Quick question about parsley tea for bringing on late periods. My mom is completely flipping out because she says parsley is toxic if used for anything more than a seasoning. She says if I have 6 or more ounces, I could go into kidney failure and die. (I know talking about my mom could make me sound young – for reference, I’m 27. My mom and I are close, but sometimes I forget that I shouldn’t talk to her about certain things because she kind of… goes overboard with the scare tactics.)

So… is parsley tea safe? If so, in what amounts? I’ve read of women drinking 3-4 cups a day for 3-4 days in a row.

My schedule is loaded and getting out to buy fresh parsley doesn’t look too possible right now, so I bought these tea bags. Are they good? Do I use hot water, or boiling water? What I’ve read has been confusing, but what I came away with was boiling water for fresh parsley, hot water for dry parsley?

Thank you for reading. :)

14 Responses to Parsley tea safety

  1. EohNet says:

    These articles look decently sourced and balanced, although I haven’t checked any of the sources. Sounds like there definitely is a toxic dose, but what that is in terms of tea or whole herb hasn’t been established.

    http://www.drugs.com/npc/parsley.html
    http://www.appliedhealth.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=108419&Itemid=215

  2. Xmeva says:

    Thank you!

    “The toxicity of whole parsley has probably been grossly exaggerated. While it is true large doses of concentrated parsley extracts or of pure apiole and myristicin have produced toxicity, the whole plant appears to be safe to use.”

    I’m going to guess that a couple cups of parsley tea can’t kill me. It’s just my mom goes so overboard when things spook her, that she spookes the holy hell out of me too.

  3. Begana says:

    I don’t really know that much about the safety of it, other than assuming it just is because I see people here using it so frequently, but eating fresh parsley is different than steeping it in water and then drinking the water.

  4. Xmeva says:

    Yup, that’s what I figure. Between here and google I’ve heard about so many women drinking it, and they haven’t keeled over yet! But eh. Better safe than sorry, figured it was worth asking and looking into.

  5. 7selight says:

    Huh! I hadn’t heard about possible toxicity, but that’s interesting.

    I had a late period one time and drank pretty strong parsley tea (maybe 3-4 mugs a day) for like 2 days. I didn’t drink it for longer because it started to make me vomit…but it also could have been due to the approximately 5 pounds of sugar I had to put in it to make it not revolting…

  6. InuZero says:

    I think that rabbits aren’t supposed to have parsley, but I’m not one hundred percent on that. Your post didn’t really make it clear — are you a rabbit?

    If not, tell your mom you’ll be fine. Actually, don’t tell her anything! Just say you didn’t drink the parsley. If she’s anything like my mom, she’s just gonna keep scaring you. All with the best intentions of course.

    *Oops, posted too early.

  7. Xmeva says:

    Why yes, I am, actually!

    LOL but yeah, she always has the best of intentions… but it always ends up having the worst possible reaction with me. Ah, mothers.

  8. InuZero says:

    No wonder your mom is so protective; you are super cute! Stay away from the parsley, then!

  9. OtiGirl says:

    I assume that you would start your period (or stop drinking the tea) before it got to that point.

    If you’re worried, you could mix in some other teas that are supposed to help with late periods. I tend to alternate parsley tea with ginger tea (ginger tea tastes better anyway, IMO), and I’ve done rosemary as well.

    http://www.sisterzeus.com/delayedmen.htm
    I have no idea how well some of those work, but the ginger/parsley/rosemary alternating works for me.

    (As a side note, thanks for posting this :p My period is really late this month, and I’ve been so out of it that I forgot about the tea fix.)

  10. Hteall says:

    Could your mom be confusing parsley-from-the-grocery-store with Poison Hemlock or Spring Parsley?

    http://www.ars.usda.gov/services/docs.htm?docid=9983 — Spring Parsley/Cymopterus/Wild Carrot causes photosensitization such that it can result in nasty sunburns for animals that eat it. Nasty sunburns, that cause animal udders to become blistered such that the animal refuses to nurse its young.

    http://www.ars.usda.gov/Services/docs.htm?docid=9975 — Poison Hemlock is also called Poison Parsley, among various other names. It is very toxic!

    Meanwhile, if you live in an area with heavy metal contamination… http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3212802/ suggests that parsley can indeed become contaminated with unhealthy doses of heavy metal. (Though the roots are more likely to be contaminated than the leaves.)

    Hogweed ( http://www.nwcb.wa.gov/detail.asp?weed=62 ) is also called Giant Cow Parsley and is, yup, toxic. It’s also an invasive species. Naughty weed!

    And there’s also the chance of “toxic by association” — http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12807304 discusses some herbal abortifacients, and there were deaths in a couple of cases when the people took “ruda with parsley and fennel” — and a couple of deaths where the people took ruda alone. The toxic herb is the Ruda, apparently.

    I’m not finding anything about parsley on its own being toxic. Anything in megadoses might have the potential, but I don’t think it’s likely to be easy to hit that.

  11. Gnazoa says:

    This. I eat parsley, and have yet to die. The little garnishy things? Yeah…I munch those lol :D I don’t think it would be served as food if it could kill you…although McDs is still around, I suppose ;) *raises eyebrow*

  12. ghean says:

    shud i use fresh parsley and make it boil to water? or only dried parsley?

  13. ghean says:

    please reply im just confused how to use parsley for delayed menstruation

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