Coriander (Coriandrum sativum) medicinal herb is a plant that can certainly grow up to
three feet tall having tiny bunches of flowers which might be white, or
possibly pink or purple. This is an annual herb that belongs to the
carrot family, Umbelliferae, which has a strong smelling odor and it is
particularly an extremely traditional medicinal herb dating back to the hundreds
of years. It used as a medicinal as well as culinary herb.
This is indigenous to Central Asia as well as India. It was subsequently harvested in historic Egypt as well as in China in which the seeds are seen as the seeds of immortality. The Roman legions brought the seeds to Europe where it was utilized becoming a spice as well as a seasoning. It is also known as Chinese parsley and it can be used in the same way as regular parsley. Pliny, an historian even reported that it was used in Egypt by doctors to treat diseases.
The common names for this medicinal plant are Chinese parsley, Coriandrum sativum, Cilantro plant, and Curry plant. It is also known as an African herb. The constituents are flavonoids, vitamins and minerals, essential oil, beta carotene and coumarins.
The medicinal properties are sedative, antioxidant, anaphrodisiac, antifungal, anti aging, anti-inflammatory, carminative, stimulant, expectorant, antimicrobial, stomachic, digestive and emmenagogue.
The seeds which are used for medicine contains an aromatic essential oil which is used as a flavoring in various dishes. It can also be used for medicine and as a natural preservative for food and liqueurs. It is related to cumin as well as caraway because the seeds are used as a spice similar to these herbs.
The famous Greek physicians Hippocrates, who is the father of western medicine, utilized the seeds in the fifth century B.C. The Hebrews utilized the seeds as seasoning as well as for medicinal purposes, in order to purify plus sweeten their food and prevent spoiling, so it was used as a preservative. These seeds are a primary ingredients of curry powder and are also utilized to season fish, meat, soups and also to enhance and sweeten vegetables. The seeds are also used to sweeten gin.
A tea made from the seeds is calming and soothing to the nerves. A liniment made from the seeds is used for arthritis, rheumatism and painful joints. It is also used as an eye wash which will strengthen a person's eyesight and relieves burning, red and puffy eyes.
When this herb is taken internally the tea can also strengthen the heart, aids digestion, relieves gas, alleviates gripping, reduce any swelling, and also treats skin diseases. It is good to sweeten other unpleasant tasting herbal teas and coriander will create a sensation of warmth in the entire body system.