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Chervil (Anthriscus cerefollium)

Benefits of Chervil (Anthriscus Cerefollium), Medicinal uses, and side effects

The use of herbs for various ailments has been known for ages and they are not only to treat diseases but also free from side effects. Chervil (Anthriscus Cerefollium) is the herb that has been used by our Acharya since ancient times for revitalization. It can be consumed in large quantity and do not cause any danger to health. This herb has great nutritional value and its leaves and roots are commonly used. The leaves of this plant resemble carrot tops. It is used as a flowering agent in various food articles and can be used in digestion and skin-related issues.

Botanical name- Anthriscus cerefollium

Family – Umbelliferae

Chervil (Anthriscus Cerefollium) Names in different languages

  • English name- French parsley, Garden chervil
  • Hindi name- Chervil
  • Arabic name- Maqdunis franji, Maqdunis afranji
  • Basque name- Apo perexil
  • Catalan name- Cerfull
  • Chinese name- Sâi yèuhng ngòh sam, Saan loh baahk, Sai yihp kähn Saan
  • Danish name- Kervel
  • French name- Cerfeuil
  • Azeri name- Dad kepnib
  • German name- Kerbel, Französische Petersilie, Gartenkerbel

Morphological characteristics of Chervil (Anthriscus Cerefollium)

Chervil (Anthriscus Cerefollium) is an annual plant that grows up to the height of 12 to 24 inches. Its stem is round, finely grooved, hairy, much-branched, and light green. The flowers of this herb are delicate, dainty, and arranged in tiny umbels and white. Its leaves are bi-pinnate, compound, opposite, light green, and subdivided into opposite and deeply cut leaflets. The root single tapering is thin and white. Fruits are beaked, segmented, and oblong and seeds are long and pointed.


It is cultivated in most of Europe by the Romans and the temperate part of Asia. It is native to Germany, England, and America but is not cultivated in India.

Pharmacological actions-

  1. Diuretic- increases urine and helps the body to get rid of salt and water
  2. Digestive- comprises fibers and aids digestion
  3. Expectorant- facilities the mucus secretion from the respiratory passage
  4. Stimulant- works as a stimulator for physiological activity
  5. Antioxidant- protects the body from the damage caused by free radicals and maintains the body’s metabolism
  6. Anti-inflammatory- helps to treat flu and the common cold

Benefits of Chervil (Anthriscus Cerefollium)

Blood pressure

Chervil (Anthriscus Cerefollium) works as an antihypertensive that maintains the blood pressure and works as a blood thinner. This herb is the richest source of zinc and iron that fights against anemia. It increases blood circulation and treats diseases like varicose veins.

Urinary disorders

Chervil (Anthriscus Cerefollium) is a diuretic herb that increases the process of excretion and promotes urination which leads to the elimination of toxins from the body. It shows good results in the case of kidney and bladder stones, cystitis, etc.

Cardiovascular disorders

The non-availability or impaired availability of nitric oxide in the vascular system can lead to cardiovascular diseases. This miraculous herb increases adequate nitrate and nitrite molecules in the body for maintaining cardiovascular health. This herb is the richest source of nitric oxide than green leafy vegetables.

Skin disorders

Being an anti-inflammatory in nature, this herb treats inflammation caused by various skin diseases like acne, eczema, etc. It also shows great results in diseases like varicose veins, hemorrhoids, etc.


Due to its detoxifying property, it reduces the early signs of aging like dark spots, fine lines, wrinkles, etc. It purifies the blood and keeps the skin younger and smoother.

Other common uses are-

  1. This herb relieves menstrual cramps and works as a tonic for the internal organs.
  2. Chew fresh leaves for stopping hiccups.
  3. Chervil in ulcers and gum diseases.
  4. For skin, it works as a lotion and cleanser for maintaining skin health.
  5. It is the richest source of vitamin A and thus increases eyesight.

Side Effects of Chervil (Anthriscus Cerefollium)

It is unsafe to use Chervil in case of pregnancy and breastfeeding because the chemicals present in it cause a change in the genes of the developing fetus.


From this article, it is concluded that Chervil can be used in large quantities and does not cause any danger to health. Its leaves and roots are edible and are a good source of vitamin A. It shows effective results in case of skin and blood disorders, audio vascular health, and treats bronchitis. It can also be used as a flavoring agent in various food articles. But it is contraindicated during pregnancy and breastfeeding.

Some FAQs Related to Chervil (Anthriscus Cerefollium)

Ques: Which part of Chervil is edible?

The leaves and roots of Chervil are edible.

Ques: How does Chervil treat urinary tract disorders?

Chervil shows the property of a diuretic that increases the production of urine and expels stones and toxins from the kidneys through urine.

Ques: Can we use Chervil as a flavoring agent?

Yes, you can use Chervil as a flavoring agent.

Ques: How does Chervil increase eyesight?

Chervil contains Vitamin A that increases eyesight.

Does Chervil maintain blood pressure?

Yes, Chervil maintains blood pressure because of its hypertensive property.

In which condition Chervil is contraindicated?

Chervil is contraindicated in pregnancy and breastfeeding mothers.

Note: Our purpose is to serve useful information related to Chervil‘s benefits, dosage, and other properties. It is advised to the patients not to consume Chervil on the basis of this information. Before taking Chervil as a medicine it is better to have an expert opinion because dosage and treatment vary from patient to patient depending on their symptoms and medical history.

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About Dr. Ranjana Kaushal

Dr. Ranjana Kaushal (MD Ayurveda) has 11 years of experience in the field of Ayurveda. Right now she is working as an Ayurveda consultant with Life Aveda. She has immense knowledge about herbs, their uses, and formulations. She has published articles related to many herbs and diseases in an international journal. She is also a degree holder in yoga and naturopathy. Read More..

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