Parsley “chemoprotective” plant

The History of Parsley


The name “parsley” comes from two Greek words Petroselinum (petrose) meaning “rock.”, and the other is selenium, which is an ancient name for celery. Literally, parsley means “rock celery.”  Rock celery because it thrives on rocks and walls.  The ancient Greeks and Rome believed parsley was sacred and also evil, where death and victory run hand in hand. Warriors fed parsley leaves to their horses to give them strength. The Greeks placed it on winning athletes and also on the tombs of the dead.  Parsley was closely associated with death, perhaps due to its look-alike “fool’s parsley”, which is poisonous. It was scattered over graves during funerals and planted on those sites as well. The saying “De’eis thai selinon”, or “needs only parsley” was the equivalent of today’s “one foot in the grave”.

A lot of us think that parsley only acts as a garnish for food, making the plate look more presentable and attractive. Some people just toss the leaf away or push them to the side of the plate. Not a lot of people actually eat them along with their meals.

There are two main types of parsley plants used as herbs in recipes:

            1. Curly-leaf parsley also called French parsley
            2. Italian, or flat-leaf parsley

Flat-leaf Italian parsley is more closely related to the wild parsley species that was first grown in the Mediterranean. Compared to curly parsley, it also has a stronger flavor and is easier to grow.

Some people prefer the curly-leaf variety because of its decorative appearance when it’s used on top of recipes. Both types taste very similar to someone who is not extremely familiar with them, and both offer similar health benefits.

Parsley can provide much more than a decoration on your plate. Parsley was used medicinally prior to being consumed as a food in the Mediterranean for 2,000 years before it was used for food.





It contains a range of protective vitamins and flavonoid antioxidants that are responsible for many of the disease-fighting parsley benefits being researched today. These antioxidants include luteolin, apigenin, lycopene, beta-carotene, and alpha-carotene.




          Immune Booster

Vitamin C has many different functions.

  • Its powerful anti-inflammatory agent and its antioxidants help slow the aging process.
    • It perfectly helps to fight with edema, no matter where they occur: on the legs, face or in other places.
  • usefulness in conditions such as osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis, and needed for the healthy function of the immune system.
  • It may also be helpful in reducing the severity of asthma, osteoarthritis, and rheumatoid arthritis.
  • Vitamin C improves iron absorption.
  • Vitamin C helps maintain a healthy gut environment, where much of the immune system is actually located

        1. Pass the leaves and roots of the plant through a meat grinder and add the seeds in a glass bowl.
        2. Pour boiling water and wait about 7 minutes. After that, tea can be filtered and drunk.
        3. It is advisable to drink a cup of tea every two hours.
        4. To improve the taste, you can add lemon and honey.

          Important antioxidant

Vitamin A ~ helps reduce the risk for the development and progression of conditions like atherosclerosis, diabetes, and colon cancer.

It is a nutrient so important to a strong immune system that its nickname is the “anti-infective vitamin.”

          Cancer prevention

  • Protecting your cells from damage caused by unstable molecules called free radicals
  • This herb is sometimes called a “chemoprotective” plant because it helps protect DNA from damage, stops cell mutation and helps induce apoptosis, or the death of harmful cells.
  • Folate is vitally important for cancer-prevention or inhibiting tumors due to high levels of anti-inflammatory compounds. It is therefore important for cancer-prevention areas of the body that contain rapidly dividing cells such as the colon and the cervix.
  • Apigenin has been found to
    1. …“inhibit the progestin-dependent synthesis of human breast cancer cells
    2. …significantly delaying the development of, and decreasing the incidence and multiplicity of mammary tumors,” according to research done in 2013 by the American Association of Cancer.
  • Myristicin, limonene, eugenol, and alpha-thujene are powerful oil components that benefit the body’s immune system and help fight cancer neutralizing oxidative stress and fighting off carcinogens.

