PARSLEY (FRESH)Health Benefits & Uses
How Does This Ayurvedic Food Improve Wellness?
CLINICAL AYURVEDIC REVIEW
Recipes with Parsley (Fresh): Carrot Ginger & Parsley Vegetable Juicing
If you are in search of a diuretic parsley is an exceptional choice. Unlike other diuretics parsley allows for water excretion without the loss of electrolytes, a process known as aquaresis. Its hot and dry qualities are helpful for draining excess Kapha in the spring when your body is naturally letting go of winter weight.
Volatile oils in parsley help to tone the uterus or bring on a late menses. In addition, parsley increases the body's ability to absorb manganese, a key ingredient to help build bone. From an Ayurvedic view parsley, like all digestives, helps freshen breath.
About Parsley (Fresh)
Parsley was revered for its medicinal potency long before it was eaten as a food. Native to the central Mediterranean region, the herb was sacred to the ancient Greeks. They used it to adorn victorious athletes and decorate the tombs of the dead.
Buying & Preparation
When it comes parsley there are two types-- flat leafed and curly leafed. If you plan to freeze then curly leafed parsley is a better option for its ability to withstand the cold. Flat leafed parsley has a stronger taste.
Recipes with Parsley (Fresh): Beet Soup with Lemon Juice & Parsley
Cooking Parsley (Fresh)Used as a garnish since ancient times, today parsley adds decorative freshness to otherwise flat fare such as rice pilaf and potato dishes. Experiment with parsley in soups, sauces or on top of fish.
For a parsley rich recipe, try tabbouleh. The national dish of Lebanon, tabbouleh pairs chopped parsley with heavy bulghar wheat grains. The freshness of the parsley assists in the digestion of the grains.
In France, parsley and garlic are chopped and stirred together in a mixture known as Persillade. Italians in Milan add lemon juice to the garlic and parsley for a spread called Gremolata. Parsley is one of the most widely used herbs in Spanish cuisine and can be found in foods from all over the world. Try adding parsley to your next dish. It?s a great gateway herb to start incorporating fresh herbs into all your cooking.Browse Recipes
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AYURVEDA'S GUIDE TO VITALITY & WHOLESOME NOURISHMENT
Your Ayurvedic diet is tailored to your individual body and your specific imbalances.
With an Ayurvedic diet you feel joy and satisfaction because what you are eating truly nourishes and balances you.
Disease results from diets and lifestyles that are incompatible with your nature.
By eating a personalized diet matched to your body, you experience optimal health.
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SERVING SIZE: 2 tbsp
SPECIES: Petroselinum crispum
Biocharacteristics of Parsley (Fresh)
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Increases These Biocharacteristics (Gunas)
Functional Ayurveda helps you assess imbalances through 20 main biocharacteristics
Aggravating these characteristics weakens your body and causes imbalance.
By knowing which characteristics are habitually imbalanced in your body, you will be able to identify and correct imbalances before you get sick.
Every characteristic has an opposite which balances it (i.e. hot balances cold).
You restore balance by favoring diet and lifestyle choices that increase the opposite characteristic.
ABOUT CLEAR BIOCHARACTERISTIC
Clear refers to anything that cleanses or flushes out wastes, or that digests ama.
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ABOUT LIQUEFIED BIOCHARACTERISTIC
Substances that thin fluids (lower viscosity of blood plasma). These may include blood thinners or mucolytic herbs.
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ABOUT DRY BIOCHARACTERISTIC
Dry is identified by lack of moisture, lack of fat, or anything that causes diuresis.
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ABOUT EASY BIOCHARACTERISTIC
Easy refers to anything easy to digest, or digests quickly.
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ABOUT HOT BIOCHARACTERISTIC
Hot is identified by increased body temperature, metabolism, or inflammation.
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The 6 Tastes
Taste is used to sense the most basic properties and effects of food.
Each taste has a specific medicinal effect on your body.
Cravings for food with certain tastes indicate your body is craving specific medicinal results from food.
Taste is experienced on the tongue and represents your body's reaction to foods.
Sweet taste causes physical satisfaction and attraction whereas bitter taste causes discomfort and aversion.
Kapha should use less sweet taste while Vata and Pitta would benefit from using more sweet taste.
One of the first signs of illness is that your taste and appetite for food changes.
The six tastes are sweet, sour, salty, pungent, bitter, and astringent.
Do you crave foods with any of the tastes below?
ABOUT BITTER BIOCHARACTERISTIC
Bitter is disagreeable and stimulates rejection. It is a strong taste often associated with black coffee, dark chocolate, and most salad greens.
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ABOUT PUNGENT BIOCHARACTERISTIC
Pungency is characterized by irritation, or sharp, spicy foods that irritate the mouth such as black pepper.
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The Three Doshas / Body Types
According to the biocharacteristic theory of medicine
people tend to get sick, over and over again, due to habitual causes and imbalances that are unique to the person.
