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Welcome to The Herbal Farm website. We hope to help you benefit from the wonderful healing properties of plants as well as guide you to using them safely and effectively. Herbal medicine is one of the most time-tested human traditions on the face of the Earth.

Herbal medicine has benefited millions of people for thousands of years.

Health is a gift that makes life worthwhile. Herbs can certainly help us along that path, but they should not be relied upon simply as a band-aid to fix a health problem. We encourage you to look deeply at the causes of illness and seek to live a healthier lifestyle whenever possible. This includes having healthy relationships, eating a wholesome diet, and exercising. We must also avoid the things that damage health, such as stress, smoking, exposure to pollutants, and an unhealthy lifestyle.

Provided in this website is information on how to use herbs, as well as herbal blends. Each herbal description includes contraindictions, such as dangerous side effects, to which you should pay careful attention. Many of the contraindications only occur in extremely large doses and would never be a problem with normal use. However, there are some plants that should best be used with professional counsel, and many should be avoided during pregnancy. In listing contraindications. Remember – just because something is from a plant does not mean it is appropriate for everyone to use at all times.

In Chinese medicine, different foods have different characteristics, described as energetics. We must admit that not everyone agrees on whether an herb is cool, cold or warm. As American herbalism evolves the use of energetics will become a more genuine and accurate part of our own healing tradition, with more agreement between herbal practitioners.

Even though some of the constituents of the plants are listed, herbalists usually prefer to use plants in a more whole form. We firmly believe that using the entire herb, with all of its components, is more effective and often safer than using any one component.

PARSLEY


Latin Name: Petroselinum crispum

Alternate Names: Rock Selinen, Rock Parsley

Family: APIACEAE

Parts Used: Leaves, root, seeds.

Properties: Anthelmintic, Antioxidant, Antirheumatic, Antiseptic, Antispasmodic, Aperient, Aphrodisiac, Carminative, Diuretic, Emmenagogue, Expectorant, Laxative, Lithotriptic, Nutritive, Sedative, Tooth Tonic.

Internal Uses: Amenorrhea, Anemia, Arthritis, Asthma, Breast Tenderness, Cancer, Convalescence, Cystitis, Dysmenorrhea, Edema, Fever, Flatulence, Gallstones, Gonorrhea, Gout, Halitosis, Hypertension, Jaundice, Kidney Inflammation, Kidney Stones, Lumbago, Malaria, Pulmonary Edema, Rheumatism, Sciatica, Syphilis

Internal Applications: Tea, Tincture, Capsules.
It is a mild aphrodisiac, as well as a cancer preventative. It helps hypertension due to its diuretic properties. The high chlorophyll content facilitates utilization of oxygen. The volatile oil increases circulation to the digestive tract. In Russia, a preparation containing mostly Parsley juice is given during labor to stimulate uterine contractions.

Topical Uses: Bruises, Eye Fatigue, Insect Bites, Insect Repellent, Skin Dryness, Sprains, Toothache

Topical Applications: Use as a poultice for bruises, sprains and insect bites. Rubbed on body to repel mosquitoes. Juice is used to treat toothache. Use as a hair rinse or as a facial steam for dry skin. Skin lotion. Eyewash for tired eyes.

Culinary uses: Salads, egg dishes, soup, stews, fish, dips, potatoes, tomatoes, bouquet garnish. It is a popular garnish herb, but eat it - do not waste it! It freshens Garlic breath. Root is eaten in salads or cooked as a vegetable and added to soups and stews.

Energetics: Neutral, Sweet.

Chemical Constituents: Essential oil (apiole, myristicin, limonene, eugenol), coumarins, glycoside (apiin), flavonoids (apigenin), chlorophyll, protein, beta carotene, vitamins C and K, iron, magnesium, histadine, calcium.

Contraindications: Large amounts are contraindicated during pregnancy, as apiole is a uterine stimulant. Some birds are poisoned by Parsley, however most other animals eat it. Avoid excessive amounts of the seeds.

Comments: Dioscorides, a Greek herbalist, named this genus Petroselinum from petros, meaning 'rock', and selinon, meaning 'celery'. The ancient Greeks believed that Parsley sprang from the blood of Archemorus, who was the herald of death. Soldiers would avoid eating it before battle. It was used to make wreaths for the dead and placed on their tombs. Parsley was also associated with Persephone, the Queen of the Underworld. Romans wore Parsley garlands during feasts to prevent drunkeness. It was also used to garland victorious Greek athletes in the Nemean Games. In Jewish Seders it is eaten to symbolize new beginnings.
Because it takes a long time to germinate, there is a lot of legend surrounding it, such as if Parsley grows successfully by one's home, the woman is the master of the house. The seeds are traditionally planted on Good Friday. During the Middle Ages it was used as a poison antidote.
The common name Parsley includes the speices Petroselinum sativum, Petroselinum tuberosum (Hamburg Parsley) and Petroselinum hortense, which are used interchangeably with Petroselinum crispum.

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