I became immediately intrigued by this spice when I realized that it is just cilantro masquerading with a different name; they are one in the same. After watching the Great British Baking Challenge I noticed that quite a few bakers messed around with coriander in biscuits or buns. I was really curious what else there was to this little herb that I hadn’t found out yet. In reading my books that I generally turn to for herbal work, all that came up was that coriander helps with mercury poisoning. This is when I turned to the internet. I found out that coriander has massive benefits including lowering cholesterol, relieving inflammation and even helping aide the symptoms of anemia. Making your food your medicine seems to start with coriander.
Breakdown of Coriander
Scientific Name: Coriandrum sativum [aka: cilantro, chinese parsley, dhania]
Magickal Stats: Elementally Fire, Ruled by Mars
Improves Function Of:
- Removing heavy metals from the body
- Digestive System
- Immune System
Aides in Relieving Symptoms Of:
- Mercury poisoning
- Abdominal Cramps
- High Cholesterol & Diabetes
Assists Spiritually With:
- Fine Tune Focus
- Fertility, Virility & Sexuality
How Does It Work?
This herb contains so many valuable benefits just from using it in dinner, it contains vitamins, minerals and dietary fiber just to name a few. Coriander also has a high level of beta-carotene and beta-cryptoxanthin along with some other anti-oxidant rich dietary carotenoids. This creates the anti-oxidant, anti-septic and anti-inflammation relief that comes from regularly eating coriander. There has also been research that cooking meat with coriander can help reduce the cancer causing side-effects of eating cooked animals. There are also good acids in the herb that help lower bad cholesterol levels and give your body good cholesterol. Large levels of Vitamin C and Iron can strengthen immune levels while also relieving pain. The plant is amazing for you and is also quite delicious, find the herb in countless Indian dishes and find it under it’s other name (Cilantro) so many delicious Mexican dishes.
What Do I Do With It?
Mostly you would cook with it. The herb isn’t the best in teas but it really spices up any stew, meat dish or truly just anything. It is yummy. You can also take supplements or capsules but test them out when you can spend time at home if you’re worried about body odor related to the supplement.
My favorite dish that uses a good bit of coriander is kitchari, a traditional Indian stew that helps the guts become happy and regular. If you have a favorite dish that uses coriander leave it in the comments for me!