Parsley Tonic to Aid Circulation
Medieval German herbalist Saint Hildegard of Bingen prescribed parsley tonic wine to improve blood circulation. It was believed to help heart conditions.
How to make parsley tonic wine: Combine 10-12 large sprigs of parsley with 1 quart of red or white wine and 2 tbsp. of white-wine vinegar. Boil for 10 min., then add 9 oz. of honey. Strain the mixture and pour into bottles. Take 1 tbsp. three times a day.
Some interesting facts about Parsley (Petroselinum crispum)
Now grown all over the world, parsley originated in the Eastern Mediterranean region. For more than 2,000 years, it has been known as a medicinal herb. The ancient Greeks valued the seeds and roots of the plant for their soothing, diuretic effect on those with kidney and bladder ailments. Today, parsley is still used primarily as a diuretic. In addition, it strengthens the digestive system and helps alleviate stomach and liver problems.
In folk medicine, parsley is recommended for women who have irregular menstrual periods. As a diuretic, it may also ease the bloating that some women experience before their periods.
In addition, parsley leaves are a good source of many vitamins and minerals — including iron, which is important for the proper formation of red blood cells, potassium and vitamin C.
Parsley for Osteoporosis
To fight against osteoporosis, sometimes high doses of calcium are taken in supplement form. However this can impair the body’s absorption of manganese, which helps build bone. But parsley enhances manganese absorption, particularly when it is eaten with foods containing copper and zinc, such as shellfish and whole grains.
Parsley contains essential oils; the most important one, apiole, is a kidney stimulant. Because these essential oils can stimulate uterine contractions, pregnant women should avoid eating large quantities of it. But, after the baby is born, parsley can help tone the uterus and promote lactation.