If you have ever experienced swelling in your legs, hands, or feet, then, you know how painful it can become.
This swelling, or edema, or retention of fluids in the body, could be caused by many reasons:
- Eating too much processed foods and foods high in salt
- Poor circulation
- A sedentary lifestyle-sitting or staying in one position for too long
- Side effects of some medications
After standing or sitting for the day or during pregnancy, a bit of swelling in your legs can be normal, but chronic leg and ankle swelling-peripheral edema- can be a signal for a very serious underlying issue such as kidney disease, heart failure or liver disease.
One of the best remedies for swelling is parsley.
It Used to be Recommended by Hippocrates
Parsley is derived from two Greek words: “petrose” meaning rock, as it often pops through rocky terrain and stone walls, and “selenium” the ancient name for celery. When you put them together, it literally means “rock celery”.
There are two types of parsley-curly parsley and Italian parsley.
Parsley is used as a garnish in almost every restaurant and home in North America, even when we tend to pick it off the dish and leave it to the side.
But, researches show that, eating parsley can help protect you from a variety of diseases and ailments including, digestive disorders, urinary tract problems, menstrual pain, asthma, allergies, as well as help to lower blood pressure, improve your bone health, your breath and even help in cases of bronchitis.
According to “The Green Pharmacy Herbal Handbook”, parsley is an amazing diuretic that helps the kidneys remove excess fluids from the body (edema). Even Hippocrates recommended parsley as a general tonic for kidney stones and rheumatism.
Parsley is a Natural Diuretic
There is a study published in 2002 in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology which prove that parsley acts as a diuretic by inhibiting the sodium and potassium ion pumps, influencing the process of osmosis and increasing the flow of urine.
On the other hand, parsley is also reach in potassium and because most chemically produced diuretics actually lower potassium levels in the body, parsley also assures you do not experience this common side effect of these pharmaceutical drugs.
Parsley Tea for Recipe for Edema
Doctor John R. Christopher recommends that you should drink at least two quarts (64 oz.) of strong parsley tea per day to achieve maximum results.
By the time, you can try to increase the amount of parsley tea to a cup every hour if you feel the need. Use the fresh light-green leaves, along with the roots and seeds.
- Chop the leaves and roots into small pieces (you can also pre-chop the parsley and store them in an airtight glass container in the fridge for up to a week.)
- Place approximately ¼ cup of parsley into an infusion basket.
- Pour over a cup of boiled water or submerge into a tea pot.
- Let the mixture steep for 5 to 7 minutes.
- Remove the basket or strain the tea.
- Add honey, lemon or ginger for flavor if desired.
- Always drink parsley tea warm for the best effects.
Don’t forget to use other different techniques to reduce swelling such as raising your legs by putting your legs on pillows to raise them above your heart when lying down.
Sources and references: Daily Health Post, Healthy Food House