Parsley is widely used in Middle Eastern, European, and American cooking. Curly leaf parsley is often used as a garnish. In central and eastern Europe and in western Asia, many dishes are served with fresh green chopped parsley sprinkled on top. Root parsley is very common in central and eastern European cuisines, where it is used as a snack or a vegetable in many soups, stews, and casseroles.
Back in the day, Greeks had believed that Parsley came from the blood of heroes which let to the idea that it could be used medicinally. It is thought that the Romans were the first to eat parsley.
Parsley essential oil is favored for:
- Hemorrhoids – Parsley is said to help shrink small vessels and thread veins and may be used to treat hemorrhoids.
- Diuretic – Parsley is known to be a diuretic due to its ability to increase the flow of urine and reduce water retention during menstruation or when edema is a problem.
- Digestion – A great digestive aid, Parsley may be used to stimulate the appetite and aid in the digestive process. It is praised for easing nausea, expelling gas from the intestines and aiding in digestion.
- Mouthwash – Parsley contains anti-bacterial properties and is a wonderful and effective natural mouthwash. Add to warm water, swish in mouth and rinse. Do not swallow.