Plant Profile: Parsley

Parsley
(Petroselinum crispum, Petroselinum sativa)

Family: UMBELLIFERAE

Energetics: Root: Neutral. Leaf: Slightly Warming. 

Taste: Root: Sweet. Leaf:  Aromatic. Pungent. Spicy

Tissue States: Stagnation.

Systems Affected: 

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)

Actions:
Foundational: Aromatic (leaves)
Primary: Diuretic (root more so than leaf). Carminative. Aperient. Emmenagogue (mostly seed). Galactagogue.
Secondary: Antihelmintic/vermifuge. 
Antioxidant

Uses: 

  • UTI
  • Kidney Stones
  • Cystitis
  • Delayed Menstruation
  • Edema
  • Stagnant digestion
  • Poor appetite (eat some parsley before a meal)
  • Mildly stimulating to uterine contractions.
  • Root is nourishing & blood building. 
  • Hypertension.
  • 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. 

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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. 


Sources:
The Way of Herbs: Michael Tierra. Pg 175


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