Parts used - the seeds, leaves and root


Common Uses

  • As a diuretic
  • Breath freshener
  • Aid to digestion
  • Helps soothe indigestion and flatulence
  • Helps prevent and flush out kidney stones
  • Helps stimulate and regulate menstrual flow

Side Effects

The German Commission E Monographs reports that allergic skin reaction and mucous membrane reactions have occasionally been reported.
There are no known interactions with other drugs.


Safety Issues
Avoid taking parsley if you are pregnant or trying to conceive as it can stimulate the muscles of the uterus.
Parsley should also be avoided by people who suffer from inflammatory kidney conditions.


History of Parsley This easily recognized plant is a hardy biennial, and is often used as a garnish for culinary purposes. It is rich in vitamins and minerals.
Parsley was a popular herb in the times of the Ancient Greeks and Romans when it was often used as part of a ritual or ceremony. It was given to gladiators to promote their fighting skills, and eaten at funerals feasts and planted on graves to bring good luck in the after life to the deceased. It was also carried by Romans as protection.
Early Europeans used parsley to treat a variety of ailments including fluid retention, urinary stones, liver complaints and even malaria.
Modern herbalists recommend parsley for several purposes, as a diuretic, to stimulate and improve digestion, as a tonic, and to regulate or promote menstruation. They also give parsley to stimulate contractions during childbirth and to increase the flow of breast milk.


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