PARSLEY


PARSLEY: “More Than Just a Garnish”

Allergies, Breath Freshener, Congestive Heart Failure, Fever, Increases Blood Pressure

Also Known As: Rock Selinon

HISTORY:

Parsley is nutritious and is a great effective after dinner breath freshener. Parsley is one of the first herbs to appear in the spring time and has been uses in the Seder, the Jewish Passover meal, as a symbol of new beginnings for centuries.

Parsley was not used widely in ancient medicine, but Galen, a Roman physician prescribed it for epilepsy and as a diuretic to treat water retention. The Romans munched on the sprigs at banquets as a breath freshener. This is how the origin of adding parsley as a garnish on restaurant plates came about today.

PREPARATION:

For a breath freshener, enjoy chewing a few sprigs.

  • Infusion:

Add 1 teaspoon of bruised seeds per one cup of boiling water. Steep for 10 minutes and drink no more than 3 cups total per day.

  • Tincture:

Use 1/2 to 1 teaspoons no more than 3 times daily.

USE: (Grow Your Own)

Sow seeds anywhere from early spring to autumn, 8 inches apart in sandy, moist, well drained loamy, neutral pH soil. Seeds will germinate in about 6 weeks. Once the plant reaches 8 inches, the leaves can be harvested. Harvest the fruits when they appear full size and their color is grayish- brown.

SAFETY:

Parsley may cause a skin rash in people with sensitive skin.