Swollen feet and hands can be caused by several factors, including edema (fluid retention in the body), sitting in one position for a long time, poor air circulation, and medicines. You should be wary if you are experiencing chronic swelling because it is a sign of some serious problems, such as heart disease, kidney disease, and liver disease.
If you experience occasional swelling, you can consume some herbs that can overcome the excess fluid in the body. One of the recommended herbs is parsley.
Parsley was recommended by Hippocrates. Parsley is derived from two Greek words: petrose and selenium. Petrose means stone, whereas selenium means celery.
Generally there are two types of parsley, namely-curly parsley and Italian parsley. Parsley is used as a decoration in various menus in North America, and we tend to get rid of it.
A study found that parsley is very useful to treat various diseases, such as indigestion, urinary tract infections, menstrual pain, asthma, skin allergies, hypertension, brittle bones, and bronchitis.
Thousands of years ago, Hippocrates advised everyone to consume parsley as a magic tonic in order to overcome kidney stones, rheumatism, and toxins. In “The Green Pharmacy Herbal Handbook,” parsley serves as a natural diuretic that encourages the issuing of excess fluid (edema).
A study in the Journal of Ethno pharmacology published in 2002, showed evidence that parsley played a role as a diuretic by slowing the absorption of sodium and potassium ion pump, thereby optimizing osmosis and drainage of urine. Another study in 2009 in the Brazilian states that parsley can be taken to lower blood pressure.
Parsley Tea Recipe For Swollen Feet
Based on the opinion of an American herbalist, Dr. John R. Christopher, consuming two liters of parsley per day is highly recommended. In fact, you are advised to drink a cup of parsley every hour. Make sure you use the “green leaves,” along with the roots and seeds, if possible.
- Cut the leaves and roots up into small pieces and store in an airtight glass container in the refrigerator, leave for a week.
- Enter ¼ cup of parsley to an infusion basket. Leave the mixture to 10 minutes.
- You can add honey, lemon or ginger if you want to add flavor ingredient.
- Drinking tea only in warm.
You can also combine this procedure with a technique that is putting your feet on a pillow when lying down. This technique will help the fluid pumping by heart.