Herbal Healing – Parsley

 

ParsleyRelieve urinary tract infections, Boost kidney function, Prevent birth defects, Ease premenstrual discomfort

There is probably no other green as universally recognized as parsley. Each year, tons of this aromatic herb placed on dinner plates worldwide, only to be scraped away with leftovers. To most people, parsley’s purpose is to garnish. But parsley’s original intent is much more important and noble and modern world discovering what natural healers known for centuries.

Parsley’s healing magic can be found in two compounds it contains, myristicin and apiol, that can help increase the flow of urine and passing more urine helps remove infection-causing bacteria from the urinary tract.

This same diuretic action can also help prevent premenstrual bloating. Nibbling parsley in the days before menstruation can help increase urine flow, thus removing excess fluids from the body before they cause discomfort.

Even though parsley is generally used in small amounts, it has as much healing power, tablespoon for tablespoon, as many of the more healing foods. For example, a half-cup of fresh parsley contains 40 milligrams of vitamin C, 70% of the Daily Value. That’s more than half the amount found in a whole orange.

Parsley is also a good source of folate, with half-cup containing 46 milligrams, more than 11 % of the DV. You need folate, a B vitamin, for producing red blood cells and helping to prevent birth defects.

Parsley is nature’s original breath freshener, and it’s also a delicious way to cleanse the palate.

While dried parsley available everywhere, fresh is much better, because it retains more of the healing volatile oils. Even though parsley is best known as a culinary herb, you’ll get more of its healing benefits by using it as a main ingredient. The Lebanese salad called tabbouleh, for example, typically calls for up to 1 cup of fresh chopped parsley. Or you can add half a bunch to a garden salad. Using whole springs will provide a pleasant texture, along with a celery-like flavor. Italian flat-leaf parsley has a stronger flavor than curly parsley.

Wash the parsley when you get it home from the store, discarding any bad leaves or stems. Then dry it, wrap it in a moist paper towel, and store it in a loosely closed plastic bag in the crisper drawer of the refrigerator.

You can also make delicious kidney-cleansing parsley tea – steep 1 handful of fresh parsley in 2 cups of boiling water in teapot or covered glass jar until cold. Drain and store in the refrigerator, drink ½ hour before meals and ½ hour before going to bed to detoxify kidneys.

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