(Herbs Knowledge) Parsley

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Parsley Scientific Names and Common Names,Parsley Biochemical Information,Uses,Warning,Where Found,Parts Usually Used,Parsley Description of Plant(s) and Culture,Medicinal Properties.

(Herbs Knowledge) Parsley


Common Names | Parts Usually Used | Plant(s) & Culture | Where Found | Medicinal Properties | Biochemical Information
Legends, Myths and Stories | Uses | Formulas or Dosages | Nutrient Content | How Sold | Warning | Resource Links | Bibliography

Scientific Names

Petroselinum sativum L.UmbelliferaeUmbel family

Common Names

Common parsley
Garden parsley
Parsley breakstone
Rock parsley
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Parts Usually Used

Fruits, berries, stems, leaves, and roots
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Description of Plant(s) and Culture

An erect, hairless perennial plant with a distinctive scent. It has shiny, pinnate leaves with triangular-lobed leaflets, often curled in cultivated plants. The small yellowish flowers grow in flat-topped, compound umbels, each with 8-15 smaller umbels. Fruits are egg-shaped, ridged, somewhat flattened.

Other varieties: P. hortense; P. crispum; extra curled dwarf; neapolitanum; gigante; tuberosum; decora.

The Chinese use the herb (Apium petroselinum) (“Inn sai” is the Chinese name) and call it parsley. Seems it is used similarly to Petroselinum sativum L.

Some have categorized parsley as in the carrot family, some in the umbel family and yet others say it has its own parsley family. Let the reader choose or if anyone has proof of which is correct, please forward the information.
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Where Found

Cultivated and occasionally found growing wild in waste places or around buildings in eastern and Pacific areas of the United States and Canada. Gathering of wild parsley is not recommended.
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Medicinal Properties

Diuretic, carminative, anthelmintic, emmenagogue, expectorant, stimulant, antispasmodic, aperient, laxative, carminative
Juice: febrifuge, promotes menstruation
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Biochemical Information

Apiin, apiol, bergaptein, calcium, fatty oil, flavone glycoside, furanocumarin bergapten, iodine, iron, isoimperatorin, mucilage, myristicene, volatile and essential oils, parsley camphor (apiin), petroselinic acid, phosphorus, pinene, potassium, and vitamins A and C.
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Legends, Myths and Stories

Some references claim that parsley belongs to the carrot family.It is claimed, when the parsley herb is rubbed against a glass goblet or tumbler, it will break it. The cause of this phenomenon is unknown.Rose bushes like for parsley to be grown near them, because they keep away rose beetles.

Parsley is native to the Mediterranean region of Southern Europe and has been cultivated for more than 2,000 years. It was originally used as a medicinal plant (see below) prior to being consumed as a food. Ancient Greeks held parsley to be sacred, using it to not only adorn victors of athletic contests, but also for decorating the tombs of the deceased. While it is uncertain when and where parsley began to be consumed as a seasoning, historians think it may be sometime during the Middle Ages in Europe. Some historians credit Charlemagne with its popularization as he had it grown on his estates.
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A sweet plant that contains a substance in which tumor cells cannot multiply. Good for goiter, obesity, edema, dropsy, swollen glands, epilepsy, bed-wetting, fluid retention, rheumatism, sciatica, lumbago, jaundice, indigestion, asthma, coughs, colds, fever, gas, night blindness, swollen breasts, menstrual disorders, promotes onset of menses, snakebites, bruises, dropsy, eye infections, and worms. For thyroid, lung, stomach, bladder, gall stones, kidney stones, liver, and can be used to treat gravel and stones of the kidney. It also makes a good eyewash. It purifies the breath as well. The oil of parsley rubbed on the scalp is purportedly able to stimulate hair growth.
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Formulas or Dosages

A tisane of dried herb is made when fresh is not available.

Eat raw or steep chopped leaves and stems in hot water. Drink 1 cup daily.
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Nutrient Content

Calcium, fatty oil, iodine, iron, phosphorus, rich in potassium, and rich in vitamins A and C. Rich in vitamins and minerals. Good source of chlorophyll. (Try it after eating onions or garlic)
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How Sold

Parsley tablets or fresh cut herb
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Do not use parsley if a kidney infection is present.

Do not take parsley juice or oil if pregnant, it is a uterine stimulant.

Best grown in the garden rather than gathered wild, since it resembles poisonous wild plants like Poison Hemlock.
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Resource Links

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, by Dr. H.C.A. Vogel; Keats Publishing, Inc., 27 Pine Street (Box 876) New Canaan, CT. 06840-0876. Copyright Verlag A. Vogel, Teufen (AR) Switzerland 1952, 1991

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, by Clarence Meyer, Meyerbooks, publisher, PO Box 427, Glenwood, Illinois 60425, copyright 1988, fifth printing, 1994

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, by Clarence Meyer, Meyerbooks, publisher, PO Box 427, Glenwood, Illinois 60425, published from 1954, print 1988

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, by David Conway, published by Jonathan Cape, Thirty Bedford Square, London, England. (Out of print)

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