in the evening
3 globules Allium cepa D6, can be repeated every two hours. Or 3 granules of Allium cepa D12 every 6 hours at most.
Cough/Bronchitis/Laryngitis – Colds that spread to the chest
– Roughness of the larynx and feeling of
constriction – Tickling cough, barking and very painful
– Children clutching their throat in pain when coughing
– Loud rattling of mucus in the bronchi
3 globules Allium cepa D6 up to six times a day or 3 globules Allium cepa D12 twice a day.

In advanced cases Allium cepa C30 maximum twice a day.

conjunctivitis – Lacrimation copious, but not sore on the eyelids 3 globules Allium cepa D6 up to six times a day or 3 globules Allium cepa D12 twice a day.
Inflammation of the sinuses (sinusitis) – with stick
squash – with frontal headaches
3 globules Allium cepa D6 up to six times a day or 3 globules Allium cepa D12 twice a day.
Middle ear infection (otitis media) – Pain from throat to ears 3 globules Allium cepa D6 up to six times a day or 3 globules Allium cepa D12 twice a day.
indigestion – nausea and belching
– foul-smelling flatulence
– diarrhea, especially after eating lettuce and pickles
3 globules Allium cepa D6 up to six times a day or 3 globules Allium cepa D12 twice a day.
Nerve pain especially after amputation – Neuralgia and phantom pains
– Pain is felt as a thread
Take 3 granules of Allium cepa C30 daily for one week.

The concept of homeopathy and its specific effectiveness are controversial in science and not clearly proven by studies.

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