Parsley (Petroselinum Sativum) is one of the most widely known medicinal herbs
and has been in cultivation since the middle ages. It is a member of
the carrot family and is native to the Eastern Mediterranean. The roots
and leaves are one of the most excellent remedies for various diseases.
It is a biennial herbaceous plant and is from the Umbelliferae family.
It is also referred to as Malli leaves, Kothimbir (Dhaniya), as well as Chinese parsley. The medicinal properties are tonic, diuretic, blood purifier, diaphoretic, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, carminative and antibacterial.
It is a fresh flavored bright green herb. It is also a culinary herb and it is used on food as a garnish and as a seasoning in meat dishes, soups, sauces, salads, omelets, and stuffing. It is commonly used in salads.
There are many species of it and all have similar properties. If taken daily with food, it will increase the iron content of the blood and increase resistance to infectious diseases.
It is a herb that belongs in every cook's garden. Some people
cultivate it as herb, while others cultivate it as spice and
vegetable. Some people despise the taste but it is packed with medicinal benefits that we need in order for us to live an healthy life.
It is one of my personal favorites and the fresh herb is easily obtained at any grocery store. The fresh herb placed on the eyes will remove black bags and puffiness and as a hair rinse it makes the hair soft and glossy.
The benefits involves the root or the leaves which are very good herbal remedies for dropsy, jaundice, fevers, stones or gravel in the urinary tracts, obstruction of the liver and spleen, syphilis and gonorrhea. It is excellent alternative medicine for cancer and it will help to expel gallstones.
It is effective in treating all ailments of the optic nerves such as weak eyes, cataracts and glaucoma. Due to its high sulfur content, it is very cleansing to the blood and strengthens the blood vessels, capillaries and arteries.
When fresh it is rich in Vitamin C, Iodine, and iron. The water is also said to be good for removing freckles. It contains calcium, potassium, and phosphorus and has three times as much vitamin c as oranges, and twice as much iron as spinach.
A poultice of the crushed leaves is excellent for swollen glands and swollen breast and when applied externally it will relieve itching. Also a hot fomentation wrung out of the tea and applied to insect bites and sting will cure them.
Parsley tea can help to control high blood pressure and it may be used as an enema. Simmer a tablespoonful to a pint of boiling water for ten minutes, then let it stand, strain and drink one to three cups per day for the above ailments.
A larger amount may also be done and placed in the refrigerator and used accordingly. Many individuals prefer it this way so as to avoid the frequency of making this tea.
The juice of this herb is very strong, so it is best to combine with it carrot, lettuce and spinach. This combination is very good for the optic nerves as well as ideal for beautiful skin health, and also bladder problems.
It is very useful to ward off Malaria and it also aids with water
retention making it a diuretic herb. It is beneficial in regulating the
menstrual cycles. Another benefit of it is that it may treat asthma. A naturopathic physician, in the Complete Book of Juicing, mentioned that a blending of two ounces of onion juice with two ounces of carrot juice along with two ounces of parsley juice is a good remedy for asthma. The combination of this juice can be consumed two times per day.
Do not use parsley if you are pregnant or have a kidney infection.