Garden Herbs - Parsley

in The Herbal Hive5 months ago

Hi Herbal Hiveans. Here's the another in my new series of posts covering how to use the herbs in our garden.

I got things a bit out of whack last week, I posted one herb post to my blog, not to this community, then I pressed 'publish' instead of 'schedule' for another. Things are back under control now that I've got my glasses on!

You can find the earlier posts in this series by wandering back through our blog. Once I've quite a few, I'll make an index page for them for your ease of use. This installment is about Parsley.


Common names: Parsley

Taxonomic name: Petroselenium crispum

Family: Apiaceae

Uses: Food, tonic, fluid problems, gas, Tarterous slime

Area of origin: Mediterranean

Warnings: While Parsley has uses in pregnancy, it should only be used by experts in that situation and should be avoided for general use by pregnant folks.


Curley Parsley

Italian Parsley


Parsley (Petroselinum crispum) is a well known kitchen herb that has useful medicinal properties. Both the flat leaved and the curled leaved varieties can be used for the same purposes. P. sativum is a synonym of P. crispum, so don’t get confused, they’re the same thing. P. crispum is otherwise called ‘Curly Parsley’ and ‘Italian’ or ‘Flat Leaf Parsley’ is a variety of P. crispum called P.crispum var neapolitanum taxonomically.



The root has many properties. It’s best harvested after the first year.


The whole of the Parsley plant can be used, root, leaf and seed. The seeds are the most potent part of the plant, being high in useful oils. The root is the next most useful, and the leaves the least, though their ease of harvesting and availability make them the most commonly used part.



Parsley seeds are the most potent part of the plant, containing the highest level of oils.


Parsley’s most common use is as a remedy is for helping the bladder and kidneys. It is rich in Sodium and Potassium, elements that regulate the balance of fluids. Here Parsley excels but normalizing that balance, reducing or increasing each as needed to reach it. Parsley also contains an oil that is specifically good for the kidneys. It is suitable here too as it helps maintain the small vessels of the body, of which the kidneys are full.

It is a diuretic, helping move fluids through the urinary tract. This makes it excellent for all of the ‘-itis’ problems of the urinary tract, cystitis, nephritis etc, as well as for high blood pressure and fluid retention. Another traditional use of Parsley is for softening areas that are hard and dehydrated. It’s high Sodium level helps draw water to these areas.

According to one source, if you have a ‘crawling in your urethra’, Parsley is the remedy you need! Also…if you have a case of ‘Tarterous slime” then Parsley is for you!

Parsley is also used for easing stomach gripes and colic, it’s carminative properties help cases of gas.

I’ve read too that this herb helps maintain proper functioning of the adrenals and thyroid, but I haven’t been able to follow that up yet.

A bit of a warning again - this wonderful herb, usually relegated to kitchen duties, has a stimulating effect on the uterus, but should not be used by the inexperienced. Expert use in pregnancy only.

To make tea, simply place a teaspoonful or two of dried or fresh herb into a cup of hot water. Cover the cup while the brew steeps so that you don't lose any of those precious oils.

*Here's a bit of trivia - Tarterous Slime is the old name for the discharge from the genitals that came with a case of Syphilis in the old days!




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I didn't know the roots were edible. I have been discarding them, but I won't anymore. Thanks!

I reckon they're like Parsnip

Tarterous slime? Ew. I love parsely and put it on EVERYTHING in season. The flat leaf sort self seeds through my garden - it reminds me of my German Nana who always used to grow and cook with it. I intuitively crave it - probably for detox reasons and for my moon cycle.

Glad you found those glasses!

Now, to index posts. Are you aware of 'curated collections' on Peakd? Makes it sooo easy. You create one post, and then each time you post something of the same ilk, you just click 'add to curated collection' - voila.

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Perhaps this is what you meant and you know how to do it already - if so, forgive me!

I'd seen the curated option but hadn't thought much about it. Can I add old posts to a collection in this way?

Yes, you can! Start and publish the collection first, like an ordinary post. When I did my poetry one, I just went through all my poems and copied and pasted them in. Then, with each new one, I just hit the little dots and click 'add to collection'. Too easy! I'll write a post about it and publish tonight if you like.

Awesome! There are several collections I'd like to make. I used to do an 'index page' for my herb and bushfood posts back on Steemit. I used to manually add links and pics back then but now, this sounds a lot easier.

I've been toying with the idea of curating a collection of posts about people using blockchain for socially good projects around the world too.

!hivebits

Great idea. And your fiction.. do you have much?

Its coming I tend t put the early drafts here so I lock in the ideas.

I use a LOT of dehydrated parsley in cooking and didn't realize all the good properties it has.

It's one of those herbs that I lobe to write about because its so common in our kitchens that we don't give it much credit in the health and medicinal arenas.

!hivebits

I was about to ask what on earth "tarterous slime" was...

I've only ever used parsley in foods and never knew you should use caution in pregnancy, but hopefully food levels wouldn't pose a problem. I love the flavour of it, but the family don't like it, so I don't use it as often as I'd like.

The rabbits love it, but it makes their wee stink, so I have to ration it or pay the price. I gather they shouldn't have too much anyway, for similar reasons to cabbage. Interestingly, the chickens don't seem to like it much at all. It's the one uneaten green thing in the run.

I haven't heard of using the seeds before and there are plenty in the garden at the moment.

Too much can make human wee smell bad too. Our chooks love it and will eat it all day long. That's funny as my chooks were your chooks at one stage! 😂

Perhaps yours tastes better than ours. 😆

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