Chervil (Anthriscus cerefolium) is a green herb with a mild taste – cross between tarragon and parsley, with hints of anise and licorice. It grows small white flowers and has delicate ang curly leaves. Also referred to as French parsley, this herb is used for both culinary and medicinal purposes. It is a good source of vitamin C, carotene, iron, and magnesium (1).
The active constituents of chervil are volatile oil, flavonoids, and coumarins. Additionally, it also contains methyl chavicol (estragole) and hendecane (undecane) (2).
According to studies, chervil demonstrated antioxidant effects. Antioxidants delay or prevent cell damage, particularly oxidative stress that plays a role in various diseases including cancer, cardiovascular diseases, eye diseases, and diabetes (3).
Being a close member of the parsley family of herbs, chervil contains similar health-benefiting essential volatile oils like methyl-eugenol (1-allyl-2,4-dimethoxybenzene) (4).
When it comes to skin disorders, chervil leaves are also very beneficial particularly to inflammatory skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, acne, and Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (2).
For centuries, chervil has been used in alternative medicine to help improve certain medical conditions including the following (3):
• Digestive disorders
• High blood pressure
• Pockets of infection
• Kidney stones
• Reducing water weight
How To Use Chervil
Here are some of the ways of using chervil as a remedy (5):
• Prepare poultices by simply crushing the leaves and adding a few drops of vinegar and salt. Apply it on areas of the body suffering from contusions.
• Decoctions are prepared from flowered tips and chervil seeds for higher effectiveness. Seat baths with this decoction significantly reduce hemorrhoids.
Chervil leaves can be used as a garnish. Its blanched sprigs are often used in soups.
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