Parsley

Breath freshener • Carminative (stomach relaxant and gas reducer)

 
Herbs
   
     

Parsley
Petroselinum crispum

A common garden herb. Member of the carrot family. Widely used as garnishing. However it is estimated that an amazing 90% of the parsley used in garnishing is never eaten but thrown away.

 

     

Which is really a shame because parsley is rich in vitamin C, folic acid, beta-carotene, calcium, iron and the trace element vanadium, and makes for a tasty and nutritious ingredient for sandwiches and salads.

Parsley is being investigated by the National Cancer Institute because of its potential cancer fighting components:
Flavanoids - are antioxidants. May deactivate hormones that trigger tumour growth.
Coumarins - help to prevent blood clots, and may also have cancer fighting properties.
Polyacetylenes - block the synthesis of prostaglandins. (Prostaglandins may promote cancer).
Monoterpenes - are antioxidants. They help to reduce cholesterol, and also fight cancer.

 

Functions / Benefits
Diuretic (promotes urination)
Tonic
Nourishing
Carminative (relaxes stomach and reduces gas)
Breath freshener

 

Indications
Painful urination and water retention (especially when premenstrual). Used as a woman’s tonic for menstrual problems and menopause. Fatigue and general weakness. Depression. Flatulence and digestive weakness.

 

Contraindications / Cautions
Avoid in pregnancy and kidney disease.
Parsley seeds have been used as a carminative (helps expels gas from intestines) and a digestion aid, however it is toxic and should not be taken internally.

 

Method & Dose
Ingestion: Tea infusion. May be taken 3-4 times daily.
Ingestion: Chew fresh parsley after eating garlic (for controlling odour).
Ingestion: Fresh chopped parsley is great for salads or sandwiches.