It almost sounds too good to be true. But it isn’t.
Don’t you love finding natural remedies and tremendous health benefits in the food and drink you would happily consume daily? That’s what you get with ginger and parsley tea. Standing alone, ginger and parsley each has its own list of health benefits. Combine them and you have a powerhouse of wellness advantages.
What is Ginger Good For?
Ginger is a robust spice that has long been used to aid digestion and relieve nausea, but researchers are quickly finding that it has many more beneficial applications (1, 2, 3, 4)
Other benefits of ginger include (5, 6, 7, 8, 9):
- Cold and flu (according to several studies)
- Cardiovascular health
- Weight loss
- Pain (including dysmenorrhea)
- Urinary tract infections (UTIs)
- May help prevent cancer
As an outstanding source of antioxidants, ginger is believed to deliver a number of health advantages. The spice’s phytochemical properties are touted as the basis of its ability to address such a wide variety of conditions throughout the body, including neurological (10).
In animal and in vitro studies, ginger showed high anti-platelet, hypolipidemic, anti-inflammatory, hypotensive, and antioxidant effects. While more human trials are needed in order to provide solid evidence that would make it recognized in the medical community as a viable remedy or treatment for many health conditions, the large number of individuals who already use it regularly can attest to how effective it has been for them. And that speaks volumes.
What is Parsley Herb Good For?
Parsley is a popular herb and a staple of Mediterranean cooking. However, that isn’t the only claim to fame it has. For hundreds of years, parsley has been used as a natural remedy to treat many different health conditions (11).
Ever wonder why parsley is often used as a garnish on dishes? It is intended to be eaten. Its antibacterial properties make it a great breath freshener. As you chew and swallow, the parsley is going to work to clean your breath and make your mouth clean and fresh.
As a culinary herb, parsley in a leafy plant with bright green leaves. Depending on the variety, the leaves may be curled or flat with lace-like edges. It can be used fresh or dried as both a herb for cooking and a broad spectrum natural remedy that gives the immune system a healthy boost (12, 13).
Parsley is also rich in nutrients such as (14):
- Good source of Vitamin A (478% of the RDI in 30 grams or ½ cup)
- Good source of Vitamin C (62% of the RDI in 30 grams or ½ cup)
- Good source of Vitamin K (574% of the RDI in 30 grams or ½ cup)
- Folate (11% of the RDI in 30 grams or ½ cup)
Other health benefits of parsley include (16):
- May help regulate menstruation
- Boosts immunity
- Better bone health
- Better heart health
- Weight loss
- May help prevent and treat UTI
- Improved blood clotting
- Better eye health
- May help lower risk of certain cancers
- May help lower risk of heart disease
- May help lower risk of type 2 diabetes
- May help prevent age-related macular degeneration
One of the most remarkable qualities of parsley is its versatility that makes it easy to add incorporate into your daily diet. It can be brewed into a tea, added to smoothies or green juices, cooked into foods, or used raw in dressings and dishes. You can also use it as a tincture, extract, and essential oil. Best of all, it doesn’t take a lot to enjoy its great health advantages.
How to Make Ginger and Parsley Tea?
Ginger and parsley tea is super easy to make.
There are several ways you can brew the tea. You can use a tea bag (reusable or disposable), a tea charm, infuser, teapot, or you can put the ingredients in the pot and strain when you are ready to drink.
- A small pot with a lid
- 15 grams (¼ cup) Fresh parsley, rinsed and chopped or 1 gram (2 Tablespoons) Dried parsley
- ½ gram (1 Tablespoon) Fresh ginger root, grated
- Fresh lemon with peel, zested, and juiced
- Swetener of your choice
Heat some water in a pot, enough to fill your tea cup once or twice. Bring the water to a boil, remove from the heat and wait a minute for the water to stop boiling Add the parsley and ginger. Grate some lemon zest – 1 or 2 teaspoons should do.
Cover the pot (or cup if you are steeping in a cup) and allow the tea to steep for about 7 minutes.
After steeping, add some lemon juice to taste. Stir and let sit for another minute.
Strain into your cups or remove the tea bag/infuser. Add some honey, monk fruit, or other sweetener. Raw, unfiltered honey has a ton of great health benefits and is a wonderful complement to your ginger and parsley tea.
It is important that you don’t add the ingredients while the water is boiling. You don’t want to cook the parsley and ginger; you want to steep it. Cooking it removes many of the vitamins and health benefits so make sure that the water isn’t boiling when you put your tea together.
How Much Ginger and Parsley Tea Should I Drink a Day?
Ginger and parsley are both generally safe for most people. However, it is possible to take too much so it is important to know what is right for you.
There are several factors that come into play when figuring out the correct dose of ginger and parsley tea. Your age, overall health, medical conditions, medication you take, and sensitivities all play a part in how much you can tolerate. While this tea is very mild, it does have certain properties that can cause a problem for some people. For instance, parsley is a diuretic so people who are already taking fluid pills.
