Feet swelling, known as edema, or fluid retention in the body, cause pain and may be a result of the following conditions:
– Poor circulation
– Excessive consumption of salty or processed foods
– Sedentary lifestyle
– Side effects of certain drugs
One of the most effective natural remedies in such cases is parsley, used by Hippocrates himself. Studies suggest that this herb can prevent many diseases such as asthma, allergies, menstrual pain, problems with urinary tract, digestive disorders, and can be extremely beneficial because it can help treat bronchitis, improves breathing, reduces blood pressure and keeps the bones healthy.
Hippocrates recommended it as a general tonic in case of rheumatism, kidney stones or even as an antidote for poison. “The Green Pharmacy Herbal Handbook” states that parsley is a remarkable and effective diuretic that helps the kidneys to get rid of excess fluid in the body.
Parsley is a natural diuretic
According to a study published in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology in 2002, “parsley acts as a diuretic by inhibiting sodium and potassium ions which influence the process of osmosis and increases urine flow.” Moreover, parsley is rich in potassium. On the other hand, many chemical diuretics products reduce the levels of potassium, so using parsley you avoid these adverse side effects.
A Brazilian study in 2009 entitled “diuretic and hypotensive activity of aqueous extract of parsley seeds” confirmed also that this fantastic plant increases urinary flow and reduce blood pressure at the same time. Dr. John R. Christopher, a renowned herbalist in the US suggests we should consume two liters of parsley tea daily to get the best results in the treatment of edema.
If necessary, you can increase the amount. Moreover, when you make the parsley tea, be sure you use fresh leaves, along with seeds and roots.
How to prepare parsley tea
Chop parsley roots and leaves. Place about ¼ cup of parsley in a cup of hot water and let it soak for 5-7 minutes, then strain. Finally, you can add ginger, lemon or honey to enrich the taste. For maximum results, you should consume the tea, warm.
Besides the intake of tea, exercise using your feet to stimulate circulation fluids, and when you are lying down, lift your legs up, on pillows so as to be above the heart.