          Heart Health (B, K, C)

  • K Promotes strong capillaries and is used for the prevention of spider veins.
  • B Reduces blood vessel damage lowering the risk of stroke, heart attack, and atherosclerosis (thickening of artery walls).
  • K Just 10 sprigs improves bone health and improves calcium absorption.
  • K Proper blood clotting, which can help prevent excessive bleeding.
  • C Improves Heart Health
  • Carotenoids (A vitamins) contribute to lower rates of heart disease
  • B Folate is needed for heart health – it’s a vital B vitamin that plays a critical role in protecting your heart. Folate in order to convert homocysteine, a type of amino acid found in the blood. Homocysteine is a potentially troublesome molecule that can cause damage to blood vessels when uncontrolled, potentially leading to a heart attack or stroke.
Just two tablespoons (8 grams) of parsley deliver more vitamin K than you need in a day.
NOTE:  If you are taking blood-thinners such as Coumadin (warfarin),
it is important that you do not suddenly begin to eat more foods containing vitamin K, which plays a large role in blood clotting.


Improves Oral Hygiene

Parsley is chock full of chlorophyll, which has antibacterial properties. You have all probably seen a sprig of parsley as a garnish to decorate your plate or on a display of dishes in a restaurant. What you may not know is that eating it after a meal fights oral bacteria that causes bad breath.

          Digestive Health

  • Parsley works as a natural diuretic.
  • Improves digestion of proteins and fats
  • Parsley’s high enzyme content contributes to improving overall digestion, and the effective elimination of waste.
  • Parsley stimulates digestion and the kidneys and helps eliminate toxins and kidney stones. It relieves water retention, bloating, indigestion, and flatulence (preventing the formation of gas).
  • It increases urine flow to remove infection-causing bacteria from the urinary tract.

“Parsley is used for inflammation of the kidneys and bladder, gravel, stones, and urine retention.”

“Parsley is remarkable for its ability to expel watery poisons, excess mucoid matter, [even] flatulence, reducing swollen and enlarged glands.”

According to Dr. John Christopher of the Herbal Legacy Group

  • Acts as antiurolithiatic drug through decreasing urinary calcium excretion, increasing urinary pH, dieresis, decreasing urinary protein excretion, and via its nephroprotective activity.”
  • It helps your body flush out more toxins such as heavy metals

According to a 2002 review done at the American University of Beirut.

  • It prevents the formation of kidney stones, benefiting digestive health because it helps stimulate kidney production of urine and draws excess water out of the abdomen, where it can cause discomfort and indigestion.
  • Regular consumption of parsley also speeds up the process of uric acid removal. This is a symptom of arthritis.
  • Help relieve water retention
  • And eases bloating
  • Treats a number of gastrointestinal symptoms and disorders:
    1. including gas
    2. constipation
    3. bloating
    4. indigestion
    5. nausea
  • It helps increase bile production and beneficial gastric juices that are needed for proper enzyme functions involved in food and nutrient absorption.

        1. Use 30g (or 3 tablespoons full) of parsley leaves per 4 cups of boiling water.
        2. Let it steep for 10 minutes and sip before meals to prevent bloating, or after to relieve it.
NOTE:  Parsley can cause serious issues for those who already have kidney or gallbladder problems.

Wound Healing

An essential amino acid found in parsley is needed to repair damaged tissues. Parsley juice works wonders to speed up wound healing after surgery.

Soothes Irritated Skin:

Rub dried or fresh parsley leaves on irritated skin or insect bites to soothe skin irritation. When dealing with boils, boil parsley leaves in water and apply it on the affected areas for a few hours. It also helps to fade freckles and spots.

Protects Eye and Skin Health(A)

  • Carotenoid and beta-carotene boost eye health. These antioxidants protect the retina and cornea from damage as someone ages.
  • Helping prevent eye disorders like macular degeneration and cataracts.
  • Fights signs of aging on the skin.
  • Parsley benefits skin and dental health by fighting off infections and bacteria.
  • Protects eyes and skin from UV light damage, and may be able to help prevent skin cancer.

Bone Protecting (Ca, K, D, Mg)

  • maintaining bone density
  • fights bone breaks and fractures

Balance Hormones(B6)

  • for normalizing menstruation
  • treating amenorrhea (loss of menstrual cycle)
  • decreasing menstrual pain
  • important for fertility
  • prevents symptoms of PMS
  • prevents neural tube defects
  • important for a healthy pregnancy

Caution: Parsley is not recommended for pregnant women in large amounts, as it may cause uterine contractions, but used after delivery, it is said to tone the uterus.

