Thirty images of Parsley, Petroselinum crispum which has been cultivated for many centuries, and is now naturalized in much of Europe. In the United States it is the most heavily consumed fresh herb. The seeds and leaves have been used medicinally to treat indigestion, jaundice, menstrual problems, coughs, asthma, among other uses. Considered diuretic, stomachic, carminative, and expectorant. The seeds are used by European herbal practitioners, as a diuretic. Use of the seeds, as well as excessive consumption of the leaves, should be avoided during pregnancy and lactation. The leaves can be chewed as a breath freshener. Typically curly leaf parsley is used for fresh leaf production. Italian or flatleaf parsley is often used for dehydrated parsley products.