Parsley and Its Health Benefits

Parsley is an herb. The leaf, seed, and root are used to make medicine. It is a popular culinary and medicinal herb, which is recognized as one of the functional food for its unique antioxidants, and disease preventing properties.

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I’m still up to know the name in Yoruba, Igbo and Hausa. Please drop the name at the comments below if you do (Thanks!). I remembered a friend got it from “Shoprite” at The Palms Shopping mall in Lagos.


This herb is a small plant featuring dark-green leaves used in Mediterranean, East European, and American cuisine.

Some people apply parsley directly to the skin for cracked or chapped skin, bruises, tumors, insect bites, lice, parasites, and to stimulate hair growth. In foods and beverages, parsley is widely used as a garnish, condiment, food, and flavoring. In manufacturing, parsley seed oil is used as a fragrance in soaps, cosmetics, and perfumes.


Health Benefits of Parsley

Parsley is used for:

– Controlling blood-cholesterol. It is one of less calorific herb that contains zero cholesterol and fat but rich in anti-oxidants, vitamins, minerals and dietary fiber.

– Therapeutic application in Dentistry for teeth and gum diseases. This is from the essential oil, Eugenol.

– The herb is also rich in many antioxidant vitamins, including Vitamin-A, Vitamin-C, Vitamin-E, zea-xanthin, lutein, and beta-carotene. It is also an excellent source of vitamin-K and folates. It helps prevent age-related macular degeneration in the retina of the eye in the old age population.

– It is, perhaps, the richest herbal source for Vitamin K. Vitamin K has been found to have the potential role in bone health by promoting osteotrophic activity in the bones. It has also established role in the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease patients by limiting neuronal damage in the brain.

– Parsley is for Urinary tract infections (UTIs)

– Parsley is for Kidney stones (nephrolithiasis)

– Parsley is for Gastrointestinal (GI) disorders

– Parsley is for Constipation, jaundice, intestinal gas (flatulence),indigestion, colic,

– Parsley is for Diabetes, cough, asthma, fluid retention (edema), osteoarthritis, “tired blood” (anemia)

– Parsley is for High blood pressure, prostate conditions, and spleen conditions.

– It is also used to start menstrual flow, as an aphrodisiac, and as a breath freshener.




This information is meant to supplement, not replace advice from your doctor or healthcare provider and is not meant to cover all possible uses, precautions, interactions or adverse effects. If you are breast-feeding, during pregnant, Diabetic, high blood pressure patients, Surgery & Kidney disease Patients, you should always speak with your doctor or health care professional before you start, stop, or change any prescribed part of your health care plan or treatment and to determine what course of therapy is right for you.


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  1. I believed this leave is called Ejinrin in Yoruba language. Much lovely and adequately functional in all sorts of sickness

  2. Parsley is certainly not ugwu. It is widely grown and used in the northern part of nigeria with lettuce and kuli kuli to make a salad. I believe however that it can also be grown in the south.

  3. is not ugwu but I need to know the Yoruba name to help me in getting it cos I leave in abuja. please anybody that know Yoruba name of beets

  4. Parsley is called ewedu in yoruba, it really work magic especially for seized menstrual period. Mysister’s period seized for 6 months and the Doctor could not figure out why and she’s not upto menopause age, she was advised to take parsley juice in larger quantity and 4days later the menses surface rushing in bright color and since then she has been menstruating normally. In hausa it is called suwaka

  5. pls peps. i tink we need to be certain before posting so many names for parlsey,..someone said its called ewedu and another said efo ebolo” in yoruba….which is the exact name?.

  6. Parsley is not a common herb among the Yorubas of the Southwestern Nigeria hence you may find it difficult to find a name for it in Yoruba.

  7. Tanks to adelove and evry one for briging this to notice,pls what is the actual name 4 parsley in yoruba,i need to get it right away.smone shud pls help out.

    • With the picture display, I have it in my compound and it is call ebolo and we Yoruba especially Oyo’s love
      it with pounded yam. okay. And I have given ebolo seeds.

    • The real name is EFO EBOLO in Yoruba I bought, cook and eat it yesterday its always in the food Market during d wet season. ask for it.

  8. PERSLEY IS IMPORTANT MORE THAN YOU THINK.IT SERVE JUST AS GENERAL HOSPITAL… diabetic,hypertension,getting pregnant,vaginal itching and discharge and many more.BUT YOU CAN CALL – +2348069132009 OR FOR MORE INFORMATION OR PURCHASE.

  9. Parsley is an uncommon health herbs. It is certainly neither “ewedu” nor “ebolo”. Though these vegetables also have their benefits. Parsley is mostly grown in the north where the shaduf kind of irrigation is practiced. Therefore it may not grow in the rain forest south, east or west. However, the herb is available with Hausa boys selling groceries and vegetables in traffic hold ups between Victoria Island and Ajah; under the bridge at the Law School Bus Stop in Victoria Island; Groceries section in both the Spar (ground floor) and Shopprite in Victoria Island.

