Parsley is a very common herb, used all over the world for both its fresh flavor but for its medicinal qualities. Parsley has been used as a cure-all for a number of ailments: bad breath, digestive problems, kidney problems, bruises and insect bites, lice, and parasites, promoting hair growth, and in many cases to stimulate menstrual flow and increase breast milk production.
The emmenagogue effect of any parsley preparation is caused by a substance called apiol, which is found in parsley seeds. In the early 1900’s apiol prescriptions were given all over the United States to help induce abortion. The First World War spread the knowledge of the use of apiol for abortion into Europe. It is estimated that millions of women were prescribed apiol to produce abortion with few negative side effects and a very small handful of deaths reported.
Parsley is a nutrient powerhouse containing high levels of beta carotene, vitamin B12, folate, chlorophyll, calcium, more vitamin C than citrus fruits, and just about all other known nutrients. Parsley grows in most climates and is readily available throughout the year. It has been used as a cure-all for a number of ailments: bad breath, digestive problems, kidney problems, bruises, insect bites, lice and other parasites, promotes hair growth, and most importantly, in this case, to stimulate menstrual flow and increase breast milk production.
ALSO KNOWN AS: petroselinum crispum
WHERE IT’S FOUND:
Parsley grows in most climates and is readily available throughout the year. It is a biennial plant which means that it produces seeds during its second year of production and will reseed itself if you let it.
WARNING LEVEL: High Risk Associated with Use
LAST MENSTRUAL CYCLE: If Your Last Menstrual Cycle Started About 8 Weeks Ago
- Should not be used by individuals with inflammatory kidney problems or diseases.
- DEATH ASSOCIATED WITH USE OF HIGH DOSAGE; can cause nausea, hallucinations, vomiting, vertigo, hives, paralysis, swollen and painful liver, scant and darkly colored urine, and tremors.
UTERINE AND HORMONAL EFFECTS: Contracts Uterus, Increases Oxytocin
IS USED FOR: seasoning
HOW IT’S PREPARED: **If apiol, parsley essential oil, is given in too high a dose or for too long, it can cause liver and kidney damage.**
- Emmenagogue Parsley Infusion: Take one bunch fresh parsley rinse clean, chop, and place in a glass container with a lid. Boil one quart of water, pour over the herb. Cover and steep 20 – 30 minutes. Strain. Drink throughout the day. Parsley infusion can be taken for up to seven days.
- Parsley Pessary: A few sprigs vaginally inserted, replace every 12 hours.
- Parsley Root Tincture: 1:5, 60% alcohol, 30 – 60 drops, up to three times a day.
- Parsley fresh seed essential oil (Apiol): 5 – 15 drops (0.2 – 0.6 ml), two to three times a day, for up to five days.
POSSIBLE SIDE-EFFECTS AND SIGNS OF TOXICITY: nausea, hallucinations, vomiting, vertigo, hives, paralysis, liver swollen and painful, urine scanty and darkly colored, and tremors.
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