Common English Name: Onion.
Botanical Name: Allium cepa.
Plant Family: Liliaceae.
Method of Extraction: Steam distillation of the onion bulb.
Origin: Indigenous to the Middle East and western Asia.
Plant Description: A four-foot herb with yellow-green, alternate leaves, umbels of white flowers, and an underground bulb (the onion).
Main Chemical Components: Dipropyl disulphide; also methylpropyl disulphide and other components.
Blends Well With: Other essential oils; carrier oils.
Uses: Oily skin, irritated skin, hair care.
Fun Fact: An ancient plant that has had many uses and was highly regarded by Hippocrates, the Father of Medicine. It is a close relative of garlic (Allium sativum).
Cautions for Use: Possibility of skin sensitivity; it has an unpleasant aroma.