[Petroselinum crispum] Although most folk know parsley as a culinary herb and often-discarded garnish, the fresh leaves of this member of the carrot family are so nutritious that they can be considered a natural vitamin and mineral supplement. Parsley is rich in vitamins C and A, iron, copper, boron, flourine and zinc, as well as containing calcium, phosphorous, manganese and vitamin E. It’s bioflavonoids are anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and antihistamine; it is mildly oestrogenic and strongly diuretic.
As a good source of chlorophyll (the green pigment in plants) parsley is useful for combating bad breath. It’s diuretic properties are beneficial in: arthritic/rheumatic conditions associated with poor kidney function; urinary infections; kidney and bladder stones. Parsley also acts as a digestive tonic by easing spasms and minimising flatulence.
Parsley is a good supportive supplement for a horse who is recovering after a debilitating illness or is going through an intensive period of effort/training.
ACTIONS include: strong diuretic (promoting excretion via the kidneys, i.e. encouraging the flow of urine); carminative (easing flatulence) and digestive tonic; antispasmodic; stimulant of uterine muscle; nutritive.
CAUTION: Due to its uterine stimulating properties parsley (especially the seed) should not be given to pregnant mares. However, once the foal is born parsley can help encourage milk production. Parsley may increase the effects of monoamine oxidase inhibitor drugs (MAOIs).