Benefits of Alexanders
Alexanders are commonly known as Alisanders, horse parsley and smyrnium. It belongs to the kingdom Plantae, of the family Apiaceae, having the botanical name as SmyrniumOlusatrum. One can find Alexanders with ease in the regions of England, Ireland and Mediterranean, especially in the corners of empty and waste areas and near the shores. They grow upto 150 centimetres high and are fruit bearing plants. The stem is solid and the leaves of the plant being blunt. The flowers carry the colours of yellow and green with its fruit being black. It was of great use for herbal medicines in the 19th century. Alexanders were of great for source before which was gradually replaced by celery and alexanders are now not being used widely.
Primary Use of This Herb
Alexanders were used for culinary purposes. It is used in the place of Parsley while cooking. It is predominantly known for its usage in herbal medicine and all the parts of the plant was used for cooking in some way or the other.
Chemical and Nutrients in Alexanders
- Ascorbic acid
- Rich in proteins
- Rich in carbohydrates
- Petroselinic Acid
- Linoleic acid
- Crude fiber
- Germacrene D
- Germacrene D
Health Benefits of Alexanders:
Cure for Dropsy
The alexanders plant was anciently used to cure dropsy. Dropsy is nothing but the swelling of the tissue layers in the body resulting due to accumulation of water. A person suffering from dropsy in the before years, would use this plant’s oil and extracts in order to get cured of the swelling.
Helps to cure scurvy
Scurvy is the disease caused due to deficiency of Vitamin C. It results in swelling and bleeding of gums and also weakening. Alexanders were used for curing such problems in the teeth when any other herb rich in Vitamin C were not available to support.
Heal for cuts
Alexanders also acts as very good wound healers. The leaves of the plant are rich in the field of soothing the cuts and minor abrasions. The leaves of thealexanders are crushed well and the juice is being applied over the wounds and cuts which have the power to heal the injury, the recovery speed being quite fast.
Helps in Menstruation
Alexanders acts as an Emmenagogue. Emmenagogue is an herb that is consumed for increasing blood flow in pelvic and uterus parts of the body. Any disorder in the menstruation cycle of a woman which is caused not due to pregnancy then they intake emmenagogue to cure it. The seeds of alexanders, when consumed along with wine, act as Emmenagogue and helps in menstruation.
Alexanders is an excellent substitute for parsley. It can be used anywhere in cooking process instead of parsley. The leaves of the herb can be used for seasoning soups, stews, sauces. Alexanders carry a pleasant flavor which is similar to celery. The seeds of alexanders contain oil.
How to Use:
- Seeds and leaves of the plant are crushed and used in the process of food preparation for the purpose of adding flavours.
- Flowers of the herb can be used raw. It can also be cooked or done as a pickle.
- Roots are dried and used as pickle preservatives.
Although there are many benefits derived from the herb, the root of the herb is diuretic in nature. That means it can cause the production of urine which will be forced secretion.