Petroselinum crispum

Part Used



Urinary; reproductive


Anti-microbial; anti-rheumatic; antispasmodic; aromatic; carminative; diuretic; emmenagogue; expectorant; uterine tonic

Traditional Uses

A useful breath freshener; parsley aids the stomach and spleen, reduces flatulence and gallbladder inflammation (gallstones). Promotes menstruation; can be used for amenorrhea, dysmenorrhea, hot flashes and to promote lactation. Applied topically to breasts to dry up breast milk. Promotes secretions of excess fluid and uric acid; helpful for UTI, bladder problems, urinary retention, and gout. Should not be used when dehydration is an issue – a strong diuretic, it may push the kidneys to exhaustion if overused. ^2.