Edema or commonly known as swelling in the legs or retention of fluids in the body, causes a big pain, and may be a result of:
- Poor circulation
- A sedentary lifestyle—staying in the same positionorlong sitting
- Excess consumption of processed foods and foods that are high in salt
- Side effects of certain medications
Sometimes, either when standing or sitting for a long timeorduring pregnancy, it’s normal for the legs to swell. However, if you experience chronic leg or ankle swelling, that is, peripheral edema, it may indicate a more serious issue like heart failure, liver disease and kidney disease. For that reason, if the swelling is not reduced after a while, you need to consult your physician.
In case of occasional swelling, you can benefit a lot from the use of natural and herbal remedies that will successfully reduce the swellingandwill get rid of excess fluids. One of these really effective natural remedies is parsley.
The name“parsley” is a compound of Greek words: “petrose,” that means rock, because it can often grow on stone wallsandrocky areas; and “selenium,” that is the ancient name for celery. And so, its name literally means “rock celery.”
There are two types ofparsley: curly parsley and Italian parsley (which has flat leaves). It is often used as a garnish in lots of dishes, but we frequently leave it aside and do not eat it.
This is actually a big mistake, because studies suggest that the consumption of parsley can prevent lots ofdiseasesandailments, such as allergies,asthma, digestive disorders, problems with the urinary tract, menstrual pain, it may be extremely beneficial in the treatment of bronchitis, improves the breath, reduces blood pressure and promotes bone health.
As it was mentioned before, this amazing herb had been recommended by Hippocrates as a general tonic in the case of kidney stones, rheumatismor even as an antidote for poison. “The Green Pharmacy Herbal Handbook,” lists parsley as anextraordinary and effective diuretic which aids the kidneys to get rid of the excess fluids from the body (edema).
Parsley Is a Natural Diuretic
According to a study published in 2002in the Journal of Ethno pharmacology, “parsley acts as a diuretic by inhibiting the potassium and sodium ion pumps, influencing the process of osmosis and increasing the flow of urine.”
Also, parsley is rich in potassium. On the other hand, lots of chemically produced diuretics reduce the levels of potassium, thus the use of parsley will avoid these destructive side- effects.
A study conducted in 2009 in Brazil titled “Diuretic and hypotensive activity of aqueous extract of parsley seeds” also confirmed that this amazing herb reduces the blood pressure and increases the urinary flow at the same time.
America’s most prominent herbalist, Dr. John R. Christopher, suggests that in the treatment of edemayou should consume two quarts (64 oz.) of strong parsley tea every day in order to obtain best results.
You can increase this amountif needed. Also, in the preparation of parsley tea, if it is possible, use the “fresh light-green leaves” together with the seedsandroots.
Method of preparation of parsley tea:
Chop the parsley leaves and roots finely. Afterwards, pour about ¼ cup of parsley into an infusion basketand put it into a cup of boiled water or submerge into a tea pot. Leave it to steep for around 5-7 minutes. Then remove the basket and strain. You can add honey, lemon or gingerto enrich the taste.
For best results, you should consume the tea warm.
Apart from consuming this tea, you should also try other methods to reduce the swelling. Specifically, you should frequently do some leg exercises in order to stimulate the liquids from your legs to go to your heart. Similarly, while lying down, raise your legs on pillows on a height above your heart.