Coriandrum sativum – Folium/Semen (Umbelliferae)
Common name: Coriander (E), Cilantro (E), Dhaniya (H)
This popular Indian curry ingredient is also an invaluable medicine; it 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.
How it Works
Coriander contains a high level of natural essential oils which stimulate the digestion ad 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.
Into the Heart of Coriander
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.
GIT: Coriander seed is an excellent remedy for promoting digestion as it enkindles the digestive fire without aggravating acidity. It can be safely used when there is inflammation in the digestive system and when the digestive metabolism needs strengthening. It is a useful carminative herb prescribed in IBS and colic. Both the leaf and seed are used for digestion to clear flatulence, griping and bloating. The powder of the seed can also be effective for clearing worms in children.
Urinary & Kidney: A cold infusion of the seeds can help to drain heat out of the urinary system. It is useful in cystitis, dysuria and cloudy urine.
Allergies: The juice of the leaf is used externally for allergic rashes and internally for allergic rhinitis. It can also be effective for clearing heat and toxicity from the blood.
Respiratory: Coriander is an effective anti-spasmodic and expectorant that will help to clear mucous and congestion from the lungs.
Heavy Metals: The leaf is used to help facilitate the safe excretion of heavy metals and other environmental toxins including lead, arsenic and mercury. Only use drop by drop doses and must be included with an intestinal heavy metal toxin absorption agent, such as chlorella.
Fever: As the seeds are a mild diaphoretic it can help to alleviate a fever by allowing excess heat to be released through the skin and the urine in the form of sweat.