Coriander Cilantro Plant Seeds, Leaves Uses, Benefits & Side effects

    Coriander (Scientific/botanical name is Corandrum sativum) is a spice plant; and it's also called Cilantro. The leaves of the coriander plant can also be used as a medicinal plant. Coriander was used thousands of years ago; this is confirmed by archaeological findings from different countries.

Coriander Plant origin
    Already, you know in Babylonia and in ancient Egypt that Coriander is used to flavor food but at the same time, it's also used as remedy. The spread of the plant even reached China in ancient times, and in other place like Germany, there are traditions concerning the use of coriander.

    Where coriander originally comes from is not known precisely, but it is assumed that this plant grew first in the Mediterranean. Today, cilantro can not be only found in the European continent, but also in Africa, Asia and America.

    Coriander is grown as a crop in different countries. Coriander, wrongly spelt as Correander, is valuable as a spice and can be found in ground as a part of the Curry spice. It is interesting that the plant has different components, so, leaves and also seeds of Cilantro can be used as a condiment.

How to grow Cilantro
    The coriander plant is about 90 cm tall and bears white flowers in midsummer, later then, it creates the coriander fruits that are two-fold. The coriander plant is an annual plant and can not hibernate. Although the plant needs a warm climate to grow, it is quite possible to grow coriander in the garden or in the greenhouse.

    If you would like to grow coriander plant in your garden, you should grow the plant first in a big pot and keep indoor and later take it out in the summer. Coriander needs plenty of water to grow, therefore, you should water the plant regularly to make it fresh and healthy.

    The fresh leaves of the coriander plant can be harvested as needed. In the Mediterranean, the fresh leaves of young plant can be used in preparing salads and in other dishes, it is often used and this has become popular in American continent.

    Many stores offered the leaves of the coriander plant as cilantro. Cilantro can be found under many other names. So speaks of the Mediterranean, it's parsley, Asian parsley or Indian parsley. Would you like the coriander leaves as a spice, you can find some good recipes, including using the cilantro as a condiment.

    The seed of the cilantro plant have a very distinctive taste and smell. This smell evokes reactions in some people. This can lead to vomiting in some people. The smell is often compared with the bugs. The reason the reactions do occur is not yet scientifically clarified, but it is now assumed that they are genetically predisposed.

    The cilantro, wrongly spelt as Celantro, is used as an alternative remedy, used in different ways and very valuable. Therefore it is worth in any case to try cilantro itself.

Coriander Nutritional value
    Coriander has a variety of ingredients and active substances which make this spice so valuable. Therefore, coriander as an alternative remedy is effective. Among other things, the following ingredients can be found in cilantro:

  • Essential oils
  • Linalool
  • Geraniol
  • Petroselic Acid
  • Palmitic acid
  • Oleic acid
  • Protein
  • Strength
  • Sugar
  • Tanning agents
  • Vitamin C
  • Flavonoids
  • Phenols

Coriander Health Benefits 
Effects of coriander on Stomach problems
    Coriander is very effective in stomach and intestinal complaints of all kinds, ranging from diarrhea to constipation, bloating and stomach pain; this remedy is highly recommended. The use of coriander should be based on the severity of the symptoms, whereas, the regular bowel movements are stimulated and improved in the course of this medication.

    If one suffers from irritable bowel syndrome, one should definitely try cilantro because with this natural remedy, relief of symptoms can take place. Coriander is often offered by health practitioners as a means of purification and detoxification. For this purpose, you can brew a tea from coriander.

    Coriander is not only useful in stomach and intestinal disorders, this spice can also help to combat loss of appetite, such as in chemotherapy. Therefore, this spice is offered by health practitioners to support the cancer therapy.

   It can dramatically improve the well-being of patients. Also, other diseases can be subdued by eating coriander and it also prevent and fight cancer properties in cancer patients, because the immune system is already weak.

    For example, the antibacterial property of coriander is worth mentioning. Viruses and bacteria can be fought successfully if coriander is regularly taken. But also, infections and inflammations can be prevented or even treated.

Effect of Coriander on Inflammation
    Even with chronic inflammation, this spice is quite effective. Even symptoms that go hand in hand with rheumatism can be largely improved. In addition, an antibiotic effect is attributed to the use of coriander.

    This effect is noticed mainly in the use of fresh leaves of the plant. If you're in for the search of an alternative remedy to the conventional medicines, you should try coriander on each case. So, the sustainable side effects of the drugs can be avoided.

Any possible side effect of Coriander?
    Cilantro itself does not really have side effects, except that some people can not tolerate the smell of the plant as it seems not to be 'friendly' to their nose; and in herbal products, it may cause allergic reaction just like any food could initiate allergic reaction.

   If you have concerns about the use of coriander, you should discuss this with your doctor or naturopath. Also, it is worth noting here that you use it for many chronic and serious diseases without the conventional allopathic medicine and always consult your doctor before taking any step towards your health. This is very important.

   But, Coriander can be taken as support to conventional medicines. Sometimes, it is even possible to reduce the dose of the drugs with the time. However, this should  not be done without the guidance of your certified physician.

Coriander application areas
Coriander for cooking
    The coriander plant is very versatile in the kitchen. So, the seeds of the plant can be used as a spice, so also the fresh leaves of the plant. Especially in Turkish and Persian dishes, this spindly occurs again and again. If cilantro is asked in a recipe, the leaf of the coriander is hereby meant plant.

    With the leaves of the coriander plant, you can refine fresh salads, so also soups, meat and poultry dishes and Cilantro goes well with vegetable dishes. Curry is a spice which is often used in Asian cooking. Also in US here, there are some recipes that are prepared with curry.

