Even the ancient Egyptians used the wild parsley as a means to treat kidney disease and urinary tract. Act as a diuretic helps in the excretion of salt from the body, It also helps with inflammation of the prostate, difficulty urinating in, or in the cases of leg swelling, rheumatism, arthritis, gout, and obesity.
The ancient Greeks considered parsley as a holy plant, and because of that, they didn’t use it for food. From him, they were making wreaths, which are worn on festive feasts. In contrast, the ancient Romans ate it, especially gladiators before the fight because they believe that gives them strength, strengthens reflexes and makes them cunning.
By the end of the Middle Ages, parsley was a purely medicinal plant, and its seeds are even considered like a cure for the plague. Today, without the seasoning vegetables we can not imagine any world cuisine.
The energy value of parsley is small and is about 190 kJ / 100 g of leaves, and the root of only 90 kcal / 100 g. But, because the 100 grams of the raw leaf has 1,600 milligrams of mineral substances.
Half of it is potassium, and the rest iron (which is why parsley advantageous for the treatment of anemia), calcium, manganese, magnesium, copper, phosphorus and smaller amounts of other trace elements, which are important for the human body.
What parsley ranks among the high-value foods, eating vitamin content. First of all vitamin C, which in 100 grams of leaves has 170 milligrams, which is the highest value vegetables. This plant contains carotene (provitamin A), as well as vitamins B1, B2, B6 and B12 – which with iron has a beneficial effect on the regeneration of erythrocytes (red blood cells). Otherwise, specific smell and taste come from the essential oil, which makes up 42 separate ingredients.
Even the ancient Egyptians used the wild parsley as a means to treat kidney disease and urinary tract. For fruit and oil acting diuretic, helps in the excretion of salt from the body. It also helps with inflammation of the prostate, difficulty urinating in, or in the cases of leg swelling, rheumatism, arthritis, gout, and obesity. However, herbalists note that parsley can not be used if there is inflammation of the kidneys.
This is especially true for the seed, which works much harder than the root and leaf. This plant positive effect on the liver, so it is recommended in jaundice and other diseases. In addition, stimulates blood circulation and works well on the nervous system – relieves lethargy and anxiety. Parsley is beneficial to diabetics. For his healing know women who have problems with painful or irregular menstruation.
Chew on parsley in the days before the cycle removes excess fluid from the body and prevent premenstrual bloating. Effect on sex glands, as well as infertility.
Fresh crushed leaves help with pain in the ear and toothache. Tea made from parsley seeds lowers body temperature, relaxes the smooth muscles throughout the body, eases headaches, migraines, asthma, stomach cramps. Antiseptic on cuts and wounds relieves irritation from insect bites.
When to be careful
Parsley is not entirely harmless plant. First of all, its use during pregnancy has to be controlled. As a remedy for the kidneys shouldn’t be taken without the approval of doctors and parsley oil (Oleum petreselini) can be used only towards using a prescription.
It works well in the blood and urine, the flushing of the urinary tract, as well as kidney stones and bladder. For outdoor use, apply as an insect repellent. However, essential oils can have adverse effects. Ingredients myristicin and apiol in small quantities is very effective, but in large amounts can have toxic effects (irritation of the gastrointestinal tract, liver damage, arrhythmias, severe contraction …).
Medicinal drinks from parsley
Tea for various ailments
Fifty grams of fresh parsley leaf Pour one liter of boiling water. Cover and let stand for 10 minutes. Drink three to four cups (cup of 200 ml) during the day. Tea helps with fever, improving urination and regulate the menstrual cycle.
Tea for the treatment of kidney
A handful of fresh parsley insert in two cups of boiling water and allow to cool. Then strain and refrigerate. Drink an hour before meals and one hour before going to sleep.
The syrup for strengthening of nerves
It takes 1 kg of acacia honey, 2oo ml of juice from the root and leaf parsley and 5oo ml juice of raspberries. Preparation: mix the ingredients thoroughly.
Usage: take 3 times a day per one tablespoon before eating.