parsley spice, remedy and ally to beauty
Parsley has medicinal properties and it helps in weight loss and in the combat against cellulite.
Parsley is used as a spice to soup or as a decoration on the plate with lots of medicinal properties .
Parsley tea is great for:
? removing toxins from the body,
? improves metabolism,
? helps in the prevention of diseases of the heart and kidneys
? contains two very important ingredients
? contains apiolot and myristicin
? responsible for alleviating urinary tract.
Flavonoids and luteolin, act as antioxidants bind to free radicals and hinder their harmful effect on the body.
Irregular and painful menstruation can be treated with parsley .
Simply nibbling parsley in the days prior to starting the the cycle removes excess water from the body and it prevents flatulence.
? parsley is not completely safe herb
? during pregnancy its use must be very well dosed and controlled
? in large quantities it acts as pregnancy provocateur and can cause contractions of the walls of the uterus.
– 30 grams of parsley leaves (fresh or dried)
– 1 liter of water
– Honey or Lemon (for flavor, if desired)
– Remove fresh parsley leaves from the stems and pat the leaves dry.
– Bring the water to a boil in the pot.
– Add the parsley leaves to the water for about 1 minute before taking the pot off the heat.
– Allow the leaves to steep for approximately 10 minutes in the hot water.
10 Parsley Benefits for Skin
Even though parsley is used primarily as a garnish these days, its history with mankind stretches back to thousands of years ago, when it was used as a medicinal plant. The Ancient Romans were the ones who first started garnishing their food with this garden herb.
Parsley’s leaves, seeds, and roots can all be used. Because of this, it remains one of the world’s most frequently used herbs, and not just as a garnish for a dish that is already made.
I, for one, love buying it in frozen cubes and using them at any given time. They go very well with tons of different dishes. This delicious green spice is definitely underappreciated, and it is high time for a change.
Here is a short and partial list of the benefits which parsley has, concerning your skin.
Parsley can help your under eye skin heal. Any dark circles or bags you may have can benefit a lot from the garden green because it contains nutrients which dramatically reduce the darkness under the eyes. You can even make your own under eye treatment at home!
Parsley contains beta carotene, which the body – upon consumption – then converts to Vitamin A. Vitamin A is essential for speeding up the healing process of any wounds or wrinkles.
Parsley – particularly its essential oil – provides antibacterial and antifungal protection. It is useful for treating acne, pimples, and other skin infections. Make sure not to apply it directly on the skin, since it is very concentrated and potent. It could cause undesired consequences if applied directly.
Parsley helps balance your sebum production. Many skin problems occur due to an unbalanced sebum level. Sebum is the body’s natural oil, which is produced below the surface of the skin, and it is important to keep it in check. Keeping your sebum levels balanced will give your skin a healthy glow.
WHAT DOES PARSLEY HAVE TO DO WITH ANTIOXIDANTS? EVERYTHING
Parsley contains a nice amount of antioxidants, which can help reduce the amount of free radicals (substances which may cause skin damage) in your body.
There are many valuable minerals in parsley, and drinking its extract juice with water can help boost your system to its maximum potential. Human skin loves minerals, and they are essential for its health.
Parsley has a large quantity of Vitamin C in it, which helps the skin rejuvenate and heal faster. Vitamin C stimulates the production of collagen, which is the substance that keeps skin looking young and vital. If you’ve noticed that Vitamin C serum is growing in popularity, it is precisely because of these anti-aging and increased collagen properties which make it a favorite amongst people of all ages.
If you are interested in great facial skin, you may want to give yourself a quick parsley facial. Rinsing your face with a mixture of water and the herb can be very effective in maintaining good-looking skin. You can wash your face with it daily.
Mosquitos got you again? You can rub fresh or dried parsley leaves on insect bites or otherwise-irritated skin in order to soothe it and help the healing process.
If you suffer from any kind of skin discoloration, parsley may help you to get rid of it. There are different kinds of packs, made with parsley, lemon juice, and honey, which can have a wonderful effect on darker skin spots.
People have different sensitivities. Although the garden staple is about as natural as they come, you should consult with your physician if you feel you may be sensitive or allergic to any ingredients mentioned in this post.
Have fun, stay young, go green! Parsley green, that is.
Homegrown Herbal Remedies
Homegrown herbal remedies
Labels on store-bought herbs rarely reveal how plants are raised, let alone how long the ingredients are exposed to light and high temperatures while stored in their plastic containers. Grow your own to ensure the best quality and potency of your herbal remedies.
“The primary benefit is being able to develop a relationship with that herb,” according to Jen Bredesen, an herbalist and teacher at the California School of Herbal Studies. Even novice gardeners can concoct simple home remedies such as teas and salves using Bredesen’s list of the top nine easy-to-grow medicinal herbs.
