If you have ever experienced swelling in your legs (or your hands or feet for that matter) you know how painful it can become.
There are many reasons this swelling, known as edema, or the retention of fluids in the body, can occur:
- Poor circulation
- Side- effects of certain medications
- A sedentary lifestyle—long sitting or staying in the same position
- Excess consumption of processed foods and foods high in salt
At times, either during pregnancy or when standing or sitting for a long time, it is normally for the legs to swell. Yet, if you experience chronic ankle or leg swelling, that is, peripheral edema, it may indicate a more serious issue like liver disease, heart failure, and kidney disease. Therefore, if your swelling is not reduced after a while, you should consult your physician.
In the case of occasional swelling, you can benefit a lot from the use of herbal and natural remedies that will get rid of excess fluids and will successfully reduce the swelling. One of these extremely effective natural remedies is parsley, which has been used By Hippocrates himself.
The name of parsley is a compound of two Greek words: “petrose,” which means rock, since it can often grow on rocky areas and stone walls; and “selenium,” which is the ancient name for celery. Therefore, its name literally means “rock celery.”
There are two parsley types, curly parsley and Italian parsley (which has flat leaves). Parsley is often used as a garnish in numerous dishes, but we usually leave it aside and do not consume it.
However, this is apparently a big mistake, as studies suggest that its consumption can prevent numerous ailments and diseases, such as asthma, allergies, menstrual pain, issues with the urinary tract, digestive disorders, and may be extremely beneficial as it may help to treat bronchitis, improves the breath, reduces blood pressure and promotes bone health.
As we previously mentioned, this amazing herb had been recommended by Hippocrates as a general tonic in the case of rheumatism, kidney stones or even as an antidote for poison. “The Green Pharmacy Herbal Handbook,” lists parsley as a remarkable and effective diuretic which aids the kidneys to get rid of the excess fluids from the body (edema).
Parsley Is a Natural Diuretic
A study published in 2002 in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology, showed 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 also rich in potassium and because most chemically produced diuretics actually lower potassium levels in the body, parsley also assures you do not experience this common side effect of these pharmaceutical drugs.
Another 2009 Brazilian study titled, “Diuretic and hipotensive activity of aqueous extract of parsley seeds” showed similar results for parsley and suggests that parsley can not only increase urinary flow, but also decrease blood pressure as well.
Method of preparation of parsley tea:
You need to chop the parsley roots and leaves finely. Then, put about ¼ cup of parsley into an infusion basket. Next, pour the parsley with a cup of boiled water or submerge into a tea pot. Leave it to steep for 5-7 minutes, remove the basket and strain. In the end, you can add ginger, lemon or honey to enrich the taste.
For maximum results, you should consume the tea while warm.
Apart from the consumption of this tea, you should also try other methods to reduce the swelling. Namely, you should regularly do some leg exercises in order to stimulate the fluids from the legs to go to your heart. Also, while lying down, raise your legs on pillows on a height above the heart.