Parsley, that little piece of leafy green garnish that seems to decorate every plate in restaurants all across the U.S., is actually a serious herb which packs a powerful punch.
Parsley leaf is loaded with antioxidants and is a fantastic diuretic. The herb is a wonderful kidney aid, helping to get rid of kidney stones and edema (swelling), as well as healing any urinary tract infection or inflammation. Parsley root is high in calcium, iron, and B-complex vitamins.
Dr. John R. Christopher, one of the greatest master herbalists of the twentieth century, used parsley in a variety of ways. He used the herb not only for all kidney and bladder issues but also for jaundice and sexually-transmitted diseases. Dr. Christopher used parsley for water retention (edema) and suggested parsley root tea for stiff fingers and other joint issues. He said gallstones could be removed by drinking a pint of fresh parsley tea every day. The herb is also calming to the nerves and adrenal glands. Dr. Christopher recommended at least two quarts of strong parsley tea per day for these issues, or even up to a cup of tea every hour.
You can use either fresh or dried parsley to make your tea.
And here’s one suggestion that may help you make Parsley Tea:
- Take 30g of parsley leaves per liter of boiling water.
- Let it rest for 10 minutes and then take 3 times a day before meals. If you choose to use parsley root, then reduce to half the amount per liter of water.
This homemade parsley tea will help you flush the harmful toxins from your body, and help you lose 5 kilograms in just 2 days!
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.
A Word of Caution:
- 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.
- 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.
- Finally, if you suffer from inflammatory kidney disease avoid taking this tea, as parsley may cause the formation of kidney stones due to the oxalic acid present in this herb.