Parsley Troselinum Crispum
Now grown all over the •world, parsley originated in the Eastern Mediterranean region. For more than 2,000 years, it has been known as a medicinal herb. The ancient Greeks valued the seeds and roots of the plant for their soothing, diuretic effect on those with kidney and bladder ailments. Today, parsley is still used primarily as a diuretic.
In addition, it strengthens the digestive system and helps alleviate stomach and liver problems. In folk medicine, parsley is recommended for women who have irregular menstrual periods. As a diuretic, it may also ease the bloating that some women experience before their periods. In addition, parsley leaves are a good source of many vitamins and minerals— including iron, which is important for the proper formation of red blood cells, potassium and vitamin C.
A Parsley Tonic To Aid Circulation
Medieval German herbalist Saint Hildegard ofBingen prescribed parsley wine to improve blood circulation. It was believed to help heart conditions. To make parsley wine, combine 10-12 large sprigs of parsley with J quart ofredorwhite wineand2 tbsp. of white-wine vinegar. Boil for 10 min., then add 9 02. of honey. Strain the mixture and pour into bottles. Take 1 tbsp. three times a day.