Parsley is a Mediterranean herb that lends a sprinkling of color to your plate. But let’s not think of it as just a garnish – after all, parsley has been used for more than 2000 years for the many health benefits it possesses. It was shown that it can provide incredible results in the case of various health issues, especially in the treatment of swollen feet.
Causes of Swollen Feet
The accumulation of water is the main cause of swelling in the feet often referred to as edema. Pregnancy can be another cause of edema, particularly if you are pregnant during hot or humid months. You should know that edema can be a sign of preeclampsia, so we recommend you to ask for medical advice.
Warning: This recipe is not recommended for pregnant women since consuming excess parsley can lead to health complications.
Causes of Mild cases of edema:
- A sedentary lifestyle
- Excessive consumption of processed foods and foods high in salt
- Side effects of medications
How Parsley Helps for Swollen Feet
For many years, parsley has been used to reduce swelling and boost energy levels. It is a natural diuretic, meaning that it can help the body to eliminate the excess fluid. Moreover, it can also flush out the excess salt that can contribute to the development of edema.
Parsley has the ability to support your kidneys, which are responsible for flushing toxins and urine out of your body. Including parsley in your daily diet as well as drinking plenty of water will help your body to flush out toxins and water more quickly and consistently. The high potassium content is another benefit of using parsley as a diuretic.
Chemical diuretics, on the other hand often flush potassium out of your body, causing many side effects. Using parsley can help to maintain healthy potassium levels.
How to Prepare Parsley Tea
An easy way to include this herb into your diet and treat your swelling is by preparing your own parsley tea at home. It is recommended to drink up to two quarts of parsley tea on a daily basis.
First, boil a pot of water. Chop fresh parsley leaves into small pieces. Then, pour 1 cup of boiling water into a tea cup and add ¼ cup of chopped parsley leaves. Let the tea steep for 5-10 minutes. Make sure to strain out the parsley leaves and drink the tea. If you want you can add a little ginger and honey to taste.
It is recommended to consume your parsley tea warm in order to obtain the maximum effects.