Parsley tea is a herbal tea that is rich in antioxidants and vitamin C. Parsley tea is consumed for its numerous nutritional and medicinal benefits.
Parsley is a bright, light to dark-green biennial herb, which is commonly found in Middle East, America and Europe. There are two types of parsley - flat-leaf parsley and curly-leaf parsley. Both varieties of parsley is used for culinary purposes.
Parsley is also used for making tea by boiling its stems and leaves in water. Drinking parsley tea has many health benefits from reducing bloating to soothing stomach troubles.
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.
Parsley contains a compound known as apiol, which is helpful in regulating irregular menstrual cycle and other menstrual disorders.
It has been seen that parsley tea eases menstrual pain and cramps.
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.
Parsley tea helps in blood vessel rejuvenation. It maintains the elasticity of the blood vessels and also helps in repairing their wear and tear.
Consuming parsley tea improves digestion and helps in cleansing a sluggish liver.
Parsley has high levels of beta-carotene, folate and vitamin B12. These vitamins reduces the level of LDL cholesterol as well as the risk of homocysteine in blood. Thus it boosts the cardiovascular health of an individual.
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.