Most people are unaware of the medicinal benefits of parsley. It's no wonder when you see that little green sprig on dinner plates being discarded like the used napkins. Try this Parsley Wine Tonic home remedy for blood circulation.
Medieval German herbalist Saint Hildegard of Bingen prescribed this Parsley Wine Tonic to improve blood circulation. It was believed to help heart conditions.
Parsley Wine Tonic
10 to 12 large sprigs of parsley
1 quart of red or white wine
2 tablespoons of white vinegar
9 ounces of honey
Combine ingredients in saucepan and boil for 10 minutes. Add the honey then stir until honey is mixed through. Strain the mixture and pour into bottles. Take 1 tablespoon , three times a day.
Parsley(Petroselinum crispum) Now grown all over the world, parsley originated in the Eastern Mediterranean region. For more than 2,000 years, it has been known as a medicinal herb. The ancient Greeks valued the seeds and roots of the plant for their soothing, diuretic effect on those with kidney and bladder ailments. Today, parsley is still used primarily as a diuretic. In addition it strengthens the digestive system and helps alleviate stomach and live problems.
In folk medicine, parsely is recommended for women who have irregular menstrual periods. As a diuretic, it may also ease the bloating that some women experience before their periods. In addition, the benefits of parsley leaves are a good source of many vitamins and minerals---including iron, which is important for proper formation of red blood cells, potassium and vitamin C.
The Health Benefits of Parsley and Parsely Essential Oils
Therapeutic Effect: Parsley is a diuretic that purifies the blood and accelerates the excretion of toxins. It stimulates appetite and aids digestion and metabolism. The herb can also ease bloating, stomach cramps and nausea, as well as relieve arthritis symptoms. Eaten regularly, it reduces heart rate and lowers blood pressure. To keep your breath fresh, chew on fresh parsley leaves. For the treatment of kidney stones, brew-up some parsley tea, add some honey and drink it several times a day. Click on this link to read about the Benefits of Honey.
Components: More benefits of parsley is that it supplies vitamins and minerals. For instance, just ¼ cup of fresh parsley provides a third of your daily vitamin C requirement. Its high vitamin C and A content also help fight cancer. Parsley actually ranks higher than most vegetables in bistidine, an amino acid that inhibits tumors. In addiction, parsley is an excellent source of potassium---which is important in lowering blood pressure---and folic acid-which may help prevent cardiovascular disease. Finally, it contains some calcium, manganese and iron.
Parsley Contains Essential Oils; the most important one, apiole, is a kidney stimulant. Because these essential oils can stimulate uterine contractions, pregnant women should avoid eating large quantities of it. But, after the baby is born, parsley can help tone the uterus and promote lactation.
Parsley for Osteoporosis: To fight against osteoporosis, sometimes high doses of calcium are taken in supplement form. However, this can impair the body's absorption of manganese, which helps build bone. But parsley enhances manganese absorption, particularly when it is eaten with food containing copper and zinc, such as shellfish and whole grains.
Parsley Kitchen Tips Yummy Parsley Spread Recipe
Don't Cook Parsley, because heat destroys its valuable vitamins and minerals. To retain parsley's flavor, chop the herb just before using and add it to hot foods at the last minute.
Avoid Dried Parsley,it's far less tasty and healthful than the fresh herb. You want to enjoy the full benefits of parsley.
Try the Flat-Leaf Variety, also called Italian Parsley. It has more nutrients and a better flavor than curly parsley. Chop the herb just before using, then sprinkle the pieces over the dish.
Add Parsley to Complement a Dish, such as potatoes, smoked salmon, trout, poultry, pasta and vegetables.
Freeze Fresh Parsley, to save preparation time in the kitchen. Wash, dry and chop the parsley leaves, then freeze them in a plastic container or zip-seal plastic bag. You can then remove just the amount you need for each recipe. Freezing will not ruin the benefits of parsley.
Keep Parsley Fresh by sprinkling it with water, wrapping it in paper towels and refrigerating it in a plastic bag. Or, place parsley stems in a glass of water (like a bunch of flowers) and refrigerate.
Yummy Parsley Spread
2 bunches of parsley
1/2 cup of heavy cream
1 cup of cream cheese
2 tablespoons of lemon juice
4 large tomatoes
1. Wash the parsley in cold water and strip the leaves from the stalks. Coarsely chop the parsley. Then peel and dice the shallots.
2. Mix together the heavy cream, cream cheese, lemon juice, parsley and diced shallots.
3. Peel the scallions, cut into think rings. Dice 2 tomatoes, season with salt and cayenne pepper to taste; mix with the scallions.
4. Cut the remaining 2 tomatoes into ½ inch slices. Cover them with the parsley spread and top with the tomato-scallion mixture
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