Calendula (Calendula officinalis)
Calendula is also known as pot marigold. It’s a centuries-old antifungal, antiseptic, wound-healing ally. The petals of these cheerful yellow-and-orange daisy-like flowers lend skin-soothing properties to many natural cosmetics and diaper creams.
Calendula is a freely reseeding annual that blooms all season long. It makes a lovely addition to gardens with full sun. Harvest the petals fresh. You can also dry entire blooms — which close in the evening — before they form seeds.
Cilantro (Coriandrum sativum)
Cilantro boasts a unique flavor that people either love or hate. The leaves often garnish Mexican and Thai dishes. The seeds, known as coriander, are a prime ingredient in Indian curries.
Few think of this plant as a medicinal herb, but researchshows it’s a powerful digestive aid and may be capable of removing heavy metals and other toxic agents from the body.
Cilantro grows best in a cool, moist garden and will quickly bolt in hot weather. Look for slow bolt varieties from seed companies. Try this recipe for cleansing cilantro pesto.
Lemon balm (Melissa officinalis)
The oils, tannins, and bitters in the fragrant leaves and flowers of lemon balm have a relaxing, antispasmodic effect on the stomach and nervous system. It may help fight off viruses such as herpes simplex when used topically, according to a 2008 study.
Lemon balm is tasty and gentle enough for children when prepared in teas or tinctures with a glycerin base.
This calming and uplifting perennial makes a pretty patch of bright green in the garden and is a great plant to grow fresh. The dried herb loses some potency after six months. Try this lemon balm and peppermint infusion.
Peppermint (Mentha x piperita)
Spearmint and peppermint are familiar flavors in toothpaste and chewing gum. Both pack a powerfully refreshing zing, but the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) reports that peppermint provides stronger medicine than its more culinary cousin.
When brewed as tea, peppermint may relieve digestive discomforts such as indigestion and vomiting. It can also soothe sore muscles when applied topically as a liquid or lotion.
All mints spread rampantly in a moist garden. Consider growing each plant in its own large pot. Harvest leaves just before flowering. Any longer, and they’ll begin to taste bitter.
Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis)
Rosemary is the great reviver. This perennial woody herb stimulates energy and optimism and sharpens memory and concentration by bringing more oxygen to your brain. It’s a wonderfully stimulating alternative to caffeine when you need that second wind.
A row of these long-lived and drought-tolerant plants makes a beautiful, bee-friendly evergreen hedge. You may only need one plant in your garden — a little goes a long way.
Mullein (Verbascum thapsus)
Mullein’s soothing properties may help heal bronchial respiratory infections. The leaves are commonly added to cough formulas.
Give this handsome and stately biennial plenty of space, and stand back in wonder. The sturdy, yellow-flowered stem will emerge from within a rosette of thick, hairy leaves, reaching skyward nearly 6 feet.
Thyme (Thymus vulgaris)
This groundcover’s delicate stems and tiny leaves belie the tremendous power attributed to it by Europeans in the Middle Ages. Many believed in the herb’s ability to heighten bravery and ward off nightmares.
Modern herbalists rely on the antibacterial and antiseptic properties of thyme’s oils to prevent winter colds and flu. Many cultivars exist beyond the straight species, including sweet-tasting citrus varieties that are perfect tummy remedies for children. Read more about the health benefits of thyme.
Long recognized for its sweet perfume, lavender also boasts medical benefits as a mild antidepressant that may also benefit your nervous system, according to some studies. Add lavender oil to your bath to alleviate stress, tension, and insomnia. It’s also used in creams to treat sunburns and acne.
Woody lavender plants prefer hot, sunny, and dry environments. The fresh flowers are tasty in small doses when added to salads, honey, butter, lemonade, and even shortbread cookies. If you’re crafty, try sewing up an herbal heating pad or eye pillow with the fragrant dried flowers.
German chamomile (Matricaria recutita)
Delicate, apple-scented chamomile demonstrates that mild doesn’t mean ineffective. It’s primarily grown for its small, yellow-bellied flowers.
The NCCIH reports that chamomile is one of the best herbs for treating colic, nervous stress, infections, and stomach disorders in children. In fact, it was chamomile tea that Peter Rabbit’s mother fixed for him after his stressful chase in Mr. McGregor’s garden!
Herbal garden allies
These easy-to-grow herbs bring health benefits to your garden as well as your family. Many attract beneficial insects, including bees. They can also help repel harmful pests from more sensitive plants nearby.
Be sure to choose plants that suit the light, water, and temperature conditions of your garden. For example, rosemary, lavender, and mullein are best for warm, dry spots in full sun. Cilantro and mint prefer rich, moist areas with shade.