Parsley or Petroselinum crispum is an aromatic plant of Mediterranean origin. It belongs to the Apiaceae family. Since the Middle Ages, it has been recognized for several therapeutic virtues. It is, in fact, a plant rich in nutrients and trace elements. Its active components are flavonoids, carotenoids, apiol, iron, calcium as well as vitamins A, C and K.
The health benefits of parsley
the parsley is one of the most used condiments in cooking. Known for enhancing the flavor of dishes, it also has several medicinal properties. Properties that make it an excellent remedy for treating:
- Dysfunctions of the digestive system: Parsley helps strengthen the motricity of the digestive tract. It serves, moreover, to prevent digestive disorders such as flatulence and bloating. At the same time, it helps to improve the elimination of toxins and waste from the body, which demonstrates its diuretic effect.
- Blood circulation disorders: Thanks to vitamin K, it acts on the blood as anticoagulant. It is particularly recommended in case of painful periods or in case of irregularity of the menstrual cycle.
- Heart and cardiovascular diseases: Parsley is effective in cases of hypertension or cardiac arrhythmia, especially tachycardia.
- Respiratory pathologies: It helps to avoid chronic and seasonal disorders of the respiratory tract such as flu, colds or coughs.
- Skin problems: Parsley helps relieve skin irritations and insect bites. It also slows down cellular aging.
He is also famous for the maintaining good oral hygiene. Its flavoring property allows it to fight against bad breath.
Its different forms of use
In natural medicine, parsley is used in different forms:
- Essential oil
How to use parsley correctly?
The use of parsley must be done under the respect of a certain dosage in order to take full advantage of its health benefits.
- Essential oil: for skin application, dilute 2 drops of parsley essential oil in vegetable oil, massage the parts to be treated with the mixture
- Capsule: 3 times a day
- Infusion: infuse 50 to 100 g of parsley in 1 liter of water
- Herbal tea: for 30 cl of water, add 1 parsley root and bring to the boil. Take 2 cups a day and sweeten with honey if needed
Contraindications of parsley
Although it is a natural ingredient, its use must be moderate so that it is safe. Ingested in high doses, it can have serious repercussions on the heart and kidneys. It also becomes abortifacient. Thereby, it is strongly not recommended for pregnant and breastfeeding women.
Moreover, being rich in vitamin K, it is not recommended for people on anticoagulant treatment.
As for the essential oil, it is to be avoided in children under 6 years old.