Parsley contains five times as much iron per ounce as spinach. Rich in Vit A, iron and potassium, Vit B-1 B-2,Vit C, Vit E, calcium, chlorine, chlorophyll, copper, iodine, manganese, mucilage, niacin, phosphorus, protein, silicon, sodium, starch and sugar. Half a cup of fresh parsley contains 27 times as much Vit A as 3/4 cup of milk, 7 times as much niacin, almost 20 times as much vit C, 2 times as much iron but only 1/4 the number of calories. Parsley is a preventative medication in that its antiseptic properties cleanse the inner body of germs, waste material and incipient diseases: its trace minerals which provide necessary elements, can prevent certain illnesses. Every portion other than the flowers are useful. The leaves, roots, seeds and oil. Parsley is good for Anaemia, Diabetes, Bladder problems. Fever, Coughs, Cramps, Headaches. Insomnia, Bruises, Heart and liver problems. Parsley seeds, roots and leaves all have different medicinal purposes.
Parsley leaves can be added to tea as a gentle treatment for kidney problems, bladder infections, and to reduce mucus in the first stages of a cold and influenza. Ideal for children and adults alike, the tea comprises one teaspoon of parsley leaves and one teaspoon of raspberry leaves, seeped in one cup of boiled water for five to 10 minutes.
The leaves and root have been used for centuries, and are quite safe for most people. However, parsley root is discouraged during pregnancy, as a strong decoction of the root has been known to cause miscarriages. One of parsley’s primary constituents, myristicin, may also increase the heart rate of the fetus. If you are taking lithium, only take parsley under doctor’s supervision.
Make sure you select the best plant and let it grow out to seed, then save your own parsley seed and store in an air tight container to plant next growing season.