ParsleyPetroselinum crispum, Petroselinum hartense, Petroselinum sativum
Parsley is a culinary herb used in many types of cooking and as a nearly universal adornment to restaurant food. Originally a native plant of the Mediterranean region, parsley is grown today throughout the world. It is a nutritious food, providing dietary
Parsley's traditional use for inducing menstruation may be explained by evidence that apiol and myristicin, two substances contained in parsley, stimulate contractions of the uterus.
What Is Parsley Used for Today?
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A test tube study evaluated parsley extract as a topical antibiotic, finding that the extract had a weak effect against
The usual dose of parsley leaf or root is 6 g of dried plant per day, consumed in 3 doses of 2 g, each steeped in 150 ml of water. Extract of parsley leaf and root are made at a ratio of 1 g of plant to 1 ml of liquid, and used at a dose of 2 ml 3 times daily. Tea made from parsley seeds is used at a lower dosage of 2 to 3 g per day, using 1 g of seed per cup of tea. 11,12
As a widely eaten food, parsley is generally regarded as safe. However, excessive quantities of parsley should be avoided during pregnancy, based on the evidence mentioned earlier that myristicin and apiol can stimulate the uterus. 13,14
Parsley is known as a plant that can cause
Maximum safe intake of parsley in young children, pregnant or nursing women, or people with severe liver or kidney disease has not been established.
Interactions You Should Know About
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