Medicinal Purposes of Garden Parsley
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Medicinal Purposes of Garden Parsley

Garden parsley is an herb widely used for its medicinal purposes and its ability to add flavor and color to foods and beverages.

Garden parsley is a bright green annual herb that groups best in tropical climates. There are two types of garden parsley. The first type is Italian flat leaf parsley and the second one is the curly leaf parsley. Both provide medicinal health benefits and help treat health conditions such as enema, high blood pressure, and bad breath and bone disease. This herb can be helpful after meals to help aid digestive issues by breaking down heavy proteins and fats that come from meats and dairy products.

Appearance and Smell of Garden Parsley

Garden parsley has two types of appearances. Italian parsley has flat leaves and thin stems, and the curly leaf parsley has curly green leaves and thin stems. Parsley can grow about 12 inches high depending on the amount of sun and water it gets. Sometimes parsley can grow about 2 feet high in hot moist weather. This herb has a strong refreshing aroma when fresh, but when dry it has no aroma at all.

Where Can You Find Garden Parsley

Garden parsley tends to grow in almost all herbal gardens in moist well-drained soil where the sun shines brightly. In the wild, you can find it growing in the rocky hillsides of Greece, Italy and Hamburg. Many herbal greenhouses grow this herb as well in pots. In grocery stores, the herb comes in dry form in the spice sections and in fresh form in the produce sections.

How Is Parsley Used

Parsley is freshly cut by the stems throughout the summer, wrapped in wet cold cloths, and set in the refrigerator to keep fresh. Fresh raw parsley taste best in salads, stews, sauces and pasta dishes to add flavor, color and health benefits. Sometimes fresh parsley is set out on screens to dry in the sun on a screen table where the air moves freely for about 4 weeks. Once the parsley becomes dry, it is grinded up to make dry parsley leaves and stored in airtight jars. Sometimes parsley is helpful in making poultices, tinctures and herbal teas as well.

Medicinal Uses of Parsley

Parsley contains proteins, vitamins, minerals, volatile oils, fatty acids, chlorophyll, fluorine and antioxidants that help protect the body from illnesses, diseases, cancers and infections. Parsley is also helpful when treating menstrual pain and irregularity, liver congestion, urinary tract infections, insect bites, tumors, fatigue, ear infections, gallstones and gout. Woman typically, drink parsley herbal tea to help balance out their hormones and men use fresh parsley poultice rubs on their baldheads to prompt hair growth. Some people place this herb in chicken noodle soup to help fight off the cold and flu due to the high amount of vitamin C in this herb. It is also an excellent herb to take to help keep the heart and arteries healthy and strong due to the amount of natural fatty acids in it. People with inflammation can benefit from eating parsley because it helps relieve and treat inflammation. Those who suffer from allergies and asthma will benefit from taking a parsley tincture or tea each day or by simply eating it raw with a vegetable salad.

Warnings When Using Parsley

Parsley can cause gallbladder and kidney problems and sometimes bleeding in some people with certain health conditions. Do not consume this herb in high amounts or in concentrated oil forms because it can become poisonous and cause crystals to form in the body fluids causing health issues due to its high oxalate substances. Some of the symptoms that do occur when to much parsley has be consumed are nosebleeds, kidney failure, bloody bowel movements, weight loss, uterine contractions, nausea and vomiting. Before using this herb or any herb, it is best to consult with your doctor to make sure this herb is safe for you.


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Interesting facts...and nice share! I learned something new today. Thanks voted up!