Parsley is a culinary herb, mostly found in the Middle East, Europe, and America. Its nutritional and health benefits are a hot topic of discussion among health conscious people. One of the major benefits is the induction of menstruation. It is often prescribed by herbalists to women suffering from menstrual disorders or irregularities. This is because it is one of the very effective known emmenagogues. An emmenagogue is a substance that stimulates the flow of blood towards the uterus and cervix, and induces the shedding of the mucous membrane that lines the uterus, medically termed as endometrium.
How Does Parsley Induce Periods
Parsley owes its period stimulating action to the volatile oils and vitamin C, present in it. Many of them have been scientifically proven to cause uterine stimulation. The oils present in parsley stimulate the blood flow towards the reproductive structures in females i.e., the uterus and cervix. This brings a relaxing effect on the cervix, which further helps in its dilation. The dilation of the cervix, in turn, allows exit of menstrual materials. The high vitamin C content, in parsley, induces the increased release of estrogen in the body. This causes a decrease in the progesterone levels, and also induces uterine contractions. The altered hormone levels allow for the thinning of the uterine lining (endometrium). All these factors collectively enable parsley tea to induce periods. Usually, drinking 3-4 cups of parsley tea on or after the day scheduled for period results in its induction. It may take 1-2 days to show results. There is an easy way to make parsley tea, which is mentioned below.
How to Use Parsley
- Place 3-4 teaspoons of parsley in an infusion bag. Put this infusion bag in a teapot.
- Add one cup of hot water to it, and leave it undisturbed for 5-9 minutes to allow steeping.
- Take out the infusion bag as the tea is ready for drinking.
- Add 2-3 teaspoons of powdered form of dried parsley leaves to one cup of water.
- Heat the mixture till it begins to boil.
- Filter the water out and use it as tea.
- Parsley is bitter to taste, and therefore, it is better if you add 1-2 teaspoon of honey and 2-3 drops of lemon juice to it. This will enhance its flavor and you will enjoy drinking it.
Since volatile oils are behind the period induction action of parsley, its heating or cooking decreases the content of such oils in it. Therefore, one better way to make parsley to induce period is to use it in the form of pessary or vaginal depository.
- Take small twigs of parsley, and make a small parcel by wrapping them in cheesecloth.
- Place the bundle your vagina.
- Keep it for about 10-12 hours, and then replace it with new ones.
- Do it for 2-3 days. It will induce period very soon.
Many women suffer from period irregularities at the time of physical or mental stress, hormonal disorders, etc. They can safely use parsley tea to induce their periods and relieve their worries. But sometimes, some medical complications can be the cause behind missed periods. Therefore, it is advisable that you consult a gynecologist for proper diagnosis and treatment whenever you skip your period without a known cause.
Disclaimer: This HerHaleness article is for informative purposes only, and should not be replaced for the advice of a medical professional.