If you have had swollen legs, feet or hand you know how painful it can be.
This swelling can happen from many reasons, known as edema or retention fluids in the body, here are just a few:
- Sitting or laying in one position for a long time
- Eating to many foods that are processed or that are high in salt
- Bad circulation
- Medication side effects
Many times swelling can be completely normal from standing or sitting throughout the day, or a lot of women who are pregnant have experienced this. There are times that it can be more dangerous like chronic leg and ankle swelling and peripheral edema, which are signs that there is another issue why this is occurring. Kidney, heart failure and liver disease have been linked to these issues, so it’s best to talk to doctor if this occurs to you.
For normal swelling you can use these herbal remedies to lower swelling and also help the body remove any harmful fluids. One such herb is parsley.
It Used To Be Recommended by Hippocrates
The word parsley is actually derived from two Greek words: “petrose,” meaning rock, as it often pops through rocky terrain and stone walls; and “selenium,” the ancient name for celery. When put together, it literally means “rock celery.”
There are essentially two types of parsley—curly parsley and Italian parsley (flat leaves) which tends to be the hardier of the two.
While parsley is used as a garnish in almost every restaurant and home in North America, more often than not, we tend to pick it off the dish and leave it to the side.
But studies show that eating that parsley garnish can help protect you from a variety of diseases and ailments including, digestive disorders, urinary tract problems, menstrual pain, asthma, allergies, as well as help to lower blood pressure, improve your bone health, your breath and even help in cases of bronchitis.
In ancient times, Hippocrates recommended parsley as a general tonic for kidney stones and rheumatism as well as an antidote for poison. And according to “The Green Pharmacy Herbal Handbook,” parsley is a wonderful diuretic that helps the kidneys remove excess fluids from the body (edema).
Parsley Is a Natural Diuretic
A study that published in 2002 inside of the Journal of Ethnopharmacology, explained that “parsley acts as a diuretic by inhibiting the sodium and potassium ion pumps, influencing the process of osmosis and increasing the flow of urine.”
Parsley is high in potassium and from this many chemically made diuretics reduces the potassium levels, when consuming parsley you won’t have to deal with the horrible side effects that come with pharmaceutical drugs.
Another study that was performed in brazil called “Diuretic and hypertensive activity of aqueous extract of parsley seeds” showed similar outcomes for parsley and found out that parsley doesn’t just increase urinary flow but it also lowers blood pressure.
Parsley Tea Recipe for Edema
According to Dr. John R. Christopher, renowned author and America’s foremost herbalist, you should drink at least two quarts (64 oz.) of strong parsley tea per day to achieve maximum results.
You can increase the amount of parsley tea to a cup every hour if you feel the need. When making your tea, however, he also suggests that you use the “fresh light-green leaves,” along with the roots and seeds, if available.
- Shred the leaves into small pieces or if you want you can buy pre-chopped parsley.
- Put about ¼ of a cup of parsley into an infused basket.
- Pour a cup of boiled water over the parsley in a tea pot.
- Let this sit for 6 minutes
- Strain the tea
- And honey, lemon or ginger to add flavor if you choose.
- Drink this tea warm for best results.
As well as drinking tea, don’t forget to use other techniques to reduce swelling such as raising your legs by putting your legs on pillows to raise them above your heart when lying down.
Also exercise your legs as this helps pump fluid from your legs back to your heart.