Benefits Of Coriander, Ground Coriander And Its Seeds For Health

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Origin And Distribution


Latin Name : Coriandrum sativum


Coriander leaves are known as cilantro and the seeds of the cilantro plant are called coriander in the United States. It is also known as Chinese Parsley. In India, cilantro leaves and the seeds, both, are called coriander or dhania.

For understanding purposes, I will use the term cilantro, for the coriander leaves and coriander, for the coriander seeds.

Cilantro plant is native to Asia, Southern Europe and Middle East. It is a widely used herb. The leaves have a strong pungent smell with a strong flavor. Cilantro and coriander is much used in Indian, Asian, Middle Eastern, American and Spanish cooking. It improves the taste and flavor of food.



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Uses Of Cilantro

A chutney made of cilantro and mint with onions and garlic is very popular in India. Also, split coriander seeds are roasted to make a great chewable mouth freshener.

It is used in pickles, chutneys, curries, marinates apart from being used in garnishing food. Always crush the coriander just before adding as the seeds lose their flavor quickly.

Cilantro should be added to food dishes after they are cooked as adding it to food while cooking destroys its nutritive constituents.

In India, since ancient times coriander has been used in food and in medicine.

Cilantro Leaves And Seeds Nutrition Facts

Cilantro contains many compounds which have anti oxidant properties. The flavor of coriander and cilantro is due to the fatty acids and volatile oils in it. Coriander is rich in dietary fiber providing as much as 42 gms fiber in 100 gms of coriander. This fiber helps in lowering the LDL cholesterol as it binds to the bile salts.

Coriander contains very good amounts of minerals like iron, copper, calcium, potassium, manganese, magnesium and zinc. It also has high levels of vitamin C. Coriander is also a storehouse of the B complex vitamins, esp thiamine, niacin and riboflavin.

Coriander oil is extracted from the seeds and contains anti bacterial properties and is rich in phytonutrients, flavonoids and active phenolic compounds.


Coriander Essential Oil

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Coriander Oil

Coriander oil is a sweet and spicy, warm oil with almost colorless to pale yellow colored and of watery consistency. It is extracted from the seeds of the cilantro plant, by steam distillation.

Uses of corainder oil

It helps in reducing brain fag, tension, migraine and nervous weakness. Also relieves gas and stomachache, controls rheumatic and arthritic pains, muscle spasms, benefits in colds and flu. It removes toxins and wastes.
One can use it in hot water used for taking steam and the vapors of this oil or put it in bathwater or massage it for pain relief.
It is also used in creams and lotions for benefit in such cases.


Nutritional Levels

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Coriander seeds (Coriander sativum)
 
 
Nutritional value per 100 g
 
 
(Source: USDA National Nutrient data base)
 
Principle
Nutrient Value
Percentage of RDA
Energy
298 Kcal
15%
Carbohydrates
54.99 g
42%
Protein
12.37 g
22%
Total Fat
17.77 g
60%
Cholesterol
0 mg
0%
Dietary Fiber
41.9 g
110%
Vitamins
 
 
Folates
1 µg
<1%
Niacin
2.130 mg
13%
Riboflavin
0.290 mg
22%
Thiamin
0.239 mg
20%
Vitamin A
0 IU
0%
Vitamin C
21 mg
35%
Electrolytes
 
 
Sodium
35 mg
2%
Potassium
1267 mg
27%
Minerals
 
 
Calcium
709 mg
71%
Copper
0.975 mg
108%
Iron
16.32 mg
204%
Magnesium
330 mg
83%
Manganese
1.900 mg
82%
Phosphorus
409 mg
39%
Zinc
4.70 mg
43%
 
 
 

Health Facts

  • Cilantro is a digestive and appetite stimulant. It helps in the secretion of gastric juices. It relieves gas, indigestion, and stomach ache.
  • Coriander removes fever, indigestion and diarrhea.
  • It relieves colds and removes phlegm.
  • It relieves insomnia, brings on urine, controls blood sugar and cholesterol, checks free radical damage.
  • It is anti bacterial and controls salmonella infections.


Coriander Sherbet Recipe

CORIANDER SHERBET


Sugar - 50 g
saffron - 0.1 gm
coriander seeds - 0.1 gm
cardamon - 0.1 gm
water - 120 ml
food ice - 50 gm

Infuse saffron, crushed coriander seeds and cardamon in hot water.
Add sugar.
Strain after cooling .
Add ice and serve.





Medicinal properties Of Cilantro

Cilantro chutney

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Uses Of Cilantro Leaves And Cilantro Seeds For Health


In Pox

To remove body heat, soak coriander and caraway seeds in water. Strain the water in the morning.Add sugar to this water before drinking. It cools the body.

In Thyroid Problems

In overactive or under active thyroid function, take 5 tsp coriander. Soak in 200 ml water and boil. Strain and drink when cool, half quantity in morning and the other half in the evening.

As A Breath Freshener

Chewing cilantro keeps the mouth and breath fresh. Chewing coriander after eating onions or garlic masks their smell.

