Swelling in the feet is caused by the accumulation of water.
The term edema refers to the retention of fluids in the body. Sometimes, it can be normal to have a bit of swelling in your legs, for example, after a day spent standing or sitting, or during pregnancy.
However, leg and ankle swelling, also known as peripheral edema, can also signal that there is an underlying issue that might need some attention and treatment. Kidney disease, heart failure, liver disease and certain medications can all result in fluid retention.
Swelling can be caused by many different reasons such as:
- A sedentary lifestyle – sitting or staying in one position for too long
- Eating too much foods high in salt, such as processed foods
- Poor blood circulation
- Side effects of some medications
For people who have occasional swelling problems, there are herbal remedies that can be helpful for reducing the swelling and helping your body eliminate the excess fluids. One of them is parsley.
Parsley is an extremely powerful herb, and it has been used for hundreds of years to reduce swelling and improve energy levels. Parsley is a natural diuretic, which means that it helps the body get rid of excess fluid. It also flushes out excess salt, a common cause of edema.
Parsley also supports your kidneys, which are responsible for flushing urine and toxins out of your body. As long as you maintain a healthy water intake and get enough parsley in your diet, your body can flush out water and toxins more quickly and consistently. If water sits in your body for less time, it has less of a chance to build up in your feet.
Another benefit of using parsley as a diuretic is its high potassium content. Chemical diuretics often flush potassium out of your body, leading to significant side effects. When you choose parsley instead, you maintain healthy potassium levels.
Brewing Parsley Tea
Brewing your own parsley tea at home is an easy way to get this herb into your diet and minimize swelling. Just follow these easy steps to get started. Aim to drink up to two quarts of parsley tea every day.
Parsley Tea Swollen Feet
- Boil a pot of water.
- Chop fresh parsley leaves into small pieces. I pre-chop them and store them dry in an airtight container in the fridge so that I can use some, anytime. They can keep for up to a week.
- Pour one cup of boiling water into a tea cup and add 1/4 cup of chopped parsley leaves.
- Let the tea steep for five to seven minutes.
- Strain out the parsley leaves and drink the tea.
- Add a little ginger and honey if desired.
- It is best to drink your parsley tea warm for best effect.
Swelling is an uncomfortable and potentially dangerous side effect. Treat it quickly and naturally with parsley tea.
Warning: If you’re pregnant, do not use this recipe. Consuming excess parsley may cause health complications during pregnancy.