Coriander (Coriandrum Sativum) is a herb that is used extensively in Asian and Western Cuisines. It is also known as cilantro or dhania or Chinese parsley. It is native to Southern Europe and North Africa to South Asia.
It grows as a small green plant and every part of it is edible and find its use, especially the leaves and seeds. Because of its strong flavor, it is an integral part of many cuisines across the world. Apart from delighting our sense, coriander is also known for its medicinal or therapeutic properties and coriander leaves and seeds are used as home remedy for treatment of various ailments.
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Coriander is extensively used for herbal and home remedies. Due to its medicinal properties, it has been extensively used in traditional Chinese and Indian medicinal (Ayurveda) systems. Even recent scientific studies have shown that coriander does possess important medicinal and healing properties. Let us see how coriander is used as a herbal or home remedy:
Coriander is prepared and consumed in several ways and for different purpose the preparation would be different. The leaves can be consumed by garnishing them on various dishes. Paste of coriander leaves is a common form of consuming it directly as a food.
Coriander paste is also applied on the forehead for relieving headache and it is also applied in mouth for treating mouth ulcers.
It is also consumed in form of power made from coriander seeds. This powder can be added in various dishes as a herb for regular consumption. The powder is also added to boiling water to be consumed as a drink for various home and herbal remedies.
The plant is largely free from any side effects and is perfectly safe to consume. However, coriander can cause allergic reaction in some people and they should be careful with its consumption. Also, excessive dosage of coriander is known to cloud mental clarity.
Coriander is nature’s gift to mankind for its various health benefits. It is not just useful in adding flavor to your food; it helps in treating various ailments in a natural way, without causing undue damage to the body as many medicines would do. Now science is waking up to the benefits of this magical herb which has been used for centuries in traditional medicines.