For Blood In Stools

Grind 15 gms coriander. Add 12 gms candy sugar. mix and drink for relief.

In Loose motions After Having Food

If you have bowel movements after every meal take this. Add black salt to coriander and take 1 spoon of this after meals to get rid of this problem.

In Warts & Moles

Grind coriander and make a paste with water. Apply on them.

In Stomachache of children, Mucus and Indigestion

Boil a mixture of coriander and dry ginger in 200 ml of water. When 100 ml water remains remove from heat. Strain, cool and drink this for relief.

In Excessive Sneezing

Inhale the aroma of fresh coriander leaves for relief.

In Vomiting

Grind fresh cilantro, take out the juice. take 5 tsp of this juice a few times to stop vomiting. Even pregnant women can take this to get relief.

To Prevent Heat Stroke

Drink sugar mixed coriander water.

In Summer Diseases

Soak 5 tsp coriander in 2 glasses of water at night. In the morning add candy sugar to taste and drink. It relieves burning burning sensation during urination and stoppage of urine. It also relieves giddiness and nausea due to heat and also stops nose bleed due to hot weather.

For immediate relief of hot weather giddiness, vomiting and heart palpitations.

Crush 100 gms coriander. Soak in 500 ml water. Keep for 1 hour. Then take out half cup of this water, strain and add 5 Batasas, stir well till it mixes in the water. Drink this water every 3 hours for benefit.

In Throat Pain & Burning Sensation In The Throat

Chew 2 tsp coriander and suck the juice so formed, every 3 hours. It benefits in all types of throat pains. If you wish add candy sugar to this.

For Burning Sensation In The Body

Soak 4 tsp coriander in water at night.Heat this water in the morning. Strain and drink. Add candy sugar to this if you wish to.

For Burning Sensation In Hands & Feet

Grind coriander and candy sugar. Take equal quantities of both. Take 2 tsp of this mixture with cold water 4 times a day. This gives relief in burning micturition, heat in the body and stops bleeding in piles.

For Burning Sensation During Urination & blood In Urine

Soak 15 gms coriander in water at night.In the morning whisk this up in a mixer. Strain and mix candy sugar. This helps in normalising uncreased heart beat too.

In Stoppage Of Urine & Blood In Urine

To 500 ml of boiling water add 30 gms coarsely crushed coriander at night.In the morning mix this well and strain. Add 30 gms Batasas ( Batashas are Candied Sugar Drops. Video on making Batashas is given here.)to this. Drink this water 5 times a day in equal quantities.

In Asthma & Asthmatic Cough

Grind coriander and candy sugar. Drink this with rice water for benefit.

In Insomnia

A. Grind cilantro. Add water and sugar. Drink this for relieving insomnia and headaches.

B. Eat cilantro chutney for relief. ( Recipe given here)

For Excessive Bleeding In Menses

A. Add 20 gms coriander to 20 ml water and boil till 50 ml water remains. Strain and add candy sugar. Cool and drink.

B. Mix ground coriander, brown sugar and ghee. Eating this too helps in giving relief.

In Brain Weakness

Grind 125 gms coriander. Boil in 500 ml water till 125 ml water remains. Strain and add 125 gms candy sugar. Heat this again till it thickens. remove from heat. Lick 2 tsp of this everyday. It relieves darkness before eyes due to weakness due to brain weakness and colds too.

In Nosebleed

A. Inhaling vapours of cilantro juice and applying crushed cilantro on the head helps in stopping the bleeding.

B. Soak coriander in water at night. In the morning mix candy sugar in this and drink.

C. Soak 10 raisins, 2 tsp coriander and 2 tsp candy sugar in 200 ml water at night. Grind all these in the morning. Strain and drink.

In Gas

Put 2 tsp coriander in 200 ml water. Boil and strain. Make 3 parts of this and drink 3 times in a day.

In Baldness

Applying juice of cilantro on the bald spots helps in growth of new hair.

In Loss Of Appetite

Drink 30 ml cilantro juice everyday.

In Indigestion

Take 60 gms coriander, 25 gms black peppercorns and 25 gms salt.Grind these and take 1/2 tsp after every meal with water.

In Malaria

Take 1/2 tsp each of ground coriander and ground dried ginger with water. It relieves all fevers which come on with a chill.

In Stomachache

Drink coriander sherbet or take 2 tsp coriander heated in a cupful of water.

In Bleeding Piles

Boil 4 tsp coriander in 250 ml of milk. Strain and add candy sugar. Drink this for benefit.

In Improving Vision

Eating coriander alone or with amla improves vision.

In Mouth Ulcers

Fine churan of coriander mixed in borax or soda which is used for eating, if applied on the ulcers benefits. Applying cilantro juice or ground coriander too helps.
Boil whole coriander seeds in water and gargle with this water after cooling the water. This helps too.

