Like both fresh parsley and dry parsley, parsley tea has been used as an herbal remedy for thousands of years, especially for its therapeutic properties and health benefits. The herbal tea is distilled or extracted from the parsley leaf, and this leaf is one of the easiest ones to identify among all herbs. Of course, parsley is also one of the most commonly used garnishes around the world. There are quite a number of benefits associated with drinking parsley tea, is that it contains huge amounts of vitamins and minerals that help boost immunity. Parsley is believed work as an anti-inflammatory agent, helps reduce water retention and also help get rid of bad breath among other things. It is believed that the parsley leaf contains two forms of complex compounds that provide numerous health benefits to humans; the first being the volatile oils that contain substances such as limonene and myristicin, and the second compounds are the flavonoids.
The volatile oil compounds in parsley have been found—through animal studies—to inhibit the formation of cancerous tumours, especially in vital organs such as the lungs. The volatile oils in parsley have been classified among the chemo-protective foods hence they can help neutralize some carcinogenic substances. Flavonoids on the other hand are also known to be powerful antioxidants that neutralize all oxygen-based damages to healthy cells of the body. Numerous studies have also indicated that parsley tea increases the anti-oxidative levels of the blood.
Parsley tea is rich in vitamins A and C. These are two important nutrients that help the body neutralize free radicals. Free radicals are known to cause serious problems, including atherosclerosis, colon cancer and diabetes. Consuming foods that are rich in vitamin C also helps in reducing inflammatory disorders in the body; hence there is a drastic reduction in the risks of developing rheumatoid arthritis.
Just like vitamin C, parsley contains beta carotene, which is known for its abilities to reduce the impact of medical conditions, such as rheumatoid arthritis and asthma. Beta carotene is also converted to vitamin A in the body. Vitamin A is often referred to as the anti-infection vitamin because of its abilities in boosting the immune system.
For centuries, parsley tea has been brewed to soothe the effect of dry cough, and till today, the tea is still being consumed for alleviating the symptoms of cold. Parsley tea has also been confirmed to be rich in folic acid, which is a form of Vitamin B. Folic acid is widely known for its numerous benefits on the cardiovascular health. Certain benign molecules that can cause serious damages to the blood vessels can be neutralized by folic acid, these benign molecules are usually found in high cholesterol blood, and if not checked, they can cause long term diseases such as stroke and heart infections.
Parsley tea is known to contain a substantial amount of minerals such as potassium. Though potassium is a diuretic substance, it has, however, been proven that the mineral is capable of treating kidney disorders and dysentery. Folic acid is also known to help in the proper cell division; hence it can be an effective cancer prevention substance, especially when there is rapid cell division involved.
For centuries, women have come to rely on drinking parsley tea in order to ensure proper regulation of menstrual periods. Women who have just deliver babies are also offered parsley tea to help control uterine contractions. This effect has been made possible with the presence of a substance known as “Apiol” in the tea. Though, parsley tea has been found to be helpful to women after childbirth, its consumption during pregnancy is seriously prohibited.
Kidney and urinary infections have been effectively handled with parsley tea consumption for years. It has been confirmed that moderate consumption of parsley tea on daily basis can help the body prevent salt from being re-absorbed into body tissues, this simply means that parsley can remove excess salt from vital organs such as the kidneys, the bladder and the liver, hence it can be used as a form of treatment against kidney stones and some urinary tract infections.
The making of parsley tea is quite simple. If you have access to some fresh parsley leaves, simply infuse a quarter of a cup of the leaves inside an infusion basket and put the basket inside a tea pot before pouring a cup of filtered boiling water over it. Allow the tea to steep for between 6 and 8 minutes, and then remove the basket in order to remove the infused parsley leaves. You may add few drops of honey or lemon juice to sweeten the tea, but it is ideal to consume parsley tea without sugar. Parsley tea should be consumed when warm or hot.