For many people, one or two cups a day do not present a problem. However, you should talk to your doctor or healthcare professional first to make sure there are no medications or conditions that could potentially interact with the tea and cause issues.
If you are pregnant, most doctors recommend avoiding ginger and parsley tea because parsley can induce labor.
Is Ginger and Parsley Tea Good for Kidneys?
Ginger and parsley tea is believed by many natural healers as well as some doctors to be very beneficial for the kidneys. The anti-inflammatory properties of ginger combined with the diuretic properties of parsley as well as its nutritional benefits mean it has good potential to improve kidney health (17).
Because the tea acts as a diuretic, thanks to the parsley, it increases urination. At the same time, it raises the urine’s acidity while lowering calcium excretion. This is believed to make it effective in treating kidney stones and may even prevent them (18, 19).
Drinking one or two cups of ginger and parsley tea a day could help stave off not only kidney stones and improve kidney health, it could also help prevent urinary tract infections. This is due to not just the diuretic properties, but also the immunity boost and antioxidants of both ginger and parsley.
Can Ginger and Parsley Tea Induce My Period?
Ginger and parsley tea have long been used to stimulate menstrual flow and to treat troubles with menstruation such as heavy bleeding, cramps, and bloating as well as regulate periods. It can also help balance hormones, such as estrogen, in the body (20, 21).
Many supplements that are aimed at supporting healthy menstruation include ginger and parsley tea as a component or recommendation. It is also commonly used by breastfeeding mothers to prevent the overproduction of breastmilk.
The tea is commonly used as a folk remedy to help relieve menstrual symptoms by inducing a girl’s or woman’s period. Typically, once the symptoms would manifest, the woman would drink a cup or two of the tea just before bedtime. By morning she would have started her period and usually her symptoms would have diminished greatly. Experts have witnessed the effectiveness of the tea for these issues and many are taking notice. Some doctors are even recommending ginger and parsley tea to their patients to help with difficult periods.
It is a delicious way to get relief quickly.
Can Ginger and Parsley Tea Help You Lose Weight?
Who knew that such a delicious drink with so many health benefits could also help you lose weight? When you combine ginger and parsley tea with a healthy, balanced diet and regular exercise, the results can be impressive.
Ginger and parsley have several health benefits that can contribute to healthy weight loss.
- It is high in nutrients like vitamins A, C, and K, potassium, and iron
- It is a natura diuretic
- It helps balance your blood sugar
- It aids digestion
- It contains chlorophyll, which may control appetite
You can ramp up the weight loss properties of your ginger and parsley tea by adding lemon zest and lemon juice. The lemon acts as a natural detoxifier that will flush toxins out of your system. It also increases your hydration and helps your body maintain its PH balance.
It is incredible all the things that the body needs in order to lose weight. When one thing is out of balance it can throw off the entire system. This is why you should make sure your diet consists of fresh, whole foods like fresh fruits and vegetables, lean meats, and whole grains in addition to your ginger and parsley tea. Make sure you get enough fiber, drink plenty of water, exercise regularly, and get good quality sleep. All of these things are essential for healthy, successful, lasting weight loss.
What are the Side Effects of Ginger and Parsley Tea?
Anything that you eat or drink has the potential to produce side effects, even natural products. Ginger and parsley are no different. While the majority of people will not be affected, some may have problems ranging from very mild to serious.
Common, mild side effects of ginger include:
- Upset stomach
- Increased menstrual bleeding
- Skin irritation when applied topically
High doses of ginger may make some heart conditions worse. If you are going to have any type of surgery, including oral or inpatient, you should stop taking ginger at least two weeks before you are scheduled for your surgery. Ginger may cause you to bleed more and clot slower.
Common, mild side effects of parsley include:
- Slight stomach upset
- Skin irritation
More serious side effects can occur due to the overuse of parsley. They are:
- Kidney problems
- Liver problems
- Increased bleeding
- Slow blood clotting
Parsley is considered to be “likely safe” when eaten in the amounts you would use in cooking. It is deemed “possibly safe” when taken as a short term medicine. It is not recommended for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding. Parsley is also not recommended for people with kidney disease. Because it may lower blood glucose levels in the body, you should stop taking parsley at least two weeks before any type of surgical procedure.
The Bottom Line
Ginger and parsley tea is a delicious way to increase your health and reap some great benefits like weight loss, easier periods, and increased immunity.
Natural supplements may be natural, but anything can cause a reaction. People have allergies and sensitivities to all sorts of foods so if you have never had ginger or parsley before, proceed carefully. While allergies and sensitivities to them are rare, they do occur. Once you determine that the tea agrees with your system you are free to drink up!
As with anything else, when consumed in moderation it has little to no risk of side effects or causes adverse reactions. If you are under a doctor’s care or taking prescription medications, you should always talk to your doctor or healthcare professional before taking any type of supplement.
But once your doctor says it’s OK, brew your tea and drink up! Here’s to your health!