Coriander soothes an irritated digestive system whilst also cooling and expelling any excess heat from the body. Its sweet aroma is also known for subtly lifting the spirits.
Coriander is native to the Mediterranean, but is now cultivated globally for the culinary market. It is an annual plant with tall stems, standing up to 3 feet high. The leaves are small and divided up the length of the stem and the flowers are a pale mauve colour appearing in umbels at the top of the plant. The fruit is a globe shape and contains clusters of seeds. All parts of the plant can be used in both a medicinal and culinary purpose, however, it is the seeds that are predominantly used in a medicinal capacity.
All around the world the actions of traditional medicines were understood by their immediate sensory impacts. Click on each of coriander’s key qualities below to learn more:
Coriander contains a high level of natural essential oils which stimulate the digestion and support digestive metabolism. It encourages the production of digestive enzymes and supports a sluggish or slow digestion. It can be classified as an aromatic carminative.
Coriander is an aromatic carminative, supporting and stimulating digestive processes and metabolism. Despite this herb being stimulating, it also has a cooling and moistening nature. Coriander will cool any excess heat throughout the body, but particularly where there is hot irritation in the digestive, urinary and respiratory tracts. The cooling and clearing properties of coriander also make it effective for encouraging expectoration and sweating in the form of a diaphoretic.
Coriander is a member of the Umbelliferae family, which also includes fennel and cumin. The seeds of the coriander plant were renowned for having an unpleasant smell, and the English name for the plant was derived from the latin ‘koros’ meaning ‘bug’. Interestingly, the initial unpleasant smell of the seeds dissipates over time to become the characteristic fragrant aromatic scent associated with the plant.
No drug herb interactions are known.
Traditional Ayurvedic characteristics are
1–30g/day or 3–15ml/day of a 1:3 @ 45% tincture.