The Parsley herb and its health effects have been known to various civilizations for a lengthy time. The parsley plant and its essential oil are known to exhibit diuretic, stomachic and emmenagogue properties.
Parsley is a bright green biennial herb that is commonly found in the Mediterranean region and has historically been cultivated both as medicine and as food.
Parsley has multiple branched erect and grooved stems that emerge from thin roots. Parsley also has clustered yellow flowers that appear in the months of June through August.
Parsley is often used as a spice in Middle Eastern, European, and American cooking. It is also used as a salad herb in many regions. The parsley with the curly-leaves is often utilized as a garnish.
The root and leaves of the parsley plant contain the same essential oil whose main components are myristicin, limonene and 1,3,8-p-menthatriene; minor components are mono- and sesquiterpenes.
Parsley tea can be made by infusing 1 or 2 teaspoons of the leaves or roots into a cup of near-boiling water. Let the mix stand for about 7 to 10 minutes in the covered cup.
Parsley should not be taken by pregnant women as it is known to be a stimulant to the uterus. Those with inflammatory kidney disease should also avoid taking parsley as it has a fair amount of oxalic acid that generates kidney stones. The essential oil of parsley is toxic and should not be taken internally.
Here are some healthy effects attributed to this herbal tea:
- May aid in the treatment of arthritis and rheumatism.
- May help flush out harmful toxins from the body.
- May assist in the treatment of flatulence.
- Can help in relieving menstrual pain.
- May help in the treatment of cystitis.
- May help in cleansing and purifying the blood.