Health Benefits of Coriander

Health Benefits of CorianderCoriander (Coriandrum sativum) is in the parsley family (Apiaceae or Umbelliferae). This is another ancient plant found in the Egyptian tombs of Kings. It was mentioned in all the medieval medical texts by the Greeks, in the Bible, and by early Sanskrit writers and by the Egyptians in the Ebers papyrus. The seeds were found in the tombs of both King Tutankhamun and Rameses II. Indigenous to the Holy Land, coriander was compared by the Ancient Hebrews to the manna provided by God to the Children of Israel. It was one of the bitter herbs eaten at the Passover. In Medieval Europe, coriander was considered an aphrodisiac and a witch’s herb employed in love magic and love potions. The seeds and leaves are widely used as a garnish and domestic spice especially in curries and in Mexican food. The essential oil is from the seed and is an antidote to hot food. It is very decongesting to the liver and is a stimulant for digestion. A key constituent is Linalol-65-78%-an alcohol.

Traditionally coriander essential oil has been used therapeutically mainly in the form of an infusion for children’s diarrhea, digestive upsets, griping pains, anorexia and flatulence. It was studied in Egypt for its effects in lowering glucose and insulin levels and supporting pancreatic function. For emotional healing this oil can be used to encourage creativity, imagination, good memory, confidence, motivation, optimism, sincerity, expressiveness, and enthusiasm.

In modern times coriander has been shown to have anti-inflammatory, sedative, and analgesic properties. It is used for diabetes, arthritis, and intestinal problems. The primary use of coriander is strengthening. It promotes digestion and can cause a mild feeling of euphoria. Many today use it in conjunction with dill oil to promote pancreatic health and to aid in the control of diabetes.

Coriander can be diluted one part essential oil to one part mixing oil. It can be diffused or directly inhaled or taken as a dietary supplement. Coriander mixes well with lemon, tea tree, lavender, peppermint, cardamom, bergamot, clove, cinnamon, clary sage, frankincense, geranium, ginger, grapefruit, neroli, orange, palmarosa, pine, ravensara, ylang ylang, jasmine, nutmeg, jasmine, petitgrain, sandalwood, and cypress. Coriander is generally non-toxic, non-irritant, and non-sensitizing.

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