Your body type summarizes this tendency, showing you the 'type' of conditions and imbalances that frequently challenge your health & wellness.
Using body type, you can also identify remedies likely to improve your strength and resiliency.
Your body type identifies physical and mental characteristics as well as your personal strengths and weaknesses.
The calculation of your body type is based on your medical history.
The 3 functional body types
are Catabolic (Vata), Metabolic (Pitta), and Anabolic (Kapha).
Catabolic individuals tend to break down body mass into energy. They are easily stimulated, hyperactive, underweight and dry.
Metabolic individuals tend to burn or use energy. They tend to be rosy-cheeked, easily irritated, focused, driven, and easily inflamed.
Anabolic individuals tend to store energy as body mass. If they store too much energy, they could gain weight easily and have congestion. Anabolic people tend to be stable and grounded.
HAS THE FOLLOWING
|Moves Energy: |Upward
Upward-moving substances (Urdvha Gati Marga) include anything stimulating or activating, or that move upward in the body.
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Cleanse And Detox, Heart Circulation Blood, Kidney Bladder Urinary, Reproductive Health, Weight Loss, Womens Health
Medicinal Benefits, Uses & Herbal Actions of Parsley (Fresh)
Experiences are Personal
Experiences vary according to the person and constitution. Individual results may vary.
The list of herbal-actions below has not be approved by the FDA and should not be used to treat a medical condition.
Stimulates the release of gas. Helpful for bloating or cramping abdominal pain. Propels food downward. Carminatives typically expel gas by relaxing the muscles of the intestines.
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An herb that strengthens spleen function by improving strength of the blood. Spleen tonics Builds agni, brighten the person's appearances & firms up tissues.
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Restores the proper function of the body by cleansing the blood and balancing blood chemistry. In Ayurveda terms, they pacify Pitta in rakta. They were traditionally used to revitalize and detoxify after a long winter.
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An antioxidant is a molecule that inhibits oxidation. Oxidation is a chemical reaction that can produce free radicals that lead to a chain reaction causing damage or death to cells. Antioxidants terminate these oxidation reactions.
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Herbs that promote urine formation, thereby flushing the kidneys and urinary tract while eliminating any excess water retention. As diuretics reduce water retention, they are often used to reduce blood pressure.
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Scrapes fats / cleanses blood vessels by 1) purging bile, 2) strengthening the liver's ability to metabolize fats, 3) by increasing uptake of cholesterol in the liver, and 4) by inhibiting fat cells.
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Herbs which stimulate menstruation. Emmenagogues are used for scanty menstruation, to relieve menstrual pain, and improve blood flow in the pelvic area and uterus.
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An herb that tonifies and strengthens the uterus. Helpful for menstrual difficulties and fertility. Often herbs that increase ojas, but also circulation to reproductive system.
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Herbs that reduce or inhibit muscle spasms or cramping, such as in asthma, menstruation, hear palpitations, migraine, or IBS.
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Improves circulation by dilating blood vessels. Protects blood vessels from damage. Improves athletic performance, libido, immunity, and brain health.
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Flavonoids are a colorful type of polyphenol. As all polyphenols, they have a strong antioxidant effect. Many flavonoids have an anti-inflammatory, and/or antiallergen effect.
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, Vitamin A
, Vitamin C
, Vitamin K
Foods with a Similar Nature to Parsley (Fresh)
Parsley (Dried) has these Actions in Common
Abortifacient, Carminative, Diuretic, Uterine-tonic, Anti-prolactin, Detoxicant, Emmenagogue, Burns-toxins, Digestive, Spleen-tonic
Turmeric has these Actions in Common
Burns-toxins, Digestive, Spleen-tonic, Antioxidant, Carminative, Emmenagogue, Antispasmodic, Detoxicant, Hypolipidemic, Alterative
Coriander Seed has these Actions in Common
Appetizer, Detoxicant, Spleen-tonic, Alterative, Burns-toxins, Digestive, Antispasmodic, Carminative, Diuretic
Cardamom has these Actions in Common
Antispasmodic, Carminative, Diuretic, Appetizer, Detoxicant, Spleen-tonic, Antilithic, Burns-toxins, Digestive
Dill has these Actions in Common
Abortifacient, Burns-toxins, Digestive, Antispasmodic, Carminative, Diuretic, Appetizer, Detoxicant, Spleen-tonic
