Archive | Gardening RSS feed for this section

Herbal Remedies: The Health Benefits of Parsley Tea

11 Jun

health benefits of parsley tea

We’re all familiar with parsley as a pantry staple, enhancing the flavor of our favorite dishes. But did you know that parsley also boast wonderful medicinal properties? I discovered the health benefits of drinking parsley tea after reading this article from MindBodyGreen. According the author, parsley helped clear her skin. As someone who suffers from adult acne, I nearly raced to the store to buy a bunch of parsley.

Parsley is a good source of vitamins A, B12, C and K, and features high levels of beta-carotene and folate. Drinking parsley tea will help combat flatulence, ease menstrual pain, reduce inflammation, improve digestion and boost the immune system. Because of the herb’s diuretic properties, parsley tea is often used for detoxification. Whether you’re removing toxins from the body or suffering from a hangover, parsley tea will give you liver added support. 

fresh parsley from herb garden

Fresh organic parsley from my herb garden. Growing your own herbs saves money, a trip to the store and provides piece of mind that the plants aren’t being treated with harmful chemicals.

Interested in brewing a pot of healthful parsley tea? Here’s the easy-to-follow recipe:

detox parsley tea recipe

Parsley tea ingredients:

  • 2-3 sprigs of fresh parsley (preferably organic)
  • Hot water
  • Quarter lemon (preferably organic)

Recipe directions:

  • Boil water using a small sauce pan or kettle
  • Thoroughly wash the fresh parsley and lemon
  • Fill a pitcher, thermos or teapot with boiling water
  • Add 2-3 sprigs of fresh parsley and a quarter lemon
  • Steep ingredients for 5 minutes
  • Remove parsley
  • Drink and enjoy!

Depending on how long you steep the ingredients, parsley tea can have a pretty strong taste. It took a few cups for me to get used to the savory flavor. To soften the bite, I typically add a quarter lemon.

fresh parsley tea health benefits

Like everything, too much of a good thing can be bad, so it’s best not to drink more than 2 cups of parsley tea a day. Make sure to consult your physician or naturopath before consuming any medicinal remedies.

What are some of you favorite herbal remedies?

xoxo,

Andi

Tips for decorating a small apartment balcony

8 Jul

When you live in a small apartment like me, you adopt any outdoor space as an extension of your home. One of the things that sold us on our current apartment was the cute little Juliet balcony off the living room. After years of living in apartments that had no outdoor living spaces, we jumped at the chance to have a little piece of the outside we could call our own. Even though the space is teeny tiny, we’ve made every square foot functional – creating a seating area for two and planting a vertical garden. Do you have an outdoor space that you want to make the most of? Here are some tips for turning your small space into an outdoor oasis:

Go vertical:
One of the best ways to get more plants and furniture in the space is to go vertical by attaching tiered hanging planters to the balcony railing. This will free up deck space to accommodate outdoor furniture. Planters like the ones featured above can be found at your local home improvement store, like Home Depot.

Bring the indoors, outside:
There are so many weather resistant fabrics and furniture options now, there really is no excuse for your balcony, patio or deck to look plain or boring. Your outdoor space should be an extension of your home, so make sure to choose furniture, accessories and a color palette that compliments your indoor decor. The two main pops of color found around our apartment are turquoise and orange (see the home tour here). When I put together a decorating plan for our balcony, I made sure the decorative pillows, area rug, planters and side table featured pops of these two colors. Some of the items I was able purchase (e.g. pillows, area rug), however the side table I had to spray paint turquoise.

Plant edibles:
Instead of planting flowers on your balcony, choose herbs or vegetable plants. They can be just as beautiful as flowers, however have a built-in bonus your flowers don’t, ripe produce!

Have you decorated your outdoor space this summer?

xoxo, Andi