Parsley is known as Petroselinum sativum in Latin and Petroselinum crispum scientifically. It is native to central Mediterranean region but is well known as a herb, spice and vegetable all over the world. The plant forms biennial clumps and has a white taproot. The bright green leaves are triangular in shape. They are divided by curled margins into toothed segments. Yellowish green flowers beautify the plant during summer. These flowers are flat and topped with umbels. The umbels are followed with tiny fruits that are ribbed. Other names of the herb are Devil’s Oatmeal, Garden Parsley, Parsley, Percely, Persil, Petersilie, and Petroselinum. The herb smells aromatic and tastes bitter. Many tasty dishes are flavored with parsley. The minty flavor compliments dishes like soups, meats, sauces and stuffing. It is also used as garnishes. It happens to be an essential ingredient in the making of Salsa Verde. But its uses are not limited to the kitchen only; it has expanded its horizon in modern medicine. It would not be wrong to describe it as a healing herb. The herb is commonly used to reduce inflammations and cleanse the body from toxins. Other uses of it have been mentioned later in the article.
Herbal Uses of Parsley
Ancient Greeks and Romans used this herb as a remedy for gallstones and kidney stones. It was also used to flavor foods in that time, just like it is used in recent days to garnish culinary dishes. 17th century botanist, herbalist and physician named Nicholas Culpepper mentioned parsley as the herb of ‘Par Excellance.’ He did this because he believed it to be a nexcellent herb for the treatment of kidney disorders. This was mentioned in a book called ‘The Complete Herbal’ by Nicholas Culpepper.
The leaves, roots and seeds of the parsley plant are all used in herbal healing. Parsley is an anti-rheumatic, antiseptic, anti-spasmodic, aperients, calcium solvent, carminative, nervine, parasiticide, stimulant and tonic. This herb is used in the following cases:
Fresh Parsley juice can heal conjunctivitis and Blepharitis. Blepharitis is an inflammation of the eyelid. Drinking the juice may also help reduce eye infections.
Parsley is known to prevent cancer. It is also a remedy for thyroid and tumor
It is diuretic. So it increases the flow of urine and is a gentle laxative. It is also an effective remedy for bladder infection.
Parsley is very helpful as it lowers high blood pressure.
It is an also a first-rate tonic for the arteries, blood vessels and capillaries.
It can be used in the treatment of venereal diseases and also prevent kidney problems.
It heals of insect bites and stings effectively.
According to a book names ‘Using Plants for Healing’ by Nelson Coon, it also aids in the reducing of fever and coughs. It is good remedy for cold and flu too.
When breastfeeding mothers want to stop babies from breastfeeding, Parsley can be used. This is because it dries up a mother’s milk. Parsley stimulates the uterus and digestion too.
It relaxes spasms.
It can be used in the treatment of anorexia, colic and edema.
Some other conditions that parsley can help treat are Adrenal gland weakness, allergies, amenorrhea, appetite, anemia, anorexia, arthritis, asthma, bad breath, bedwetting, blood builder, blood cleanser, bronchitis, bruises, colic, conjunctivitis, cystitis, digestive disorders, dropsy, dysmenorrheal, dyspepsia, dysuria, edema, gas, gastrointestinal hemorrhage, gout, halitosis, indigestion, jaundice, liver problems, low blood pressure, menstrual complaints and disorders, mucus, nephritis, nerve inflammation, pituitary gland, prostate gland, spleen and water retention.
How to Make a Parsley Tea
Many people prefer to take parsley in the form of a tea. To make this tea, take one to two tablespoon of dried parsley leaves. Then add it to eight ounces of water. Stir the mixture for two minutes and then let it boil for five minutes. You may want to cool it before drinking but it tastes fine when warm too. Remember to strain it before drinking.
Parsley can be used by women during pregnancy but it should be used in low does because it has been shown to induce labor pains. It is always considered good to consult a doctor before taking any herbs as a remedy. Parsley is indeed a very helpful herb but it may trigger allergic reaction for some people and also show side effects. But overall, it is an outstanding herb that will take care of many of your health conditions.
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