Parsley Tea (uses 2 to 4 tablespoons of fresh parsley with 2 cups of water). This tea has been used in natural folk medicine as a remedy for treating gallstones, indigestion, kidney stones, constipation, and edema (bloating). Drinking ginger and parsley tea is also a great way to soothe nausea associated with pregnancy, stomach viruses, etc.

  1. Chop fresh parsley and tie up in cheesecloth. Place bundle in a teapot with lid
  2. Bring water to boil in a kettle or heavy saucepan
  3. Pour boiling water over cheesecloth bundle, cover and let steep for 10 minutes
  4. Warm 1 tablespoon honey for each cup of tea and serve while hot.
  5. It is advisable to drink a cup of tea every two hours.

Use 30g (or 3 tablespoons full) of parsley leaves per 4 cups of boiling water. Let it steep for 10 minutes and sip before meals to prevent bloating, or after to relieve it.

Many Christian groups also celebrate Passover. Christians tend to view the brilliant green parsley as symbolizing new life, the life they believe is promised by Jesus’ resurrection. Because of Parsley’s bitterness, it is done in remembrance of the enslaved Jews and the tears they shed.

Thank you so much for taking the time to stop by.  It shows your interest in health or at least your curiosity.  I am truly enjoying learning more about the powerful benefits of the Herbs and Spices we use in our kitchens.  If you enjoyed this post and learning about Parsley, please press the follow button, like it, and share how it helped you.  If you know someone who could be helped by this information please pass it on.  People are destroyed from a lack of knowledge. (Hosea 4:6)  I’d be very grateful if you’d help it spread the word so that more people can live their best life now free and to the fullest.

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Thyme, “The Anti-Viral Herb”

The worldwide viral situation was influential for this month’s herbal choice.  Get ready to discover some very interesting benefits of this herb.  May I also suggest that it may be “Thyme”, (pun intended) to start an herbal garden.

Did you know…

> During medieval times, knights often wore scarves decorated with thyme because it was a symbol of bravery.

> Ancient Greek soldiers were given the plant before battle to bolster their courage. It also seems that thyme may have helped them breathe easy as they swung their swords.

Thyme herb contains thymol found scientifically to have one of the most important volatile oils found in thyme that offers antiseptic and antifungal properties.   Thyme can be of 300 varieties and chemotypes, or plants that seem similar, but have different chemical compositions. I would give this herb 5 star*****/A+++ rating.  Be inspired by Thyme’s extraordinary quality and value in its following characteristics:

  • *Anti-viral
  • Antiseptic (thymol contains powerful antimicrobial properties)
  • **Anti-fungal characteristics. (carvacrol, borneol, and geraniol)
  • ***Anti-oxidants –  (zeaxanthin, lutein, apigenin, naringenin, luteolin, and thymonin)
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Anti-cancer (carvacrol)

At the top of the list, you see that thyme is an anti-viral herb.   There are more than 400 different viruses that can cause infections, including the common cold, the flu, hepatitis, mononucleosis, and HIV.

A virus is a small infectious agent that can only replicate inside the living cells of other organisms. Viruses have actually been described as “organisms at the edge of life” because they carry genetic material, reproduce, and evolve through natural selection, but they lack cell structure, which is generally needed to be considered living.

>  *Antiviral herbs inhibit the development of viruses. Many of the best antiviral herbs boost the immune system(A,C), which allows the body to attack viral pathogens. This can be even better than attacking specific pathogens, which antiviral drugs are designed to do because pathogens mutate over time and become less susceptible to treatment.

Not only do antiviral herbs fight viral infections, boost the immune system, and work as flu natural remedies, but they have a number of other health benefits, such as cardiovascular, digestive and anti-inflammatory support.(A, C)

>  **Thyme is able to treat symptoms of the candida infections, whether they occur as yeast infections, skin rashes, or thrush in your mouth.

> ***Fresh thyme herb has one of the highest antioxidant levels among herbs, a total ORAC value of 27,426-µmol TE/100 g.

Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity (ORAC) values. It is an analysis that measures the antioxidant levels of food and other chemical substances. If a food has a high ORAC score, then it means the food is high in antioxidants.  The antioxidant’s strength is its ability to eliminate oxygen free radicals. With the ORAC, a higher score means the food is better at helping us fight diseases such as heart disease and cancer.


