*Coriander is a delicate annual herb. The seeds are mainly used (whole or powdered), and leaf is used extensively in the culinary and medicinal worlds. It is also commonly known as cilantro and Chinese parsley. The sweet nature of Coriander is very soothing to the stomach and Pitta. The comforting aroma of Coriander seed powder gently consoles the mind and reduces irritability. It is an excellent spice for summer and any body heat. It is a mild diuretic and removes the heat from the blood and body fluids and expels it through urine. A cold infusion of Coriander can be prepared by adding one tablespoon of Coriander powder to 6 oz of water. The next morning it is strained and consumed on an empty stomach for best results.
*Benefits include supporting the proper functioning of the stomach, heat-related imbalance, maintaining lipid levels, maintaining normal water balance, supporting the nervous system, improving gut health, supporting a healthy heart and kidney function.
Suggested Use: 1/2-1 teaspoon in powdered form, once or twice daily, or use as directed by your health practitioner.
Botanical Name – Coriandrum Sativum
Family – Umbelliferae
English Names – Coriander Seeds, Cilantro Seeds
Coriander is an annual soft shrub that attains a height of 1 to 3 feet. Leaves are in a basal cluster vary from 3 to 15 cm in length and are oblong to ovate in shape. Leaflets are 1 to 2 cm in length and are ovate to round. The flower is of white color which can vary from light purple to creamish in color. The fruit is round in shape bearing the color that varies from yellow to brown. It is stripped and gets divided into two when crushed with fingers. The plant flowers and fruits in late winter.
Physical and chemical properties of Coriander –
Taste – Astringent, bitter
Quality – Light, unctuous, oily
Potency – Hot
Post Digestive effect – Sweet
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