Also Known As: Petroselinum, P. crispum, P. neapolitanum, curly leaf parsley, flat parsley.
Parsley is a popular culinary herb, utilized in American, Middle Eastern and European cuisine.
It is part of the same family as Coriander and Cilantro. Two forms of parsley are used to make the tea and in cooking. There is curly leaf (P. crispum) and Italian, or flat leaf (P. neapolitanum).
What is parsley tea? Parsley yea is made from the leafy parts of the plant. The tea can be made from fresh or dried herb.
Fresh parsley is available in grocery stores. The tea comes commercially available in tea bags, the herb can also be found in crushed or powdered form.
Parsley Tea Preparation: ◦1 tsp dried parsley or 2 tbsp fresh parsley
◦8 oz boiling water
Steep for ten minutes, the tea will be vibrant green when it’s ready to drink.
Home Remedies Using Parsley Tea:
Historically parsley has been used by many different cultures for untold centuries in the treatment of a variety of ailments. It was used as a tonic to strengthen the bladder and renal system in several countries and by the Cherokee Native American tribe.
Parsley tea is known to have antioxidant properties and is rich in vitamin C. It is used today for its diuretic and cleansing properties, often as part of a detoxifying regimen. In this manner it helps prevent salt from being reabsorbed into the tissues of the body, flushing both sodium and water from the kidneys, forcing toxins from the kidneys, liver, and bladder.
This increases blood flow, diminishes water retention, and improves edema. This generally helps fight fatigue and is used as a treatment for painful and low amounts of urine.
Parsley tea is helpful in eliminating kidney stones, it can assist the body in absorbing potassium and is believed to lower blood pressure.
It is a beneficial diuretic and other uses include as treatment for arthritis, anemia, gallstones, ear infections, and weight loss. It is believed to stimulate blood flow towards the reproductive organs.
Topically parsley tea can be used on the skin to relieve itching from insect bites and chicken pox. It can be used as a cleansing enema.
In research on parsley, “A test tube study evaluated parsley extract as a topical antibiotic, finding that the extract had a weak effect against Staphylococcus bacteria.” It has a mild antibiotic effect internally as well.
Side Effects of Parsley Tea:
Do not use parsley tea during pregnancy or if breastfeeding as it can stimulate blood flow and cause a miscarriage.
Do not use the essential parsley oil for making parsley tea, it must be prepared using the fresh or dried parsley leaves and not the essential oils or side effects can be pronounced.
An overdose of parsley tea can lead to side effects including headaches, excessive weight loss, bloody stools, nausea, renal damage, loss of balance, confusion, convulsions of muscles, and more.
Many of these symptoms are due to loss of water from the body and dehydration.
Do not use parsley tea if you suffer from any kidney diseases. If you are using Warfarin therapy, parsley tea may cause internal bleeding.
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