You’re probably more familiar with parsley as a green herb used to bring flavor to your dishes and garnish your salads than as a medicine herb.
The benefits of parsley are numerous and as a tea, it may help to cleanse your system as well as it may be the solution for irregular menstruation and cramps.
Parsley is a biennial plant that reaches 30cm in height, with composed leaves of bright green color.
The leaves can be either flat or curly, with white small flowers in bunches with small seeds.
Parsley eaves are picked in the spring and again in the autumn.
There are several kinds of parsley: curly parsley, which is the most used; flat leaf, which you should avoid; and Italian parsley, among others.
It is native to Europe and the Eastern Mediterranean, but is now cultivated around the world as a spice and nutritive plant, to be used as a salad herb, a garnish or to make this green colored tea.
In order to make your tea, you can use parsley leaves – fresh or dried, - roots and seeds. Parsley is rich in flavonoids and antioxidants.
This plant has been known since Ancient Greece and Rome, being used as a diuretic, digestive tonic, stimulant of the menstrual flux. It was associated with the goddess of the underworld, Persephone.
Today, the health benefits of tea that parsley can provide you are those you can read in the section below.
As you’ve seen, Parsley benefits are numerous, but be sure to read also some of the known Parsley side effects.
Herbal tea and pregnancy do not always go together and this is certainly one of those situations. Because parsley herbal tea brings on menstruation, pregnant women should not drink this tea, as parsley side effects include uterus stimulation, predisposing you to abortion.
So if you are thinking of adding a sweet bundle of joy to your life, best stay away from this herb for the time being.
Also during breastfeeding, drinking parsley tea is discouraged, so it is best to check with your doctor if you want to start drinking this tea or garnishing dishes with parsley herb.
Which is best: curly and flat leaf parsley? Always choose the former when available, as flat leaf parsley can be confused with poison hemlock.
Finally, if you suffer from inflammatory kidney disease avoid taking this tea, as parsley may cause formation of kidney stones due to the oxalic acid present in this herb.
Another suggestion for you to use this tea as a diuretic is to: wash your parsley and then pat it dry. You can either chop it or leave it whole.
Boil water and then pour it over fresh or dried parsley. Let it rest for 5 to 10 minutes. Strain the parsley leaves, using a strainer and then drink.
The taste of Parsley Tea can be rather strong and feel bitter and your tea will have a nice green color. The longer you let the leaves steep, the stronger the taste, so try it different times until you feel you’ve hit the right taste for you.
You can always sweeten it, but if you are looking for a weight loss tea, try different steeping times or herb quantities before resorting to sugar or honey. Sometimes taking the time to experiment may be just the perfect way to keep you from adding unnecessary calories to your drink.
As you shouldn’t reuse the leaves when making additional tea, it’s good to know that fresh parsley herb can be obtained from your grocery store.
Or why not start growing parsley in your garden or in your window box? You can easily grow parsley for your tea or to garnish your dishes.
As it is biennial parsley will only flower and seed in the second year. The parsley plant requires plenty of water to germinate faster, so make sure to do it frequently and choose moist earth in which to plant your seeds.
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