Water retention can be caused by a variety of reasons, but the solution to the problem doesn't have to include harsh products or chemicals. Parsley---garden variety parsley---can be used to make a tea that promotes the production of urine in the kidneys, which acts as a natural yet effective diuretic. Parsley not only helps reduce water retention, but it is also rich in vitamins A and C and high in beta-carotene. Plus, the tea is quite simple to prepare.

Wash the fresh parsley and pat dry. Chop the parsley, if you wish, or leave whole.

Boil one cup of water in a saucepan or tea kettle.

Cover and allowing to steep for approximately five minutes.

Strain the parsley leaves from the infusion, using a strainer. Pour into a tea cup or mug and drink.


Parsley tea, while good for you and an effective diuretic, isn't very tasty and can be quite bitter.


Water retention can be a possible symptom of kidney or other health problems. It is always wise to consult a physician if the symptoms persist.
If you're allergic to parsley, skip the parsley tea!