Thyme’s leaves are one of the richest sources of Vitamin K, potassium,(K) and selenium(Se) as well.

Potassium is an important component of cell and body fluids that helps controlling heart rate and blood pressure. Manganese is used by the body as a co-factor for the antioxidant enzyme, superoxide dismutase. Iron is essential for red blood cell formation.


  • Throat gargling with tepid thyme water or drinking few sips of thyme tea may help relieve coughs, sore throat, and bronchitis symptoms. Thyme offers strong antibacterial, antispasmodic, and healing properties, which fight bronchial infections.(A)
  • It helps relieve bronchitis symptoms, break down mucus, and soothe the coughs. Drinking a few cups of warm thyme tea daily to treat bronchitis, relieve a cough, and ease your breathing.
  • In the pharmacy, thyme based formulations have been used as an anti-septic mouthwash in the treatment of caries and gingivitis.

NOTE: Avoid this tasty herb if you take blood clotting medications, and stop taking it 2 weeks before surgery. In some people, it can also cause allergies, and it can cause an estrogen-like effect, so avoid it if you are at risk of hormone-sensitive conditions like ovarian cancer, uterine cancer, breast cancer, or endometriosis.


Breath Easier(Se) 

The medical term for shortness of breath is dyspnea. Despite being common, it can be uncomfortable and distressing to experience.  Helped people keep their respiratory system healthy for centuries.  From viruses to allergies—here are several herbal tools that can help you breathe easier. We all know that when we are uptight or stressed our breathing is constricted.  It’s excellent for whooping cough, bronchitis, and asthma. It also soothes a sore throat, so is a great option when hit with a respiratory infection. Put it in an infusion (tea) or inhale the vapors.  We all know that when we are uptight or stressed our breathing is constricted.

Thyme destroys mold spores, and prevents their disastrous effects, like asthma, lung infections, allergies, and blocked airways.

You can make a homemade anti-mold spray, by adding 25 drops of thyme oil to a 16-oz. spray bottle with white vinegar or 3% hydrogen peroxide. Then, spray all over surfaces affected by mold, leave to act for 20 minutes, and wipe with a damp cloth.

Boosts Mood(B2, B6, C) 

Thyme contains carvacrol, a monoterpenoid phenol which acts as a memory booster and an antidepressant.  It has been tested in lab animal models. [1] If mood-modulating neurotransmitters dopamine and serotonin in the prefrontal cortex of the animal’s increases, it may hold true for people, then ingesting thyme tea in moderation (2 to 3 cups or so daily) should have a positive effect on feelings of well-being. (2013 study published in the journal Molecules) [2] This compound was found to have positive effects on improving mood if consumed consistently for just 7 days. It does this by increasing levels of both serotonin and dopamine, neurotransmitters involved with regulating motivation, drive and overall mood.

Thyme also appears to have a protective effect of important fats such as omega-3, known to preserve mental wellbeing and our cognitive function well into old age.

Relaxation(B6, E, Ca, Mg, Fe)

Thyme helps minimize stress.

Thyme helps you to relax.

Supports Respiratory Health(A)

Due to its expectorant properties and antibiotic and antiseptic compounds, thyme can provide relief from respiratory conditions like cold, cough and sore throat.[3]

Thyme tea is an incredibly powerful natural remedy in the treatment of respiratory infections. It naturally treats colds and the flu and is effective against multidrug-resistant bacteria. Thyme suppresses coughs, and since it is a natural expectorant, it breaks up mucus and helps its elimination.  It helps reduce congestion, by making mucus thinner and easier to eliminate.

It helps soothe irritated airways, fights infection in the lungs, and prevents bronchial spasms.[4]

Thyme promotes fungal balance.  It is also helpful as a part of a comprehensive strategy for dealing with some types of organisms that are particularly aggressive. Thymol and carvacrol which are resistant to harmful organisms.  Most people with respiratory issues obtain relief from a few cups of warm thyme tea.  Thyme Tea Destroys Strep Throat, Flu Virus, And Fights Respiratory Infections.

