Parsley

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!

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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. 

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.

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  1. I am a firm believer in parsley tea as a treatment in animals with kidney disease. Our cat was one who could not take medication as it actually made him sicker. Thinking I had nothing else to lose I started him on it . The results were instant! At my next visit to the vet I shared this treatment with her. She could not wrap her head around it ie wasn’t off a prescription pad so how could it possibly work. My faith in vets is slowly going down hill as without blood work, x-rays and who knows what else they are at a loss as to what to do. Why not try something that is so natural, inexpensive and good for ones self whether you are four legged or not!

  2. (I’ll try to make this one short, lol :-). I love cooked parsley (love most greens, but parsley is a favorite) and find that when cooked, it is not bitter at all but very mild (altho’ I only use the leaves and really small stems). I often add it to other greens I am cooking, but my fave is to swirl it by itself in the pan juices from roast chicken (tho’ all that saturated fat is hardly healthy, so don’t do this often). I also knew about parsley’s diuretic benefits but have never thought to add it to my animals’ water. I so appreciate this info; thank you so much!!
    To share in kind, I have had amazing success with Golden Seal Tea (with tincture added) for ring worm & other mild infections. Both in their food, and rubbed onto the ring worm spots 2 or 3 times a day. Got rid of ring worm in 12 cats within 3 months, to the point where you could no longer tell they had ever had it!
    I also cured a cat (and my friend cured 4 cats) of feline urologic syndrome using a raw food diet (based loosely on the diets found in Dr. Pitcairn’s great book).
    Finally, we used hydrogen peroxide to get rid of maggots in a stray cat’s leg wound once – easy peasy! – after our vet had said the only way to remove them was with surgery! We have also been using it in my granddaughter’s ears whenever she gets a fever (usually the first symptom of a milk-allergy based ear infection) & have done so since she was 2 (she’s 9 now). In all but one case, the fever was gone in less than a day (in the other case, it took 2 days of mild fever & hydrogen peroxide twice each day). She has not had to see a doctor for an ear infection once in these 7 years & her ears are always fine at her regular checkups.
    Needless to say, I’m a big proponent of herbal and other natural remedies and always look there before looking anywhere else. But like with all modern medicine & medical tools, vets have their place and can be life-savers under the right circumstances. Just not necessarily the first resort (except maybe for a diagnosis). Thanks again SO MUCH for adding to my own “tool box” & knowledge in this area. 🙂

    1. Vets certainly have their place, as do doctors, and I agree that they might not always be the first resort. Amazing what herbs and natural remedies can do isn’t it? I look forward to learning more about them in my program this year. I have also come across the world of essential oils recently and am looking into them further. Another “natural remedy” to add to my toolbox perhaps?

  3. Parsley is very high in calcium oxalate, which is basically what kidney stones are made out of. Are you sure this HELPS the kidneys?

    1. Hi AJ, this is a great question! I did a little research and this seems to be a very controversial topic in the health world. Some research studies have shown that intake of protein, calcium, and water influence calcium oxalate formation contributing to kidney stones as much as, or more than intake of high-oxalate foods. It has also been found that dietary oxalate accounts for only 10-15% of the oxalate that is found in the urine of individuals who form kidney stones, so dietary oxalate may not have a huge effect on kidney stones.

      I think it is one of those things that will vary on the individual. If you have severe kidney stones then I would certainly be wary of consuming oxalate foods. However, if we’re talking about prevention and daily kidney health, I would not be concerned about consuming oxalate foods regularly in moderation.

      These two articles have more in depth information if you are interested:
      http://www.rebootwithjoe.com/oxalates-kidney-stones-what-you-should-know/

      http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=george&dbid=48

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