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Parsley (petroselinum crispum / hortense) – Biennial
Symbolizes – Festivity, joy, victory and releases bitter emotions
The Greek did not eat parsley or grow in their homes as it represented death, however the Romans wore it to ward off intoxication!
There are two types of parsley grown for its leaves available in the Pacific Northwest. One is a flat leaf called Italian Parsley and the second is curly leaf parsley. In the Roman age it was considered medicinal long before it became a common day-to-day edible sold in the veggie department of the corner store. A more recent form is root parsley.
Nutrients & Qualities in Parsley:
Parsley contains Vitamins A, K, C, E, B6, B12, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, folic and pantothenic acid, choline, folates, calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorous, potassium, zinc, copper, beta carotene, energy, carbohydrates, fats, and protein.
Parsley is a source of the volatile compounds apiol, myristicin, limonene, eugenol, and alpha-thujene.
Parsley has an amazingly number of medicinal uses:
- Ear Infections
- Insect bites
- Kidney Stones
- Skin Conditions
- Urinary Tract
Master Herbalist Nicholas Culpeper on Parsley:
It is under the dominion of Mercury; is very comfortable to the stomach; helps to provoke urine and women’s courses, to break wind both in the stomach and bowels, and doth a little open the body, but the root much more. It opens obstructions both of liver and spleen, and is therefore accounted one of the five opening roots. Galen commended it against the falling sickness, and to provoke urine mightily; especially if the roots be boiled, and eaten like Parsnips. The seed is effectual to provoke urine and women’s courses, to expel wind, to break the stone, and ease the pains and torments thereof; it is also effectual against the venom of any poisonous creature, and the danger that comes to them that have the lethargy, and is as good against the cough. The distilled water of Parsley is a familiar medicine with nurses to give their children when they are troubled with wind in the stomach or belly which they call the frets; and is also much available to them that are of great years. The leaves of Parsley laid to the eyes that are inflamed with heat, or swollen, doth much help them, if it be used with bread or meal; and being fried with butter, and applied to women’s breasts that are hard through the curdling of their milk, it abates the hardness quickly; and also takes away black and blue marks coming of bruises or falls. The juice thereof dropped into the ears with a little wine, eases the pains.
Culpeper was an English Botanist, Master Herbalist, Physician, and Astrologer.
How to use Parsley:
- Food Dishes:
- Parsley: Growing Practices and Nutritional Information – by Roby Jose Ciju (Author) – Dec 12 2013
Review: Daisy S – For years, when I was served parsley as a garnish on a plate of food in a cafe, I just left it there. Later on, I learned that Parsley is a great vegetable to eat and full of vitamins and minerals And when I discovered this helpful book, I wanted to learn even more about Parsley. The book has been TRANSFORMING in that I have learned so much about parsley, why I want to eat more parsley and why parsley is so healing to the body
- ”Compounds in parsley and dill help fight cancer, research shows“. Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology. 2016 June.
- “Carnosol: a promising anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory agent“. University of Illinois at Chicago, USA. 2011 June.
- “Luteolin, a flavonoid with potentials for cancer prevention and therapy“. National University of Singapore, Singapore. 2009 November.
- “Parsley can fight cancer“. Hartland.
- “Effect of parsley (Petroselinum crispum, Apiaceae) juice against cadmium neurotoxicity“. King Saud University, Saudi Arabia. 2016 February.
- “Natural products as alternative treatments for metabolic bone disorders and for maintenance of bone health“. University of Reading, UK. 2007 February.
- “Protective Effect of Parsley Juice“. King Saud University, Saudi Arabia. 2016 February.
- “Facts about Vitamin C1“. University of Florida.
- “Antimicrobial effects of pepper, parsley…”. Assuit University, Egypt. 2010 April.
- “Chemical composition, antioxidant and antimicrobial activity…”. Miguel Hernandez University, Spain. 2016 March.
- “The antibacterial activity of aqueous extraction of…” An-najah National University, Palestine.
- “Antiosteoporotic effect of Petroselinum crispum…”. Beni-Suef University, Egypt.
- “Hepatoprotective effects of parsley…”. Beni-Suef University, Egypt. 2016 February.
- “Effects of parsley…”. Istanbul University, Turkey. 2004 December.
- “Vitamin A”. University of Rochester Medical Center.
Traditional uses and properties of herbs are for educational purposes only. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Every attempt has been made for accuracy, but none is guaranteed. Any serious health concerns or if you are pregnant, you should always check with your health care practitioner before self-administering herbs.