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What Are the Benefits of Parsley Tea?

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  • Parsley tea is an herbal infusion made from the leaves or seeds of the parsley plant
  • The process of steeping parsley in hot water infuses its compounds in the beverage, allowing you to obtain traces of its plant polyphenols, vitamins and nutrients with every sip
  • It provides various pharmacological activities, including antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, diuretic, nephroprotective and chemoprotective properties
  • Parsley tea also helps to detoxify your body, lower blood pressure levels, promote healthy kidney and liver function, stimulate menstruation, improve immune health, and protect against harmful free radicals

Often used for garnishing meals and improving flavor, parsley (Petroselinum crispum) is a fragrant green herb that has a refreshing taste. Don't let its simple appearance fool you though, as it's a powerhouse of various vitamins and minerals.1

There are many ways to consume parsley, as it can be a colorful addition to salads, soups, sauces and sandwiches. But did you know that you can brew it into a soothing and therapeutic cup of tea as well? Read on to learn more about parsley tea, its benefits to your well-being and how you can brew a fresh cup of it on your own.

What Is Parsley Tea?

Parsley tea is an herbal infusion made from the fresh or dried leaves or seeds of the parsley plant.2,3 Its flavor is similar to how it smells: fresh with a cool undertone.4 It also has a bitter taste, which why it's sometimes flavored with stevia, honey or lemon.5 The process of steeping parsley in hot water infuses its compounds into the beverage. This allows you to you obtain traces of its plant polyphenols and the following nutrients with every sip of parsley tea:6,7

  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin K
  • Folate
  • Calcium

9 Parsley Tea Benefits That You Should Know About

The plant polyphenols, vitamins and minerals in parsley tea can provide various pharmacological activities, including diuretic, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, nephroprotective and chemoprotective properties, among others.8 These medicinal properties account for the following health benefits of parsley tea:

1. Helps detoxify the body — Because of its natural diuretic property, parsley tea may help flush out toxins from your body through your urine.9,10

2. Helps lower the risk for cancer — Apigenin, one of the flavonoids you may obtain from parsley tea, has been shown to provide chemoprotective properties.

According to a study published in the Journal of Cancer Prevention, the mechanisms by which apigenin help lower the risk for cancer involves the stimulation cancer cell autophagy and apoptosis, regulation of cellular response to oxidative stress and DNA damage, suppression of inflammation and angiogenesis, and retardation of cancer cell proliferation.11

3. Helps stimulate menstruation — Parsley tea is traditionally used to stimulate menstrual blood flow in non-pregnant women experiencing delayed or irregular menstruation. It may also help alleviate menstrual symptoms such as water retention and cramps.12,13

4. Promotes immune health — Parsley tea provides you with vitamin C, which helps improve your immune defenses by supporting cellular immune function, stimulating oxidant-scavenging activity and promoting epithelial barrier function against pathogens.14 Parsley tea also increases your levels of vitamin A, which is also known as the anti-inflammation vitamin due to its critical role in enhancing immune function.15

5. Helps relieve indigestion — Parsley tea is traditionally used to help ease symptoms of indigestion and flatulence. It may also be taken right after meals to protect against upset stomach.16,17

6. Fights against the effects of free radicals Parsley tea may be a good source of flavonoids, carotenoids, vitamins and minerals that have antioxidant properties to help defend your cells against the harmful effects of free radicals.18

7. Helps lower the risk for kidney stones A study published in the American Journal of Clinical and Experimental Urology shows that parsley may help increase urine volume, decrease urinary calcium excretion and raise urine acidity, making it a natural antiurolithiasis.19

8. Helps promote healthy liver function — A study published in the Journal of Intercultural Ethnopharmacology found that the extract of parsley may have hepatoprotective effects due to its antioxidant properties.20

9. Helps lower blood pressure levels The diuretic property of parsley tea may help lower blood pressure levels by releasing more sodium into your urine and stimulating urination. This decreases the amount of fluid flowing through your blood vessels, which in turn reduces the pressure on your vessel walls.21,22

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How to Make Parsley Tea

It's easy to make a steaming cup of parsley tea. Simply follow this procedure:23,24

Parsley Tea Recipe

Ingredients:

2 teaspoons fresh parsley leaves, chopped

Water

Honey, stevia or lemon, to taste (optional)

Procedure:

1. Fill a pot with water and bring it to a boil.

2. Place the parsley leaves in a cup, pour water over them and stir.

3. Let the leaves steep for five to 10 minutes or longer if you prefer a stronger taste.

4. Add lemon, honey or stevia to taste.

Take a Sip of This Mint-Infused Parsley Tea Recipe

You can take your parsley tea up a notch by adding other herbs into it. Here's a refreshing recipe you can try that incorporates mint leaves:

Mint-Infused Parsley Tea Recipe

Ingredients:

1/2 cup fresh parsley leaves

2 cups of water

Handful of mint leaves

Lemon slices

Procedure:

1. Fill a pot with water and bring it to a boil.

2. Put the parsley and mint leaves in a teapot and pour hot water over it.

3. Let the leaves steep for five minutes. You can either strain them or leave them in.

4. Pour the tea into the cups, add lemon slices and serve.

(Recipe adapted from A Dash of Lemon25)

Parsley Tea Side Effects

Although parsley tea is generally a healthy beverage, you should avoid it if you're allergic to the parsley plant, as it can cause allergic reactions. For pregnant women, drinking large amounts of parsley tea should be avoided, as it's known to stimulate menstruation. There's also not enough information about the safety of parsley tea for breastfeeding women, so it's best to err on the side of caution and avoid drinking large amounts of this beverage if you're breastfeeding.26

How to Pick Fresh Parsley for Your Tea

If you prefer making parsley tea from scratch instead of buying ready-to-steep teabags or loose leaves from the supermarket, choose plants that looks fresh and crisp, with vibrant green leaves. Avoid parsley that has yellowed leaves or other signs of decay.27

You should also make sure the plant you choose is grown organically to lower your risk of exposure to harmful gardening chemicals. Buy parsley from the local farmers market to guarantee that it's organic, or better yet, grow parsley at home.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q: What is parsley tea good for?

A. Parsley tea contains health-promoting polyphenols and nutrients such as, apigenin, carotenoids, vitamins A, C and K, folate, magnesium, and iron, to name a few.28,29 It also offers a number pharmacological activities, including antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, diuretic, nephroprotective and chemoprotective properties.30

Some of its benefits include helping reduce the risk for cancer,31 detoxifying the body,32 promoting immune health,33 stimulating menstruation,34 relieving indigestion35 and inhibiting the formation of kidney stones.36

Q: How much parsley tea is safe to drink daily?

A. You can safely drink up to three cups of parsley tea per day.37

Q: Where can you buy parsley tea?

A. Parsley tea is available in health food stores. You can also make your own using fresh parsley leaves.

Q: Does parsley tea induce menstruation?

A. Yes. Parsley tea is known to help stimulate menstrual flow and is traditionally used for this purpose.38

Q: Is parsley tea good for your skin?

A. Yes. Parsley tea helps promote healthy skin, as it contains antioxidants that may help protect your skin cells against free radical damage.39

Q: Is parsley tea good for your liver?

A. Yes. The extract of parsley present in this beverage has been shown to provide hepatoprotective properties.40

Q: Is parsley tea good for lowering blood pressure?

A. A study shows that parsley tea has diuretic properties, which may aid in the reduction of blood pressure levels.41

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