This is one of the most under – appreciated vegetables we know. The scientific name of parsley is Petroselenium crispum. This is a flowering plant which is native to the Mediterranean region and it is widely cultivated as a vegetable, herb and spice. It is widely used in the American, European and Middle Eastern cuisines. Parsley is usually bright green and it is a biennial plant in temperate climates and it is annual herb in subtropical and tropical climates. When you are applying parsley seed oil to your skin, then it can make it sensitive to the sun and it can cause rashes. Talk with your doctor before you use it. Also when this herb is taken in excess amounts during breastfeeding or pregnancy, it can cause complications. There are some cases when parsley might hold on the excess sodium in the body and it can elevate the blood pressure levels. If you have problems with your blood pressure, than talk with your doctor before you use this herb in your diet.
Parsley health benefits
Helps treat dandruff: You should wash your hair with an infusion of parsley leaves because it will help you to rid of the dandruff.
Improves liver health: This herb exhibits excellent hepatoprotective effects, especially in cases of people who suffer from diabetes. There are some nutritional reports in which are said that parsley can open the obstruction in the spleen and liver.
Promotes hair growth: This herb is very beneficial in promoting hair growth. You can rub powdered parsley seeds on your scalp and then you should massage your scalp gently with it. This will stimulate the scalp circulation and it can promote hair growth. You should repeat this natural treatment 2 times a week in a period of 2 months if you want to have long and straight hair.
Soothes irritated skin: You should rub fresh or dried parsley leaves on insect bites or irritated skin because it can help to soothe the skin irritation. If you have boils, then you should boil these leaves in water and then apply it on the affected areas for a few hours. It will help to fade spots and freckles. Also when you apply parsley seed oil, then it can help you to heal bruises.
Acts as an effective cleanser: You should blend a handful of parsley leaves with yogurt. You should grind this mixture thoroughly to form a smooth paste. You should add one teaspoon of oatmeal and a few drops of tea tree oil. You should apply this mask on a clean face and neck and let it stay there for fifteen minutes. You should wash it off and then pat dry. You should apply this natural mask 3 times a week to remove dead skin cells and the accumulated dirt from the face.
Prevents acne and zits: You should take some parsley in a bowl and then mash it using a spoon or fork. You should add 2 teaspoons of honey to it and then mix it thoroughly till the honey turns green. You should apply this home remedy to your face and then wash it off after ten minutes. You should follow it up with a moisturizer of your choice. People who oily skin can make this homemade toner to prevent acne and zits. Parsley and honey have antibacterial properties which can help to treat pimples and keep the skin smooth and nourished. You should use fresh leaves instead of dried parsley for preparing this home remedy.
Improves wound healing: Parsley is rich in beta – carotene which is converted to Vitamin A for proper maintenance and skin repair. Also when you are eating parsley, then it can improve the skin’s elasticity which can speed up the wound healing process and delays wrinkles.
Treats menstrual problems: Parsley has 2 volatile oils known as myristicin and apiol which are responsible for its emmenagogue properties. There is not strong evidence which says that this can stimulate the menstrual flow, but there was one study of a Russian drug that has 85% parsley juice in which is said that parsley can be used for inducing labor. But there are many practitioners and herbalists of alternative medicine which are using parsley as natural treatment for menstrual issues.