Most of the time we see parsley when it is used as a garnish on a restaurant meal. And what do we do with it? We throw it away! It seems a shame to throw away such a useful herb.
Parsley is one of the most prolific herbs – it is grown almost everywhere in the world.
Here are some little known facts about parsley.
Parsley is great for the digestive system, freshens the breath and has been traditionally used to relieve intestinal gas.
Did you know parsley can inhibit the secretion of histamine, which is a trigger for allergy symptoms, a common concern in the spring?
Also, parsley contains calcium, magnesium niacin, phosphorus, potassium, riboflavin, sodium, vitamins A, C and K, and even protein.
A tea can be made from the seeds or leaves to treat asthma, coughs and suppressed or difficult menstruation. An infusion is also said to be effective against gallstones, according to The Herb Book by John Lust.
Parsley juice made from the fresh leaves can also be used in a smoothie mixed with other juices to provide a vitamin boost.
Parsley should not be used at all if kidney inflammation exists.
Marilyn Zink has been publishing The Herbal Collective magazine for more than 17 years. In that time, the magazine has grown and expanded to circulate from Victoria, B.C. on Vancouver Island to as far north as Campbell River, B.C. It is also delivered to locations in Vancouver, B.C. and the Lower Mainland.
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