This type of health condition is also known by the name edema – retention of fluids in the body. This condition causes swelling in your legs and it causes a great pain. Edema can be caused by many reasons, such as:
– Side-effects of some drugs and medications
– Poor circulation
– Excess consumption of processed foods
– Excess consumption of foods high in salt
But, you should know that sometimes it’s completely normal if your legs are swollen. For example: during pregnancy, if you stand or sit for a long time, etc. But, if you experience chronic ankle or leg swelling – this might be a sign that you suffer from peripheral edema. This type of health condition can cause some more serious problems, such as: liver disease, heart failure and kidney problems. So, if your ankle or leg swelling is not reduced after a while, then you should consult your doctor immediately.
You should also know that there are some herbal and natural home remedies, which are very useful and extremely beneficial in reducing swelling. This homemade remedies will help you get rid of the excess fluids and will reduce the swelling in your legs and ankles. Well, one of these natural and herbal remedies is the well-known herb – parsley. Parsley has been used centuries ago, even by Hippocrates himself. Did you know that the name of this herb is actually a combination of two Greek words? The first one is “petrose”, which means rock (because parsley grows on rocky areas and stone walls). And the second one “selenium”, which is the ancient name for celery. Well, parsley actually means “rock celery”.
You should also know that there are two different parsley types – curly parsley and Italian parsley (which has flat leaves). People use this herb as a garnish in different types of salads and meals – but many people leave it aside and don’t actually consume it. But, they are making a bid mistake, because many studies have found that its consumption can provide many health benefits and it can prevent many health problems, such as: asthma, allergies, menstrual pain, urinary tract infections, digestive problems. This amazing herb is also very useful in treating bronchitis, improves the breath, it reduces high blood pressure and it also promotes bone health.
Parsley is a Natural Diuretic Parsley is extremely beneficial for your health and well being and now this was confirmed by numerous studies. One particular study, published in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology in 2002, claims that “parsley has the role of a natural diuretic.”
This comes due to its ability to inhibit the sodium and potassium ion pumps, and simulating the urine flow and osmosis in the process.
Rich in potassium, parsley is essential to the body. Unlike other artificial diuretics that decrease the potassium levels, parsley does not cause side effects and improves the overall organism performance.
Another study, “Diuretic and hipotensive activity of aqueous extract of parsley seeds”, conducted in Brazilian in 2009, also emphasizes the strong properties of parsley and its powers to improve urine flow and regulate the blood pressure simultaneously.
One of the most well established herbalists in the US, Dr. John R. Christopher, explaines that two quarts (64oz.) of raw parsley or parsley tea should be consimed daily. Accoring to the expert, this brings optimal results in dealing with edema.
Preferably, one can increase the recommended amount of parsley per day, without suffering unwanted side effects.
The best option for parsley s to consume it raw and organic, with a special accent of the leaves, roots and seeds- those provide the best results and are bound to heal your organism.
This is how to prepare parsley tea:
This tea is very simple and easy to make. Just follow the simple instructions – here’s what you need to do: first, you need to chop the parsley roots and leaves. Then, you should put ¼ cup of chopped parsley into an infusion basket. Now, you need to pour the parsley with a cup of boiled water or submerge into a tea pot. Leave it for 5 minutes, remove the basked and strain the mixture. Note: you can add some ginger, lemon or honey – to enrich its taste.
If you want to get the best results from this homemade parsley tea, then you should consume it while it’s still warm. You can try different methods to reduce your swelling as well, such as: you can do some leg exercises every day to stimulate the fluids from the legs to go to your heart. Or, while lying down, you can raise your legs on pillows on a height above the heart.
This parsley tea is amazing and it can provide many health benefits.