I began making makeup for myself to address my own highly sensitive, acne-prone skin. That journey started many years ago and culminated in the launch of my Afterglow brand in 2004. While what you put on your skin is certainly important, it should never be discounted that the journey to beautiful skin begins within.
The same intensity and scrappy-ness that lead me to resolve my irritation with traditional cosmetics by launching my natural makeup line is exactly how I approach every area of my life… as a perpetual grad student. My life and the enjoyment of it is my master thesis and nature is my first laboratory.
Your skin is the largest organ of your body. It’s also the organ that often does the talking for your other organs. When your body experiences imbalances and dis-ease (literally the lack of ease in your body) on any level, it’s often expressed through your skin in the form of irritation and inflammation. The imbalance could be an allergy to a certain food or medication, expressed as acne or a rash. Or perhaps the imbalance is adrenal fatigue or stress which may throw your entire endocrine system out of whack and leave your hormones in disarray. This hormone dysregulation can express itself as anything from acne and under-eye-bags to dry skin.
Your body is constantly talking to you through your skin.
The right natural foods have a positive effect on our entire bodies, including the skin. Adequate sources of healthy protein, for example, are essential for the amino acids that your body uses to produce collagen. Fruits, vegetables, and herbs all contain important micronutrients that help your body perform its most important functions. A diet rich in antioxidants helps promote healing and blemish-free skin, among other health benefits.
Parsley Supports Your Body’s Healing and Resilience
Parsley is one of these miracle-working herbs. This humble accouterment, once reserved as a chain restaurant garnish, is now used by holistic health practitioners and spas all over the world.
Consider parsley’s nutritional profile.
- High in Vitamin K: ½ cup of chopped fresh parsley contains 554% of your daily vitamin K. This often-overlooked antioxidant helps your body form blood clots, which are essential to the skin’s healing process. There is some evidence that vitamin K can reduce the appearance of stretch marks, spider veins, and dark under-eye circles.
- High in Vitamin C: It contains 54% of your daily intake of vitamin C. As an antioxidant, dermatologists and aestheticians have long prized Vitamin C for its skin-brightening and evening properties.
- High in the B’s: Parsley is also high in Beta Carotene, Vitamin B12, and Folate. In fact, it boasts 12% of your daily Folate intake. Folate is difficult to get from food – in fact, most of us get it through its synthetic form, folic acid, which we add to multivitamins, bread, and cereal. Recent research suggests that adequate folate intake can help prevent skin cancer.
- Enzyme-Rich: High in enzyme content, parsley improves overall digestion and elimination.
Now that you know some of parsley’s more illustrious stats. Check out parsley’s health benefits.
Parsley’s health benefits are numerous and include:
- Immune Booster
- Aids in reducing joint pain and stiffness
- Breath freshener
- Aids urinary tract infections
- Improves digestion and elimination
- Breast Cancer preventative
Parsley Supports Your Natural Beauty
All of those benefits are wonderful and the addition of parsley into your diet will contribute to your overall wellness, but if you’re in it for the beauty of parsley this is what you should know these four beauty basics about parsley.
- Parsley may reduce your skin blemishes. Acne and skin blemishes may be a sign that your liver’s (your detoxing organ) not at its best. Antioxidant-rich parsley tea is widely known by the holistic health community as a natural liver and kidney detoxifier. When your liver and kidneys are supported by parsley tea, aren’t overworked, and are able to naturally detoxify the body, they won’t offload detoxification to your skin, resulting in a clearer complexion.
- Parsley may reduce skin redness and speed up skin healing. Parsley’s loaded with antioxidants, vitamins, and nutrients that speed up skin healing and regulate the body’s inflammatory response.
- Parsley may help alleviate the pain and discomfort of difficult menstrual cycles. Parsley contains apiol which eases menstrual cramps and can help regulate abnormal or irregular cycles. Easier menstrual cycles often mean less associated bloating, water weight gain and acne.
- Parsley is a diuretic. Often used on weight loss diets, drinking parsley tea may help you flush toxins and water retention from your body.
How I Drink Parsley Tea
I’ll be the first to admit, parsley tea is a slightly acquired taste. However, it’s not offensive and all the benefits of the brew make me excited to drink it. I partake in my parsley tea both warm and cold. Some people add a splash of lemon or some stevia to their tea to tweak the taste. I generally save my lemons for my morning glass of water and simply drink the parsley tea unaltered. To ensure the mildest taste possible, I use organic flat leaf Italian parsley because curly leaf parsley is more bitter. The nutritional value and benefits of the two style parsleys are relatively similar.
How I Brew Parsley Tea
I use an Adagio Tea Infuser like this one (AD) to brew my parsley tea using the following method.
- Use only organic parsley. I prefer flat leaf Italian parsley for its mild taste.
- Clean your parsley well. I clean the entire bundle of parsley at the same time by submerging the bundle in a bowl of water with a splash of vinegar. I swirl it around for a few seconds to make sure that any hidden sand or dirt is lifted off the leaves.
- Snip off a handful. I cut off the equivalent of a ¼ – ½ cup of parsley with my kitchen scissors. Then I cut that handful into smaller pieces (or rough chop it using a knife and cutting board). I then place the parsley shreds into the tea infuser like my Adagio Infuser or a tea ball infuser like one of these (AD).
- Add boiling water to your parsley prepped infuser. When you add your boiling water, make sure it’s as high quality as the organic parsley you are using. I suggest you use filtered, reverse osmosis water.
- Let the parsley tea steep. I generally get my parsley tea as strong as I can, but I’m just intense like that! Experiment with the intensity of your tea until you find a sweet spot that seems potent but palatable. Start by steeping the tea for 5 minutes and continue to experiment until you find the perfect time for you.
- Tweak your tea to your taste. If you don’t like the taste of parsley tea, consider adding a few drops of fresh organic lemon juice and a bit of raw honey or stevia leaf extract.
- Store it in your refrigerator. Consider making a large batch and storing it in your refrigerator to enjoy over two days. I store my extra tea in the fridge in a glass mason jar.
- Store your extra parsley. Place your extra parsley leaf in a jar. I place my entire bunch of parsley stems down in a mason jar like a refrigerator bouquet of goodness. This allows the bunch to continue to stay fresh for a few days. Two bunches of parsley last me a week or tea making.
These are all the reasons why I cycle drinking parsley tea every day for a month or two. I like how my body feels on the tea and I do believe it helps flush my liver, reduce my water retention, and eliminate my hormonal acne.
Have you tried parsley tea? Why did you start? Let me know in the comments below!
The author, Kristin, is not a medical doctor. Her opinion is just that, an opinion, based on her own research and experience. Any links in this post suggesting products or services are affiliate links if they include the word (AD). Click here for more fun facts and a thrilling FTC and FDA required disclaimer.