Parsley Seed Essential Oil
Parsley Seed Essential Oil is best known for its use as a diuretic and its ability to shrink blood vessels. See the Uses section below for more information and citations.
Aromatically, Parsley Seed Essential Oil adds an herbaceous character to blends. Its aroma is not commonly enjoyed on its own, and it's best blended at low dilution with other essential oils.
While all essential oils should be used carefully and mindfully, Parsley Seed Essential Oil is one that must be used with extra special care. Be sure to heed the precautions shown in the Safety Information section below.
Petroselinum crispum / Petroselinum sativum
Common Method of Extraction
Plant Part Typically Used
Strength of Initial Aroma
Medium - Strong
Herbaceous, somewhat woody aroma.
Parsley Seed Essential Oil Uses
Depurative, diuretic, cystitis, uterine tonic, bruises. [Salvatore Battaglia, The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy (Australia: The Perfect Potion, 2003), 321.]
Amenorrhea, arthritis, cellulites, cystitis, frigidity, griping pains, indigestion, rheumatism, toxic build-up. [Julia Lawless, The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Essential Oils (Rockport, MA: Element Books, 1995), 60-65.]
Major Constituents of Parsley Seed Oil
[A. Lamarti, A. Badoc, R. Bouriquet. A Chemotaxonomic Evaluation of Petroselinum crispum (Mill.) A.W. Hill (Parsley) Marketed in France. (Journal of Essential Oil Research 3, 1991), 425-433. Source cited in Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young, Essential Oil Safety (Second Edition. United Kingdom: Churchill Livingstone Elsevier, 2014), 380.]
Tisserand and Young indicate that drug interaction and a risk of hepatotoxity and nephrotoxicity may be present when using Parsley Seed Oil. it is also a potential abortifacient and is contraindicated in pregnancy and breastfeeding. There is a low risk of skin irritation, and they recommend a dermal maximum of 1.1%.Reading Tisserand and Young's full profile is recommended. [Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young, Essential Oil Safety (Second Edition. United Kingdom: Churchill Livingstone Elsevier, 2014), 380-381.]
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Do not take any oils internally and do not apply undiluted essential oils, absolutes, CO2s or other concentrated essences onto the skin without advanced essential oil knowledge or consultation from a qualified aromatherapy practitioner. If you are pregnant, epileptic, have liver damage, have cancer, or have any other medical problem, use oils only under the proper guidance of a qualified aromatherapy practitioner. Use extreme caution when using oils with children. It is safest to consult a qualified aromatherapy practitioner before using oils with children. For in-depth information on oil safety issues, read Essential Oil Safety by Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young.
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