Cilantro has these Actions in Common
Burns-toxins, Digestive, Spleen-tonic, Alterative, Carminative, Diuretic, Appetizer, Detoxicant, Hypolipidemic
Fenugreek has these Actions in Common
Burns-toxins, Digestive, Hypolipidemic, Carminative, Diuretic, Spleen-tonic, Antilithic, Detoxicant, Emmenagogue
Turmeric Root (Fresh)
Turmeric Root (Fresh) has these Actions in Common
Antioxidant, Detoxicant, Hypolipidemic, Burns-toxins, Digestive, Spleen-tonic, Alterative, Carminative, Emmenagogue
Mustard Seed has these Actions in Common
Burns-toxins, Digestive, Spleen-tonic, Abortifacient, Carminative, Diuretic, Antispasmodic, Detoxicant, Emmenagogue
Ajwain has these Actions in Common
Carminative, Diuretic, Antispasmodic, Detoxicant, Hypolipidemic, Burns-toxins, Digestive, Spleen-tonic
Herb Supplements with a Similar Nature to Parsley (Fresh)
Dong Quai has these Actions in Common
Hypolipidemic, Photosensitizing, Anti-prolactin, Uterine-tonic, Antioxidant, Antispasmodic, Carminative, Digestive, Emmenagogue
Wild Ginger has these Actions in Common
Appetizer, Burns-toxins, Carminative, Detoxicant, Digestive, Emmenagogue, Spleen-tonic, Antispasmodic
Manjistha has these Actions in Common
Uterine-tonic, Alterative, Antilithic, Detoxicant, Diuretic, Emmenagogue, Hypolipidemic, Spleen-tonic
Yogaraj Guggulu has these Actions in Common
Antispasmodic, Burns-toxins, Carminative, Detoxicant, Emmenagogue, Hypolipidemic, Alterative
Mugwort has these Actions in Common
Appetizer, Carminative, Detoxicant, Digestive, Diuretic, Emmenagogue, Antispasmodic
Pennyroyal has these Actions in Common
Appetizer, Carminative, Digestive, Diuretic, Emmenagogue, Abortifacient, Antispasmodic
Haritaki has these Actions in Common
Alterative, Antispasmodic, Appetizer, Carminative, Detoxicant, Digestive, Diuretic
Gokshura has these Actions in Common
Diuretic, Uterine-tonic, Abortifacient, Alterative, Antilithic, Antispasmodic, Detoxicant
Punarnava has these Actions in Common
Alterative, Antilithic, Antioxidant, Antispasmodic, Digestive, Diuretic, Hypolipidemic
Holy Basil Leaf (Tulsi)
Holy Basil Leaf (Tulsi) has these Actions in Common
Burns-toxins, Detoxicant, Diuretic, Emmenagogue, Hypolipidemic, Antispasmodic, Appetizer
Cumin, Coriander, Fennel Tea
Cumin, Coriander, Fennel Tea has these Actions in Common
Digestive, Diuretic, Spleen-tonic, Antispasmodic, Burns-toxins, Detoxicant
Joyful Belly is a recognized school of biocharacteristics medicine.
TRADITIONALLY INDICATED FOR THESE SYMPTOMS
Parsley (Fresh) may be beneficial for these symptoms. The suitability of any food for a condition is highly dependent on the individual.
Please see your doctor before using this food to treat a medical condition.
CONTRAINDICATED FOR THESE SYMPTOMS
Parsley (Fresh) may be harmful or contraindicated for these symptoms.
Please see your doctor before using this food to treat a medical condition.
HOW DOES EATING AYURVEDICALLY MAKE YOU FEEL?
Eating Ayurvedically makes you feel nourished and energized. Food digests with ease when
right for your body type (dosha). Healthy digestion is seen as the cornerstone of well-being in
Ayurveda. Healthy digestion generally prevents illness. If you do get sick, a strong digestive fire
reduces the severity of illness and increases your resilience. It also improves your mood. Once
you begin eating Ayurvedically, you will feel refreshed, vital and strong.
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About the Author
John Immel, the founder of Joyful Belly, teaches people how to have a
healthy diet and lifestyle with Ayurveda biocharacteristics
His approach to Ayurveda is clinical, yet exudes an ease which many find enjoyable and insightful.
John also directs Joyful Belly's School of Ayurveda
offering professional clinical training in Ayurveda for over 15 years.
John's interest in Ayurveda and specialization in digestive tract pathology was inspired by a complex digestive disorder acquired from years of international travel,
as well as public service work in South Asia.
John's commitment to the detailed study of digestive disorders reflects his zeal to get down to the roots of the problem.
His hope and belief in the capacity of each & every client to improve their quality of life is nothing short of a personal passion.
John's creativity in the kitchen and delight in cooking for others comes from his family oriented upbringing.
In addition to his certification in Ayurveda, John holds a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Harvard University.
John enjoys sharing Ayurveda within the context of his Catholic roots,
and finds Ayurveda gives him an opportunity to participate in the healing mission of the Church.
Jesus expressed God's love by feeding and healing the sick.
That kindness is the fundamental ministry of Ayurveda as well.
Outside of work, John enjoys spending time with his wife and 6 kids, and pursuing his love of theology, philosophy, and language.