A bright colored green herb, parsley is the spice that is used in many recipes. The leaves of this herb gives many European, American and and middle Eastern dishes a nice mild flavor. Used in many stews and soups, not only are you getting a delicious meal, you are also reaping in many health benefits by eating parsley.
Parsley contains antibiotic and diuretic properties. These properties are excellent in fighting the bacteria that causes urinary tract infections. Even if you are do not have the signs and symptoms of a urinary tract infection, steeping parsley in a cup of boiling water for fifteen minutes and drinking it as a tea helps flush the bacteria that is building up in your urinary bladder and tract.
Parsley is good for your heart since it is a natural blood thinner. When you have high levels of bad cholesterol in your bloodstream, your arteries get clogged up with fatty buildup. This causes high blood pressure, because your heart has to work faster to move the blood through the arteries. This in turn can lead to a heart attack or stroke. Including parsley in your daily diet can reduce the amount of bad cholesterol and dissolve the calcium deposits that are responsible for hardening of the arteries, or atherosclerosis. Therefore it also can reduce the chances of getting a heart attack or stroke.
Parsley contains laxative properties and is an excellent way to promote intestinal health by including it in your daily diet. If you suffer from constipation or want to prevent it this herb helps keep you regular.
Parsley contains anti-bacterial properties which are effective in preventing cuts, scrapes, burns and insect bites from getting infected. The astringent properties in parsley are excellent for not only acne, eczema and psoriasis, but also for cold sore, fever blisters, sun burn and poison ivy rashes. The anti-bacterial properties in parsley are also effective in fighting the bacteria in your mouth. By steeping this herb in hot water and using it as a mouth rinse, you not only will kill the germs that give you bad breath but fight the bacteria that gives you gum disease and tooth decay at the same time.
You can grow parsley in your backyard garden. However, this does take some work to grow this herb. For example you are going to need at least 5 to 6 hours of sunlight for it to grow effectively. While this does seem like a lot of work, parsley does serve as a protector of other plants that are growing in your garden. The distinctive scent of parsley will draw insects and other pests away from your other plants.