Benefits of Parsley Tea
- Regular consumption of parsley tea can help in combating flatulence as well as excess mucus.
- Because of its diuretic properties, parsley tea is often used for detoxification. It reduces water retention and helps in flushing out toxins from the body.
- Since parsley is high in vitamin C, therefore it aids in the absorption of iron in the body. This is very helpful for people who suffer from anemia.
- Because of its diuretic properties, parsley tea is extensively used in weight loss diets. However, its efficacy has not yet been proved.
- An infusion of parsley is also recommended for people who suffer from chronic fatigue.
- Parsley is rich in vitamin C and has anti-inflammatory properties. Because of this, consumption of parsley tea can aid in combating arthritis and rheumatism.
- Parsley tea is also used in easing discomfort from bladder infection.
Parsley Tea Side Effects
- Parsley tea should not be consumed by pregnant women as it acts as a uterus stimulant which can increase the risk of miscarriage.
- Excessive intake of parsley tea can cause nausea and vomiting.
- Too much consumption of parsley tea can cause diarrhea and bloody stools.
- The essential oil of parsley tea is toxic and is not recommended for internal use.
- Parsley tea contains a compound called psoralen, which has been linked to photodermatitis reaction, which is commonly found in parsley cutters.
- Parsley tea is abundant in oxalic acid. So it should be avoided by people who suffer from kidney inflammation.
How to Make Parsley Tea
Place 1¼ tablespoon of dried parsley in an infusion basket and put it in a teapot. Pour 1 cup of hot water over it. Leave the parsley to steep for 5-6 minutes. Remove the infusion basket from the teapot. The tea is now ready for drinking. Parsley tea has a bit of a bitter taste, so you will need a couple of days to get used to the taste.
If you find that steeping parsley for 5 minutes makes the tea too strong and bitter, then try steeping it for 2-3 minutes. You can sweeten the tea by mixing a teaspoon of honey to the infusion. You can further enhance the taste by adding 2-3 drops of lemon juice to the parsley tea.
Dry parsley is also available in powdered form. Use this powder directly to make tea. The ratio should be 2-3 teaspoons of parsley powder to one cup of hot water. Its benefits will be noticeable over a couple of months. So, do not expect to experience its health or nutritional benefits within a week.