The perfect herb, we all know and love, nothing too exotic about it, you can get it all year round and it is magical for your body.
Whenever you feel stuffed, swollen anywhere, edema, bags under eyes, breakouts, indigestion, the underlying factor will take you back to your lymphatic system and your kidneys.
And this herb is ALL about kidney love and more.
I remember my mother doing this when I was a child, making parsley water.
Flushing the kidneys, reducing edema in the body.
Now I appreciate this plant for all that it offers and will share a few of its amazing properties below, but first;
How to make my parsley water:1. Boil 1 liter distilled water ( or the cleanest you can get)2. Add 2 cups fresh parsley. Either curly or flat-leaf is fine.3. Take it off the burner right away, put the lid on and let it steep for at least 10 minutes.4. You can enjoy hot or refrigerate. Strain and feel free to add some fresh lemon.
What is Parsley?
Parsley is an herb that originated in the Mediterranean region of southern Italy, Algeria, and Tunisia. It is used as an herb, a green leafy vegetable, and as a spice in its fresh and dried form. The leaf is further divided into two more types: curly leaf and flat-leaf.
The below might blow your mind, but remember this IS how nature operates. It is magic for the human body. The information has been gathered online, and if you are interested in learning how your friendly kitchen herbs and fresh produce can help YOU shine, read ON!
Promotes Kidney Cleanse:
Research published in 2002 revealed that parsley is rich in antioxidants and vitamins that help cleanse the kidneys naturally. For many centuries now, it has been used as a diuretic that helps treat kidney stones, gallbladder stones, bladder infections, and urinary tract infections (UTIs).
A 2013 study states that parsley has diuretic properties, which help treat bloating, edema, or water retention. The herb, with its rich potassium content, helps you avoid undesirable side effects of a mineral imbalance.
Research conducted on the effects of parsley on cadmium neurotoxicity suggests that it also helps boost metabolism. A healthy metabolism paves way for a quicker and healthy weight loss. Moreover, parsley also removes excess water from the body and cleanses the kidneys and livers.
Parsley has traditionally been used in the Mediterranean region for toothaches, bruises, insect bites, and rough skin. According to the American Journal of Clinical and Experimental Urology, parsley has anti-inflammatory and anti-hepatotoxicity properties that help reduce internal inflammation and also help cleanse the liver.
Parsley, abundant in vitamin C and antioxidants, has potent collagen-producing and skin-lightening properties. The herb helps to reduce the appearance of blemishes and scars. It also can balance oil production and hence, is an excellent remedy for acne.
Few herbs are as cleansing as parsley, which is packed with vitamins and potent flavonoids. It can detox the body from heavy metals as well as other toxins.
Parsley contains a flavonoid called myricetin, which can lower blood sugar levels and decrease insulin resistance. Traditionally, it was used as a medicine for diabetes in Turkey.
Its enzymes help in better nutrient absorption and improve the digestion of proteins and fats in the body. The herb also helps cleanse the gastrointestinal tract and maintain overall health.
Parsley has also been particularly effective against rheumatoid arthritis. Vitamin C and beta-carotene found in the herb possess anti-inflammatory properties that help in controlling arthritis and reducing arthritic pain. Consuming parsley juice or tea regularly is also believed to speed up the process of uric acid removal.
Prevents & Treats Cancer:
Apigenin, a flavone in parsley, prevents the progression of cancer and halts tumor growth. According to research published in Oncotarget, apigenin inhibited an enzyme, which caused the multiplication of cancer cells. The herb was found especially helpful in preventing prostate, colorectal, and colon cancer. Both, fresh and dried parsley, have high levels of apigenin.
Parsley, with its high levels of vitamins B-complex, C, and K, and calcium can help boost bone health. It helps prevent osteoporosis and maintain optimal bone health even as we age. The B vitamins also help reduce levels of homocysteine, an amino acid in the body, which can weaken bones.
Parsley helps to relieve flatulence and colic, due to its carminative action. The root, the herb, as well as the essential oil, can boost bile production and gastric juices. This gives a much-needed boost to the digestion process and cures gas, constipation, bloating, indigestion, and nausea. The essential oil can also be applied to the stomach area for relief from cramps.
Treats Acid Reflux (GERD):
Parsley has been used as a natural remedy for acid reflux since it settles the stomach and aids in digestion.
The vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants found in parsley help strengthen immunity and treating fever. The chlorophyll contained in it has anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties as well. Studies have also shown that the herb contains antioxidant properties and antibacterial properties, making it an ideal source for various home remedies.
Improves Brain Health:
Apigenin, a potent flavone in parsley, improves neuron formation and enhances brain functions such as memory and learning. The herbal extract is known to increase cognitive performance as well as improve alertness and memory.
Antibacterial & Antifungal Properties:
Parsley has enzymes that are antibacterial and antifungal. It has an inhibitory effect against the bacterium Staphylococcus aureus, which can cause boils, skin infections, cellulitis, and severe conditions like pneumonia and meningitis.
The herb also helps reduce joint pain, fatigue, and can soften stiff muscles, because of the presence of a potent antioxidant, quercetin. It is especially good for people suffering from arthritis and joint problems. You can also use parsley juice to cure toothaches and earaches.
The high concentration of iron in parsley helps treat anemia, which is caused by iron deficiency. Vitamin C in the herb aids in better absorption of iron. People who have a hard time taking iron supplements are often told to have their juice or tea.
Treats Bad Breath
Chewing a few sprigs of parsley helps fight bad breath or halitosis. The herb’s fresh flavor and high chlorophyll content help freshen the breath temporarily. This is probably why it has been used, since ancient times, as a natural mouth freshener.
Parsley is abundant in flavone antioxidants, which can reduce oxidative stress, thus boosting cardiovascular health. This herb also contains high levels of vitamin B and folic acid that prevent the thickening of artery walls. Also, potassium in the herb lowers blood pressure, which helps prevent heart diseases and strokes.
Parsley helps improve the hormonal balance in women, enhances their libido, and boosts the secretion of the estrogen hormone. Intake of the herb helps treat hormonal disorders like premenstrual syndrome, menopause, or delayed menstruation cycle. Furthermore, parsley tea helps reduce menstrual cramps and discomfort.
Parsley is abundant in vitamin A, and antioxidants like carotenoid as well as beta-carotene, which helps boost eye health. It helps protect the retina from damage and prevents macular degeneration as well as cataracts. The nutrients in the herb also help reduce eye puffiness and dark circles.
The paste made from powdered seeds of parsley has long been used as a natural remedy for hair lice, dandruff, and scalp irritation. It also helps strengthen weak hair, promotes healthy hair growth, and stops hair fall. The nutrients in this powerful herb can help increase keratin and collagen production, which protects the hair from free radical damage. Also, a parsley rinse can help retain hair color since it has high levels of copper.
This is how one plant can aid the body in doing its natural processes.
by Hilde Larsen