Parsley Petroselinum crispum
Parsley root in tea form is used to treat kidney stones, and bladder infection. It also promotes digestion and reduces gas. Parsley poultices can be used to soothe tired, irritated eyes, and speed the healing of bruises. Applying the juice of the plant will relieve the itch and sting of insect bites, and is a wonderful mosquito repellent. Soaking a gauze pad in the juice can be used to relieve an earache or toothache. Some studies have also shown Parsley to contain a substance that prevents the multiplication of tumor cells.
Parsley Leaves have been used to regulate blood sugar and are thought to be effective in cases of low blood sugar, if there is adrenal malfunction.
Parsley is a natural diuretic. The herbalist, Culpeper, also commented that Parsley "removed obstructions from the liver and spleen," and it is said today that Parsley helps to expel gallstones and kidney stones. Parsley is said to improve urination when it is painful or incomplete and accelerates the excretion of toxins. It is also said to help prevent the body's re-absorption of salt and to rid the body of excess mercury. As a diuretic, Parsley relieves the bloating that some women experience before their periods.
The high mineral salt content in Parsley is thought to help restore the body's overall health by neutralizing acidic conditions.