Scientific name: Petroselinum crispum
Also known as “rock celery” and belongs to the Umbelliferae family of plants.
One of the world's most popular herb. It is a biennial plant that grows in most climates and is readily available throughout the year.
Parsley has flavonoids that act as anti-oxidants. It is also rich in vitamins A and contains more vitamin C (approximately three times as much as oranges). It is a good source of manganese (2.7mg per 100g), calcium (245mg per 100g) and iron (5.5mg per100g (4oz).
Eating raw parsley mitigate risks of atherosclerosis because it cleanses the blood, dissolves sticky deposits in veins, maintains elasticity of blood vessels.
It settles the stomach and improves the appetite.
Parsley contains some components of the female hormone estrogen and it has been used to treat women who suffer from problems such as irregular menstruation.
Parsley is effective for nearly all kidney and urinary complaints. It acts as a diuretic and helps improve edema, ease fatigue and scanty or painful urination.
Parsley is also good as a topical remedy for bruises. Crush some parsley leaves and apply straight to the affected area.
Chewing parsley prevents bad breath as well!