Parsley - Petroselinum Crispum

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This Parsley (Petroselinum crispum) monograph is an excerpt from the 1999, first edition of Dr. Sharol's book "Herbal Medicine From The Heart of The Earth." You can purchase the 2020, third edition of this book with an expanded materia medica/monograph section, herbal formulas and directions on making herbal products in Dr. Sharol's Book Store. You receive free shipping in the USA.

Parsley - Petroselinum crispum in the Umbelliferae or Parsley family

Part used: Parsley root, leaves, seed.

Taste/smell: Root is sweetish, seed is spicy.

Tendencies: Cooling to neutral, drying root, warming, drying seed.

Dosage: Infusion: 1 scant teaspoon of seeds or one tablespoon of root per cup water; or 1:3 dry strength liquid extract of root: 10-50 drops 1-4 times a day; or seed liquid extract: 10-30 drops 1-4 times per day.

Use: (a) Strong diuretic, (b) Galactagogue, (c) Emmenagogue, (d) Abortifacient, (e) Smooth muscle antispasmodic.

The root is a good diuretic but not as strong as the seed.The diuretic action is helpful to move water through the urinary tract and moves stones with it.

Usually the root is used since the seed can be toxic when used in excess. See contraindications for the seed below.

Contraindications: Do not use the essential oil internally unless under the guidance of a qualified health care practitioner. The seed contains an essential oil that can cause gastric, cardiac, liver and kidney irritation in large doses. Parsley is contraindicated during pregnancy due to the emmenagogue effect and uterine stimulation seen in animal research.

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