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Nature's Temple / Parsley

Parsey Root

(Petroselinum crispum)

Parts Used: Root

Active Constituents:

Essential oil makes up 0.2-0.75% of parsley’s roots. The oil mainly consists of terpinolene, β-pinene, and phenylpropanoids apiol and myristicin. Apiin makes up 0.2-1.6% of the roots and is from a large subset of phenolic compounds known as flavonoids. Apiin is a glycosidic form of apigenin, which has been shown to help prevent chemoresistance. Phthalides include ligustilide, senkyunolide, and butylphthalide as well as polylines such as falcarinol and falcindirol are also in the roots.

Main Actions:

  • Antioxidant
  • Antimicrobial
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Laxative
  • Antihyperlipidemic
  • Anticoagulant
  • Hepatoprotective (Liver Protective)
  • Diuretic
  • Mildly laxative
  • Carminative
  • Spasmolytic (having the power to relieve spasms or convulsions)
  • Expectorant (promotes the expulsion of phlegm from the chest)
  • Anti-rheumatic
  • Emmenagogue (stimulates or increases the menstrual flow)
  • Galactagogue (promotes lactation)

Major Safety Issues:

  • During pregnancy the fluid extract is contraindicated due to the emmenagogue (abortifacient) action and it was used in the past as such.