Alternative Names: Common parsley, Rock parsley, Garden parsley, Hamburg parsley, Persely, Persil.
Parsley is one of the best known and most widely used herbs.
Parsley seeds were used traditionally as a carminative
to decrease flatulence
and colic pain. The root was used as a diuretic
and the juice to treat kidney
ailments. Parsley oil also was used to regulate menstrual flow
in the treatment of amenorrhea
, and is purported to be an abortifacient
leaves were used to treat tumors
, insect bites, lice and skin parasites
, and contusions. Parsley tea once was used to treat dysentery
. Other traditional uses include the treatment of diseases of the prostate
, and spleen
, and arthritis
; as an expectorant
, hypotensive, laxative
; and as a scalp lotion to stimulate hair growth.
Why it is Recommended
Parsley Root helps bladder, kidney
, stomach, and thyroid
function; it helps clear uric acid
from the urinary tract
, contains a substance that prevents the multiplication of tumor
cells, expels worms, relieves gas and stimulates normal activity of the digestive system. It reduces nausea
due to upset stomach, is used to treat urinary tract infections
, helps dissolve and expel gallstones
and gravel, is used to prevent kidney stone
formation, acts as a diuretic
, increases urine volume, and is used to treat digestive weakness and bronchial and lung
It may also be used to treat edema and high blood pressure. Other uses include the treatment of constipation and female problems such as not having a monthly period. Parsley may be used to treat cuts, insect bites (rubbing crushed parsley onto mosquito bites relieves the itching), lice, and dry or chapped skin.
Side-Effects; Counter-Indicators and Warnings
Adverse effects from the ingestion of parsley oil include headache, giddiness, loss of balance, convulsions, and renal
Stop taking your medicine right away and talk to your doctor if you have any of the following side effects. Your medicine may be causing these symptoms which may mean you are allergic to it:
- Breathing problems or tightness in your throat or chest
- Chest pain
- Skin hives, rash, or itchy or swollen skin
- Itching, redness, blistering of skin after picking/handling parsley in sunlight. The psoralen compounds found in parsley have been linked to a photodermatitis reaction found among parsley cutters. This skin reaction is usually only evident if the areas that have contacted the juice are exposed to strong sunlight.
- Blood, kidney, or liver problems
Parsley should not be used by women who are pregnant (because of its potential uterotonic effects), breastfeeding or expecting to become pregnant, by those who have other health problems such as high blood pressure or cardiovascular
disease, or by individuals with liver
Do not use large amounts of Parsley. Parsley seed oil is very strong and contains chemicals that may cause serious side-effects.