  10. Dear All,
    Thanks very much for your post. To be honest, I am a fan of leave in general (ewedu, ugwu, various types of efo and so on and so forth.). Now I had a call out of the blue from a friend who wanted to know the Yoruba name for “Parsley”. I for one know that parsley has to do with a pattern of shirt (forgive my bravery), and had absolutely no clue that this was leave related. I have read and enjoyed all the comments posted by every one, but I am still lost on what this parsley is called in Yoruba. I really need to rush to Somewhere to get this especially with the added benefits (health wise). Gaizan, Kawu and Yarima please .. an chay sunan shi “Lansir” ne? ni ma ban taba ji shi. dan allah ku bani ansawa?
    Thanks every one and I hope to get the correct feedback before the new year.
    Stay blessed

    • The real name is EFO EBOLO in Yoruba. Its already in d market now. If u a stay in Ibadan I can get it for u right. But its very scarce during dry season. 08053516163

  11. Those posting misleading comments need to stop. Parsley is not efirin or scent leaf or efo yanrin. Parsley is mostly abundant in northern Nigeria and called Lansir in Hausa language

  12. This look soooo much like efirin, I have seen my mum and most women use in mostly in pepper soup but never sure of its benefits but it’s never soft after cooking but has this usual smell and taste in food.

  13. This is an important subject that has to do with health, any one who is sure should help others identify the leaves by either posting or placing mobile number for people to reach the person for information. Thanks.

    • I know d vegetable very well I use to eat it during d season. Anybody who wants it can contact me but its always available in d raining season. Some people dont like it bcos of d scent. Its only people dat hv stayed with elderly person will like and know it. 08053516163

  14. I am really interested in getting parsley in large quantity for my fruit juice production. I produce fresh fruit and vegetable juices for my clients.

  15. lansir is generally prepared with sliced tomatoes, kuli kuli just like zogele. the only difference is that t not boiled before preparation. its very delicious . its poupular aomongst sayawa tribe of bauchi state.

  16. Parsley is not ewedu neither is it ugwu,I came across it last weekend at wuse market in Abuja (foodstuff section) with the people that sell things for salad and they called it parsley leave.

  17. hi evry1,persley leave is truly wat they called lansir,its commonly found in d north side area of Nigeria.if u know lettuce or u ask some1 selling it dey will tell u wer 2 get it(Hausa men)

    • Parsley isn’t ewedu in Yoruba neither is it ugwu in Igbo. It is called efo ebolo in Yoruba and it is very medicinal especially for the elderly ones.

  18. Let me start by saying thank you for the owner of this blog. It happened that I woke up this morning and found a piece of write up about this leave forwarded to my what’s app with the head line “Kidney Cleansing”. The name of the leave mentioned was Corriander leave and was translated to be “Efo Ebolo” in Yoruba language.

    I googled the corriander leave and it was the picture above I saw.

    Now the confusing thing is that, can it has two English names?….. .

    Pls I need someone to shed light on this.

    Thank you and God bless the perticipants of this blog.

  19. I have experienced usage of this wonderful vegetable. It works for me sincerely. The effect is immediate. Though, one man’s meet is another’s poison. As you know body system and irritability varies. To m it works wonderfully. I ran my stool freely with some unwanted particles.

  20. This is called “Ebolo” in Yoruba. It is available mostly wild on virgin land during raining season.

    It has a special smell that makes one loves it in addition to its medicinal values.

    God is great!

  21. can someone help me with this efo ebolo (parsley ), I’m desperately in need of it. pls help, kindly call 08037185533.

  22. You all keep arguing which is parsley & which is not, let the writer (Adelove) tell us himself what parsley is called in Yoruba, Igbo, Hausa… Or what do u think guys?

  23. This is ebolo in Yoruba language, I don’t know other language name. If you wish to see the picture how it is
    looks like in my vegetable garden from my compound. I can take fresh picture and send it to your whatsapp.
    send to my email your request.

  24. I have gone through the comments above and I found out nobody actually knows what parsley is called in our local languages but after making some research, I got to know how the leaves looks like and how you can get it. If you have seen any leave in the market that the root looks like unripe carrot (mostly sold by vendors that sells vegetables for fried rice) that is parsley

  25. I have followed with interest the comments on this potent leaves which I have found useful. I was researching on 10 super medicinal natural spices when I came across Parsley leaf. I started asking friends. Then one faithful day, a guy sitting opposite me in a bar overheard my query and interjected that the fresh leaves are better. Upon further prodding, he volunteered that I could get them from any Indian shop. he directed me to illupeju. and off I rushed. yes. Illupeju. first turning right after town planning road along Ikorodu road inward palmgoove. enter service lane by Anthony. Or first turning left as you enter town planning – just that you have to go make a U-turn and head back as if to enter Ikorodu road. he leaves are even sold by Nigerian farmers outside the shop. 200naira a small measure. you can also get them inside Spar shop, lekki.

    I hope this is helpful.

    I have been taking parsley everyday for over 8months now.

  26. With the history, it is not a vegetable. It is a fern group and a biennial. Please let us continue with the research! Thanks

  27. If u have seen it, kindly let me see the seed with the pod, is it viscous or draw when cooked?. If answered, in shaa Allah, I shall give u the ypruba name, i have seen something like that before but i want to be 100% sure before I jump, u know that?.

  28. And so, I went to my hometown in Ondo state. I show the parsley picture to my people, I got same reply from all of them, I was taken to a place where the plant is, I saw it, Lo and behold, it’s parsley leave, the root looks like unripe carrot or something close to a potato. It is called ‘Abere olumesin’. Whatsapp me on this number if u need some. 08056701911

  29. Thanks to all contributors, sparsely is not ebolo, ebolo does not have carrot like node at its root. I’m interested in knowing what this parsley is like in real life, and I give you feedback.thanks

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