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Today, I am sharing a fabulous natural remedy for air borne allergies. I have been known to suffer from severe hay fever and itchy eyes. So, this discovery was a lifesaver for me. I hope it will be for you too. I got this tip from my favorite juicing book, Heinerman's Encyclopedia of Healing Juices. In it, John Heinerman testifies to personally curing his sneezing with the consumption of parsley. He also shares another example of a man who consumed parsley juice every single day for 2 weeks. In three days, his itchy and watery eyes were better; in five days, his sneezing ceased; and within ten days, his allergies had been completely eradicated. It has also been reported for helping with asthma too.
Well, when I read this many years ago, I was hopping into the parsley juice every day like a woman possessed. Great news! It really really works! For the best results, I recommend drinking a glass of parsley juice every day for 3 weeks. Then once your symptoms have disappeared, cut back to three times a week, and then once a week to maintain the results.
This "parsley lemonade" juice blend is my favorite, because it is slightly sweet, and incredibly alkalizing. Parsley is a very powerful health-promoting food. The rich mineral salt content helps to neutralize acids in the body, purify the blood, tissues, and organs, detoxify the skin, assist with the elimination of heavy metals like mecury, help with urinary tract health, bladder infections, and flush out the kidneys.
Parsley contains wonderful anti-inflammatory agents. Just two tablespoons of parsley contains about 16% of the RDA of vitamin C, and over 12% of the RDA of vitamin A, which help to strengthen the immune system. Vitamin C assists with the production of collagen, which not only contributes to glowing skin, but accelerates the body's ability to repair wounds, and maintain healthy bones and teeth. Vitamin A assists with mucous membranes, as well helping with the health of the respiratory, urinary and intestinal tracts. Furthermore, lymphocytes, or white blood cells rely heavily on vitamin A to ﬁght infection.
Two tablespoons of parsley also contains 153% of the RDA of vitamin K, which is necessary for healthy bones and nerves. Vitamin K also prevents calcium build-up in our tissue that can lead to atherosclerosis, cardiovascular disease, and stroke. It is also rich in folic acid, which is vital for heart health, and can be wonderful for combating colon and cervical cancers, as well as diabetes.
Parsley is also rich in antioxidants such as luteolin, a ﬂavonoid that helps to eradicate free radicals in the body and combat inflammation, making it brilliant for treating and preventing osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Furthermore, the myristicin contained in parsley can inhibit tumor formation, making it a great anti-cancer addition to the diet.
Now, one important thing to mention, is that parsley can be quite bitter. You can add sweet fruits like apples and carrots to your juice blends to improve the flavor. But, I prefer to use other alkalizing fruits like cucumbers, lemons, and limes. For vegans, use a few drops of the Alcohol-Free Lemon Stevia to take the edge off the tartness.
For those of you who are not vegan, try adding some raw local honey to your juice. This is delicious, and consuming and applying raw honey made in your local area is extremely powerful for combating allergies. I can personally attest to this fact. Last year, I was experiencing almost debilitating allergies in NYC. My eyes were almost glued shut! I purchased some local raw honey, drank honey lemon tea, and applied the raw honey directly onto my eye lids several times a day. Within just 24 hours, the problem was gone! Just sensational. It is very important to use local honey, where the bees have pollinated on the same plants that are causing your issues.
Parsley is not just for garnish! It is absolutely amazing for maintaining health. I eat it every single week. Some of my other favorite ways to enjoy parsley is a parsley lemonade green smoothie, spicy tomato parsley green smoothie, and a big bowl of gluten free tabouli salad.
*PLEASE NOTE: Large amount of parsley should NOT be consumed by pregnant women. The oils, in particular, apiol and myristicin have been shown to stimulate uterine contractions that can bring on a menstrual period, and cause a miscarriage or premature labor. Myristicin can also cross the placenta and cause an increased heartbeat in the fetus, as well as issues with the hemoglobin in a baby's blood. It has also been reported as having hallucinogenic effects, causing giddiness, loss of balance, kidney damage or seizures.