This parsley juice is a fabulous natural remedy for alleviating the symptoms of air-borne allergies. I suffer from hay fever and itchy eyes, and this juice has been incredible. I drink it every allergy season now.
I got this tip from my favorite juicing book, Heinerman's Encyclopedia of Healing Juices. In it, John Heinerman testifies to personally getting rid of 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. This juice is also good for easing the symptoms of mild asthma, too.
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, for a couple of weeks, and then consume just once a week during allergy season. I do not recommend consuming large amounts of parsley juice every week.
This juice tastes like lemonade. It has a mild sweetness.
Parsley is a 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; flush heavy metals like mercury; and flush out the kidneys and promote urinary tract health.
Parsley contains awesome anti-inflammatory agents, too. Just two tablespoons of parsley contains about 16% of the RDA of vitamin C, and over 12% of the RDA of vitamin A, which strengthens the immune system. Vitamin C assists with the production of collagen, which contributes to glowing skin, boosts the body's ability to repair wounds, and helps 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 for healthy bones and nerves. Vitamin K also prevents calcium build-up in our tissue that can lead to atherosclerosis, cardiovascular disease, and stroke. Parsley is also rich in folic acid for heart health.
This herby hero is also rich in antioxidants such as luteolin. This ﬂavonoid fires on free radicals to combat inflammation, making parsley awesome for treating and preventing osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Furthermore, the myristicin contained in parsley combats abnormal cell growth.
When juicing, know that parsley can be bitter. Adding fruits like apples, lemons, limes, pineapple, grapes, and cucumber mellows the flavor. In this blend, I've stuck to alkalizing elements. If the juice is too tart, add more green apple.
For those of you who are not vegan, raw local honey produced ethically with careful treatment of the bees is brilliant for combating allergies, as the bees have fed on the local environment. Last year, I was experiencing almost debilitating allergies in New York. My eyes were almost glued shut. I purchased some raw local honey from a health food store, drank honey lemon tea, and applied the raw honey directly onto my eye lids several times a day. In less than a day the problem was gone!
*Please note: Large amounts of parsley should not be consumed by pregnant women. The oils (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 causing issues with the hemoglobin in a baby's blood. Parsley has also been reported as having hallucinogenic effects, causing giddiness, loss of balance, kidney damage or seizures in some people.