As a nutritionist, I am constantly scouring the web for the latest trends in health and wellness so that I can be informed when my clients come to me with questions about this or that food, lifestyle choice, or exercise. Lately, I’ve been seeing lots of articles popping up all about parsley tea benefits for a variety of health issues from skin health to water retention. I decided to take a deeper look at this herb we so commonly push to the side of our plates at restaurants to see what all the fuss was about… and I have been incredibly impressed! Check out four powerful health benefits below and a delicious, easily absorbable recipe to help you regularly enjoy this healing herb.
1. Fluid Retention
Studies have shown that parsley seeds can function as a diuretic (help increase our excretion of water) and so can help us with mild cases of fluid retention or edema. Feel free to add some seeds to the tea recipe below! It’s important to remember that severe edema can indicate an underlying problem such as a sluggish lymph system, kidney issues, or adrenal fatigue, so make sure you contact a qualified healthcare professional if it persists even with the tea.
2. Skin and Liver Health
It’s almost impossible to have healthy skin if our livers are congested or damaged. Luckily, this humble herb has a protective effect on our livers and that means we can detoxify to full capacity and keep our skin glowing brightly. It’s also a great source of vitamin C, which we need to build collagen, the substance that keeps our skin smooth and supple.
3. Awesome Antioxidants
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In addition to the vitamin C, a key component of our master antioxidant glutathione, parsley also contains beta-carotene, flavonoids such as luteolin, and volatile oils such as myristicin that have a synergistic effect in the body with other antioxidants to help protect our bodies from cellular damage, inflammation, and premature aging while lowering markers of oxidative stress.
4. Digestive Relaxant
Preliminary studies show that parsley may function as a relaxant in the digestive system by slowing down spasms in the muscles of the gut. For this reason, I’ve combined it with mint in the recipe below, not only because it tastes delicious, but also because mint has been found to be an effective anti-spasmodic for those suffering from IBS. That makes this tea a great tonic for those looking to soothe their tummies. As a bonus, both of these herbs are great for freshening breath, making it a win-win as a post-meal beverage.
How To Make Parsley Tea
Now you know that the parsley tea benefits are plenty, so it’s time to make your own!
- 2 liters filtered water
- 4 loose cups chopped parsley, leaves and stems
- 1 loose cup chopped mint, leaves and stem
- squeeze or slice of lemon—optional
- honey, to taste—optional
- In a medium saucepan, bring water to a boil.
- Once boiled, remove from heat and add parsley and mint.
- Cover and let steep 10 to 60 minutes.
- Strain out parsley and mint leaves.
- Stir in honey and lemon (optional).
- Drink 2 cups daily. Can be stored in the fridge for up to 4 days.
Well, it looks like parsley is going to become one of the main events at my meal times, as opposed to being relegated to garnish status. What’s your favorite way to enjoy parsley? Let me know in the comments!
This amazing post was written by Caitlin Iles, a Holistic Culinary Nutritionist and Yoga teacher who focuses on healing the body through the latest nutrition research and time-tested, evolution-based dietary concepts. She shares recipes and inspiration at www.caitliniles.ca or you can follow her on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, or Instagram.
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