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Parsley Tea

Parsley is originally from the central Mediterranean region and is one of the plants from the carrot family. Its Latin name is Petroselinum crispum and today is grown all throughout the world, mainly for culinary uses.

There’s no doubt that you’ve seen or used this herb as a garnish, sprinkled it over many different types of dishes and you might even have it growing in your garden or on your window sill in the kitchen.

Parsley Tea in History

As far back as Ancient Greece, Parsley’s medicinal properties were considered useful in treating issues with the digestive system as well as the female reproductive system. Parsley was believed to be stimulating, especially for the brain and appetite.

Associated with Persephone, the Goddess of the Underworld, Parsley was also considered a sacred herb and a religious symbol of death and oblivion, used in funeral rites and ceremonies.

The Latin name for Parsley is from the Greek word for stone, due to the herb growing in rocky regions, although the Greeks didn’t use it for cooking in earlier times.

According to Homer, warriors fed parsley to their Chariot horses before battle to make them run faster and crowns of parsley were worn by the winners of funeral games held in the honor of the deceased.

The Romans wore parsley wreaths at weddings to ward off evil spirits. Throughout Europe today, there are still many regions with their own customs and versions of folklore related to parsley.

Along with medicinal and culinary uses, Parsley oil is used today as a fragrance for cosmetics and perfume. A common addition to the herb garden, flat or curly Parsley leaves are used to make tea and are harvested in spring and autumn.

How to make Parsley Tea

The wonderful thing about Parsley tea is that you can get the same nutrients from either the raw or infused botanicals.

There are plenty of good products available to try, if you’re looking for tea bags or loose Parsley tea. One tea bag per cup should suffice and one or two teaspoons can be used per cup if you’re steeping the loose Parsley tea in a pot, unless you’re using a tea ball or strainer.

Bring the water to boil and then after a few minutes, fill your cup or pot. Let the Parsley tea infuse for at least five minutes, or longer if you prefer a stronger steep.

If you want to try using fresh parsley leaves, you’ll need at least two to four times more than the dried herb and steep for approximately ten minutes. You can flavor the tea – fresh or dried – with lemon juice, honey or a sweetener of your choice, but taste it first to get an idea of what will work.

The Taste of Parsley Tea

Some say that Parsley tea is slightly bitter, with a bold and almost tart aftertaste. Of course, you can adjust the steeping time to suit your palate, but remember that the longer it steeps, the more vitamins and minerals will be released into the tea.

As a mild bitter herb, Parsley is known as a bright flavor and aroma that awakens the senses. Likened to the flavor of peppery hay, this tea has deep, grassy notes enhanced by the chlorophyll in the plant.

Precautions for Parsley Tea

Apparently the daily dose should be kept at one cup of Parsley tea per day if you’re taking medications like Warfarin, due to the high levels of Vitamin K, which could reduce the effectiveness of the drug.

Make sure that you check with your doctor before taking Parsley tea if you’re taking any medications, undergoing treatments or if you’re pregnant or nursing.

The Benefits of Parsley Tea

Parsley tea can be beneficial in many ways, assisting with:

  • Cleansing and Detoxing – Parsley tea has a high amount of diuretic properties, making it a useful tool when a cleanse or detox program is needed to flush away impurities, especially from the liver and kidneys. With vitamins and minerals, such as Vitamin A, K and lesser quantities of fiber, iron and potassium, a cup of Parsley tea is great first thing in the morning.
  • The Digestive and Immune Systems – Rich in enzymes, Parsley tea can kick-start the digestion and excretion, which also adds energy and makes you feel healthier just by drinking it. This tea is rich in Vitamin C, flavonoids and antioxidants, helping the absorption of iron, which is especially useful for those struggling with anemia.
  • Weight Loss – Parsley tea also helps promote weight loss by improving the digestion of proteins and fats, as well as liver storage and assimilation. With the added energy from a cup of this tea, you’ll be more likely to get excited about exercising and eating healthy.
  • Inflammation – Parsley tea is said to be beneficial for treating rheumatism and arthritis. Assisting with maintaining the elasticity of blood vessels, this tea apparently helps repair the wear and tear of internal organs and tissues.
  • Women’s Health – Apiol is a constituent of estrogen, found in Parsley tea, so this helps with regulating the menstrual cycle and alleviating cramps. As mentioned in the precautions, pregnant women should avoid Parsley tea, due to its actions as a uterine stimulant.
  • Skin Conditions – If you’re dealing with breakouts or other skin eruptions or conditions, Parsley tea can help clear up blemishes and brighten the skin. Some say that drinking this tea also helps with promoting healthy hair and that it can even inhibit cancerous growths.

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