Parsley Tea And A Tribute To My Grandma
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
My maternal grandma was an amazing woman. She loved her garden, and she loved to cook. She died this past February at the age of 97, and until about the last month of her life, she lived on her own. One thing that I always remember about my grandma is that she drank tea - lots of tea - 2 or more times a day. And although she occasionally had boxed teas, most were made from the herbs and plants she grew in her garden.
Today I am feeling pretty bloated and awful in general because of the time of the month, and so I remembered my grandma - she swore by parsley tea as a cure-all for a large range of problems - urinary/bladder infections, bloating, menstrual discomfort, even cancer (in combination with red clover, it seemed to work for my grandpa). What I do know from my own personal experience with parsley tea, is that it does help release that extra water, especially if it is making you feel crummy.
A couple of years ago, I planted a few flat leaf parsley seeds in the garden, and they really took off (huge plants from a tiny little seed packet) - I used a ton fresh, dried enough to get me through the winter, and then kind of forgot about the plant when winter came - the next year I was pregnant in the spring, and didn't bother with the garden, but a huge plant of it sprang up on it's own (I guess from going to seed), and so I used the plant again - this year it came up again, and I'm going to actually water it and care for it.
Soak leaves (either chopped/torn fresh, or dried) in hot water for up to 20 minutes - the longer the stronger of course. I like to add a little local honey, mainly because parsley has a very "green" taste that has yet to be acquired by me. If you don't have a plant, you can just buy a jar of the dried in the spice aisle - it is cheaper than buying a box of the bagged tea.
I hope I can look this good in my 90s
This year I've planted some spearmint in her honor - I hope it takes off like the parsley :)