Coriander , an aromatic herb known since ancient times, with many beneficial properties and multiple uses in the kitchen and as a herbal remedy. A real natural antibiotic to which science also recognizes different characteristics of depuration from heavy metals.The coriander is a ‘ herb with very interesting properties and that lends itself to different uses, not only food grade. It is a natural flavoring widely used in oriental cuisine.
For this reason, also called oriental or Chinese parsley, coriander is actually a plant native to the Mediterranean even if, as we have already said, it is mainly used in the East. In the kitchen, but also as a natural remedy, both coriander leaves and small seeds (in reality the fruits of the plant that are picked ripe) are useful .
It is a spice known for millennia and already appreciated by Egyptians, Greeks and Romans. Why? For its many medicinal properties and not only.
Its marked antibacterial properties make coriander a real natural antibiotic , an effective remedy against the most resistant bacteria. According to the latest research, coriander oil can be used to treat infections and food poisoning. It would also be a powerful weapon against methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus. It is also shown to be effective against fungi and other microorganisms.
Another important property of coriander is its antispasmodic and digestive capacity, therefore it shows a perfect remedy therefore in case of abdominal swelling, aerophagia, stomach difficulties, irritable colon but also diarrhea. Thanks to these properties, the spice is also excellent for combating lack of appetite.
Coriander also stimulates the nervous system and works as a tonic against the sense of tiredness and apathy. Much of its properties are due to the presence of substances useful to our body such as vitamins, minerals and fibers, as well as antioxidants, essential oils and more.
Then note its chelating action against heavy metals . It is particularly useful for the removal of mercury, which can be present in the spaces between the cells and in the cell nucleus, as well as against cadmium, lead and aluminum present in the bones or in the nervous system. It is recommended to take coriander accompanied by chlorella , so that the toxins are not reabsorbed.
In summary, coriander is:
- Natural antibiotic
- Reabsorbs intestinal gas
- Combats lack of appetite
- Stimulates the nervous system
- Tonic against fatigue
- Rich in vitamins, minerals and fiber
- Heavy metal chelator
Uses of coriander
Coriander is a spice that lends itself to different uses in the kitchen as it has a delicate flavor that does not cover that of other foods but on the contrary manages to enhance it by also giving a little spicy taste to the dishes. Fresh or dried coriander can be used both in the form of leaves and seeds.
A little coriander leaves lend themselves well to flavoring first courses such as cereal and legume soups, minestrone but also second courses of meat or fish. The seeds , on the other hand, with a different flavor than the leaves (a little reminiscent of the lemon) are more used to prepare sausages, pickles or as natural remedies.
Together with other spices, then, the seeds form the curry and garam masala, famous blends of spices known and used especially in India.
As a natural remedy, coriander herbal tea is used in particular to help against meteorism, as a digestive but traditionally also used to combat headaches. Preparing it is very simple: you need a teaspoon of coriander seeds or dry leaves to leave to macerate covered for about 5 minutes in a cup of boiling water. Drink after filtering and leaving to cool.
Coriander in the kitchen can be used on:
- Inside spice mix
As a natural remedy in the form of a decoction, dry extract or mother tincture, it can be useful in case of:
- Digestive problems
- Irritable colon
- lack of appetite
- Heavy metal purification
Contraindication of coriander
Coriander also has contraindications. It should not be used when taking medications to regulate stomach and intestine (including anti-diarrheal), anxiolytic or antidepressant functions. Always seek the advice of your doctor even if you use other types of drugs to avoid the risk of interference. Also to avoid the use for healing purposes in pregnancy and breastfeeding since there are no studies on the subject. At high doses then coriander can give nervous or gastrointestinal disorders.