What is Chervil?
The herb chervil is from the thyme family of herbs and is used in regularly food. This herb is commonly used in French food along with other Herbs like parsley, rosemary and basil. Chervil is used as a dress up and carries a taste of licorice or aniseed. Chervil is also known as cicily, sweet cicily or gourmet’s parsley. However the herb originated in Western Asia and Eastern Europe, it gained fame through the French. Chervil is a small, annual herb growing to a height of 15 inches. Its anise perfumed lacy, fern-like, light green leaves look like that of carrot tops. The plant prefers rich, well-drained soil to flourish. During the early summer, its white flower appears in tiny umbels as in dill. Garden chervil is the most common type grown in the backside. Its leaves possess subtle, slightly aniseed-like flavor.
Benefits of Chervil
- The herb is helpful even for liver problems.
- It can be used in diet to lower blood pressure or as an aid for digestion and as a mild stimulant.
- These fight free radicals and increase antioxidants which help in boosting the metabolism and improving immunity.
- Chervil can diminish your high cholesterol quite easily if you make it a point to use it regularly.
- It is rich in selenium, potassium, manganese and magnesium. You can use its antioxidant properties to get rid of free radicals from the body.
- Use chervil paste to cleanse your pores and prevent pimple and acne breakouts. If you are yearning for blemish-free skin, this is the perfect solution.
- Chervil oil, when massaged into your hair, helps to strengthen hair follicles, thus preventing excessive hair loss.
- You also can use the oil to improve texture and look of dull, dry hair. It acts as a natural conditioner and helps you overcome those bad hair days.
- To reduce constipation, steep chervil leaves in hot water and drink the tea to ease the discomfort.
- Leaves soaked in vinegar can cure hiccups and this cure has even found a mention in ancient remedy texts.
- Chervil juice taken at periodic intervals can get better and heal the skin from injuries and scars.
- Chervil leaves are also very beneficial if you suffer from eczema and aggravated acne.
- Chervil also has a good amount of fiber, so eating large quantities of chervil is good for digestion.
- It is also beneficial for people who suffer from kidney disorders, bladder disorders and cystitis.