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AT THE POTTER'S WHEEL

The Potter has persisted in giving me treasures I don't always understand or appreciate. Patiently, He is teaching me to trust that all I really need to know is that I am in HIS hands. . .

PARSLEY

ALSO KNOWN AS:
Petroselinum crespum

PARTS USED
Fruit, leaves, roots, stems.

PHYTOCHEMICALS & NUTRIENTS
Alpha-pinene, apigenin, apiole, benzaldehyde, bergapten, beta-carotene, caffeic acid, calcium, chlorogenic acid, folate, geraniol, glycolic acid, iron, kaempferol, limonene, linalool, lutein, magnesium, manganese, myristic acid, myristicin, naringenin, p-coumaric acid, phosphorus, potassium, psoralen, quercetin, rosmarinic acid, rutin, selenium, xanthotoxin, zinc, vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, B5, C, and E
The chlorophyll accounts for its bright green color.

HISTORY
Victorious Greek athletes wore wreaths into which parsley was woven in honor of Hercules, an icon of strength. Ancient Greeks and Romans wore Parsley believing it absorbed the fumes of wine and prevented intoxication. Medieval and Renaissance herbalists used Parsley to treat kidney and stomach problems, insect bites, and to fighting infection.

PROPERTIES & USES
NUTRITIVE & NERVINE
Its high nutrient content make Parsley a choice ingredient in nutritive tonics. Parsley has a high mineral content that includes potassium and iron. It has more iron than any other green vegetable. While this food is high in vitamins A and B, it has nearly three times more vitamin C than citrus. Parsley has high chlorophyll content, accounting for its vibrant green coloring.
The combination of minerals and vitamins in bio-available form mean that Parsley can be a key component in helping to balance and support a healthy nervous system and adrenal function.

SYSTEMS SUPPORTED BY USE OF PARSLEY
IMMUNE FUNCTION
Parsley increases the body's resistance to all diseases by strengthening the immune system.

CIRCULATORY
Parsley is a tonic for blood vessels, capillaries and arterioles. Its ability to support the health of these smallest parts of the circulatory system make it beneficial in the treatment of high blood pressure.

DIGESTIVE
As a digestive, Parsley promotes the proper assimilation of nutrients and elimination of waste. In doing so, it helps restore normal digestion. Parsley helps relieve and reduce excess gas, reduce nausea and relieve constipation.

DIURETIC
Parsley increases urine volume, helping to eliminate excess fluid from tissues, a condition known as edema. Because Parsley is rich in potassium, it will not deplete the body of its valuable mineral resources.

EMMENAGOGUE
An additional benefit to Parsley’s nutritive properties is that it has a balancing effect on hormonal levels, supporting the endocrine system. Parsley has a regulating effect and can help to stimulate a delayed menstrual cycle, dry up milk glands after weaning, and help alleviate pain after childbirth. As a supplement to the diet, Parsley is not recommended for use by nursing mothers as it may reduce their milk supply.

ORGAN FUNCTION
Helps bladder, kidney, liver, lung, stomach, and thyroid function. Parsley Root helps bladder, kidney, liver, lung, stomach, and thyroid function.

GALLBLADDER, BLADDER & KIDNEYS
Parsley helps clear uric acid from the urinary tract. It is a kidney stone preventative. Useful in the treatment of kidney and bladder problems such as kidney stones, gallstones, bladder infections and urinary tract infections. Parsley helps to both dissolve and expel gallstones and gravel.

LIVER & THYROID FUNCTION
Parsley’s nutritive properties support healthy liver thyroid function.

LUNGS -- DECONGESTANT
When the bronchial tubes are congested, Parsley helps remove excess fluid from the tissues without depleting the body of valuable nutrient and mineral stores.

CONDITIONS
CANCER PREVENTION?
Some studies have shown that Parsley contains a substance that prevents tumor cells from multiplying. Parsley can be used as a cancer preventative and as a support by those already diagnosed.

VERMIFUGE
Parsley helps expels worms from the digestive tract.

FRESH BREATH
Parsley’s high chlorophyll content makes it a natural breath freshener. Simply chew a sprig for this effect. This property, in addition to its digestive properties, make Parsley much more than just a green garnish on a dinner plate.

ADDITIONAL AILMENTS
Good for bed-wetting, obesity, and prostate disorders.

FIRST AID

Rubbing crushed Parsley onto the skin can help treat cuts, insect bites (relieves the itching), lice, and dry or chapped skin. Parsley poultices are a good remedy for tired, irritated eyes. These poultices can also speed the healing of bruises. The juice of the plant applied to the skin will relieve the itch and sting of insect bites. Parsley is a mosquito repellent. Gauze pads soaked in Parsley juice can be used to relieve an earache or toothache pain.

CAUTIONS & CONSIDERATIONS
Parsley is not recommended for use by nursing mothers as it may reduce their milk supply.

Disclaimer: None of this is to be considered a substitute for medical examination and/or treatment. Use what you will, but do so knowing that you must consider your own circumstance and the application of these things with sound judgment.



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