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Parsley Tea Side Effects

Parsley Tea Side Effects

One of the oldest-known herbs, parsley, that is so commonly used in cooking might cause harm to our body in the form of tea. This article talks about the side effects that could occur due to over-consumption of this tea.
Rutuja Jathar
Last Updated: Feb 19, 2018
Parsley tea is a herbal tea rich in vitamin C, and has numerous health benefits. It is veritably used in various cuisines, as well as a herbal medicine. It is said to be invented in the Mediterranean regions where it was consumed for its antioxidant properties and used for treating several medical conditions, like arthritis, anemia, gallstones, constipation, ear infections, and excess weight etc. It was also commonly used to induce periods. This herb is known to stimulate the body to begin menstruating quickly with less, or no cramps. The volatile oils from parsley tea can cause the blood to flow in the direction of the reproductive organs.
So, knowing its benefits, what could be the possible side effects of drinking this tea? There are not many scientifically recognized contraindications and interactions of the tea, but yes, there are some side effects that cannot be neglected either. Hence, caution must always be taken by pregnant women, people with kidney problems, and those with recurring diarrhea problems to refrain themselves from consuming parsley tea.
In Pregnant Women
Avoid using parsley tea during pregnancy as it can cause uterine bleeding that may increase the risk of a miscarriage. This happens as stated earlier; the tea stimulates the blood to flow towards the reproductive system, i.e., the uterus and cervix of a pregnant woman. Consumption of parsley tea can cause muscle contraction of the uterus, too. It can also lead to several allergic reactions to the mucous membrane. Hence, to avoid the possibility of a miscarriage and other such side effects, a pregnant woman, or women who are trying to conceive, should stay away from this tea.
Other Side Effects
Side effects of parsley tea can occur because of several things, like using essential parsley oil for making parsley tea, which is an incorrect way to make this tea. Parsley tea must be strictly prepared using fresh parsley leaves and not essential oils. Many of these side effects occur in case of an overdose.
  • Several substances, like psoralen present in the parsley tea can cause photodermatitis reactions on the body.
  • Side effects are also seen in the form of internal bleeding in case of warfarin therapy.
  • People, who are suffering from kidney diseases should not drink parsley tea because it contains high amounts of oxalic acid that may cause kidney stones.
An overdose or excessive usage of this tea can also lead to:
  • Headache
  • Excessive weight loss
  • Bloody stools
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • High blood pressure
  • Renal damage
  • Loss of balance
  • Confusion
  • Liver problems
  • Skin rash
  • Cardiac arrhythmia
  • Nerve inflammation
  • Gastrointestinal bleeding
As you can see, consumption of parsley tea is not for all, and except for people, who have to exercise caution (as mentioned above), others can drink parsley tea, but in moderation. These were some of the basic things that you must know before consuming this tea, or any other herbal product for that matter.
Disclaimer: This NutriNeat article is for informative purposes only, and should not be used as a replacement for professional medical advice.
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