Encyclopedia of Vedic Astrology: Remedies: Notable Herbs in Human Welfare, Chapter XV, Part – 5



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Parsley (Petroselinum crispum)

The plant is one to one and a half, biennial, sown during spring, not transplanted. Plants will germinate in three to four weeks. A common herb of great value to mankind, it is best for kidney complaints. The complete plant is used with seeds, leaf, and roots. Parsley may be added to soups, sauces, vegetables, stews, noodles, rice, cheese dishes, souffle’s and meats. It is a good breath freshener.
It contains starch, mucilage, sugar, volatile oil with apiol, fatty oil, terpenes and apiin. In the seeds there is fixed oil, resin, apiin, mucilage and ash. The herb is insoluble in water but soluble in alcohol. Apiol, an oily, nonnitrogenous allyl compound, is also found in parsley. And the herb is an oleoresin, which has apiol, apiolin and myristicin. In addition, it is high in vitamin C.

Parsley is a carminative, anti-spasmodic, diuretic, emmenagogue and expectorant. Parsley tea and fresh juice are used for jaundice, asthma, dropsy, coughs and difficult menstruation, oedema, fluid retention, frequent urination, bed wetting, rheumatic complaints, indigestion, gas and internal worms. Juice may be used for inflammation of eyelids. An infusion in effective against gallstones.

Sage (Salvia officinalis)

The plant is one to one and a half feet tall, perennial sown in late spring in calcium-rich soil. Sage makes a good house plant. The germination period is 10 to 21 days. The top of the plant is used for many different remedies. The tea is used as a rinse for treatment of dandruff and to prevent graying of hair.

Sage is used in stuffing’s, fowl, fish, liver and vegetables. It tastes a little like nutmeg. It may also be used in cheeses, souffle’s, sausage and fatty meats.

It contains a yellow or yellow-green volatile oil. Tannin and resin are also present in the leaves. Sage oil has salvene, a hydrocarbon, some piriene, cineol 15 p. c., borneol, a small quantity of esters and the ketone thujone 30 p. c. The English variety also contains cedrene.

Sage is an antispasmodic, antihydrotic, astringent, promotes estrogen and a stimulant. As a tea or tincture it is good for reduction of perspiration, cold, flu, and fevers. A tea will help stop the flow of a mother’s milk after weaning. Tea is also good for depression, vertigo and trembling. As a gargle, it helps to alleviate sore throats, tonsillitis and laryngitis. It is excellent for eliminating mucous congestion in the stomach and respiratory passages. It is very effective in treatment of cystitis.

Thyme (Thymus vulgaris)

The plant is one foot tall, a very tender, perennial needs water regularly and even temperature. There is a five to ten day germination period. Thyme is a good house plant. Harvest the plants before they flower in early summer.

The whole part of the plant above the ground is used, for its antiseptic properties and thus used for internally and external purposes. Thyme is spicy and a little bitter. It is good in clam chowder, chopped meats, gravies, stews, meatball mixtures and stuffings, a good condiment.

Essential oil of thyme has thymol and carvacrol, cymol, tannin, flavanoids, and borneol. Cymene and pinene are also present with menthone.

Thyme is an antispasmodic, antihelmintic, carminative, diaphoretic, expectorant and sedative. It is excellent for use with throat and chronic bronchial problems. It is also used for whooping cough, asthma, chronic gastritis and lack of appetite. It cures stomach weakness and digestive problems. A warm infusion promotes perspiration and relieves flatulence and colic. Oil of thyme (thymol) is used in mouthwashes and toothpastes. Thyme baths are useful for rheumatic problems, paralysis, swellings and sprains. Thyme has both stimulant and relaxant properties.

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