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Parsley (Petroselinum hortense)
Photo: Parsley (Petroselinum hortense) Parsley is an annual or biennial aromatic herb with finely-cut flat or curly leaves, and a member of the family Apiaceae along with celery, carrots, cilantro, lovage, Queen Anne's Lace, and the dangerous poison hemlock.

Parsley is a source of flavonoids, and antioxidants (especially luteolin), apigenin (increasingly studied for its anti-cancer properties), folate, vitamin K, vitamin C, and vitamin A. Half a of tablespoon (a gram) of dried parsley contains about 6.0 µg of lycopene and 10.7 µg of alpha carotene as well as 82.9 µg of lutein + zeaxanthin and 80.7 µg of beta carotene.

100 g of raw parsley contains: 1562% of your daily recommended vitamin K, 160% of your daily vitamin C, 17% of your niacin, 48% of your iron, 38% of your folate, 12% of your zinc and potassium, plus riboflavin, calcium, and magnesium.

The seeds, leaves, and taproot are all usable though the leaves are the most pleasant part to eat. This herb can be prepared as an infusion (tisane) to help rid the body of excess fluids, excess gas, and for stimulating menstruation.

Grown indoors, this biennial can be kept inside over the winter to have a ready source of vitamin C at hand; it is perfect in a container.


WARNING: Do not use at medicinal dosage levels during pregnancy

Used for:

  • Congestion
  • Aphrodisiac
  • Diuretic
  • Digestion
  • Carminative
  • Emmenagogue

Lore:

Current (Western) Use Parsley has a reputation of being an aphrodisiac, but it probably owes its breath-sweetening properties for this little tidbit.

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