Parsley – Retroselinum sativum L Hoffm. The name of the Ukrainian – parsley . Biennial herbaceous plant, cultivated throughout the world the healing properties of injection, roots and seeds. Harvest leaves throughout the season, seeds – at full maturity, roots – in late autumn and store them in basements, it's better in the sand. Active substances. In all parts of the plant contains a complex essential oil (from 0,3% to 6%), which consists of apiol, miristitsin and other substance. In the leaves found ascorbic acid (300 mg/100 g), pro-vitamin A (up to 20 mg/100 g), vitamins B12, B2, pp, organic acids, calcium, phosphorus and iron.
In seeds have flavonoids, fatty oil, coumarins in roots – mucous substances, resins, sugar, vitamins (C, B12, B2, PP), carotene and mineral salts. Has diuretic, antispasmodic, diaphoretic effect, stimulates the secretion of gastric glands, regulates ovarian-menstrual cycle, increases tone uterine muscles, regulates metabolism. Application in cosmetics. When pigmented spots, freckles na face lotions are effective the following composition: 2 tablespoons chopped parsley roots pour 100 ml of water, boiled 10 min, insist 2 hours, strain, add 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice, a few drops of fresh juice of plantain large, mixed and moistened with broth is applied to the face cloth for 20 minutes. Then his face washed warm boiled water.
In the case of oily skin or intensive sweating, effective lotion daily with a decoction of the roots of parsley. More pronounced effect was observed when in addition to local application of a decoction prescribed into 100 ml 3 times daily before meals. Infusion of leaves (20 g of leaves pour 200 ml boiling water, bring to a boil, insisting 1:00) was added to the bath. This bath helps to cleanse the skin, reduces itching and pustular lesions. Decoction roots of parsley mixed with lemon juice in a ratio of 4:1 and lubricate skin 2 times a day (morning and evening). Effective means to remove freckles, age spots. Important note. Fresh leaves or grated root is not used in cosmetic masks because of the potential skin irritation, which manifests itself as redness and swelling. Application in phytotherapeutic practice. Leaves or parsley root is used in gastritis with low acidity, gout, and as a diuretic, gallstone or kidney stone disease, prostatitis, chronic heart failure, disturbances of ovarian-menstrual cycle.