Herbs like parsley are popularly used as alternative remedies to substitute standard allopathic medicine for various problems, like menstrual pain and period irregularity, rheumatism, and as diuretic as well. Also known as Petroselinum crispus, parsley possesses certain therapeutic properties and is reported to benefits if used internally, in the form of herbal tea (infusion). This article describes the standard method of making parsley tea.
Usually, the leaves of parsley are used for making the brew. However, the seeds can also be used for brewing in certain cases, like for treating rheumatism and arthritis.
Note: Parsley tea made from seeds can result in fetal damage and abortion, and hence must be avoided during pregnancy.
Enlisted below are some of the ways that parsley tea can be effectively used:
1. as diuretic
2. for removing excess water from the body
3. for inducing periods
4. for easing menstrual pain
5. for slimming
6. for rheumatism
7. for boosting kidneys
8. as detoxifier
9. for gout and arthritis
10. for contraction of the uterus – after childbirth
The standard way to make herbal parsley tea is to pour 1 cup of boiling water over the plant material to be infused. Allow it to stand for about 5 minutes, and then strain the tea. Drink it hot.
If the recipe calls for using fresh plant material, use 1/4 cup fresh material to make the tea following the above method. When the recipe refers to using dried material on the other hand, use 2 teaspoons of material. While making parsley tea from bark or seeds, use 2 teaspoons of seeds or 1 tablespoon of bark.
You can sweeten your parsley tea infusion with honey, and/or a dash of fresh lemon juice.
1. It is recommended to have no more than one cup of parsley herbal infusion per day, except during acute period.
2. While taking parsley tea as an infusion, if you end up having any side effects, stop using the herb immediately and consult a medical practitioner.