Your legs can swell from many different reasons, and the most common ones are weight gain, poor circulation, pregnancy, menstrual cycle, poor diet, or some environmental factors like hot weather, changes in temperature, humidity. Gravity itself has an influence because it attracts body fluids downwards, especially if you are standing for a long time period.
A quick solution for this uncomfortable problem is to lie down with the legs a bit raised. Also, there are some natural ways to reduce the swelling by completely eliminating the excess body fluids.
One of them is parsley tea, a natural diuretic which has numerous other health benefits. A study from 2002, published in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology, has confirmed the diuretic properties of parsley tea because it can inhibit sodium and potassium ion pumps and stimulate urine flow.
Parsley does not decrease the levels of potassium like other diuretics, since its rich in this mineral and improves the functions of every system in our organism. So you can increase parsley consumption without experiencing any side effects.
A Brazilian study from 2009, titled “Diuretic and hypotensive activity of parsley seeds extract”, confirms that parsley can stimulate urine flow, regulating the blood pressure in the same time.
The famous US herbalist, Dr. John R. Christopher, states that the recommended daily dose of raw parsley or parsley tea is 64 oz., when it comes to treating eczema. You should use the whole herb, along with the leaves and the roots, to benefit from the full healing power it offers.
Add 5 tbsp. of finely chopped parsley leaves and roots in half a liter of boiled water, let the water boil for another 5 minutes, let it cool for 20 more minutes, then strain the tea.
Drink a cup of this tea 3 times a day and in only couple of days the swelling will disappear.