Parsley is a highly recommendable plant for women. Not only is it effective at alleviating painful menstruation symptoms, but it also fights menopause symptoms and prevents osteoporosis.
Parsley is oftentimes used in recipes without our knowledge of its wonderful properties. Would you like to know how parsley can be used for health and beauty? If so, keep reading this article, and start to take advantage of this wonderful, aromatic plant!
This plant belongs to the same family that celery and fennel do (which is why they have similar leaves). It has been used in cooking and also as a natural remedy for thousands of years. It is native to the Eastern watershed in the Mediterranean, and was introduced to other areas of the world by the Greeks.
Hippocrates and Galen mention parsley in their works. The Anglo Saxons used it to treat cranial fractures caused in combat. Currently, parsley is cultivated across the entire world and is a common ingredient for adding flavor and fragrance to hundreds of dishes and beverages.
Parsley seed oil is also used in the cosmetics industry, either in soaps or creams.
- Vitamin C (1/3 c. of parsley has more than one orange)
- Vitamin K (good for bone health and blood coagulation)
- Beta-carotenes (Antioxidants and immune-protectors)
- Calcium (1 cup parsley has the same amount of calcium as one cup of milk)
- Potassium (500 mg of potassium per 100 grams of parsley)
- Iron (more than red meat)
- Fiber (perfect for preventing constipation and improving intestinal functions)
- Boron (treats menopause and prevents osteoporosis)
- Fluoride (strengthens bones)
- Chlorophyll (which is what gives parsley its green color, and it has antiseptic and cleansing properties)
Traditional benefits of parsley
It’s worth pointing out that all parts of this plant can be used (the roots, seeds, leaves and stalk). Parsley is used as a:
Increases urine production in the kidneys and is great for fighting kidney infections, treating or preventing kidney stones, and reducing fluid retention (edema). To address these issues, prepare a tea or juice:
- 1 handful of parsley leaves and stalks
- 1 c. water (250 mL)
- Bring water to a boil.
- Add the parsley and allow it to cook for a few minutes.
- Allow to cool, then strain.
- This can be drank either hot or cold, and it can be sweetened with honey.
This is due to the fair amount of potassium in parsley, and for the aforementioned diuretic effect. Consume it in an infusion or smoothie once a day.
Parsley can be the perfect remedy for women that have painful periods. This plant also promotes menstrual flow.
Digestive and laxative
This is because parsley increases gastric secretions, it fights intestinal gas and also helps fight jaundice.
Parsley is considered to be an excellent and potent antioxidant, and is perfect for cleansing the body. It disinfects intestines and lungs, increases waste removal via urine, and helps detoxify both the liver and gallbladder.
Menopausal women are advised to consume more parsley in salads, sauces, creams, smoothies, etc., because it helps balance hormone levels, especially estrogen.
Since ancient times this plant has been thought of as increasing libido and sexual desire. The scientific explanation, however, states that this is due to parsley’s phytoestrogens, which:
- Tone the uterus
- Promote menstruation
- Improve milk production
- Increase female libido
- Facilitate labor during birth
Parsley for beauty
Beyond parsley’s amazing medicinal properties, we should also point out its great effects when used externally or internally to:
- Eliminate tiny red veins on the face (couperosis)
- Prevent excessive skin oil
- Reduce dark marks on the skin
- Bring shine to one’s complexion
- Eliminate blackheads
- Reduce acne outbreaks
- Speed up wound healing
Parsley can be used to make an excellent mask, taking advantage of all its properties for beauty.
- One handful of fresh parsley
- A bit of warm water
- 1 tsp. lemon juice
- 1 Tbsp. honey
- Cut the parsley as small as possible and grind it into a paste with the warm water (just a small amount) in a mortar and pestle.
- In a separate bowl, mix the honey with the lemon juice and pour into the previous mixture.
- Wash your skin with warm water and a neutral soap.
- Apply the mask to the area you wish to treat and allow to set for 10 to 15 minutes.
- Rinse with warm water.
- To finish, apply a moisturizing cream.
Remember that this treatment must be done at night because if the lemon juice comes into contact with sun, it will stain your skin.
Repeat this treatment once a week for best results. If the mask burns a little when you apply it, this is because you already have an acne outbreak. This will go away within a few minutes. If not, rinse before reaching the agreed upon time.
One other way to use parsley aesthetically is to prepare it as a tea to then be applied as a tonic.
- 1 handful of parsley leaves and stalk
- 1 cup of water (250 mL)
- Heat the water, add the parsley and allow to set until the water is lukewarm.
- Strain. Dip a cotton ball in the tea and then apply to the affected area, after cleaning and drying said area.
This tonic will help prevent the appearance of blemishes.