PARSLEY

NAME :  PARSLEY

GAELIC NAME : PEIRSIL

LATIN NAME : Petroselinum sativum

COMMON / FOLK NAMES : Devil's Oatmeal Percely Persil Petersilie Petroselinum Rock Parsley

MEDICINAL PART : Plant Seeds

PLACES OF ORIGIN : Cultivated and grows wild everywhere.

HABITAT : Most soils can support parsley

DESCRIPTION : Parsley is a biennial or perennial herb. From a thin, white root grows an erect, grooved, glabrous angular stem. The lower leaves are bi- or tri-ternately divided. The leaves are dark green and are  shiny.

FLOWERING PERIOD : The greenish-yellow or white flowers appear in compound umbels from June to August.

PROPERTIES : Antispasmodic Carminative Diuretic Emmenagogue Expectorant

USES : A tea made from the seeds and the leaves as well as the fresh juice is used for dropsy, jaundice, asthma, coughs and suppressed or difficult menstruation. The juice has also been used successfully to treat conjunctivitis and inflammation of the eyelids (blepharitis). 

It is IMPORTANT to take the proper dosage, and parsley is NOT to be used at all if kidney inflammation exits. Weak or sensitive persons can be helped by cooking a few slices of the root in a soup. An infusion of the herb can be used for gallstones. The leaves can be used as an external application to contusions. A tea made from the crushed seeds will kill all scalp vermin.


MAGICAL PROPERTIES

GENDER : Masculine.
PLANET : Mercury.
ELEMENT : Air.
DEITIES :   Áine
POWERS : Lust Protection Purification

MAGICAL USES
When eaten, parsley provokes lust and promotes fertility, but if you are in love don't cut parsley-you'll cut your love as well. It can also be used as a protection herb, and placed on plates of food to avoid contamination. Parsley is also used in purification baths and to stop misfortune.
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