Parsley did not have a great start in Greek mythology. It was said that it sprang from the blood of Opheltes, infant son of king Lycurgus of Nemia, killed by a serpent when his nanny wasn't looking.
Parsley was soon equated with death, but this perception later changed when it was heralded by the Romans as a remedy for water retention, epilepsy, and fresh breath. The superstitious Europeans viewed this poor herb with vague unease and believed that it should only be planted on Good Friday to appease evil spirits. The German abbot and herbalist, Hildegard of Bingen, prescribed parsley compresses for arthritis, or boiled it in wine for chest and heart pain.
Culpepper used it internally for problems with "urine, wind, kidney stone and cough", and compresses to help bruising and inflamed eyes.
As told by its historical origins, the simple parsley plant is
often sold short of its medicinal powers - many people see it as only a decoration on their plate of food, but as you can see amazing little humble plant has stamped its part into our history.
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