If you have ever experienced swelling in your legs (or your ankles, hands or feet), you know how painful and frustrating it can be.
Swelling, also known as edema or the retention of fluids in your body, can be caused by many different reasons such as
– A sedentary lifestyle – sitting or staying in one position for too long
– Eating too much foods high in salt, such as processed foods
– Poor blood circulation
– Side effects of some medications
Very often, a bit of swelling in your legs can be quite normal for some people who stand or sit for longer periods of time or during pregnancy for example, but chronic swelling of your ankles and legs (peripheral edema) is a serious health issue. This peripheral edema can be a signal of more serious issues, such as kidney disease, liver disease or heart failure, so if this swelling persists it’s the best to visit your doctor.
For people who have occasional swelling problems, there are herbal remedies that can be helpful for reducing the swelling and helping your body eliminate the excess fluids. One of them is parsley.
Essentially, there are two types of parsley curly parsley and Italian parsley (flat leaves), which tends to be the hardier of the two.
Parsley is used as a garnish in every restaurant and home all around the world, but many of us tend to pick it off the dish and leave it to the side.
Moreover, recent studies show that eating parsley can help protect you from a variety of diseases and ailments including, digestive disorders, allergies, urinary tract infections, asthma, menstrual pain, help to lower your blood pressure, improve your bone health, and even bronchitis.
Parsley is a natural diuretic
Parsley is a known natural diuretic. It helps the body get rid of excess water and salts by improving kidney function and taking more water from the blood.
A 2002 study published in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology showed that parsley acts as a diuretic by inhibiting the sodium and potassium ion pumps, influencing the process of osmosis, and increases the flow of urine.
Parsley also assures you do not experience the side effects of pharmaceutical diuretics (such as furosemide) because it is a rich source of potassium, contrary to the chemically produced diuretics that reduce the potassium levels in your body, causing side effects.
Another study from Bazil, published in 2009 showed similar results for parsley and suggested that it can reduce blood pressure and increase urinary flow.
Parsley tea recipe for edema
Dr. John R. Christoper, renowned author, and herbalist suggests drinking, at least, two quarts (64oz) of strong parsley tea per day, in order to achieve maximum results.
When making your tea, use the fresh light-green leaves, along with roots and seeds (if you can get them).
– Chop the leaves and roots.
– Place approximately a quarter cup of parsley into an infusion basket.
– Pour over a cup of boiled water or submerge into a teapot.
– Let it steep for 5 to 7 minutes.
– Remove the basket or strain the tea.
– Add honey, lemon or ginger for flavor if desired.
Also, do not forget to use some other techniques to reduce swelling, such as putting your legs up on pillows to raise them above your heart when lying down.
Additionally, exercise your legs as it helps pump fluids from your legs back to your heart.