Annual herb growing to 2 ft (60 cm). Has finely grooved stems, opposite leaves, and many small white flowers arranged in compound umbels.
Habitat & Cultivation
Native to Europe, Asia Minor, Iran, and the Caucasus, chervil grows freely in open areas. It is cultivated throughout the world. The herb is gathered when in flower in summer.
Chervil contains a volatile oil, coumarins, and flavonoids.
History & Folklore
A basket of chervil seeds was one of the items found in Tutankhamun’s tomb. The herb is traditionally used as a “spring tonic” in central Europe. Chervil is aromatic and is used extensively in cooking.
Medicinal Actions & Uses
Chervil is a good remedy for settling the digestion. It is also used to “purify the blood” and to help lower blood pressure, as well as being considered a diuretic. Juice from the fresh plant is applied to various skin conditions, including wounds, eczema, and abscesses.