Coriander: Discover the Health Benefits of this Healing Herb

The herb coriander, aka cilantro, is appreciated for its flavor included in recipes from many cultures. However, coriander is also has a long list of health benefits and has been used as a healing herb for centuries. The distinction between cilantro and coriander is mostly semantic, but in some cases also refers to how the herb is being used — most cuisines refer to cilantro when referencing the leafy herb, whereas when specifying the seeds it is more often called coriander.

This article deals mainly with the powerful health benefits of coriander. Both in cooking and in healing coriander has been used since ancient times. Let’s review some of the health factors that have made coriander a healing herb throughout the ages.

First, here’s a bit of background: Coriander is a perennial herb.  When it’s leaves are green, the herb gives off a distinctly sweet-smelling aroma, as the plants ripen, it turns a brownish yellow. Originally from the Mediterranean, coriander is an herb that thrives in black soil and arid regions.

Health Benefits of Coriander in Many Forms

Considered to be rich in various food elements, the coriander leaves contain protein, fat, minerals, fiber, carbohydrates, and water. The herb also many minerals and vitamins including: vitamin C, calcium, phosphorus, iron, carotene, thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, sodium, potassium, and oxalic acid.

Benefits of Coriander Leaves

The leaves can be used as both a stimulant and a tonics. Coriander leaves can strengthen the stomach and aid in digestion, increase secretion and discharge of urine to help detox the body and reduce fever. Coriander leaves may also act as an aphrodisiac, and help in the removal of phlegm.

Using Coriander Seeds for Health

Coriander seeds reduce fever, and offer a feeling of coolness.

Health Benefits of Coriander Juice

When juiced, coriander provides health benefits by helping the body effectively produce vitamin A, B1, B2, C and iron. In addition, adding a teaspoon or two of coriander juice to fresh buttermilk can be beneficial for easing digestive disorders such as indigestion, nausea, dysentery, hepatitis and colitis. The juice may also be helpful for patients with typhoid fever.

Drinking Coriander Water

Drinking coriander water can help lower blood cholesterol. Prepare coriander water by boiling the dry seeds, cooling water and seeds and then straining the seeds out to get retain just the leftover liquid.

Dry Coriander

Dry coriander treats diarrhea. Coriander seeds are known to alleviate excessive menstrual flow. Used as an eye-wash, freshly dried coriander is excellent for treating conjunctivitis while also reducing the pain and swelling that comes with it.

Health Benefits of Mixing Coriander with Other Healing Herbs

Topically, a teaspoon of coriander juice, mixed with a pinch of turmeric powder, is an effective remedy for acne, pimples, blackheads and dry skin. The mixture should be applied to the face, after washing it thoroughly, every night before going to bed.

While the young plants of coriander are used in chutneys, sauces, curries and soups, its oil is used for flavoring and in medicine. In the dried form, coriander is an important ingredient of curry powder and is also used in pickling spices, sausages, seasoning, and confectionery and for flavoring spirits, particularly gin.

Dry coriander should be sparingly used by persons suffering from bronchial asthma and chronic bronchitis.

Considering Coriander’s many medicinal properties, it’s no wonder that this healing herb is so often successfully used to treat internal and external health problems. Whether you’re choosing cilantro to add flavor to a meal or the subtle spice of coriander seeds, you and your family will enjoy the benefits of the herb’s natural health properties.

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