PARSLEY – Medicinal Uses

  • Tea may be used as an enema. Chinese and German herbologists recommend parsley tea to help control high blood pressure, and the Cherokees used it as a tonic to strengthen the bladder. It is also often used as an emmenagogue.
  • Parsley also appears to increase diuresis by inhibiting the Na+/K+-ATPase pump in the kidney, thereby enhancing sodium and water excretion while increasing potassium reabsorption. It is also valued as an aquaretic.
  • When crushed and rubbed on the skin, parsley can reduce itching in mosquito bites.
  • When chewed, parsley can freshen bad breath.

Health risks

  • Parsley should not be consumed as a drug or supplement by pregnant women. Parsley as an oil, root, leaf, or seed could lead to uterine stimulation and preterm labor
  • Parsley is high (1.70% by mass,  in oxalic acid, a compound involved in the formation of kidney stones and nutrient deficiencies.
  • Parsley oil contains furanocoumarins and psoralens which leads to extreme photosensitivity if used orally.
  • Parsley seeds contain a high level of oil and are a diuretic.
Parsley (raw)
Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Energy 40 kcal   150 kJ
Carbohydrates 6.3 g
– Sugars  0.9 g
Dietary fiber 3.3 g
Fat 0.8 g
Protein 3.0 g
Thiamine (Vit. B1) 0.1 mg 8%
Riboflavin (Vit. B2) 0.2 mg 13%
Niacin (Vit. B3) 1.3 mg 9%
Pantothenic acid (B5)  0.4 mg 8%
Vitamin B6 0.1 mg 8%
Folate (Vit. B9)  152 ?g 38%
Vitamin C 133.0 mg 222%
Vitamin K 1640.0 ?g 1562%
Calcium 138.0 mg 14%
Iron 6.2 mg 50%
Magnesium 50.0 mg 14%
Phosphorus 58.0 mg 8%
Potassium 554 mg 12%
Zinc 1.1 mg 11%
Percentages are relative to US
recommendations for adults.
Source: USDA Nutrient database

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