Coriander : health benefits and virtues

Cilantro benefits and virtues

Coriander (Coriandrum sativum) is an annual plant that offers many health benefits and virtues, either because of its leaves (fresh or dried), considered an aromatic plant, or because of its seeds, used as a spice in cooking and in pharmacopoeia.

Coriander benefits

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Coriander and its health benefits

Originally from Europe and the Middle East, coriander was already known to the Egyptians, Greeks and Romans. They used its seeds to flavor their bread.

In the Middle Ages it spread throughout Europe for culinary use and was recognized for its antibacterial and antifungal properties. Coriander is made up of two parts that are quite different in terms of their content of different active compounds: the leaves (fresh or dried) and the seeds do not have the same virtues in the body.

  • Both its leaves and its seeds contain antioxidants.
  • Coriander leaves are a very good source of vitamin K, which is necessary for blood clotting.
  • Coriander seeds relieve gastrointestinal ailments, aerophagy and bloating. They are effective in case of digestive disorders.
  • Stimulating, coriander increases body tone and helps fight fatigue and flu-like conditions.
  • Coriander is sometimes recommended for anxiety and to promote sleep.
  • In external use, coriander essential oil is an effective muscle relaxant.

Cultivate coriander for its benefits

  • The cilantros needs a sunny or semi-shady exposure. It will thrive in sandy, well-drained, cool and fertile soil.
  • Be sure to water your plant regularly in case of extreme heat, especially if it is growing in a pot or plant holder.
  • To have young and fresh leaves throughout the year, it is sufficient to sow several times at intervals of fifteen days.

Cilantro in the kitchen for its benefits

  • Cylinder leaves are used in many culinary preparations in the Middle East, India, Southeast Asia and Latin America. Cilantro seeds are indispensable in various curries and in the preparation of cucumbers.
  • In Thai cuisine, fresh coriander leaves are widely used as a condiment in salads and soups.
  • Cilantro seeds are used to make certain digestive liquors as well as lemon balm water.

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