Parsley is a biennial herb grown in many parts of the world. Used primarily in cooking and as a garnish, it may be used fresh or dried and is commonly served with potatoes, rice, meats, soups and salads. Parsley is also used as an herbal supplement, thought to aid digestion, sweeten the breath, and reduce inflammation, among other uses.
Parsley, an herbal remedy for bad breath
Eat fresh parsley after a meal, or any time your breath needs freshening.
Why It Works
Parsley contains large amounts of chlorophyll which is a mild antiseptic and when chewed, neutralizes bad breath. Swallowing the herb aids in digestion and reduces intestinal gas, which may also prevent bad breath (along with other unpleasant odors.) While parsley is widely used for this purpose, some research suggests that the herb merely masks bad breath for a short time, and is certainly not a cure for chronic halitosis.
Consumed in large quantities, parsley may cause miscarriage, liver and kidney damage, internal hemorrhage, inflammation of the nerves, and allergic reaction to the skin and mucus membranes. Large amounts of parsley should NEVER be consumed by pregnant women or those with liver disease.