The name "coriander" is derived from the Greek word “koris” meaning “bed bug” so I was interested to read that it was commonly used in love potions and aphrodisiacs!
Is there a connection with the “bed bug”?
Coriander is a herb with very beautiful white flowers and leaves resembling parsley leaves. In most countries it is known as coriander
but in North America its name is cilantro
. Coriander has been cultivated for at least 3 000 years and has many culinary and medicinal uses.
Coriander grows well in a large pot in a sunny spot in the garden or on the deck and when flowering, it attracts bees. All the different parts of the coriander have useful functions.
Here are some of those heath benefits
- The leaves leaves act as stimulants and tonics while strengthening the stomach and promoting digestion. They also act as an aphrodisiac and help in the removal of phlegm.
- Coriander seeds reduce fever, and offer a refreshing feeling of coolness.
- The juice of coriander is rich in vitamins A, B1, B2, C, iron and magnesium. It is also a good source of dietary fibe while being rich in phytonutrients and flavonoids. In addition, one or two teaspoons of coriander juice, added to fresh buttermilk, will treat digestive disorders such as indigestion, nausea, dysentery, hepatitis and colitis.
- The drinking of coriander water helps lower blood cholesterol. You can prepare coriander water by boiling dry seeds of coriander and straining them after cooling, before drinking the liquid.
- Dried coriander treats diarrhea while coriander seeds are known to alleviate excessive menstrual flow.
- Used as an eye-wash, freshly dried coriander treats conjunctivitis when it relieves burning and reduces the symptoms of pain and swelling.
Just a few extra benefits I felt I must list are: coriander is an anti-inflammatory that may alleviate symptoms of arthritis; protects against urinary tract infections; prevents nausea; relieves intestinal gas; lowers blood sugar; lowers bad cholesterol AND raises good cholesterol.
- A teaspoon of coriander juice added to a pinch of turmeric and made into paste works well on acne symptoms such as pimples and blackheads as well as dry skin. The paste should be applied to the affected area, after cleansing with warm water and natural soap, every night before bed.
Then there are culinary uses
Just a word of caution: dry coriander should be sparingly used by persons suffering from bronchial asthma and chronic bronchitis.
- The young plants of coriander are used in chutneys, sauces, curries and soups.
- Coriander oil is used as a natural flavoring.
- Dried 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.
- The medicinal properties include antibacterial, antiseptic, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-rheumatic, expectorant, carminative, hepatoprotective, antimelanomic, antitumoral, antihistaminic, stimulant and others.