Parsley (Latin name: Petroselinum Crispum) belongs to the Apiaceae family. It is a biennial shrub that blooms from June to August. Its flowers are white and yellow. It is found in the Mediterranean areas such as Greece, Cyprus, a part of Italy, Morocco, Algeria, etc.
Health Benefits and Uses
It is mainly used as a garnish in cooking. Its leaves are eaten either fresh or dried. They are high in iron, iodine, magnesium and are a very good source of vitamins such as vitamins A, B, and C. The decoction of parsley leaves is considered to have a high concentration of vitamin C, which is a powerful natural antioxidant. The essential oil can be produced from both its leaves and its seeds.
Research has shown that it increases diuresis and thus lowers blood pressure. Its juice helps eliminate toxins from the body. Finally, it is a very good herb that can be used to treat bad breath.
It is advisable to avoid parsley in quantities greater than those added to cooking by pregnant women. It can stimulate the uterus and cause contractions. In the past, they even used it in cases of abortion. The same goes for people taking anticoagulants. Due to its content of vitamin K that this vitamin regulates the metabolism of calcium, which is responsible for blood clotting.
Caution! Herbs should not be consumed uncontrollably. Consult your doctor before consumption. They are not substitutes for drugs and can cause side effects and allergies.