Herb Series Part 1: Parsley

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Herbs 1:

Parsley and Parsley tea

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My good friend Steve had a little article on his FB page about health benefits of parsley tea. I thought that was an interesting topic to blog about, also herbs in general. So the first blog in my herbs series will be on parsley, specifically parsley tea. Read on!

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Parsley is an herb used in many dishes as garnish (think 90’s pasta dishes with chopped parsley garnishing the rim of the plate) or in salads. Parsley is also used as an aromatic flavor enhancer for many soups, stocks, marinades, etc. They can also be eaten to freshen your breath and have been traditionally used by some religions in their ceremonies.

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Parsley is of the same family as carrots and celery, there is even root parsley that is grown in Central Europe called the Hamburg root parsley. There are also different strains of leaf parsley flat-leafed parsley, curly-leafed parsley and a third mainly grown in southern Italy; it has a thick celery-like stalk.

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This herb, like most herbs, has many health benefits. Parsley is a good source of antioxidants, folic acid, vitamin A and C, boosting immune systems, detoxing, and inducing a woman’s period (it is not safe in large amounts for pregnant women or women looking to get pregnant). It can also be used as an anti-inflammatory and have heard it can reduce excess sodium in your body.

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Even with all of these health benefits, too much parsley can cause kidney stones in some people or cause kidney and liver problems. A safe amount to ingest per day would be (in tea form) 1 cup per day.

Parsley tea is a great way to get the benefits from this dynamic herb. Please just be cautious in how much you ingest.

Here is a recipe for fresh parsley tea; you can add honey to sweeten the tea. Enjoy!

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Fresh Parsley Tea, drink cold or hot

1 bunch of flat leafed or curly leafed parsley, roughly chopped

5-7c drinking water

Bring water to a boil on high. Add parsley and take off heat to steep for 3-4 minutes. Strain into a pitcher and keep in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.  Drink 1 cup a day and enjoy!

If you want to make a one-cup hot tea, heat up chilled tea in a small saucepan on medium heat until desired temperature.

photos courtesy of Getty images

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2 thoughts on “Herb Series Part 1: Parsley

  1. Meagan April 18, 2013 at 3:21 am Reply

    I really like parsley tea with honey. I drank it while in labor to help with strengthening contractions. It didn’t help, but it did taste delicious!

    • cookwithmolly April 22, 2013 at 3:49 pm Reply

      What a cool story, thank you for sharing and reading!!

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