Useful properties of parsley are used in cooking, folk medicine and cosmetics.
Its greens offer vitamins in the spring, it gives taste and flavor to salads, and medicinal properties help to cope with health problems.
Sometimes parsley root and leaf. Root parsley is a biennial umbelliferous plant with lush greenery, it is used as a spice plant in cooking. Root parsley is added to soups and garnishes, herbs are often put in salads and snacks. Leaf parsley is an annual, it is also useful and popular.
Medicinal properties of parsley
What is the use of parsley for the health are well documented. It is rich in valuable substances, vitamins and microelements. In its composition there are potassium, calcium, phosphorus, iron, magnesium, zinc.
Parsley contains enzymes increase the appetite, enhances the secretion of digestive glands and intestinal peristalsis. It is used for the treatment of diseases of the digestive tract.
Potassium and iron are useful for the heart, strengthen the vascular system. Extracted from the seeds decoction is used in atrial fibrillation with the presence of complications such as heart failure with edema or more.
All parts of the plant have anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. When applied topically parsley promotes healing of wounds, burns and ulcers, acts as a disinfectant.
Drugs parsley enhance immunity, promote the revitalization of all organs and metabolism in the body. Women know the benefits of this herb is to normalize the cycle.
In folk medicine, parsley is most often used as a choleretic and diuretic. It cleanses the kidneys, liver, biliary and urinary tract. A decoction of the seeds of parsley is recommended for cholecystitis and diseases of the urinary system. Parsley improves visual acuity, and a compress of decoction perfectly helps to cope with eye fatigue: you need to take 2 cotton pads and dip them in the warm decoction, wring out slightly, and apply them for 10-15 minutes on closed eyes.
Contraindications to the use of parsley
Parsley in salads or soups not to hurt anyone. The man is just not able to eat as much of herbs to harm yourself. But the seeds decoction or infusion of parsley root has a more pronounced medicinal properties, as well as fresh juice. The benefits and harms depend on what volumes to use.
Parsley should be used with caution, as it is contraindicated in nephritis due to the irritant effect on the renal parenchyma. Due to its diuretic action, greens removes excess fluid and stabilizes the skin. But the treatment of the diseases of the urinary system requires special knowledge, so take a decoction or infusion of the seed in its sole discretion should not, in order not to harm your body.
Cholelithiasis drugs parsley can cause movement of the stones, which can lead to serious complications. Contains green substance myristicin overdose can cause muscle cramps, headache, hallucinations, nausea, excessive excitation and losing weight. It is impossible to use preparations of parsley during pregnancy. Although fresh greens in the salads are very useful.
How to prepare parsley
With the purpose of treatment using stems, seeds, and roots of parsley. The stems are harvested in the flowering period, seeds are harvested when ripe, and the roots are dug in spring or autumn. Parsley curly dried in the shade under a canopy. Store the procured raw material in paper bags, cardboard boxes in a dry place. Shelf life — 2 years. Frozen greens preserves vitamins and very useful in winter.