Parsley is a biennial plant cultivated throughout the world as a culinary herb. Despite its beneficial effects, Parsley is much-prized by "wizards" and is one of the gardener's dreads. Legend says that anyone who plants parsley seeds is likely to die before the year is out. In the south of France, it is still thought if a pregnant woman touches parsley the plant will die. Setting aside these age-old beliefs, Parsley has a taste and scent that conceals important benefits for a healthy balance of minerals and vitamins in the body. It is amazingly rich in vitamins C and A, as well as iron, calcium and magnesium. In cosmetology, Parsley is often utilised to tone the skin and lighten skin colouring.