Coriander used as Curry spice
    Coriander is a large part of curry; To do this, you make use of the ground seeds of the plant. Curry goes very well with rice dishes. Also, you can season your meat and chicken with curry. It should be noted here that large amounts of this spice is not necessary.

    It is better to use only small amounts of Curry, because otherwise, the taste would rather become bitter han palatable. Coriander, whether fresh or ground seeds, should be used only in smaller quantities. The fresh leaves are processed as parsley.

    Only a few leaves which you can then chop and sprinkle over a salad for example are used for this purpose. Also, the leaves and the seeds of the plant can be used as a remedy.

Coriander is used as tea
    Also, there are coriander teas you can buy in health food stores, health food stores, or here online now. If you like, you can equally handle the fresh tea leaves, simply douses them with boiling water and then pull.

    You can pour the seed of the cilantro plant as tea. Here is the same rule as used in cooking, only small amounts is needed again. One-fourth teaspoon of ground seed is quite enough for the casting of a coriander teas.

    Also, for an oil produced from coriander, it can also be used as a remedy. Coriander oil is obtained by steam distillation. Coriander is full of essential oils, which still play a role in cosmetics till today. It is also used for the production of perfumes.

Coriander is used as medicine
    An application area for coriander is the medicine. It is quite possible to use coriander as an alternative remedy, but there are also already drugs containing the extract of cilantro. Most of these drugs are for stomach and intestinal problems.

    Coriander is really a miracle cure for ailments such as nausea, bloating, diarrhea, constipation, stomach and liver pain and similar health problems. The bowel is regulated and it can also be taken for removing toxins in the body (detoxification).

    There are still some other symptoms that can be improved or even cured by eating coriander. Coriander has an antibacterial and antiseptic effect which is why this natural remedy is respected in infections of all kinds since it works greatly in the prevention and fight against viruses and bacteria.

Coriander is used as supporting drug in healing
   Coriander is a good product to support a drug prescribed by your doctor. Interactions with drugs are not known, and therefore consumption is risk-free. But should be taken in any case on the recommended amount. When large amounts of
coriander is consumed, over reactions may occur.

    Allergic reactions are also possible, although these are very rare. It worth every case in the scientific studies dealing with coriander as a remedy. To get this done properly, you can learn more about the application of coriander as a remedy and its effect and, there are online testimonials from people who have tried coriander as a remedy at home. These are usually very informative and can give a hint to the application.

Scientific studies of coriander
    Besides the usual use of coriander as a remedy for stomach and intestinal problems, researchers found other applications in recent years. For example, cilantro
has positive effects on the blood sugar level and the research that proven this is interesting.

Iranian Research on Coriander
    Another example is the Department of biology of the Azad Islamic University in Varamin, Iran, where Iran was concerned about this topic. Therefore, animal experiments with rats have been performed here, Coriander with food was fed to rats and various tests were hired during the study to see whether and what effect coriander has in rats.

    This, the scientists came to the conclusion that, this spice can be quite effective as a remedy for diabetes. Research is of course only at the beginning stage and these are only on animals. To collect more data, experiments with human subjects would have to be performed.

    Cardiovascular, circulatory problems and high cholesterol have a direct relationship. Scientists are always looking for medicines that lower cholesterol levels. Coriander is said to have this effect and therefore scientists in India focused on this topic.

Indian Research on Coriander
     Also, this scientific study that was conducted on rats in the Nataraja College of Arts and science, some rats were given the normal food and others with extract of ground coriander seed over a long periods examined.

    It was found that not only the bad cholesterol was reduced, but it increased good cholesterol in those rats with coriander. Cilantro can be taken in various forms.

American Research on Coriander
   Scientists in America also tested, whether eating coriander oil is risk-free. It was found that coriander oil for humans is harmless. In smaller animals such as rabbits, they can quickly come to allergic reactions, although it could not be observed in humans.

    On the contrary, the scientists explain in this study that coriander oil has antibacterial properties, therefore the oil is suitable and safe for eating and as a remedy. Of course, you should adhere to the recommended quantities. Instructions on the dosage of coriander as a remedy can be found online.

Another notable Research study from India
    A very interesting study was conducted at the Suresh Gyan Vihar University in Jaipur, India. The study was on the effect of coriander as a remedy for anxiety disorders and mice were examined for this purpose.

    The mice were divided into two groups and coriander was administered to one group. A drug was administered to another group of mice which is usually prescribed for anxiety disorders. Then, the mice have undergone various tests to find out whether coriander actually has an effect on anxiety disorders.

   It was found that, this is indeed the case and that moreover coriander also has  an effect on memory of mice, it could even be so effective for Alzheimer's or other dementias.

    There are still more studies online that are interesting, however it is worth noting that many of the studies with animal experiments have been carried out and that humannstudies are still missing. Nevertheless, his own conclusions can be drawn through the existing studies and the tradition of the use of coriander as a remedy in the ancient times, folk medicine and also the experience of consumers.

    Since cilantro is non-toxic, it is therefore safe for use and you should try this natural remedy and have your own experience with this plant product.

    Coriander is used as a spice for centuries. The seeds and the leaves of coriander plant can both be used. The leaves of the coriander plant are also often sold as cilantro. Cilantro is a great spice that fits well with fresh salads, meat, poultry meat and vegetarian dishes.

    Especially in the Turkish and Persian cuisine, cilantro is used in many dishes. In its freshness, you can buy cilantro in many stores or you rather grow your own cilantro plants in your garden. However, this plant of needs warm weather which is why the plants is ideal to be grown in pots, so that you can bring them under certain circumstances in the House.

    In some places, coriander is often grown in greenhouses, where the temperature is controlled by the 20 degrees. coriander plant seeds, especially the ground seeds are particularly known in Curry. Curry has a large part of coriander as an ingredient. If you like, you can even grind coriander and use it as a condiment.