Sticking with herbs with benefits, I decided to look up my favorite herb – Parsley to see what benefits it has on the body.
Parsley doesn’t get the credit that it deserves. It’s mostly used as the finishing garnish on dinner where it’s often forgotten or swept off the side of our plate. Some companies like”Mrs.Meyer’s” incorporates it into soap like Cleanday parsley liquid hand soap because of its many benefits and other uses that often go unnoticed. The combination of this detoxifying herb along with a blend of natural essential oils makes this the perfect soap to leave you feeling squeaky clean.
I’m going to let you in on parsley’s secrets and tell you some things you might not know about this green powerhouse!
1. Most popular culinary herb
First mentioned in 42 AD, parsley can be found in grocery stores year-round and is cultivated worldwide. With a Greek name originating from the word for “rock celery”, this popular garnish belongs to the carrot family of plants.
2. More Vitamin C!
Parsley has 3 times more Vitamin C than an orange! Its vitamin-rich leaves make a great addition to fruit juice and smoothie recipes. Not only is vitamin C important for your overall heath, but it’s great for helping you get over that cold faster.
3. Breath mints be gone…
Parsley contains chlorophyll, which has anti-bacterial properties. As you chew on this leafy green, it deodorizes your mouth and rids it of bacteria that causes bad breath. Parsley is a great natural remedy for bad breath, but it doesn’t travel well in a pocket or purse—TEATREE THERAPY TOOTHPASTE, uses a blend of Tea Tree oil and Parsley Seed oil to control bacteria which causes plaque and tartar, it will also give you naturally fresh breath.
5. Fresh from the freezer
The best way to keep your parsley fresh and green is by storing it in the freezer. You can chop up the garnish and freeze it with water in an ice cube tray, melting the ice and releasing the parsley when needed. Making the most of your herbs and ensure you can eat them all year long!
6. A sacrificial herb
Known as a sacrificial herb, parsley gives garden pests something to munch on instead of your other plants! A great addition to your garden for both pest control and picking purposes, this herb is biennial, meaning that once planted in your garden, it will typically grow for two seasons.
7. Get your Vitamin K!
Along with an abundance of Vitamin C, parsley also contains loads of Vitamin K, which promotes elasticity and reduces redness on the skin.
8. Skin savior
When the leaves of herbs are added to moisturizers, they help to condition and hydrate the skin, making them ideal ingredients for our skincare products. Parsley is also known to reduce the appearance of dark spots and discoloration, stop irritation and create a healthy glow. CLARINS uses parsley extract in their night cream to minimize dark spots and helps skin recover from stress.
9. The healing touch
Parsley is a great home remedy for healing bruises and insect bites. It has both anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties, repairing and maintaining the elasticity of blood vessels as well as facilitating healing and pain relief.
10. Hair’s to parsley
Parsley essential oil has traditionally been used as a hair tonic to stimulate growth. Massaging this herb infusion into your scalp stimulates circulation, and prevents dryness. Dry, processed and abused hair is bathed in moisture with MOPMIXED GREENS SHAMPOO, it uses Parsley and alfalfa extracts - dry hair will love it!
There you have it: parsley is more than a simple garnish, it’s packed full of nutrition, excellent for your skin and a fantastic ingredient in many skin and hair care products. Grab a sprig and see what parsley can do for you!
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