Have you ever experienced swelling in your feet or hands? There are various factors that cause swelling in the feet and hands (edema or fluid buildup in the body). Some of them are bad sitting pattern (too long sitting in one place), foods, environment with poor air circulation, and some pregnancy medications.
If you experience chronic swelling then you should be wary because it could be a sign of some dangerous diseases, such as kidney disease, heart failure, and liver disease. You should seek medical attention immediately!
However, if you experience occasional swelling, then you can use herbal remedies that will help you in reducing the excess fluid in the body. One of the useful herbs is parsley. Hippocrates, the famous Greek philosopher, has recommended parsley thousands of years ago.
Parsley is derived from two Greek words: petrose (stone) and selenium (celery). During this time, parsley is often used to decorate the plate. We often overlook the parsley by removing it to the edge of the plate.
A study shows that the parsley is very useful to prevent some health problems, such as indigestion, urinary tract disorders, menstrual pain, allergies, asthma, and high blood pressure. Hippocrates recommended parsley as a preventive medicine for kidney stones and arthritis. Hippocrates also recommended parsley to counteract the poison. According to “The Green Pharmacy Herbal Handbook”, parsley has a primary function as a diuretic which supports the kidneys in the disposal of excess fluid in the body (edema).
A 2002’s study published in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology, states that parsley can inhibit sodium and potassium ion pump, thereby optimizing the process of osmosis and the flow of urine.
Parsley is rich in potassium, but does not produce side effects for your body. Another study in 2009 found that parsley can also help in lowering blood pressure.
Parsley-based recipe for overcoming Edema
Dr. John R. Christopher, an herbalist from the US, recommend everyone to consume parsley two liters a day. You can consume parsley tea every hour if possible.
Cut the leaves into small sections. Prepare ¼ cup of parsley in the basket infusion. Pour a cup of boiling water and let the mixture for 7 minutes. Add honey, ginger, and lemon if you want to add flavor. Drink the mixture in warm condition. In addition to drink parsley tea, you can also raise your feet by placing them on a pillow when you sleep. This position can reduce the risk of edema.