Coriander's Healing Properties

Healing power and curative properties of coriander

Healing Power and Curative Properties
The leaves of coriander are stimulant and tonic. They strengthen the stomach and promote its action, relieve flatulence, increase secretion and discharge of urine and reduce fever. They act as an aphrodisiac, help in the removal of catarrhal matter and phlegm from the bronchial tubes thereby counteracting any spasmodic disorders. Coriander seeds reduce fever and promote a feeling of coolness. Coriander juice is highly beneficial in deficiencies of vitamin A, B1, B2, C and iron.


Digestive Disorders
One or two teaspoons of coriander juice, added to fresh buttermilk, is highly beneficial in treating digestive disorders such as indigestion, nausea, dysentery, hepatitis and ulcerative colitis. It is also helpful in typhoid fever.


Dry coriander treats diarrhea and chronic dysentery, as well as being useful in acidity. A chutney made from dry coriander, green chilies, grated coconut, ginger and black grapes without seeds is a remedy for abdominal pain due to indigestion.


Small Pox
One teaspoon fresh coriander juice, mixed with 1 or 2 seeds of banana., given once daily regularly, for a week is a very effective preventive measure against small pox. It is believed that putting fresh leaf juice in the eyes, during an attack of small pox, prevents eye damage.


High Cholesterol Levels
Regular drinking of coriander water helps lower blood cholesterol as it is a good diuretic and stimulates the kidneys. It is prepared by boiling dry seeds of coriander and straining the decoction after cooling.


Excessive Menstrual flow
Coriander seeds check excessive menstrual flow. Six grams of the seeds should be boiled in half a liter of  water, till only half the water remains. Sugar should be added to it and taken when it is still warm. The patient gets relief after taking the medicine for 3 or 4 days.


Conjunctivitis
A decoction prepared from freshly dried coriander is an excellent eye-wash in conjunctivitis. It relieves burning and reduces pain and swelling.


Skin Disorders
A teaspoon of coriander juice, mixed with a pinch of turmeric powder, is an effective remedy for pimples, blackheads and dry skin. The mixture should be applied to the face, after washing it thoroughly, every night before retiring.


Precautions: Dry coriander should be sparingly used by persons suffering from bronchial asthma and chronic bronchitis.


Other Uses
The young plants of coriander are used in chutneys, sauces, curries and soups. The volatile oil in it is used for flavoring and in medicine. In the dried form, coriander is an important ingredient of curry powder and is also used in pickling spices, sausages, seasoning, confectionery and for flavoring spirits, particularly gin.

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