FoodUnlock the secret powers of parsley for health and beauty

Unlock the secret powers of parsley for health and beauty

It's worth trying such an infusion.
It's worth trying such an infusion.
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7:29 PM EDT, May 10, 2024, updated: 9:36 AM EDT, May 11, 2024

Chives, dill, mint, or parsley... We often purchase them on a whim, only to find we can't use them all in cooking. Left with extra parsley? We've got a creative solution for you.

Parsley truly is a marvel of nature. Both its roots and leaves are incredibly beneficial. It's safe to say that parsley, alongside dill, has blazed a trail for other green garnishes in our dishes.

Growing your own

Parsley consists of the tiny leaves of a biennial plant from the celery family, known as common parsley. Its taste is somewhat spicy with a hint of saltiness. Two varieties are popular in cooking: flat-leaf and curly parsley. Flat-leaf parsley has a more robust flavor and softer leaves, while curly parsley is more ornate but milder. Parsley’s benefits have been recognized and utilized in traditional medicine for centuries. For those wanting parsley readily available, it thrives even in a pot on a balcony.

A vitamin powerhouse

Parsley ranks as one of the healthiest and most accessible foods. Remarkably, it contains more vitamin C than citrus fruits, which boosts immunity, fortifies blood vessels and enhances skin appearance by preventing discoloration. It's also rich in vitamin K, essential for proper blood clotting, vitamin A for vision, and B vitamins for nervous system support.

More than vitamins, parsley is also a valuable source of minerals like calcium, which is crucial for bone health. It provides magnesium and zinc as well, both known for their skin health benefits.

Aiding weight loss

Parsley's versatility in the kitchen ranges from being an ingredient in salads and spreads to becoming a base for smoothies. However, another beneficial way to include parsley in your diet is through parsley water, which is recommended for daily consumption. It supports weight loss by promoting body detox and acting as a diuretic, helping to prevent swelling by facilitating quicker water elimination.

Benefits for skin and hair

Aside from diet, parsley water serves as a natural cosmetic. Its application as a toner rejuvenates the skin and addresses issues like acne scars and pigmentation spots. When used as a hair rinse, it nourishes and strengthens hair. Struggling with hair loss? Massaging parsley water into the scalp can improve circulation and stimulate hair growth.

How to make parsley water


  • 6 tablespoons of finely chopped parsley
  • 1.5 liters (about 6.3 cups) of water at about 158 degrees F
  • A slice of lemon, honey, ginger (optional)


  1. Finely chop the parsley and pour water heated to 158 degrees F over it. Cover and let it steep for 10 minutes. To make a smaller amount, use roughly 1 tablespoon of chopped parsley per cup of water.
  2. Enhance the flavor with a slice of lemon, ginger, or a teaspoon of honey, as preferred.
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