I think sometimes we focus so much on the bigger food ingredients like butter, sugar, meat, etc. and their health effects that we forget about the smaller members of the food kingdom like herbs and spices. They may be small and seem insignificant, but they can be very very mighty! (Read more about my favourite herbs here!)
A few years ago, one of my sweet fur-babies was diagnosed with kidney disease. One day, my family woke up and he was not doing well. We really thought he wasn’t going to make it. In conversation with my then roommate about pets, she mentioned to me that her little dog was also having kidney problems and that they’d been giving it “parsley tea”, which was really helping. Needless to say I shared this info with my family ASAP! My little kitty was so sick my mom had to syringe-feed it to him the first couple times. She told me that just over 24 hours after first giving it to him, he was a completely different cat. Literally from death’s doorstep to a 6-month old kitten (he was actually 12 years old) Amazing! We continued to give him parsley water daily, mixing it into his food and drinking water. He never seemed to mind it or the kidney issues anymore, and we were lucky enough to be able to snuggle him for a few more years before he went to kitty heaven (due to another issue).
Amazing right?! Food can be so powerful! Even though my other cat doesn’t have any kidney issues, we continue to give her parsley tea because we feel it is still really beneficial!
So what makes parsley so amazing?
- Acts as a wonderful diuretic, which flushes toxins through the kidneys and out of the body
- It contains an abundance of volatile oils that can help neutralize carcinogens (i.e. is a cancer fighting food)
- Is a rich source of antioxidants, which prevent oxygen-based damage to cells and decreases inflammation
- Good source of Vitamin A and C, which among other things are good for the immune system
- Chlorophyll, the green compound in parsley, is a natural deodorizer and helps to eliminate bad breath
- High source of folate/folic acid, which helps protect blood vessels and reduce risk of heart attack
What an incredible herb! I am definitely making an effort to include parsley into my diet more regularly!
Don’t brush that parsley garnish off your plate anymore – eat it! Add some fresh parsley to your juice! Season your pasta, meat and salad with parsley!
How do you like to eat parsley?
*IMPORTANT – Be sure to talk to your veterinarian before giving your pet parsley tea.
Cut the leaves off of the stem of parsley (do NOT use the stems. This will make the tea extremely bitter). Cut enough until you have a big handful of leaves. Put into a medium sized pot with a quart of water and bring to a boil. Boil for 5 minutes. Strain, pour into a pitcher or glass jar and refrigerate. Serving size will depend on the size of your animal, but we put 1 tsp. into my cat’s food every time we fed him, and we mixed 3 tsp. into his water dish every time we refilled it.