Parsley is one of those miracle herbs that protect you from almost anything. Two years ago, I used to struggle with skin blemishes due to breakouts and when I consulted my friend who is a holistic practitioner.
She told me to try drinking the parsley tea as blemishes can be a sign of liver malfunction and this herb is a powerful antioxidant that cleanses and works efficiently in detoxifying kidneys and liver.
In fact, many spas use parsley for skin treatments because vitamin C not only nourishes the skin, it reduces scars and blemishes and stimulates the production of collagen, which is the key to cell reproduction and repair.
I did try and followed her advise and started to notice my skin and hair suddenly looked healthier than ever. So, I decided to investigate about the benefits and learned why it is so great.
Here is what I’ve found:
- It is an antioxidant, which means it flushes out toxins from the body.
- It is rich in vitamin C, which supports the absorption of iron in the body; thus, parsley tea cures anemia.
- Parsley carries high levels of beta-carotene, folate, and vitamin B12. This enables it to enhance and stimulate the assimilation and nutrient utilizing ability of organs.
- One of the biggest parsley tea benefits is its assistance in the treatment of diseases such as arthritis and rheumatism.
- It maintains the elasticity of the blood vessels and also helps in repairing their wear and tear.
- It is rich in enzymes that boost the digestive system and excretory system.
- It promotes the digestion of fats and proteins that further helps in intestinal absorption.
- It helps in liver assimilation and storage.
- It helps in treating gum problems.
- It relieves excessive gas from the alimentary canal.
Other Benefits Include:
- It contains apiol, a constituent of female sex hormone called estrogen. It helps in bringing regularity in menstrual cycles.
- It assists in easing menstrual cramps.
- Parsley tea has a high content of chlorophyll. Therefore, it assists the body in getting rid of harmful, pathogenic micro-organism.
- It helps the lungs to discharge residues that keep accumulating in it due to environmental pollution.
- Parsley tea is also known to inhibit cancerous tumor growth.
- Parsley is also a diuretic.
How to make parsley tea:
① Clean parsley, drain and dry them well first. Then, fill in a glass container (with half-filled water) and add a splash of white vinegar.
② Place the parsley in half-filled water glass/container (this is for storage purpose). Wrap in a towel or a plastic bag (ziploc bag) and store in the fridge – this process can last your parsley in the fridge for a week.
③ Fill a small saucepan of filtered water and bring it to a boil.
④ Chop up the parsleys and add a handful in a cup or teapot. Pour the boiling water on top, let it steep for 5-6 minutes.
⑤ Add few drops of fresh lemon juice (optional but beneficial).
⑥ You can drink it warm like a tea, it may not taste that good to you (but you can add some raw honey according to your taste). I usually chill it first and drink some every couple of hours (2 or 3 times a day), it tastes a lot better when it is cold.
Note: Flat-leaf (Italian) parsley is more fragrant and less bitter than the curly leafed kind, so for the next 30 days I brewed up some parsley tea twice daily, before breakfast and dinner.
① Fast forward with plenty cups of freshly brewed parsley tea (to preserve minerals and vitamins), I can swear that my skin is literally spotless. Moving on and until now, I still include this drink to my routine and never looked back.
② The tea made me feel more energetic, especially in the mornings, so it must have strengthened my immune system! Parsley is one of the most important herbs in providing vitamins to the body! It’s rich in vitamins A, B, C.
③ The herb is rich in enzymes, and it boosted my digestive system. Therefore, my skin got clearer and brighter. I feel healthier, and it helped me flushed the toxins out from my body.
Parsley tea should not be given to pregnant women as it acts as a uterus stimulant. Parsley tea is abundant in oxalic acid. Thus, it should not be given to patients with kidney inflammation as it may cause the formation of kidney stones.