Coriander, Cilantro – Coriandrum Sativum
Ancient use precedes King Tut. Smooths digestion, reduces gas. Used to reduce rheumatism, stomach cramps, achy fatigue and mental fatigue. Stimulates creativity and memory. Reduces fear and irritability. Contains Ethereal Oils Linalol, Limonene, Gamma Terpinene, Geraniol & Carvon. Coriander is a single plant, sometimes called Chinese Parsley. Its leaves are known as Cilantro; the seeds are called Coriander. They pack the same medicinal benefits: both ease indigestion and prevent wound infection. Coriander has a long history as a digestive aid. In Egypt, the seeds have been found in pharaohs’ tombs, presumably to prevent indigestion in the afterlife. Coriander has been used as a stomach soother for both adults and colicky babies. Its wound healing benefits were first discovered by the ancient Romans, who used both the leaves and seeds to preserve meats.
Coriander contains an antioxidant that helps prevent animal fats from turning rancid. It also contains substances that kill meat-spoiling bacteria and fungi. These same substances in Cilantro also prevent infection in wounds. Coriander has been shown to improve tummy troubles of all kinds, from indigestion to flatulence to diarrhea. Both Cilantro and Coriander have been shown to settle the stomach, even colic in infants. Cilantro and Coriander contain substances that kill certain bacteria and fungi, thereby preventing infections from developing in wounds. Sprinkle some Coriander Seed on minor cuts and scrapes after thoroughly washing the injured area with soap and water. Intriguing new studies suggest that Cilantro and Coriander have anti-inflammatory effects. Since the pain of arthritis is caused by inflammation, Coriander Seed may be very helpful with arthritic pain.
Compounds in Coriander That Help You Balance Your Digestion
- Borneol: This compound, found in coriander, helps to keep your digestive system balanced, even if you may have eaten some questionable food.
- Citronellol: Another compound in coriander, citronellol helps promote a healthy balance of bacteria in your body. If your stomach is upset this compound can help tremendously.
- Linalool: This chemical component aids digestion and helps to regulate bowel movements.
- Camphene: An analgesic, camphene also keeps your microbiome in balance, and is an antioxidant.
- Magnesium: Among the other vitamins and minerals that coriander contains, magnesium is especially important because it neutralizes stomach acid and helps to move your bowels. If constipation is causing you stomach pain, the magnesium in coriander is a big plus.
- Cineole (eucalyptol): This is a compound found in coriander that supports joint comfort. Stomach upset can often lead to pain in other areas of the body, so this can help if that is a common symptom for you.
Coriander also performs other actions in the body that help you recover from occasional stomach problems more quickly and with greater comfort. While you can take coriander to help you deal with acute stomach issues, you can also take it on a regular basis in order to maintain a healthy enzyme balance, protect you from questionable food and support your immune system. This ancient remedy for promoting health and reducing inflammation by keeping gut problems at bay, is by far the easiest (natural) way to balance your belly.