Energetics: Root: Neutral. Leaf: Slightly Warming.
Taste: Root: Sweet. Leaf: Aromatic. Pungent. Spicy
Tissue States: Stagnation.
Parts Used: Leaves. Roots. Seeds.
Key Components: Root: Volatile oils. Apiin. Bergapten. Isoimperatorin. Mucilage. Seed: Higher than root in volatile oils including: apiole, myresticin, pinene, other terpenes, flavone glycosides, furanocoumarins, fatty oils & petroselenic acid. Leaf: Lower levels of the above plusVitamin K. Vitamin C. Vitamin A.
Preparations & dosage: As food. Root decoction. Leaf infusion. Powder. Formentation (leaf)
Foundational: Aromatic (leaves)
Primary: Diuretic (root more so than leaf). Carminative. Aperient. Emmenagogue (mostly seed). Galactagogue.
- Kidney Stones
- Delayed Menstruation
- Stagnant digestion
- Poor appetite (eat some parsley before a meal)
- Mildly stimulating to uterine contractions.
- Root is nourishing & blood building.
- Reduces platelet clumping which reduces the likelihood of clots that cause heart attacks and strokes.
- Topically parsley seed and leaf have been powdered and sprinkled in the hair or made into an ointment to kill bugs.
- Insect stings or bites.
- Dries up milk supply.
Combines well with:
For stagnant digestion: Combine leaf with fennel.
For kidney or bladders stones: Equal parts parsley root & gravel root. 1/2 part marshmallow root & ginger.
Contraindications: Not recommended in large doses in pregnancy due to its ability to stimulate the uterus. I wouldn't worry about avoiding entirely, there is no cases of abortion caused by parsley. Also said to dry up milk supply so be aware when nursing.
The Way of Herbs: Michael Tierra. Pg 175