Cilantro and Coriander Benefits for Your Health

Coriander benefits for your digestive, and possibly, sexual health. Cilantro nutrition and ability to detox heavy metals. How to make a healing coriander tea.

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Coriander Seed Benefit:

Coriander seeds are powerfully deodorant.

Chew a few after eating Italian food to erase the smell of garlic from your breath.

Cilantro and coriander are the leaves and seeds of the Coriandrum sativum plant, an aromatic annual herb which you can easily grow in a pot or in the open ground during warm weather.

Both coriander and cilantro are most commonly used kitchen herbs for the unique flavors they impart to a variety of dishes.  You may read more about the use of this plant in cooking, here.  Their medicinal use is much less common these days but goes back to ancient times.

Coriander (the whole or ground seeds) was considered, by the ancient Egyptians, to be an aphrodisiac.  Hippocrates and other ancient Greek physicians used it to treat everything from "diseased testes... to fluxes of the eyes".

Today, coriander spice is valued for its carminative, or gas dispelling, properties.  Drink a cup of coriander tea after meals to relieve the bloating and cramps that accompany intestinal wind.

The seeds are also mildly anti-spasmodic making the tea a useful remedy for less serious cases of vomiting and diarrhea.

Another thing you can do with coriander tea is apply it externally, like a lotion, to soothe painful arthritic joints.

To Make Coriander Tea

Steep a teaspoon full of crushed, ripe seeds in a cup of boiling water for 8-10 minutes.  The water does not need to be kept boiling the whole time, it just needs to be at the boiling point when you pour it over the seeds.

Alternatively, you could simmer the whole seeds in the water in a small saucepan for 5 minutes.

Cilantro Benefits

Coriander Love Potion:

To put coriander's aphrodisiac abilities to the test, place 1 tablespoon of crushed coriander seeds into a quart of red wine. 

Seal the bottle and allow to steep for 1 week.  Shake and strain.  Take in 4-6 oz. doses.

In addition to giving Mexican and Asian dishes a flavor nothing else can, the leaves of cilantro are nutritionally important as they contain potassium and vitamin C.

But its nutrient content is not what makes Chinese parsley so beneficial for your health.

Cilantro's greatest health benefit is its ability to chelate heavy metals and carry them right out of your body.  Certain elements in the leaves bind with heavy metals (particularly mercury) allowing them to be eliminated.  This is why the herb is often used in detox formulas in combination with other substances like chlorella which boost its detoxifying power.

Related Pages:

Tips for Growing Cilantro/Coriander

The Health Benefits of Eating Cayenne Peppers

How Echinacea Can Improve Your Health

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