Relieve Bloating With A Little Herb Called, “Parsley.”
Do you feel a little bloated lately? Puffy? Water Retention? Is your weight fluctuating? You may be retaining water or accumulating fluid. All of this may be caused by your diet, menstrual cycle, and even genetics.
For hundreds of years, Parsley has been used as a diuretic along with helping with kidney stones, urinary tract infections, edema, and gallbladder stones. If you are struggling with accumulation of fluid or any of those conditions, a couple of few teaspoons of parsley juice a day may do the trick.
When putting on my favorite jeans this morning, I realized that I felt less bloated and my jeans felt like they needed a belt to stay in place. I started drinking again my Celery-Cucumber-Parsley Juice several days ago. While I was staring down my drink, I decided to expand upon one of my first article, “Parsley as a Diuretic and Bloating Reliever” into a full blog about Parsley and include one of my favorite juicing drink recipes.
A Little Background On Parsley
It seems like when reading about herbs and spices, I always see a reference to how they were used in Greek and Romans cultures a couple thousands of years ago. Maybe it was because herbs and spices were highly valued as medicinal cures, used in ceremonies, and even consumed as food. Maybe it was because the Greek and Romans were really good about writing things down. Either way, Parsley was used and highly regarded in these times.
In today’s world, Parsley is considered a little bit of an understatement because of its use as a garnish. But, Parsley is a vibrant herb that can play a starring role in its own culinary movie. Parsley is native to Europe and the Mediterranean areas; but is now grown worldwide. It’s an annual herb that grows about twelve inches in height.
Parsley’s leaves, roots, and seeds are used for medicinal and culinary purposes. The fresh leaves are highly nutritious and are used for vitamin and mineral purposes. The nutrients found in Parsley include Vitamin A, Vitamin B6, Vitamin B12, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Vitamin K, calcium, choline, folates, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorous, potassium, riboflavin, thiamin, and zinc. Its seeds tend to offer the most diuretic action; while its roots are more commonly used in herbal medicine.
Research Confirms Its Diuretic Action
According to several research studies, Parsley is proven to be a natural diuretic and helps relieve bloating. In a 2002 research study, the participants significantly increased their volume of urine produced in a twenty-four (24) hour period. It showed that it helped stimulate the kidneys production of urine and reduce bloating particularly in the abdomen area. The apiole component appears to be connected with antispasmodic and vasodilatory effects. Both apiole and myristicin are responsible for the uterine stimulant, which increases water loss, and apiole can also increase muscle contractions in the bladder and intestines. Both apiole and myristicin can also have a slight laxative effect.
Although research is limited in Parsley, folklore has used Parsley as anti-carcinogenic, anti-flatulent, anti-spasmodic, anti-rheumatic, and anti-microbial in addition to its aquaretic effects. The leaf, seed, and even root of Parsley have been used in folklore treatment of illnesses. Whether you turn to research to validate Parsley as a water retention reliever or towards the generations before you who tried it and had some relief, Parsley can be your “go to” herb for help.
Cooking With Parsley
You can normally find Parsley year around in your favorite grocery store or you can easily grow it outside in your window sill planter. It is a very versatile herb that can grow in a variety of climates. Most people are familiar with the Curly Parsley found as a garnish to your meals in restaurants. But, many are also familiar with Italian Parsley; which is also called flat-leaf parsley. Italian Parsley is known best for its culinary uses in Italian, Middle Eastern, and Mediterranean foods.
Parsley’s flavor tends to be sweet and is best served fresh instead of dried. I prefer adding dried parsley during cooking and then adding fresh at the end to enhance of the flavor of the overall dish. Parsley goes great in dips, eggs, beef, chicken, fish, juices, marinades, rice, pasta, potatoes, salads, salsas, smoothies, spreads, and lots of vegetables. Enjoy mixing Parsley with other herbs and spices like basil, bay leaf, chervil, chicory, chives, dill, garlic, marjoram, mint, oregano, rosemary, sage, and thyme. My favorite basic combination is garlic, butter, parsley, pepper, and parmesan cheese. The typical suggested amount to use is six (6) teaspoons of dried Parsley per pound of meat, vegetables, or other food items.
Before consuming my breakfast, I consume a Celery-Cucumber-Parsley drink every morning. This tends to release any bloating, lower inflammation, and prevents dehydration:
Celery: Although low in calories, Celery has vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, folate, and potassium. It contains the following phytonutrients of dihydrostilbenoids, flavonols, flavones, furanocoumarins, phenolic acids, and phytosterols.
Cucumber: Another low calorie vegetable, Cucumber contains Vitamin A, Vitamin B-6, Vitamin C, calcium, folate, iron, magnesium, niacin, phosphorus, potassium, riboflavin sodium, and thiamin.
Parsley: This powerhouse herb has The nutrients found in Parsley include Vitamin A, Vitamin B6, Vitamin B12, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Vitamin K, calcium, choline, folates, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorous, potassium, riboflavin, thiamin, and zinc.
Celery-Cucumber-Parsley Juice Recipe
• 1 Cucumber
• 1 Bunch of Celery
• 1 Bunch of Fresh Parsley
• 8 ounces of Water
Wash the cucumber, celery, and parsley.
Put the produce in a juicer. You may also cut up the produce and place in a blender if you would like to drink it as a smoothie for dietary fiber reasons. You can also strain off the pulp for a juice if using a blender.
I personally hate to wash my juicer even if I can put some of the parts in the dishwasher. With a farm kitchen, my dishwasher is running at least three times a day. I’m just not in the mood to run the wash cycle one more time a day. So, I pre-juice my cucumbers, celery, and parsley. Individually, I pour each into ice cube trays and freeze. I pop the juice squares out of the ice cube trays and put into labeled bags. In the morning, I just take out Cucumber, Celery, and Parsley cubes and put in water to dissolve. Easy peasy.
Overall, Parsley is a safe herb to use when it is consumed orally with food or in low medicinal amounts for short periods of time. It can become unsafe when orally digested in large doses (about 1 cup). Because its oil contains apiole and myristicin, it can cause problems if the oil is digested or applied topically.
Because Parsley can stimulate menstrual flow, do NOT take Parsley if you are preparing to conceive, you are pregnant, or you are breastfeeding. Always consult a doctor first before starting to take or use a new herb or spice.
Always check with your doctor when starting a new herb or spice. Parsley should be avoided if you have a bleeding disorder because it may interfere with the ability to form a blood clot or if you have a pending surgery. Parsley can also lower blood glucose levels; thus, it may impact Diabetic patients if taken in large or medicinal doses. Parsley may increase sodium retention with Edema and Hypertension patients. Parsley may also aggravate kidney diseases.
I hope you have a wonderful day and enjoy your morning drink!
Blessings, Herbal Farmwife
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DISCLAIMER: This information should not be considered to be healthcare advice, medical diagnosis, or treatment. This information is not intended as a substitute for advice from your physician or other healthcare professionals. Always consult a healthcare professional first before trying any herbs, spices, vitamins, or minerals mentioned in this posting. This information is merely a discussion of “thoughts” among friends. Please note that none of these statements have been evaluated by the USA’s Food and Drug Administration.
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