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Parsley

Parsley 

Parsley is a green herb that is grown in almost every kitchen garden. There are two basic varieties, the curly leaf that is often used as garnish in restaurants and the Italian flat leaf variety, which looks a lot like coriander (cilantro). The ancient Greeks reserved the herb for funeral wreaths. It is also a symbol of spring and rebirth for Passover. 

Key Medicinal Uses 

Internally – Parsley root is used for digestive disorders, urinary tract problems and bronchitis. Hippocrates recommended the herb for general tonics,kidney stones, antidotes for poison and rheumatism. The juice can be given during childbirth to facilitate contractions. It has been recommended for infections, to relieve menstrual pain, to increase the female libido, to lower blood pressure and improve asthma and allergies. Containing many vitamins and minerals, the herb helps detoxify the body. It reduces inflammations and inhibits histamine reactions. It is also a known diuretic and laxative. It can be used to correct flatulence and colic. It also strengthens the bones. 

Externally – Parsley juice has been used to relieve toothache. It is also a great natural breath freshener. A herbal tea can be used as an enema. The leaves can be crushed and rubbed on insect bites to relieve itching. The herb has been used to soothe tired or irritated eyes. Fresh leaves can be used as a poultice for sore breasts during lactation. 

Other Uses – Parsley is known for its bright green leaves that are used in cooking. The leaves can be used whole as garnish or chopped and added to salads, soups, stews, egg dishes, vegetables, stuffings and anything else that can do with a dash of flavor and color. The leaves can be used either fresh or dried. Juice has been used as a hair rinse to be rid of head lice or as a facial steam to heal dry skin. Powdered herb can be used as a dye. 

Parts Used 

Roots, seeds – The root and seeds of the parsley plant are both used medicinally. 

Preparation and Dosage 

The root is harvested in the fall of the plant's second year for the best results. When using medicinal preparations, follow the instructions on the label carefully. 

A decoction of the root can be made by places thin slices of parsley root in 8 ounces of cold water and bringing to a boil. Simmer on low heat for ten minutes. This can be taken three times per day.

An infusion can be made by putting 2 ounces of Parsley leaves or root in 2.5 cups of boiling water and let it steep for ten minutes. Strain and drink after the infusion has cooled. 

 

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