Cilantro Benefits for Health
Natural Herbs for Health
Cilantro (aka Coriander or Chinese Parsley) is one of my favorite herbs and spices, mainly because of its aroma. Fresh cilantro has a beautiful green leaf that has a strong, unique scent you can pick out. This plant is actually known as both an herb and a spice, because its leaves and seeds are both used for seasoning.
Something I like best about cilantro is how well it goes with everything. My favorite thing to use it in is Mexican food (tacos, nachos, etc), but it also goes amazing in Thai or Indian dishes (such as curry).
A few of the things cilantro helps with are hormonal mood swings, menstrual cramping, nausea, gas, urinary infections, blood sugar, cholesterol (lowers bad, raises good), protects again salmonella, and is a great anti-inflammatory. Clearly, it is not a terrible choice for diabetics, anemic, and people with arthritis or tendinitis.
Cilantro is also a good source of fiber and rich in magnesium, iron and phytonutrients. It is also full of antioxidents, essential oils and other vitamins (such as folic acid, riboflavin, niacin, vitamin A, beta carotene, vitamin C, vitamin K).
The essential oil in cilantro is called Linalool, which is said to produce calming and de-stressing effects in lab animals.
Cilantro tastes amazing in just about everything.
If you are into making your own dressings for salad, you should try making one with cilantro. There are tons of recipes out there, from cilantro vinaigrette all the way to creamy, mayo based cilantro dressings.
Pretty much every time I make rice, I add cilantro. It doesn't add a lot of flavor, but enough, and the added vitamins are definitely a plus! I also love cilantro on nachos, and so do my kids.
Its great with a little bit of lemon and salt and pepper to use while cooking fish, as well.
Make sure to try it in your salsas, chili and marinades as well! It goes really well with jalapenos and calms the intensity of the heat in most dishes, when you want the spicy flavor, but don't necessarily want to burn your mouth off.
Cilantro thrives on bright light, but not too intense of direct sunlight. It likes regularly moist soil conditions, but not soaked. It also likes warm temperatures, a little on the cool side compared to a lot of other plants. 70 degrees is perfect, not over 75 degrees.
Moderation of everything will keep your plant happy, as well as regular trimming and rotating.