Even the ancient Egyptians used the wild parsley as a tool to treat kidney and urinary tract diseases. It is well known that the fruit and oil from the parsley act as diuretic, helps in the excretion of salt from the body. It also helps with inflammation of the prostate, with urination, and also in cases of leg swelling, rheumatism, arthritis, gout and obesity.

Ancient Greeks, who considered parsley as a holy plant, did not eat it. They were making wreaths from parsley, which are worn on festive banquets or to adorn their heroes. Unlike them, the ancient Romans ate it, especially gladiators before the fight because they believe that it gives them strength, strengthens reflexes and makes them more cunning. By the end of the Middle Ages, parsley was purely medicinal plant, and its seeds were even considered a cure for the plague. Today, any world cuisine cannot function without this seasoning vegetable.

Nutritional value

Energy value of parsley is small and is approximately 190 kJ / 100 g for the leaves, and roots only 90 kJ / 100 g. But, therefore in 100 grams of raw leaf there are as much as 1,600 milligrams of mineral substances. One half of which is potassium, and the rest iron (which makes parsley advantageous for the treatment of anemia), calcium, manganese, magnesium, copper, phosphorus and minor amounts of other trace elements, which are important for the human body. What ranks parsley among the high valued foods, is the content of vitamin, above all vitamin C. This plant also contains carotene, as well as vitamins B1, B2, B6 and B12 – which along with iron have a beneficial effect on the regeneration of erythrocytes (red blood cells).

Iron health

This plant had a positive effect on the liver, so it is recommended in jaundice treatment and other diseases. In addition, stimulates blood circulation and works well on the nervous system – relieves lethargy and anxiety. Parsley is useful in diabetics. Women who have problems with painful or irregular menstruation are aware of the healing effects of this plant. Snacking parsley in the days before the cycle removes excess fluid from the body and prevents premenstrual bloating. It acts on the gonads, as well as infertility. Freshly crushed leaves helps with pain in the ear and toothache. Tea made from parsley lowers body temperature, relaxes the smooth muscles throughout the body and relieves headaches, migraines, asthma, stomach cramps. Act as an antiseptic on cuts and wounds, relieves irritation from insect bites.

Caution is needed when…

Parsley is not entirely a harmless plant. Above all, its use during pregnancy must be controlled and measured. As a remedy for the kidneys it should not be taken without the approval of a doctor, and parsley oil (Oleum petreselini) can be used only under a medical prescription.

Curative parsley drinks

1.Tea for various ailments

Pour one liter of boiling water over fifty grams of fresh parsley leaf. Cover and let it stand for 10 minutes. Drink three to four cups (2.5 dl) during the day. The tea helps with fever, improving urination and regulates the menstrual cycle.

2.Tea for purification of kidneys

Put a handful of fresh parsley in two cups of boiling water and allow the mixture to cool. Strain it and refrigerate. Drink it an hour before a meal and one hour before going to sleep.

3.Syrup for strengthening the nervous system

You need 1 kg of acacia honey, 2 dl of juice from the root and the leaf of parsley and 5 dl juice of raspberries. Preparation: Mix the ingredients thoroughly. Usage: take it three times a day, one tablespoon before eating.

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Even the ancient Egyptians used the wild parsley as a tool to treat kidney and urinary tract diseases. It is well known that the fruit and oil from the parsley act as diuretic, helps in the excretion of salt from the body. It also helps with inflammation of the...