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Chervil: benefits and virtues

Chervil: benefits and virtues

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Chervil is a very aromatic plant which also has many health benefits and virtues.

Originally from southern Russia, the chervil, herbaceous plant of the Apiaceae family is designated by many names: "cultivated chervil »,

« common chervil », « needle grass " or "housewife's chervil ", And its scientific name is « anthriscus cerefolium ».

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Chervil, for the record

It is introduced in North Europe by the Romans, then spread to all of Europe where it is highly regarded as cooked as a condiment, due to the slightly anise taste of its leaves.

This plant can easily reach 60 cm, but its average height is 40 cm. Chervil has finely cut leaves and very small flowers colored white ; it flowers between June and September, and its harvest is favorable in spring and summer.

Long used in Middle ages to stimulate slow stomachs, and pass the childbirth pains for women, the chervil would present others virtues according to therapists. What are these virtues? What is the impact chervil on the human organism ? How to use it ? Are there any contraindications ? Sketches of answers in the following lines….

Chervil: properties, benefits and virtues

The medicinal virtues chervil are numerous. To benefit from it, it is recommended to use both leaves, only rods, and roots. Used in cooking, it has effects diuretics and depurative on the body.

To enjoy the benefits of this aromatic plant rich in vitamin C, provitamin A and vitamin B9, trace elements and mineral salts, chervil can be taken as decoctions, ofinfusions, of poultices, or even fresh juice.

So a infusion chervil facilitates digestionfight it urine retention, and relieves the drop, the kidney stones and the bronchitis.

In the form of poultice prepared from a decoction small flowers and placed on the part to be relieved, the chervil soothes the milky engorgement of the breast and the kidney congestion. The chervil poultice also acts on rheumatic pain and calms them.

In skin application, it's a soothing and one powerful decongestant. It calms the Insect bites and the bruises.

His antiseptic properties are appreciable during the wound treatment, because the fresh juice of chervil the heals easily. Chervil also overcomes some eczemas and Rashes.

> Use of chervil:

  • To prepare the poultices to be used in application on areas affected by bruises, justcrush the leaves and y add a few drops of vinegar and salt.
  • The decoctions prepare with the flowering tops and the chervil seeds, for more efficiency. In sitz baths, this decoction significantly reduces the hemorrhoids.

Tips and advice about chervil

The chervil is a aromatic plant. For culinary needs (take full advantage of its flavors and keep the scent as much as possible), it is recommended to do not keep it long. At best, consume it quickly once picked.

Her raw consumption (chopped as a seasoning in salads, soups, fish, shellfish, meats, omelets) is the best option. Never boil it, at the risk of losing all its perfume.

Warning : the chervil consumption in all its forms is contraindicated to the lactating women.

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