Parsley- Planet: Saturn Element: Earth Main magickal uses: divination, happiness, passion, protection, psychic development, purification Other magickal uses: clairvoyance, cleansing, consecration, contacting other planes, fertility, good luck, invokation, meditation, rituals for the dead, speed Lore: Sacred to Persephone, parsley was used in the victory wreaths of the Isthmian games by the Greeks. Some also attribute it to Aphrodite and Venus, and with Mother goddesses. Parsley was thought to come from from the blood of Archemorus, a servant of Death.
Leaves, roots, seeds and oil are used.
Parsley is a bitter, aromatic, and diuretic herb that relaxes spasms, reduces inflammation and clears toxins. It is also said to inhibit tumor-cell growth and stimulates the digestion and uterus.
It contains flavonoids (including apiin), traces of furanocoumarins (bergapten, oxypeucedanin, psoralen). The essential oil contains phenylpropanoids apiol, myristicin and allyltetramethoxybenzol.
* Internal use
o This bitter aromatic herb is used to relaxes spasms, reduce inflammation and helps to clear toxins from the body.
o It is said to inhibit tumor-cell growth while stimulating the digestion and the uterus.
o Parsley is also used internally for menstrual complaints and edema.
o It is also used for ailments of the lower urinary tract and to prevent renal (kidney) gravel (stones).
o Furthermore, it can be used in flatulent dyspepsia, dysuria,rheumatic conditions, cystitis, prostate problems, indigestion, colic, anorexia, anemia and arthritis (roots and seeds). It is also used after childbirth for promoting lactation and contracting the uterus (roots and seeds).
* External use
o The leaves have some itch relieving properties if applied externally.
* Aromatherapy and essential oil use
o This oil made from parsley seed is helpful for water retention, stimulating the kidneys as well as helping with menopausal problems.
o It helps to cleanse the blood and boosts circulation and eases muscle spasms.
o On the skin, it helps clear bruises, is a tonic to the scalp and is said to help with head lice.