Swollen legs, known as edema or fluid retention in the body, can cause strong pain and can be due to:

• Pregnancy
• PMS
• Poor blood circulation
• Excessive consumption of food rich in salt or processed foods
• Sedentary lifestyle—sitting in the same position for longer periods of time
• Side-effects caused by some medications

Sometimes, during pregnancy or when sitting for longer period of time, it’s normal for the legs to become swollen. Still, if you are experiencing chronic leg or ankle swelling, known as peripheral edema, this may be a sign of a more serious problem such as kidney disease, liver disease and heart failure. So, if the swelling doesn’t reduce in a while, consult your doctor.

If you have occasional swelling, you can alleviate the problem by using natural and herbal remedies that will eliminate the excess fluids and successfully ease the swelling. Among these effective natural remedies is parsley, which was used by Hippocrates himself.

The word parsley is a combination of 2 Greek words: “petrose,” that means rock, because it can often grow on rocky regions; and “selenium,” which is the old name for celery. Thus, its literal translation would be “rock celery.”
There are two types of parsley, Italian parsley and curly parsley. Parsley is usually used as a garnish in various dishes, but we often leave it aside and don’t eat it.

But, this obviously is a big mistake, because studies suggest that consuming parsley can prevent various issues and diseases, like asthma, menstrual pain, allergies, urinary tract problems, digestive disorders, and can be very beneficial since it can help treat bronchitis, improve your breath, reduce the blood pressure and promote bone health.

Like we said, this incredible herb was recommended by Hippocrates like a general tonic in cases of kidney stones, rheumatism and even as a poison antidote. “The Herbal Handbook,” lists the parsley as an efficient diuretic that help the kidneys eliminate the excessive fluids from the body.

Parsley – Natural Diuretic

A study which was published in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology discovered that parsley acts like a diuretic by inhibiting potassium and sodium pumps, influencing osmosis and increasing the urine flow.”

Furthermore, parsley is rich in potassium. But then again, many chemical diuretics lower the levels of potassium, so using parsley will avoid these side-effects.

One study conducted in Brazil also confirmed that parsley increases the flow of urine and at the same time reduces blood pressure.

Dr. John R. Christopher, a prominent herbalist, suggests consuming two quarts of parsley tea every day to get the best results for treating edema.

If you need to you can increase the amount. Furthermore, if it’s possible make sure to use fresh light green leaves for the preparation of the tea along with the roots and seeds.

How to prepare parsley tea:

Finely chop the parsley leaves and roots. Next, put about quarter of a cup of parsley in an infusion basket. Then, pour the parsley in boiled water or submerge it in a tea pot. Let it stay for about 6 minutes, remove the basket and strain the tea. In the end, add honey, ginger or lemon to enhance the taste.

For best results, consume this tea while it’s warm.

Aside from consuming this tea, also use other methods to reduce your swelling. Regularly do leg exercises to stimulate the fluids from your legs to go to the heart. While lying, raise the legs on pillows at a height above your heart.