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