If you have parsley growing in your herb garden you’ve got more than just an attractive garnish and a tasty herb. You also have a key ingredient for burning fat and maintaining a healthy weight. A tea made from the parsley plant provides powerful antioxidants, acts as a diuretic and can help balance the hormones that contribute to weight gain. Parsley is also one of the many all-natural ingredients in All Day Energy Greens, a green drink that can help you with your overall health and fitness goals.
Because of its unique ability to complement the tastes of so many foods, parsley is by far the most popular herb and it is used in recipes all over the world. Parsley was lauded for its medicinal purposes long before it became accepted as food. The ancient Greeks considered it sacred and even wore laurel wreaths made from parsley. Historical records indicate it was first consumed as food in Europe during the middle ages.
When consumed in tea form, parsley has diuretic properties and aids digestion, both of which can help jump-start a diet. Parsley leaves are rich in flavonoids and antioxidants and are packed with essential nutrients such as magnesium, calcium and potassium. Vegetable and herbal based teas are beneficial for people losing weight because they provide nutrients that they may be missing when they eliminate certain foods from their diets.
Parsley tea can be found in health food stores or you can make your own. If you choose to make your own tea you should start with fresh, organically grown parsley that you cultivate yourself or purchase from a local farmer’s market. Choose parsley with a rich green color and fragrant, bristly leaves. Avoid bunches that have leaves that appear to be wilted as they will not render a bright flavor when processed into tea.
To prepare the tea, place 1/4 cup of fresh parsley into an infusion ball. Put the ball into a cup or a teapot and pour one cup of boiling water over it. Let it steep for five to seven minutes then remove the tea ball. You might want to sweeten it with honey or stevia or add a few drops of fresh lemon juice to enhance the flavor. The tea can be served hot or as a refreshing cold beverage.
Benefits of Parsley Tea
- This tea may help with the treatment of arthritis and rheumatism, by ridding the inflamed articulations of toxins.
- It makes a wonderful cleansing tea because Parsley is rich in vitamins A, C and E and minerals, acting as an antioxidant.
- It acts as a diuretic, fighting water retention. Remember that water retention may be an indication that you may have kidney problems.So if it has been a while since your last checkup, why not make a visit to the doctor just to make sure that your urinary system is ok.
- It may help in cases of kidney insufficiency. This tea flushes out toxins in your body, cleansing and purifying the blood.
- Parsley tea may help reduce cholesterol.
- Traditionally, it has been used to lower blood pressure.
- It is great as a cure for cellulites and as a help if you searching for a weight loss tea.
- As it is a uterine tonic, it helps you with irregular and painful menstruations. It is a mild emmenagogue, meaning that it will stimulate menstruation (note that it is expected to work when your period is late and not when you are pregnant).
- It may help with contracting the uterus after childbirth.
- Its wonderful minerals and vitamins are of great help when you feel physically exhausted.
- It is rich in iron, so it’s a natural way for you to fight anemia.
- As a digestive aid, parsley herbal tea treats flatulence and helps to eliminate bad breath.
- It may help treat cystitis.
- And it is said to inhibit cancerous tumor growth.
Other external uses of Parsley Tea:
- Parsley infusions can be used externally to treat skin ulcers.
- It is good to clean and heal light bruises, such as insect bites for example.
- This tea is a great way to flavor rice, potato and fish dishes, meat and vegetable stews.