“What is a weed? A plant whose virtues have never been discovered.” Ralph Waldo Emerson
My sister Marita loves her garden. She says it is very meditative and the place she can go to escape the craziness that life throws at her.
She often brings me bags of the most healing vegetables and herbs she has lovingly grown in her garden. Yesterday she brought me a bag of freshly picked salad greens and a large bag of parsley. If you have never taken a handful of parsley, cut its stems to release its fragrance, and put it up to your nose and inhaled deeply, you are missing out on one of the simplest ways to lift your spirits. It’s just amazing.
Smelling parsley puts you into another dimension. Eating it will make you feel like you just cleansed your insides out. It is one of the most refreshing and healing herbs whose virtues are waiting for you to discover.
Parsley Promotes Optimal Health
Parsley has two specific unique phytonutrients that make it an incredible health-promoting food. Those phytonutrients include parsley’s volatile oil components, including myristicin, limoneme, eugenol and alpha-thujene, that inhibit tumor formation in animals. The amazing truth about parsley is that it is considered a “chemoprotective” food, because it can help neutralize particular types of carcinogens that bring harm to our body.
The second phytonutrient in parsley is its flavonoids, especially apiin, apigenin, crisoeriol, and luteolin. These flavonoids, especially luteolin, function as antioxidants that prevent oxygen-based damage to cells.
You don’t have to remember which phytonutrient does what, you just have to remember to eat parsley every day. The nutrients in parsley produce energy-producing iron, bone-building calcium and magnesium, heart-healthy potassium and dietary fiber, Vitamin E, and sleep-promoting tryptophan. That’s virtuous.
How to Store Parsley
If you just bought a beautiful bunch of parsley at the market, you want to keep it fresh by placing your parsley in a plastic or glass container before refrigerating. Do not wash the parsley until right before consuming.
Keep this pesto in your refrigerator and I guarantee you’ll be reaching for it everytime you eat.
Amazing Healing Parsley Pesto
Using your food processor or Vitamix blender, process 3 cloves of fresh garlic, ½ packed cup of fresh basil leaves, 1 packed cup fresh parsley leaves, ½ tsp Himalayan pink salt, and ½ tsp lemon juice, Process these ingredients together until a smooth consistency is reached. While your machine is still running, drizzle 3 tbsp of extra virgin olive oil or organic flax oil into the mixture and let run for 1 minute. Next, add ¼ cup of rinsed walnuts and blend just to break nuts into small pieces. If you don’t want a crunchy pesto, simply add the walnuts along with garlic and herbs.
Serve your parsley pesto over steamed vegetables; use as a dip with raw vegetables, use as a salad dressing, a spread for crackers, or a topping on a sweet potato. So healing, so delicious.
Go now and pick a peck of perfect parsley!