In Loose Motions & Constipation

Fresh cilantro, black salt,black peppercorns to be ground together and made into a chutney. Eat this chutney for relief.
In Vomiting, eating this chutney with candy sugar benefits.
Taking 1 tsp of roasted crushed coriander with water helps to stop loose motions.

CAUTION

Persons suffering from sexual weakness should not consume coriander.


Disclaimer

The information provided in this hub is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Please consult your physician, or health care provider before taking any home remedies or supplements.

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Comments 33 comments

InTuneWithCooking profile image

InTuneWithCooking 4 years ago from Australia

I love coriander! It has to be one of my favourite herbs. It always reminds me of summer, it's so fresh tasting. Great hub.


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GClark 4 years ago from United States

Great informative and interesting hub! Voted Up. Hard to believe that there are so many ailments this can be used for. Thanks for sharing. GClark


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awordlover 4 years ago

Excellent information. I've bookmarked it for future use. TYVM. Voted up, useful and interesting!


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rajan jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

@ InTuneWithCooking, thanks for stopping by and appreciating.

@ GClark, nice to have a new reader. Thanks for the read and voting up. Glad you found it helpful.

@ awordlover, nice to have you here too. thanks for the vote up and bookmarking and all the good comments. I appreciate it.


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KeithTax 4 years ago from Wisconsin

There is a whole pharmacy in our spice cabinet. Not only are herbs tasty, they are an important part of good health. I had no idea coriander could do so much.


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rajan jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

You are right keith. If only we tap into the wealth of health benefits our natural foods offer we would be far less dependent on medicines that treat one thing and give rise to some other side effects. It is a vicious cycle.

Thanks for reading and leaving your appreciative comments.


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Melovy 4 years ago from UK

I love coriander, especially the fresh leaves, though I use the seeds too. I didn’t know it had so many beneficial uses and as I have a friend with thyroid problems I will pass this information on to her. Thanks for this hub.


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Lady_E 4 years ago from London, UK

Very useful Hub - Very beneficial Herb.

I love it sprinkled on Garlic Bread or Namaan.


jenubouka 4 years ago

Just filled with great information I love this herb now even more knowing its great health benefits.


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Barbara Kay 4 years ago from USA

rajan, I added this to my hub about cilantro. They go together well. You did a good job on this. It should get hub of the day, one of these days.


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rajan jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

@ Melovy, Lady_E, jenubouka & Barbara Kay, thanks for reading and appreciating. Barbara thanks for putting a link in your hub.


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Maren Morgan M-T 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

Nice article.


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rajan jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

Thanks for stopping by and leaving your comment, Maren Morgan M-T.


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Ruchi Urvashi 4 years ago from Singapore

i like to add coriander in any dish I can. Great work. It is really good and it makes the food lively and healthy.


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rajan jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

Hi Ruchi, We have been using coriander leaves and seeds in our cooking since ages without probably knowing the multiple benefits of the herb apart from the taste and flavor it imparts to the food.

Thanks for reading and commenting.


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ActiviaUK 4 years ago

wow...who knew so much goodness could be in one little set of leaves! I love coriander so am delighted to read your hub! Here's a recipe for you - http://bit.ly/rNZB84

Enjoy!


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rajan jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

ActiviaUK, thanks for stopping by and appreciating.


rita 3 years ago

i like coriander


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rajan jolly 3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

Thanks for reading rita.


Hajira Sabadia 2 years ago

Thanks for the health benfits of coriander leaves and seeds. I have thyroid problem (under active ) I will for sure start the coriander treatment. Thanks again, God Bless you all.


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rajan jolly 2 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

Thanks for reading Hajira. God bless!


blessda 2 years ago

Wow great ! Tanks for sharing informative and interested phenomenon. God bless you!


da 2 years ago

Tank you man, appreciate


Charu 2 years ago

Please tell me on under active thyroid issue,u hv mentioned that boiled cilantro seeds water to be taken morning n evening,has it to be taken empty stomach ( it's for my 9yr old son) ?? Please tell me the way to take it ??


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rajan jolly 2 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

Charu what I mean is do not take it after eating food. You can give it an hour after breakfast and evening tea.

For your son start with half the dose that is 2.5 tsp coriander in 200 ml water.


L badman 2 years ago

Remember coriander has its own toxins so it's not all good news don't know what to believe anymore


Rabia 2 years ago

Can I take coriander and coriander seeds and also cumin seeds during first trimester of my pregnancy??


H kaur 23 months ago

Hi....how long should I take coriander water for thyroid....I mean for a month or two or longer then that..thanks


Sweety 19 months ago

Are roasted coriander seeds safe during pregnancy

I have such a craving for them


Nikita 5 months ago

How many days i should take this coriander water..?. Please tell


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rajan jolly 5 months ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

Nikita for what purpose do you wish to take coriander water?


joseph 4 months ago

Can I just be chewing whole seeds. How many grames should I consume per day. what are the benefits of chewing the whole seeds


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rajan jolly 4 months ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

joseph, can I ask you the reason for chewing coriander seeds?

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