Parsley tea is made from the herb that is native to the northern hemisphere and popular in Mediterranean dishes. Parsley has been used for centuries as a medicinal supplement and has various uses from treating high blood pressure to easing the itch of mosquito bites.
Benefits of Parsley Tea
- Parsley is a well known diuretic so eases water retention and is an excellent detoxification drink.
- It is packed with enzymes that aid the digestive system and so some regular drinkers may find it aids with weight loss. For these reasons sufferers of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) may find that their symptoms are alleviated after regular consumption.
- Parsley benefits also include the aiding of urinary problems such as cystitis and even help with the dissolution of gallstones.
- Parsley is believed to help with excessive gas and indigestion.
- It can also clear mucus build up in the respiratory system, so can help people suffering from bronchitis or other respiratory problems.
- Parsley is believed to help with detoxification of the liver and kidneys, although any person who suffers with liver or kidney damage must seek the advice of their medical professional before commencement of this supplement.
- Parsley is rich in vitamins that aid the absorption of iron into the body. This is good for those who suffer from anemia or whose diet usually does not contain much iron.
- The herb is also thought to ease the symptoms of rheumatism and arthritis and is a popular herbal supplement for sufferers.
- The consumption of parsley is thought to have a positive effect on gout sufferers by helping to lessen the symptoms.
- Parsley can help to ward off ear infections and help with deafness.
- Parsley tea benefits also include the easing the pain of menstrual cramps and has been said to help regulate the monthly cycle.
- It eases the itching from an insect bite, such as mosquito or gnat. One can crush a parsley leaf and rub it on the affected area to soothe any irritation.
- As parsley tea has detoxifying properties, drinking it can help reduce acne by cleansing the skin.
Parsley is available in various over the counter forms including ready-made tea bags and dried parsley leaf powder, but of course it can be grown fresh in the garden and picked whenever needed.
Side Effects of Parsley
There a very few side effects to consuming parsley although seeking professional medical advice is always recommended if you have known allergies or are pregnant or breastfeeding.
Parsley is known to contain a chemical which may cause photo dermatitis in some people. If the skin shows any kind of unusual reaction from being out in the sun medical advice should be sought immediately.
Caution should be taken if picking wild parsley, as one variant, the flat leaf parsley, is extremely similar to poison hemlock and just a few leaves of that can be fatal. It is wise to only pick the curly leaf variety, buy from a local store or grow your own.