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October 16, 2010
Coriander (Coriandrum sativum) is a herb with very beautiful white flowers and leaves resembling parsley leaves. It is native to Europe, southwest Asia and North America (where it is also known as cilantro). Coriander is a far relative to carrots and it’s been cultivated since the Neolithic era. Coriander health benefits were known in Ancient Egypt, Ancient Greek and Roman Empires, and since those times coriander leaves, roots and fruits are used for various herbal remedies, as well as for making pickles and spicing sausages.
Coriander is very rich in useful natural elements and micronutrients. It is a perfect source of various vitamins, dietary fiber, minerals like sodium, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, manganese, as well as a number of acids including ascorbic, oleic, stearic, linoleic, palmitic acids, etc. Medicinal properties and health benefits of coriander include antibacterial, antiseptic, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-rheumatic, expectorant, carminative, hepatoprotective, antimelanomic, antitumoral, antihistaminic, stimulant and other actions of this herbal remedy.
For centuries, coriander has been used as one of the most powerful natural aphrodisiacs. Ancient Arabic tales have a theme about a man who was cured from infertility with a special remedy with coriander. In Ancient China it was believed that coriander can stimulate potency and even provide immortality. Therefore, this herb can act as a very effective stimulant, and this kind of coriander health benefits can be used by anyone who wants to spice up own sexual life.
Other health benefits of coriander include very powerful carminative properties and this herb can play a role of a great natural digestive aid. Expectorant action of coriander can be used to get rid of various ailments of respiratory tract, and antibacterial properties of this herbal remedy can be used to improve oral health. Studies have shown that coriander can open new ways to finding a cure for diabetes. Rich in antioxidants, this herb can protect us against cancer and aging. Coriander infusion can be used internally to relieve anxiety, stresses, insomnia and nervous tension, and externally to treat acne, skin rushes, dry skin and other related problems.Author Info: Hi! My name is Carla and I am a 5th year medical student at HYMS. I am interested in alternative medicine and I have done months researching the topic of herbal medicine. Besides, I like interviewing people and learning more about their experiences with one or another type of herbal treatments. I am willing to contribute to this site with my knowledge, and I would be happy to help you out to the best of my ability with any specific questions or problems related to alternative medicine.