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.

Pour the boiling water over the fresh or dried parsley.

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!