Parsley is one of the most familiar herbs, used as a culinary garnish in almost every part of the world. This is widely cultivated, biennial herb, with yellow flowers borne in clusters. The plant is often cultivated as an annual for its foliage, especially in California, Germany, France, Belgium and Hungary. The leaf, root, and fruit of parsley have also been used for centuries in folk medicine. In classical medicine, parsley is often used to aid digestion and reduce gases, and as a diuretic.
Cherokees used parsley as a tonic to strengthen the bladder and Chinese and German herbalists recommend parsley tea to help control high blood pressure. This essential oil is derived from dried seeds of parsley by steam distillation and contains apiole, myristicin, pinene and tetramethoxyally benzene as its chief components.
Health benefits of parsley oil
Parsley oil has powerful anti microbial properties and effectively protects against various infections. Parsley oil may also help with problems caused by rheumatism and arthritis. Parsley oil acts as a detoxifier by speeding up the removal of toxins from the body. As a depurative, it purifies or refreshes blood. As a diuretic it increases urination, and removal of unwanted substances such as excess water, salts and uric acid etc. All of these effects are beneficial in two ways.
First, they warms up the body and second, they prevent accumulation of uric acid accumulate at a particular place, giving relief from pain of arthritis and gout.
Parsley possesses strong anti-septic properties. Applied topically it eliminates microbes and inhibits their growth in the affected area.
Digestive properties of parsley trigger on the appetite and speed up the process of digestion by increasing secretion of digestive juices in the stomach.
Diuretic properties of parsley are helpful in removing toxins and uric acid. This way, parsley protects from diseases like rheumatism, arthritis, boils, moles, acne etc. By eliminating water and fat, parsley oil can help lose weight and give relief to patients with swellings and other problems cause by water retention.
Parsley oil recipe
To get maximum health benefits from parsley oil, one should prepare it at home. Choose 500 ml of organic natural parsley leaves and combine it with other ingredients: 140 ml of vegetable oil, 1 bowl of iced water, 1 bowl of tea, 1 cheese cloth.
The oil is relatively easy to prepare by boiling parsley leaves for 15-20 minutes in salty water. When the leaves are boiled they should be quickly placed into the iced water for a short time, until they cold.
Next step is to squeeze the water from the parsley and blend it with a half of oil in a blender. After a few seconds one can start adding the remaining oil and continue blending until the oil turns light green. Oil should stay in the refrigerator over the night, in a bowl covered with plastic wrap. Next day oil should be filtered using a cheese cloth and it is ready for use.