How to Make Parsley Tea

Parsley is said to have numerous health benefits, and is consumed in different ways. Read on to know more about parsley tea, which is believed to have a detoxifying effect on the body.
Sonia Nair Apr 28, 2019
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Humans have been using parsley since time immemorial. It is believed that, the ancient Greeks used parsley for various purposes including culinary and medicinal ones. Native to the Mediterranean region, parsley (Petroselinum crispum) is now cultivated and used across the globe.
You may find different cultivars, like curly leaf parsley, flat leaf parsley, and root parsley. While curly leaf variety is mostly preferred for garnishing, the flat leaf type is said to have a stronger flavor. As far as the medicinal uses of parsley are concerned, it is mainly used in the form of tea that is prepared with its leaves.

Parsley Tea Benefits

Parsley is a herb with various therapeutic uses, and it is often used in the form of herbal tea. According to some studies, the health benefits of parsley are due to the presence of certain volatile oil components and flavonoids in this herb.
Parsley tea is said to have a detoxifying effect on the body, and hence, it is used to get rid of harmful toxins that may lead to diseases. It is also believed to have blood purifying properties, and is claimed to be useful in maintaining the elasticity of the blood vessels.
The volatile oil components of parsley prevent certain forms of cancer, especially that of the lungs. It is rich in antioxidants, like vitamin C, that can fight free radicals, thereby lowering the risk of various diseases, like atherosclerosis, diabetes, cancer, and osteoarthritis.
Being rich in vitamin A, parsley is also believed to boost the immune system and prevent infections. It is considered an excellent diuretic, as it is rich in potassium. Being rich in folic acid, parsley may promote cardiovascular health.
Parsley tea is used to regularize the menstrual cycle and promote uterine contractions, after childbirth. So, this herbal tea is not recommended for pregnant women. It is also used for treating certain conditions associated with the kidneys and the urinary tract. Parsley may also ward off bad breath, edema, and diarrhea.

Making Parsley Tea

You may either use fresh parsley leaves or the dried versions, for this purpose. Even the seeds are used for making tea, mainly for those with rheumatism and arthritis. All you have to do is to add boiling water over the leaves and strain it after 5 mins. If you want to make parsley tea with fresh leaves, you need ΒΌ cup of leaves and a cup of boiling water.
Make sure to clean the leaves properly before use. Pat them dry and chop well, before adding the water. You may also use the leaves in whole. In case you want to make this herbal tea with dried leaves, use two teaspoons for a cup of water. Two teaspoons of dry seeds will be enough for a cup of parsley tea.
If you want a stronger flavor, you may allow it to steep for a longer duration, like 15 to 20 minutes. As regular parsley tea may sometimes taste bitter, those steeped for longer durations can get even more bitter. You may sweeten this herbal tea with honey, and alter the flavor with a dash of lemon juice.
A single cup per day is the usual dosage of parsley tea. Otherwise too, moderate use is always advisable. You must consult a qualified herbal practitioner, if you want to use parsley tea for medicinal purposes. As stated before, pregnant women must avoid using parsley tea, as it can cause fetal damage and even a miscarriage.