‘Parsley’s not just a garnish!’

by Renee Lindstrom, GCFP – Living in Natures Love Lifestyles @insideawareness.com

Garden Fresh Parsley Seeds

Parsley (petroselinum crispum / hortense) – Biennial

  • Symbolizes:  Festivity, joy, victory and releases bitter emotions
  • Uses:  Nutrition, Medicinal, Freshen Breath, Laxative, Detox
  • Parts Used:  Leaves, Seeds, Roots
  • Preparation:  Juicing, Recipes, Tea, Tinctures, Infused Waters, Oil & Vinegar

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.

It is a source of the volatile compounds apiol, myristicin, limonene, eugenol, and alpha-thujene.

Medicinal Uses

Parsley can be used medicinally for the following :

  • Adrenals
  • Allergies
  • Appetite
  • Asthma
  • Bone
  • Breath
  • Cancer
  • Conjunctivitis
  • Detox
  • Digestion
  • Diuretic
  • Ear Infections
  • Fatigue
  • Gallstones
  • Gout
  • Heart
  • Immunity
  • Inflammation
  • Insect bites
  • Kidney Stones
  • Laxative
  • Liver
  • Oral
  • 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:

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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


  1. Compounds in parsley and dill help fight cancer, research shows“. Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology. 2016 June.
  2. Carnosol: a promising anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory agent“. University of Illinois at Chicago, USA. 2011 June.
  3. Luteolin, a flavonoid with potentials for cancer prevention and therapy“. National University of Singapore, Singapore. 2009 November.
  4. Parsley can fight cancer“. Hartland.
  5. Effect of parsley (Petroselinum crispum, Apiaceae) juice against cadmium neurotoxicity“. King Saud University, Saudi Arabia. 2016 February.
  6. Natural products as alternative treatments for metabolic bone disorders and for maintenance of bone health“. University of Reading, UK. 2007 February.
  7. Protective Effect of Parsley Juice“. King Saud University, Saudi Arabia. 2016 February.
  8. Facts about Vitamin C1“. University of Florida.
  9. Antimicrobial effects of pepper, parsley…”. Assuit University, Egypt. 2010 April.
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  12. Antiosteoporotic effect of Petroselinum crispum…”. Beni-Suef University, Egypt.
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  15. 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.



Turmeric – Black Pepper Water Challenge!

by Renee Lindstrom, GCFP–Living in Natures Love Lifestyles insideawareness.com


I have challenged myself to drink Turmeric Water for 30 Days.  My purpose is to support my liver, my heart/brain connection and to use this as an anti-inflammatory.   I have read that our hearts have a direct reflection on our brain health. If our heart is clogged up so is our brain!  I drink this before eating anything in the morning.

After drinking this water I wait an hour prior to eating afterwards.  What I have noticed so far:

Day #1 – I noticed that my thyroid seemed to jump for a couple of seconds about an hour after drinking Turmeric Water and later in the day,  after about 8 hours of drinking it,  I felt adrenaline course through my body and  I started to feel extremely hungry!  Drinking this water is far more effective and faster acting than the capsules I have taken previously!  

Day #2 – All day I felt my adrenaline course through my body.  At one point I  I had the thought that I may not be able to continue this challenge if this kept up! I felt extremely hungry! 

Day #3 – My adrenaline was settled for the day, however, my lower belly felt warm all day and into the evening.  My gut felt alkaline.  Pressure in my lower back disappeared completely!

Day #4 – The day has just started however what I have felt since drinking this a couple of hours ago is warm with a clear, settled mind.  My gut and mouth feels alkaline.  Waking in the morning with pain in an injured wrist I noticed that after drinking Turmeric Water the pain  disappeared.

I look forward to more days exploring this morning drink and health benefits.  

Purchase Turmeric & Black Pepper

In researching this drink I have read that the healing properties in Turmeric can be enhanced and absorbed more easily  by our bodies if taken with black pepper!  Never using black pepper in my drinks before  I was curious about it.  what I am noticing is a nice warm feeling that I enjoy.  It is comfort.  

Turmeric Water 

  • 1 teaspoon of ground Turmeric 
  • 1/4 teaspoon  ground Black-pepper
  • 8 oz glass of water

You can heat up water adding turmeric and pepper.  I simply use room temperature water and blend in a blender before drinking.  

Turmeric Pepper Paste

  • 1/4 cup turmeric
  • 1/2 teaspoon of black pepper
  • 1/2 cup of water

Heat ingredients while stirring until thickened.  When it forms a paste take off heat and store in glass container.  Keeps in fridge.  Enjoy 2 tables spoons a day as garnish for your recipes or on salad.  

Turmeric Tea 

  • 3 teaspoons ground turmeric 
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 2 teaspoons ground cardamon
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 3.5 pints of filtered water
  • Raw Honey or Stevia 
  • Nut milk optional

Begin to heat water  while adding ingredients and simmer.  Enjoy!  

Purchase Turmeric Products  & Black Pepper

Curcumin is an active ingredient in Turmeric that has more than 7000 reviewed scientific articles explaining its health benefits. It is used in homeopathic medicine and a medicine in  Chinese and India.  It is used as an antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and for anti-aging.  It comes from the dried, powdered roots of the Curcuma longa plant.  

Black pepper is known to reduce a receptor known as TRPV1 in the body that automatically reduces pain throughout the body.

Turmeric and black pepper raise the levels of serotonin and dopamine in your brain and inhibit mono-amine oxidase.  The hormones increase happiness and  the enzyme is often linked to depression.  Together these two spices can be used to improve your mood.  

Turmeric Turmeric is used in Ayurveda applications and a herb believed to cleanse the chakras. It is aligned with the Solar Plexus Chakra and a garden plant I would recommend for your personal healing garden.  I would plant it in the center circle.  

Purchase Turmeric Products & Black Pepper

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.

Copyright 2014 – 2019  Living in Nature’s Love by Renee Lindstrom, GCFP,
Feldenkrais® Practitioner since 2007, Communication & Empathy Coach since 2004, Art of Placement  since 2000