Where is he from ?
Parsley is an aromatic plant that grows in Europe, and more specifically around the Mediterranean, although it needs a rich soil that stays cool in summer. This herb was first used as a medicine before flavoring the kitchen. In Antiquity, the Romans chewed it to better digest and mask alcoholic breath, while the Greeks offered a crown of parsley to winning athletes. In the Middle Ages, parsley was used as a medicinal plant with stimulating and diuretic properties.
What are its properties?
Parsley is traditionally used against mild bladder disorders because it has a draining and diuretic action. It aids digestion, relieves menstrual pain and prevents inflammation. It has a protective effect on the cardiovascular system because it lowers blood pressure. Parsley is recommended in cases of anemia for its richness in iron and vitamin C.
What’s in it?
Parsley contains 133 mg of vitamin C per 100 g, which puts it ahead of lemon and orange! It also contains vitamin A and group B vitamins. This umbelliferous plant is a concentrate of trace elements (iron, calcium, phosphorus, manganese, potassium, etc.) which are particularly well assimilated by the body, especially thanks to the association with vitamin C. It also contains apiol, a substance which acts on the nervous and digestive systems, as well as for the uterus.
Precautions for use
Pregnant women should not consume large amounts of parsley as it can trigger contractions. In addition, it should be avoided in the event of acute renal inflammation.
How to take it
To get the most of its vitamins, eat it fresh, sprinkling meat, fish and vegetables with thinly sliced leaves. Or we fall for a Lebanese tabbouleh which will be able to freshen the breath.
Parsley is also used in its dried form. We make a decoction with 30 g of plant for half a liter of water that we drink at the rate of 3 cups per day in case of difficult digestion.
If the periods are painful, dilute 3 drops of essential oil of parsley in a vegetable oil and massage the lower abdomen with the mixture.
Against wrinkles, take a handful of chopped parsley, and let it macerate in cold water for 12 hours. Pass a cotton ball on the face after having dipped it in the liquid.
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