Health Benefits of the Herb Parsley: How to Make Your own Home Remedies Using Parsley
Parsley and benefits
Parsley seems to be a neglected herb and it is a real shame as parsley is a really useful herb plus easy to grow.
There are a few different varieties of Parsley; the two most common being Curly Leaf Parsley and Flat Leaf Parsley also known as Italian Parsley.
I grow both varieties and I find that Curly Leaf Parsley is a bit more effective for treatments as it contains more essential oils.
Italian Parsley is a bit easier to grow, it germinates a bit quicker and I use it in my cooking a lot.
My friend Luz who is a professional chef has now taken also uses Curly Leaf Parsley. The flavor seems to be retained better than Italian Leaf Parsley. We use a lot of garlic in our cooking here in Spain, and sometimes you just miss out on the parsley taste as the garlic is so strong.
How to grow parsley
The best way to grow parsley seems to be in a pot.
When put in the ground it takes a long time to germinate and there has been a couple of times when I just given up on it. All of a sudden it comes through a couple of months later.
I grow parsley in a window box in my kitchen and also in a terracotta pot. The window box is the source of my main harvest, and I use it everyday in cooking. The more you pick parsley the more it grows.
My terracotta pot is for decorative purposes. I love the green color of Parsley and when I was a little girl I called parsley mini palm trees because of the shape of the leaves.
Parsley also makes an excellent sprout. Be a little bit patient as it does take a little bit of time to germinate.
It is best sown into small seed trays with a bit of soil. On average it takes 7 days to two weeks for the seeds to start sprouting and the sprouts appreciate a good spray of water on a regular basis. I put mine in small seed trays inside a clear plastic bag, secure it with a cloth pegs and make a few small holes in the bag. Depending on how warm the weather is the seeds seem to sprout a bit quicker this way. Grow your Parsley sprouts in good light as this herb is a power house of chlorophyll. Treat as mustard cress and harvest when about 1 cm high, use in salads and sandwiches.
Once Parsley is up and growing it is an easy herb to look after but remember it loves being harvested.
Medicinal use of parsley
A lot of research is being currently being carried out into parsley.
It has been found to contain a substance called Apigenin which has benefits when treating cancer.
Apigenin appears to stop cancer tumors producing new blood vessels networks and therefore should reduce the spread of the tumor.
Parsley is also an excellent breath freshener, and can be used as a mouth wash.
If you have a dog with bad breath starting adding parsley to your dog's food. Most dogs that I know seem to enjoy chicken cooked with parsley.
It is also very rich in Vitamins A, B and C which all helps to cleanse the blood. If you have been taking a lot of pain medication it is a good idea to add parsley to your diet or make an infusion from fresh leaves.
Parsley is also diuretic so if you feel bloated, or have heavy tired legs, try parsley.
Do you suffer with excess uric acid in your blood? You should try my fresh parsley cocktail drink, recipe a bit further down.
And girls, if you suffer frequent attacks from cystitis you should also try my parsley cocktail. It stops bacteria sticking to the urinary tract. Incidentally it works for men with cystitis as well. Men get cystitis as well but most of the time they don't tell anybody about it until they have a kidney infection.
The use of parsley is really relevant today as many of our medical problems are caused by contamination of various sorts either through our diet or environmental factors such as air pollution.
Modern day diets are often high in the wrong fats especially since we eat a lot more ready made meals and junk foods.
Parsley can actually help to cleanse the blood by separating fat particles in the blood (lipids) and carry them out through the lymphatic system where they are finally removed through the kidneys. Once again parsley diuretic function comes into play by stimulating your kidneys.
If you do suffer from high blood fats don't rush off and throw away your medication but try using a bit of parsley therapy as well.
On your next blood test you should find your blood fats should have gone down. If this continues consider reducing your dose of medication but please discuss it with your doctor.
Parsley does not interfere with any medications as far as I know.
Parsley as a herb
Parsley can be either dried or frozen.
To dry hang up in small bunches and leave for about three weeks remember to check on your drying herbs every other day.
In hot weather all herbs will dry quicker. Drying parsley in small bunches is better as it is a "wet" herb, there is a lot of moisture in the leaves.
To freeze cut up small, or leave the actual parsley crown intact, either way it works just as well. Most of the time I just leave the crowns intact as I can then put them directly in to a soup or a stew.
If you use a lot of garlic in your cooking consider using parsley as it works in synergy with garlic. Not only do both help to cleanse the blood but they also enchance each other flavours.
Parsley is great in soups and stews. I always add it at the cooking stage and to serve I sprinkle a bit in top.
All seafood and freshwater fish also go hand in hand with our friend parsley.
We have all heard of parsley sauce with fish.
Healthy Annie's parsley drink
This my own parsley recipe which I use myself.
It is excellent if you have recently suffered flu, or if you are run down.
I have treated Gout suffers with this drink and have had fantastic results. Also seems to work for other inflammatory conditions, and good for people who have suffered tummy bugs with a lot of fluid loss.
It tends to work quickly and some people have seen results the next day.
Make the drink in the morning and it should last all day.
It is best made in a juicer as the juice from parsley is rather thick.
Take three good size carrots, one apple and a good handful of parsley. Put this through your juicer and collect in a suitable container.
Chill in the refrigerator and drink three times a day.
This blend should make about 150 to 200 milliliters, and I recommend you try do drink about 50 milliliters at a time preferably before every meal. I call it this healthy cocktail Sunshine in a glass as it is full of chlorophyll, and you are in fact drinking liquid sunshine.