Parsley

Petroselinum sativum

A lot of folklore surrounds the parsley plant. It was a medieval belief that it grew in the garden only if the man or woman of the house was ''honest''.  When chewed, it would keep away the devil or, as later discovered, reduce bad breath.

Therapeutic effects: A diuretic, useful for kidney and urinary problems and water retention. Also high in Vitamin A -essential for healthy hair, skin, teeth and eyes; and iron -for the blood and liver, and during menstruation and menopause.

Uses: Massage. It blends well with fennel to help combat excessive water retention when massaged over the body. In conjunction with lemon and rosemary it can help clear toxins in the liver and kidneys. In general, a good oil to help calm the nervous system.

Other popular ways apart from the above include, diffusers, on your pillow at night, meditation, car air fresheners and in steam / saunas.