The coriander plant has been used medicinally for a very long time, and both the Assyrians and the Egyptians used it. The plant can provoke toxic effects on the nervous system (drunkenness) when taken in high doses. Coriander is highly appreciated as a seasoning as well.
Coriander Plant Scientific Facts
- French: Coriandre.
- Spanish: Cilantro.
- Environment: Native to eastern Mediterranean countries, however, spread and cultivated all over Europe and America.
- Description: Herbaceous plant of the Umbelliferae family, that grows from 20 to 60 cm high, with white or pink flowers. Its round fruits are from 3 to 5 mm in diameter.
- Parts of the plant used medicinally: Only ripe fruits.
Healing Properties and Warning
The fruits of the coriander plant contain an essential oil rich in linalool, the active component to which the plant owes its properties.
- Eupeptic: It promotes digestion.
- Carminative: Eliminates gas.
- Mild invigorator of the nervous system when taken in small doses.
Coriander has been used as a vermifuge, though this property has not been proven. In any of its methods, coriander is recommended for the following conditions:
- Digestive disorders: Gastritis, pancreatic insufficiency, bloated stomach, lack of appetite, flatulence.
- Recovery from infectious diseases, as an invigorator and stimulant of the appetite.
- Halitosis (bad breath) of people who consume garlic or onion and of smokers.
WARNING! Never use the green parts of the plant. Never exceed the prescribed dose. The essence, in high doses, can cause convulsions.
How to use Coriander
- Seasoning: In various meals.
- Infusion with 30g of fruits per liter of water. Drink a cup after each meal.
- Dry fruits powder. Take a teaspoonful (5g) mixed with honey after each meal.
- Essence: From one to three drops, three times a day.
George D. Pamplona-Roger, M.D. “Encyclopedia of Medicinal Plants.” George D. Pamplona-Roger, M.D. Encyclopedia of Medicinal Plants. Ed. Francesc X. Gelabert. vols. 2 San Fernando de Henares: Editorial Safeliz, 2000. 447. Print.