Parsley is a common culinary herb which has a long history of use for medicinal purposes. The Greek physician Galen used it for disorders of the womb and bladder, whilst in the first world war parsley tea was given to soldiers suffering kidney problems as a complication of dysentary.
What it does
Parsley contains volatile oils, coumarins and flavonoids. It is said to be diuretic, carminative and a uterine tonic. It is also a rich source of Vitamins A, E,C, folic acid, bioflavanoids, calcium, postassium, silicon and iron.
Parsley can be used to deodorise the breath after eating onions and garlic.
It can help digestion, particularly after a large meal.
Parsley tea can be drunk to help cystitis or menstrual fluid retention.
At the time of writing there were no well known negative drug interactions with parsley.
Generally, there are no side effects or contra-indications from using parsley.