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Friday, January 7, 2011

Know Your Herbs: What Is Parsley Good For?

A curly herb, parsley. I use parsley in lots of my salads and also when I'm preparing vegetable rice or cooking gravies. I use parsley alot. When we attend seminars and the like where it's buffet style serving, my hubby and I always take the parsley that is used as garnish and add it to our plates. As usual I went to find out what parsley was good for. I figured it would be good for a lot of things but I was blown away at the sheer amount of benefits it has.

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Without any further ado, here's the mighty parsley in all its glorious benefits.

Benefits of Parsley
  1. a good choice for bone health 
  2. helps produce a pain relieving benefit to relax stiff joints 
  3. will remove gallstones if used properly by taking a pint of the tea daily 
  4. is a specific for the adrenal glands 
  5. is powerfully therapeutic for the optic nerves, the brain and the sympathetic nervous system
  6. an excellent tonic for the blood vessels
  7. can help with expelling watery poisons, excess mucus, flatulence (gas), and reducing swollen or enlarged glands
  8. provide protection against inflammatory polyarthritis, a form of rheumatoid arthritis involving two or more joints
  9. increases the anti-oxidant capacity of the blood
  10. the chlorophyll content helps with bad breath
  11. blood purifier
  12. maintains elasticity of blood vessels and helps to repair bruises
  13. diarrhea is greatly helped by drinking parsley tea
  14. an excellent digestion restorative remedy. It improves the digestion of proteins and fats therefore promoting intestinal absorption, liver assimilation and storage. Because of its high enzyme content, parsley benefits digestive activity and elimination
  15. dissolves cholesterol within the veins
  16. treats deafness and ear infections
  17. in women, parsley improves estrogen and nourishes and restores the blood of the uterus. Conditions like delayed menstruation, PMS, and the menopause (dry skin, irritability, depression and hair loss) can often improve
  18. hormone balancing is achieved through the volatile fatty acids contained in parsley
  19. parsley is an immune-enhancing multi-vitamin and mineral complex in green plant form
  20. inhibits tumor formation, particularly in the lungs
  21. rub on to relieve the swelling and itch of insect bites
  22. helps with jaundice
  23. improves kidney activity and can help eliminate wastes from the blood and tissues of the kidneys
  24. helps improve edema and general water retention, fatigue and scanty or painful urination
  25. helps reduce liver congestion, clearing toxins and aiding rejuvenation
  26. helps to make the menstrual cycles regular by the presence of apiol which is a constituent of the female sex hormone estrogen
  27. helps with menstrual pain also
  28. aids in rheumatism
  29. strengthens loose teeth: In the Middle Ages parsley was used for many conditions including 'fastening teeth' (Scurvy, which is caused by a Vitamin C deficiency, makes the gums spongy and the teeth loose.)
  30. can help prevent colds and ear infections
  31. is good for the heart, as it contains folic acid, which promotes cardiovascular health
  32. regular consumption of parsley is beneficial for lowering blood pressure
  33. enhances the sexual functioning

The products containing parsley are not advisable to pregnant women or those who breastfeed. However they can consume parsley in foods.  Also remember that raw parsley juice is a most potent juice and should never be taken alone in quantities of more than one or two ounces at a time unless it is mixed into a sufficient quantity of carrot or other juices. Avoid large amounts of parsley if you are pregnant, especially the use of the volatile essential oil.,,,,,

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  1. This is an awesome and impressive list! I love parsley just because it is green and has a ton of chlorophyll and electrons to fuel the body.

  2. That's a monster list. I bring my parsley in from the garden in the fall and keep some growing by the window all winter. I'd be careful about the buffet parsley. I suspect the hygiene levels on something they don't intend people to eat may be questionable.

  3. Hi Susan,
    Keep on loving parsley. The chlorophyll is definitely great for the body. Thanks for commenting.

  4. Hello! Thanks for visiting my blog! I am always learning about herbs and their benefits. I did not know all that much about parsley. I think I need to be eating more of it! :)

  5. Hi Amber,
    You're welcome. I agree. Eating more parsley is definitely a great idea unless you're pregnant then use it in moderation.

  6. Oh! Parsley has many benefits! All I know for parsley and mint is both of them are good remedies for bad breath. I have lots of friends who chew parsley after eating their meals because they believe that is can give them fresh breath. While there are lots of remedies for bad breath, regular brushing and flossing are still important!

  7. Parsley cleans the blood, cleans toxins in the body, helps lower blood
    pressure, and helps with inflammation of the joints.The health benefits of parsley and other vegetables, as well as fruits,
    nuts and whole grains cover every system of the human body.

  8. It is nice to know that parsley has tons of benefits. I love parsley but I am not aware of the other benefits it provides. This article has informed me a lot. I will make lots of raw food recipe out from this ingredient.

  9. Would parsley help dry up your milk supply if you are breastfeeding? Weening now, but still nurse at bedtime. Would the breastmilk be safe for the child? Thanks, Vanessa

  10. Parsley contains a whole range of healthy vitamins, minerals and nutrition....The high iron content in parsley can help you from becoming anemic...It helps to stop bacteria. Eating parsley or drinking
    parsley tea can actually help to prevent bad breath...

  11.  very interesting blog, i would like to start taking parsley juice but i heard if you have high blood pressure and kidney problem you must avoid it.
    Thank you.

  12. Gracias! Helpful information. Any ideas on how to use parsley more often?

  13. I boil a pot of parsley in water and drink 8oz cup every morning...if I get pregnant would it still be ok for me to continue drinking it?? Just wondering.

    parsley benefits in Arabic

  15. whats the best way to use parsley to lower blood pressure?

  16. Hello Jenn,

    It was great to read this while searching for something on Parsley. I am a parsley lover and took to it some years back and also discovered the benefits. In fact I also posted something from my experience on it here

    Just wanted to thank you for the article though as it was a great re-enforcement to read it.



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