Diuretic Herbs, Parsley, Dandelion Leaf
Answered by: Christine Dennis
Question from: Maria
Posted on: November 25, 2008

Is parsley a diuretic herb?

Yes, parsley leaf, seed and root are a natural diuretic that can be taken as a tea or in tincture form.

Other herbs that are diuretic fall into several categories and would depend on individual needs:

1. Osmotic diuretics (make the urine more concentrated and create a pulling affect): goldenrod, couchgrass, dandelion leaf

2. Irritating diuretics (oils irritate kidneys to eliminate): wild carrot seed, parsley seed, juniper berry

3. Cooling/depurative diuretics (through the urinary and lymphatic involvement): cleavers, burdock root, blue violet, celery seed, red clover

4. Increase glomerular filtration (increases kidney filtration): yarrow, hawthorn, ginger, coffee

Dandelion leaf is a wonderful diuretic that is also high in potassium thus considered a potassium sparing diuretic. It is for this reason along with its effective that it is commonly a herbalist’s favorite diuretic herb. Dandelion and parley are available for purchase from Richters.

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