Taste (Rasa): Bitter, Astringent
Energetics (Virya): Heating
Doshic Effects: Balancing for all three doshas
Benefits & Use: Coriander has been used for thousands of years to treat digestive upset, gas, fungal and bacterial infections, and to prevent food poisoning. Also called cilantro, this herb still is used throughout the world to settle nauseous tummies, relieve indigestion and heartburn, and ease stomach cramps. It aids in efficient digestion by helping to produce digestive enzymes that aid in the breakdown of foods. Additionally, coriander’s antibacterial compounds help to keep the urinary tract healthy, and free from unhealthy bacteria in an alkaline environment. It’s also been shown to can help to lower blood sugar, and even kill parasites in the digestive tract.
Additional Uses: Soothes skin irritation, mouth ulcers, and conjunctivitis; regulates menstrual function; detoxifies heavy metals and food poisoning; natural deodorant
In the Kitchen: The best thing about cilantro may just be how easy it is to add to your diet. If you are looking for a detoxing effect from heavy metals or way to cool your digestive system, it is best to use a more concentrated form of cilantro such as a concentrated juice or tincture.
Recipe: Coriander-Mint Lemonade
- Thoroughly wash coriander leaves and mint leaves.
- Add coriander leaves, mint leaves, ginger and 2 cups of water into a blender and blend well.
- Squeeze lemon juice into the drink and strain.
- Add amchoor powder and optional sweetener. Stir well.
- ½ bunch coriander leaves
- ½ bunch mint leaves
- ½ tsp amchoor powder
- 1 small lemon
- 1 inch ginger root
- natural sweetener to taste