Parsley is used to flavor and garnish dishes: from salads to omelets, side dishes and fish. The plant is rich in vitamin C, A and K, mineral salts such as calcium, phosphorus, copper and is a stimulant for the appetite and digestion. Parsley also has diuretic and cleansing properties for blood and liver and, thanks to the vitamin C contained, parsley promotes the iron absorption, for this reason it is recommended for those who suffer from anemia. Parsley helps also in case of inflammations of the genitourinary system, it regulates the menstrual cycle but helps also in case of conjunctivitis and to lighten the skin. Let’s see the main uses, besides the use of fresh parsley on plates. The advice is to avoid parsley, in particular in the form of brew or decoction, during pregnant because it may increase the risk of abortion.
Brew of fresh leaves
To improve digestion try to prepare an infusion with a tablespoon of fresh parsley leaves per liter of water, leave to brew for ten minutes, filter and drink up to two cups a day by sweetening it with honey.
For diseases of the genitourinary tract try the parsley juice: blend fresh leaves and water in a blender and take no more than one drink a day.
Decoction for external use
To obtain a lotion to be applied as a compress on the eyes in case of conjunctivitis or to lighten the skin or to help it in case of irritation and inflammation, bring to boil a tablespoon of fresh parsley leaves per liter of water for a few minutes, filter and once cooled apply on the part.
Leaves for external use
In case of insect bites simply rub some parsley leaves on the affected part to obtain relief from the itching.