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A commonly used household herb that has been made even more common due to Italian cuisine – Parsley, has numerous benefits for health. The name parsley is from Greek which means “rock celery” probably signifying how it is from the same family. These small leaves that look a lot like cilantro is used for garnishing, for pesto, soups, curries, gravy and in many other dishes. In countries were fresh parsley isn’t available, dried parsley is used.

Nutrition information

Parsley is a popular herb not just because it is tasty but also because of its rich nutrition. The below pie shows the nutrition in Parsley broken down by percentage.

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Health benefits

To improve digestion

If you have digestion related problems, parsley could be of great benefit. Parsley has digestive enzymes in abundance and this contributes to improving digestion as well as improving metabolism. Make a simple parsley tea and drink it when warm.

Method:

  1. Take a handful of parsley leaves.
  2. Finely chop them.
  3. Boil water in a vessel.
  4. When the water is boiling, add the chopped parsley leaves to it.
  5. Allow it to boil for a few more minutes.
  6. Switch off and allow it to cool down a bit.
  7. Add a few drops of honey and drink this tea while it is still warm.

This tea can reduce heartburn and is also an excellent remedy for acid reflux (and GERD).

To treat bruises

Parsley has excellent anti-inflammatory benefits and can be used to treat bruises. Grind parsley in a mortar and apply the ground leaves on the affected area. Wrap it up with cotton cloth or bandage so that the extract stays intact and can react on the bruised region. You can also add some organic turmeric powder along with the crushed leaves before you wrap.

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As a remedy for cough

Parsley team can be a good remedy for cough too. Make parsley with ginger and pepper using the below method to get relieved of cough.

  1. Chop parsley finely.
  2. Take a one inch ginger piece and peel the skin. Grate the ginger.
  3. Crush black pepper in a mortar.
  4. Boil water and add the parsley, grated ginger and ground black pepper.
  5. Add a pinch of turmeric and allow to boil.
  6. Switch off and allow it to cool down a bit.
  7. Now add a teaspoon of honey and drink when warm. Honey also reduces cough.

This herbal tea will provide you soothing relief. This is safe even for kids and can be given to kids ages 3 and above. You can reduce the quantity of ginger to half an inch for kids. Other than that, it would not be spicy and so it will be gentle on their digestive system.

For liver problems

Parsley has the properties to cleanse your liver and slowly help in curing various digestive ailments. A juice of parsley is the best way to cleanse your liver. Parsley however is a strong herb and may be more palatable when made into a juice with some accompaniments. So here is a simple juice.

Method:

  1. Chop parsley – need not be fine since we will be blending it.
  2. Dry roast cumin seeds.
  3. Blend parsley, roasted cumin seeds, freshly squeezed lime and a few slice of cucumber in a blender.
  4. Drink this in the morning to cleanse your stomach and as a detox.

Parsley for kids

Parsley is rich in various vitamins and has anti-oxidants too. It is hence great for building immunity in your kids. Include parsley in your everyday diet. Make a pesto and use it to make parsley pasta, make a nice flavourful onion and parsley chutney, add it in your salads, or garnish your soup with it. Just include it in as many ways as possible in your kids’ diet.

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In those places where parsley in not available in its fresh form, you can buy the dried herb and use it to make the tea. You may have to add a little more than the fresh parsley to gain better benefit. Dried parsley is better used in cooking than as a garnish since cooking helps to get the maximum from it as an extract and it blends with the other ingredients. This herb goes beautifully with Italian and Chinese cooking. But blends with other cuisines as well.

Ramya Srinivasan, PDGBA, earned her Master’s degree in Business. As a result of her passion in native medicine, she got her Diploma in Traditional Siddha Medicine from Bharat Sevak Samaj registered under the Indian Planning Commission. She is certified by Stanford University School of Medicine in Introduction to Food and Health.