Parsley tea has a wonderful herbaceous taste and is pretty easy to make.
To make parsley tea, pour boiling water over the leaves and set aside to steep for 15 minutes before straining, sweetening and serving.
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Ingredients for parsley tea
For this recipe, I used:
- parsley: there are a couple types of parsley – curly leaf parsley that is typically used in garnish and flat leaf parsley which resembles cilantro. You can use either type for this recipe, it’s fine. I have the curly leaf variation in my garden so I’m using fresh leaves for this recipe. If you prefer using dried parsley, then 1 teaspoon will equate to about 1 tablespoon of fresh parsley.
- sweetener: this is optional. Feel free to drink the tea without sweetening or add honey, sugar, agave syrup or any of your favorites.
Equipment for this recipe
You don’t really need any special equipment for this tea to be honest but I did use a kettle, teapot with removeable infuser and a strainer. Of course, you can simply use a pan for boiling the water and a little teacup for steeping the tea.
But, I just love the little removeable infuser though, it makes clean up quick and easy.
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What does parsley tea taste like
This tea has a very mild, herbaceous tea that is pleasant and much milder than the herb itself.
How to make parsley tea
Step 1: Bring the water to a boil either using a kettle or small saucepan on medium heat. This can take about 5 minutes or so but, if you are strapped for time, you can always use a microwave to heat the water.
Step 2: Give the fresh parsley leaves a good wash to remove any excess dirt. Roughly chop the leaves.
Step 3: Add the chopped parsley to your tea infuser or teacup or any heat safe container.
Step 4: Pour the boiling water over the leaves and cover.
Step 5: Leave to steep for 15 minutes.
Step 6: Strain the leaves and sweeten if you prefer. Serve hot.
Where to buy this tea
Of course, you can skip all of this and just get parsley teabags on Amazon. Here are a couple great ones to try.
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Parsley tea benefits
Although purported to have a long list of health benefits especially for weight loss and kidney health, there is not much research on the tea itself.
Fresh uncooked parsley contains a great deal of Vitamin A, Vitamin B6 (folate), Vitamin C, Vitamin K and iron. It also has good levels of magnesium, potassium, calcium, zinc and important antioxidants like lycopene, apigenin, and luteolin.
Besides being an antioxidant, apigenin is also important for inflammation, cognition and relaxation. Luteolin also has anti-inflammatory properties along with being cardio-protective and anti-tumor.
Now, although incredibly beneficial, these compounds are not well-absorbed in the body, according to this 2022 study.
An earlier study from 2011 also looked at the effects of parsley tea on urine composition and found no changes in urine volume, minerals like sodium and potassium, and creatinine. So it is unclear if the tea could even help reduce the risk of kidney stones.
Eating too much parsley should be avoided, especially by pregnant women since it may induce contractions and labor. High doses can also stimulate menstrual flow.
Parsley tea recipe
- 3 grams (1½ tbsp) fresh parsley (or use 1½ tsp dried parsley)
- 3 cups water
- sweetener of your choice (optional)
- Bring water to a boil (using kettle, saucepan or microwave).
- Wash parsley. Rough chop the leaves.
- Add chopped leaves to tea infuser, teapot or cup.
- Pour the boiling water over the leaves.
- Leave to steep for 15 minutes.
- Sweeten (optional). Serve hot.