The Extraordinary Powers of Ordinary Herbs
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Parsley leaves, which are strongly diuretic, can ease the discomfort of premenstrual bloating and jump-start weight loss, and their high vitamin C content makes them a valuable ally against colds and flu. For centuries they have been cultivated to freshen breath. Their invigorating, mild flavor is a key ingredient in tabbouleh, a Middle Eastern salad. To make tabbouleh, mix together in a large bowl: 2 cups minced parsley, 1 1/2 cups presoaked bulgur wheat, 1 cup torn mint leaves, 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil, 1/3 cup lemon juice, 2 chopped tomatoes, and 1 minced onion. Chill in refrigerator for two hours.