Parsley (botanically known as Petroselinum crispum) is a small herb that originated in the Mediterranean region. It’s become a popular herb for both culinary and medicinal purposes. There are different types of parsley like flat leaf and curly leaf, and it is used heavily in Mediterranean, Eastern European and American cuisine.
The leaves, seeds and root of parsley can be used medicinally, and oil can also be extracted from the seeds. Parsley has been used to treat hives, relieve allergy symptoms, reduce bloating and flatulence, and break up kidney stones. Parsley can also support eye and heart health, and provide protection against rheumatoid arthritis. It’s used to soothe tender breasts of nursing mothers, relieve irritated eyes, and promote faster healing of bruises.
Parsley is full of nutrients like vitamin A, vitamin C, folate, calcium, thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, zinc, potassium, iron, manganese and magnesium. It also contains rich amounts of polyphenolic antioxidants like apigenin, luteolin and crisoeriol, and can provide 1366% of the daily recommended intake of vitamin K. It’s also extremely high in chlorophyll, which can help strengthen vital organs, prevent anemia, regulate hormonal levels and promote digestive health.
Parsley is an effective treatment for water retention and swelling because it’s a diuretic, which means it can improve kidney function and help the body eliminate excess salt and water. You can brew your own parsley tea by chopping up the leaves and roots and placing them into a tea strainer, then add it to a cup of boiling water and allow it to steep for at least five minutes. Then simply strain the water and drink once it’s cooled. This can be enjoyed several times a day for maximum benefits, and if the flavor is too strong, you can add a bit of honey and lemon to improve the taste.