Lowers Blood Pressure(K, Se)

Thyme’s high antioxidant content, effectively lowers blood pressure and heart rate, as well as LDL cholesterol, which has been linked to heart disease.  Its active compound, aqueous methanolic extract of aerial parts of Thymus linearis Benth, is possibly responsible for the observed antihypertensive activity. The extract also exhibited a reduction in cholesterol, triglycerides and LDL levels[5]  Carvacrol has demonstrated protective effects for LDL against copper-induced oxidation. The oxidation of LDL cholesterol leads to accumulation along the artery walls.

Thyme contains lots of potassium, which is integral to maintaining normal blood pressure.[6] Use thyme as a substitute for salt in your cooking to help lower your blood pressure.

Complements Antimicrobial Activity of the Immune System(A, C, Fe, Se)

Prevents oxidative damage to DNA in human lymphocytes (white blood cells).[7]

Effective against antibiotic-resistant strains of Staphylococcus, Enterococcus, Escherichia and pseudomonas bacteria. (2011 bench study journal Medicinal Chemistry)[8]

Improves Oral Health(A, C, Ca)

Thymol is used in dental care products because of its effectiveness against Streptococcus mutans bacterial contribution as a natural ability to prevent tooth decay and gum problems.  (A 2017 study in the German journal Fitoterapia)[9]

It has the power to eliminate oral pathogenic bacteria and other microorganisms, alleviating oral problems like gum inflammation and mouth sores. Rinse your mouth with thyme tea a few times a day.

Bad breath is often caused by bacteria and sometimes fungi in the mouth because of its antibacterial and antifungal action.

1)Boil 1 teaspoon of dried thyme leaves in 1 cup of water for 5 minutes.

2)Strain and allow the liquid to cool to room temperature.

3)Bottle and use it for gargling, 2 or 3 times a day.

Treats Acne and Other Skin Problems(A, C)

Thyme compounds thymol and carvacrol have fungicidal properties, so they destroy fungal pathogens that cause tuberculosis or other pulmonary infections, and the essential oil eliminates the Candida albicans yeast that can infect the gastrointestinal tract.

Thyme is effective in battling the bacteria that cause acne.

Thyme was more effective in treating the acne model than marigold or myrrh (as well as plain alcohol), and also produced better results than benzoyl peroxide at standard concentrations used in over-the-counter acne products for Propionibacterium acnes. (2012 a group of Leeds Metropolitan University researchers at the Society for General Microbiology) Thyme effectively fights acne, by killing off the Propionibacterium acnes strain of bacteria, which also lead to whiteheads, pimples, pustules, and acne cysts.

Thyme has yeast-inhibiting and yeast killing properties.  (2018 journal Molecules)

Thyme essential oil to treat acne breakouts, by adding 10-12 drops of it for every 1 ounce (30 ml) of carrier oil, and apply to the affected area.

Dip a cotton ball in thyme tea, and apply it on the acne. You can also mix this tea with tea tree oil and use it as a facial cleanser to prevent acne breakouts.

1)In the case of vagi*al yeast infections, soak a tampon in a mixture of 3 drops of thyme oil and a tablespoon of liquefied virgin coconut oil

2)Leave it in the vagi*a for an hour.

3)Repeat daily.

Here is a simple way to create a thyme-based skin treatment gel at home:

1)Add 2 or 3 drops of thyme essential oil to 2 tablespoons of aloe vera gel.

2)Apply to the skin and leave it on for 20 to 30 minutes.

3)Do this once daily for a few days to treat acne and fungal outbreaks.  The oil is gentle, so it is usually safe for use for all skin types.

Works as a Natural Mosquito Repellent(B2, C)

Thyme oil repels insect pests such as mosquitoes, fleas, and lice. A 5 percent thyme oil provided a 91 percent protection rate from mosquitoes when applied to the skin of hairless mice.  (2006 study published in the Journal of the American Mosquito Control Association)

A thyme-based insect repellent spray. Here is how: In a 2-ounce empty spray bottle, add

1)1½ tablespoons of distilled water

2)1 teaspoon of carrier oil such as coconut oil or olive oil,

3)1 teaspoon of witch hazel,

4)15-25 drops of thyme essential oil.

5)Shake well before spraying on your skin.[19]

Relieves Muscle Spasms(B6, Fe, Mg, Se)

The plant itself is a good source of magnesium which both prevents and eliminates cramps thanks to its normalizing effect on the function of both muscle and nerves. B6 is important to several chemical reactions in the body, including releasing glucose to muscles.

