Chervil: benefits and healing and nutritional properties
It is quite probable that you have already heard about it, or that at some point you have used it in the kitchen for its incredible aromatic qualities, as part of the family of the parsley. The chervil is a Aromatic herb known scientifically with the name of Anthriscus cerefolium, and with the common names of cerelea and perifolio. Its origin should be found in the Caucasus, specifically in Central Asia, and also in the Middle East, from where it spread to Europe thanks to the Romans.
It is an annual herbaceous plant that tends to measure between 30 to 70 centimeters in height. Its stems are striated and upright, with flat leaves that in many occasions remind a lot of the leaves of the parsley, although they differ mainly in that they are more cut out.
Be that as it may, the truth is that its leaves are tremendously characteristic not only for its shape and appearance, but because they have a nice and pretty intense green color, they are bright and tender and during the months of May and August they appear some beautiful little flowers of white color that gather in umbels.
Although we can find it practically all year round, especially in markets and markets where you can buy fresh fruits and vegetables, there is no doubt that your best moment is during the spring and summer months.
Its aroma is very reminiscent of the smell of parsley, although sometimes it also recalls the aroma of anise. Let's say it is a mixture between both aromas. On its use in the kitchen, It is ideal in stews, soups, broths, in dishes with eggs and butters; as we see, practically the same culinary uses as those of parsley.
The benefits of chervil
Very rich in vitamin C and other essential nutrients
Like parsley, the chervil stands out for its tremendous wealth in vitamin C, an essential nutrient essential for the proper functioning of our immune system, necessary for the growth and repair of tissues and to block part of the cellular damage caused by free radicals.
But not only does it provide vitamin C, it also contributes Fatty oils, B vitamins and a wide variety of mineral salts, so it is a very complete aromatic herb. Therefore, it is useful for combat avitaminosis (lack of vitamins).
Ideal to purify our body
It is an aromatic herb with diuretic and depurative effect, qualities that are translated in that it is ideal to purify our organism, to prevent or reduce the accumulation of liquids (especially the retention of liquids), and to eliminate the accumulated toxins in our body.
Regularly consumed either fresh, lightly cooked or infused it is very interesting to improve the functioning of the kidneys by increasing the production of urine, and therefore its qualities are useful for its natural purification.
A very digestive herb
Although it is true that it is a plant recognized for its diuretic and purifying action, tambián brings interesting digestive qualities, so it becomes a very interesting natural option when it comes to improve digestions and treat digestive disorders.
Anti-inflammatory benefits for the skin
Applied externally, especially in the form of cream or poultice, it is very interesting for alleviate and reduce all types of inflammations, thanks especially to its anti-inflammatory qualities.
On the other hand, applied on the skin, it is very interesting in case of hemorrhoids, herpes, insect bites, irritation and itchy skin. What's more, with the chervil infusion it is possible to perform rinses to treat ulcers in the mouth.
Ideal for the affections of the eyes
For its different anti-inflammatory qualities applied by warm compresses on closed eyes helps Naturally treat various conditions of the eyes, as for example they can be the inflammations of the eyelid, the contagious external infections of the eyes and the styes.
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