Parsley is known to be a food ornament; it can be seen in platters of steaks or a serving of fried chicken along with other “ornamental” vegetables to make food more presentable or appetizing. But what most of us don’t know is that parsley has rich amounts of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that can be very beneficial to our health.
Health Benefits of Parsley
Firstly, let’s have a look at the health benefits of drinking this tea listed in the section below.
• Traditionally, it has been used to lower blood pressure and reduce cholesterol.
• It may help kidney insufficiency by flushing out toxins in the body, cleansing and purifying the blood.
• Acts as a diuretic, this tea helps fight water retention, and improve edema or swelling.
• It is rich in iron, so it is a natural way to relieve symptom of anemia.
• It is helpful in eliminating kidney stones, and assist the body in absorbing potassium.
• Its wonderful minerals and vitamins are of great help when you feel physically exhausted.
Parsley A Natural Diuretic
A diuretic is a substance that decreases the fluid volume in the body by increasing urine output. Parsley is known as a natural diuretic, and the increased flow of fluids through the kidneys as urine production and output increases may have a cleansing effect on the kidneys as bacteria and germs are flushed out.
What’s In It?
Parsley owes its diuretic effect to the presence of two ingredients, apiol and myristicin, which are found in parsley oil. The amount of these substances varies across the more than 30 varieties of parsley, and the amount of oil varies in different parts of the plant, being more concentrated in the leaves than in the root. The German agency Commission E indicates that parsley may be used for ridding the body of kidney stones. There is currently no clinical evidence to support this, according to the Tufts Medical Center, but increased urine flow could potentially have this effect.
Cleansing and kidney stone prevention
Cleansing is important in preventing the growth of kidney stones in the kidneys and in the bladder. It is known that the kidneys filter blood; it removes toxins and salts that may accumulate in our body and cause illness. Cleansing will help the kidneys remove these toxins in the blood ensuring that stones will least likely to grow and multiply.
How to use parsley for cleansing
Unfortunately you can never take advantage of parsley even when you eat an entire stalk of the herb. There are only two ways to use parsley for cleansing; one is to use a juicer to make parsley juice and the other one is by drinking parsley tea.
In making parsley juice with a juicer, wash a several stalks of parsley and place these in a juicer. Add ¼ cup of water and then you are done. If the taste of parsley juice is overpowering, you may otherwise add other cleansing fruits and vegetables like lemon juice and cucumber or other complementary ingredients. Take a glassful of parsley juice in the morning and in the evening for three weeks for best results.
In making parsley tea, gather a handful of the herb and clean by rinsing with cool water. Boil a pot-full of water and add parsley. Let it boil for 10 to 15 minutes and then allow to cool down. When the parsley tea has cooled, strain it with clean gauze and place it in a bottle. Place this in the refrigerator to drink every day. You may also drink parsley tea while it is still warm.
Parsley Tea Side Effects and Other Facts
So, knowing its benefits, what could be the possible side effects of drinking this tea? 1) Pregnant women should not drink it as it can stimulate blood flow and cause a miscarriage. 2) People with kidney inflammation should avoid drinking it due to its abundant oxalic acid content. 3) Excessive intake of this tea can cause headaches, excessive weight loss, confusion, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and bloody tools, etc.