Parsley tea is the new boom in the natural health community. Not only is parsley widely available, it is also extremely beneficial to our health.
Parsley is widely used in European, Middle Eastern, and American cooking. Curly leaf parsley is often used as a garnish. In central Europe, Eastern Europe, and southern Europe, as well as in western Asia, many dishes are served with fresh green chopped parsley sprinkled on top. Root parsley is very common in central, eastern, and southern European cuisines, where it is used as a snack or a vegetable in many soups, stews, and casseroles.
Garden parsley is a bright green, biennial plant in temperate climates, or an annual herb in subtropical and tropical areas.Where it grows as a biennial, in the first year, it forms a rosette of tripinnate leaves 10–25 cm long with numerous 1–3 cm leaflets, and a taproot used as a food store over the winter. In the second year, it grows a flowering stem to 75 cm (30 in) tall with sparser leaves and flat-topped 3–10 cm diameter umbels with numerous 2 mm diameter yellow to yellowish-green flowers. The seeds are ovoid, 2–3 mm long, with prominent style remnants at the apex. One of the compounds of the essential oil is apiol. The plant normally dies after seed maturation.
Parsley is highly effective when used in medicinal purposes, especially for reducing swelling.
Issues caused by fluid retention, such as hydropsyedema are manifested by swelling typically located in the extremities; feet, ankles, legs, arms, and hands. This condition is often related with venous or lymphatic system.
While there are dozens of potential causes of this issue, the most common ones include the use of medicines, poor circulation, genetic factors, physical inactivity, pregnancy, menopause, etc. Chronic swelling should not be taken for granted, as it can be an indicator of liver, heart, and kidney disease.
Consuming parsley to treat the issue of swelling is considered one of the most effective methods of getting rid of this issue. Parsley has been used for this purpose all the way back in Ancient Greece, and it was often recommended by Hippocrates himself for this issue.
One of the most effective methods of introducing parsley to your organism in order to reduce swelling is by consuming a parsley-based tea. Here is the recipe:
- Cut the leaves and roots of parsley into small pieces
- Place them in an airtight glass container and refrigerate for a week
- Add ¼ cup of refrigerated parsley into an infusion basket and let steep for 10 minutes
- Add sweeteners such as honey to taste
- Consume while still warm
Dr. John R. Christopher, an American herbalist, claims that consuming 2 liters of parsley tea a day, ore one cup every hour, will yield results in no time. He also suggests not to remove any parts of the herb and use the leaves, root, and seeds for maximum efficiency.
NOTE: The use of parsley tea is not recommended during pregnancy.