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.....Parsley is a bright green Biennial Herb and although there are more than 30 varieties, the most common are curly leaf and italian, or flat leaf.
It can be used as a garnish because of its decorative curly leaves. Parlsey has a high concentration of chlorophyll, which makes it an effective breath freshner. It can be used to garnish a cheese plate or as a sprig on a cold summer soup. Middle Eastern recipes such as tabbouleh use large portions of parsley for unusual flavor. Parsley grows best in a sunny area with well-drained soil. It can tolerate some shade during the day. It is best started from seed indoors for three to four weeks. Soaking the seeds first in warm water for 24 hours helps germination. Once spring frost has ended, seeds may be planted directly in the garden. Prune the stalks close to the soil for best results. Dry by hanging upside down in a warm room and away from light or in a low oven for a few minutes....
Herbs encourage the body to heal itself
Herbs have been part of our lives for generations, in every country and for many different reasons. Herbs have been used for potions, lotions, salves, ceremonies and for healing for centuries. Our history books tell us of how healers used herbs from Indian medicine men to the modern herbalist who studies holistic medicine. Today because of the cost of medicines from our family doctor, many people are researching other ways to stay healthy through the use of herbs. Herbal medicine works best when practiced holistically. What that means is you want to think about good health for the whole body and work to heal the whole body as a whole. This is called having a balance both emotionally and physically, instead of just treating the symptom itself. You find this also referred to "holistic balance." Herbs are not just for cooking and eating ya know. Herbs encourage the body to heal itself!
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- Cultivation: Parsley grows well in a deep pot, which helps accommodate the long taproot.
- Parsley can be grown indoors but requires at least five hours of sunlight a day.
- Medicinal Uses: Parsley tea may be used as a diuretic.
- Chinese and German herbologists recommend parsley tea to help control high blood pressure.
- Cherokee Indians use it as a tonic to strengthen the bladder.
- Potential health concerns: Parsley is high in oxalic acid, a compound involved in the formation of kidney stones and nutrient deficiencies.
- In the middle ages parsley was used to perform abortions. Many times it killed both the unborn child and the mother.
Recipe made with Parsley: Classic Tabbouleh
1 cup bulgur, uncooked
1-1/2 cups boiling water
1/4 cup olive oil
2 to 3 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 tsp. salt
1 pkg. (4 oz.) ATHENOS Traditional Crumbled Feta Cheese
1 cup chopped fresh parsley
1 medium tomato, chopped
1/2 cup green onion slices
MIX bulgur and boiling water in large bowl; cover. Let stand 20 min. or until bulgur is softened.
STIR in oil, juice, garlic and salt until well blended.
ADD remaining ingredients; mix lightly.
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More Herbs & Healing Usage
- Basil is used in perfumery for its clear, sweet and mildly spicy aroma. In aromatherapy, it is used for sharpening concentration, for its uplifting effect on depression, and to relieve headaches and migraines. Basil oil has many chemotypes and some are known to be emmenagogues and should be avoided during pregnancy.
- Black pepper has a sharp and spicy aroma. Common uses include stimulating the circulation and for muscular aches and pains. Skin application is useful for bruises, since it stimulates the circulation.
- Cayenne pepper (considered the miracle herb by many herbalists) sprinkled in food, broth or tea also promotes sweating to break a fever. Cayenne acts as a catalyst, carrying all other herbs and supplements quickly to the place in the body where they are needed and increasing their effectiveness. It is also high in vitamin C and useful in the treatment of colds, sinus problems and respiratory ailments. 1 teaspoon of cayenne in a cup of hot water is often given to people to drink when a heart attack is taking place.
- Stinging nettle (Urtica dioica/Urtica urens): Stinging nettle has been used for hundreds of years to treat rheumatism (disorders of the muscles and joints), eczema, arthritis, gout, and anemia, urinary tract infections, for kidney stones, for hay fever, or in compresses or creams for treating joint pain, sprains and strains, tendonitis, and insect bites.......... Stinging nettle may act as an expectorant (meaning that it can loosen and break up a cough). In folk medicine, the dried herb and fresh plant juice have been used as diuretics, astringents and blood builders, and to treat anemia. The powdered leaves or fresh leaf juice have been applied to cuts to stop bleeding or taken in tea to reduce excessive menstrual flow, as well as to treat nosebleeds and hemorrhoids. Nettle tea has been used to stimulate blood circulation and as a spring tonic for chronic skin ailments. See Stinging Nettle
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