Polyphenolic compounds, which have anti-inflammatory properties.

Thyme tea is often recommended for treating premenstrual syndrome (PMS) as well as menstrual cramps. Most people find relief by consuming 1 to 4 cups of thyme tea a day.

You can also mix 2 or 3 drops of thyme oil with 2 tablespoons of sesame oil or olive oil, and use the oil blend to massage the affected area to help ease spasms.

Prevents Cancer(A, C, E, Se)

Thyme, of the mint family, doubles up as a natural cancer fighter. As one study found, thyme essential oil was toxic to lung carcinoma, prostate carcinoma (2012 Long island University study), ovarian, brain, mouth, and breast cancer cells (2010 study). Carvacrol, a prominent compound in thyme, may be responsible for this anticancer activity. Carvacrol is demonstrating some excellent early signs of potential and has piqued the interest of the scientific community more than many other natural remedies have managed.

Reduces Inflammation And Pain(C)

When we suffer an injury of some sort, it needs to be mediated by chemical compounds in order for our brains to perceive this pain. One of the main chemical mediators is an enzyme named cyclooxygenase that facilitates localized inflammation in an attempt to quarantine the area of origin.

Thyme is also able to suppress the level of this enzyme (abbreviated as COX) by as much as 80%, greatly reducing the pain and tenderness we feel.

Thyme can either be consumed or made in a topical application and used on the area where you are feeling the pain. This concoction may also be useful for everyday aches and pains, such as muscular and joint pain.
Inflammation and infection can be fought with a poultice of thyme.

1)Use dried thyme and water to make a thick paste.

2)Spread it on a small fabric and apply the herb directly to the affected area.

3)Hold or tie in place.

Digestive Tract Wellbeing

It reduces bloating from malabsorption, can relieve pain, and uncomfortable stomach cramps. Carvacrol can benefit your health is its powerful effect against harmful bacteria. Carvacrol is able to destroy or at least inhibit the growth of numerous known pathogens that can produce dangerous toxins in the stomach. It has the ability to damage the integrity of the bacterial cell membrane which inhibits the effectiveness of the bacteria and prevents it from growing.

Carvacrol helps to balance one’s digestive system is strong and a healthy digestive system is linked to overall well-being and also better immunity. Studies have found that carvacrol was effective in inhibiting between 97 and 100% of harmful pathogens while its effect on probiotic bacteria was only around a 3 to 5% inhibition.

Eat more of it in your daily foods or try a drop or two of Thyme essential oil.

Food Poisoning Protection

Thyme can even take food that is about to go bad and actively kills the bacteria that begins to fester and can cause food poisoning. Thyme, inhibits the growth of Salmonella typhimurium, Staphylococcus aureus two of three common food-poisoning bacteria that have negative effects.  So reasonably, food prepared with thyme has been observed to take longer to go bad.

Did you know that Carvacrol cleans as effectively as Chlorine?  The carvacrol in Thyme interestingly achieved significant reductions in Salmonella, more than chlorine when cleaning raw, uncooked food such as salad veggies contaminated with Salmonella. You can either rinse the raw foods in a thyme solution or include it as part of your mix.

Thyme oil remedy. It is because thyme oil contains antiparasitic and antimicrobial properties which make it highly effective in treating foodborne illness…. In the Home!

How to use?

  • Add a drop of thyme essential oil to a glass of water
  • Mix the contents and drink
  • Consume the mixture one to two times daily to resolve your trouble

In summary, an inclusion and regular use of small amounts of thyme in meals, prevents the development of diseases and conditions such as cold and fungus, diabetes, asthma, bronchitis, gastritis, pneumonia, cancer, cholesterol, rheumatism, tumor, anemia in children, Alzheimer, mood, and offers pain relief.

Thank you so much for taking the time to stop by.  It shows your interest in health or at least your curiosity.  I am truly enjoying learning more about the powerful benefits of the Herbs and Spices we use in our kitchens.  If you enjoyed this post and learning about Thyme, please press the follow button, like it, and share how it helped you.  If you know someone who could be helped by this information please pass it on.  People are destroyed from a lack of knowledge. (Hosea 4:6)  I’d be very grateful if you’d help it spread the word so that more people can live their best life now free and to the fullest.


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