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Spice Up Your Health With Coriander

Tuesday, 30 August 2011 14:32

Written by Yulia Berry

Coriander is another beneficial plant that has been around since the dawn of civilization. This bitter member of the parsley family is mention in the Old Testament alongside Manna from heaven and has been found in the tombs of Egyptian kings. Indigenous to the coriander_oil_seedsMiddle East, coriander has long been used by the first civilizations. The ancient Sumerians mentioned it in their Sanskrit writings and its medical properties were recorded by the Greeks. During the Middle Ages, thanks to its stimulating effect on the body, coriander was considered an aphrodisiac and was used in a large number of love potions. Today, this bitter herb is still traditionally eaten during Passover and its ability to counteract with hot foods makes it a favorite additive to curries and spicy Mexican dishes.

Uses for Coriander

The essential oil of the coriander seed is considered an antidote to overly spicy food, its active ingredient in this regard being the naturally occurring alcohol: linalol. The essential oil is also said to help detoxify the liver and encourage the appetite. There has also been research in Egypt that indicates that it might possibly help lower glucose and insulin levels making it a valuable herb for diabetics. Egyptian studies have also found that the essential oil could help promote pancreatic health.

Therapeutic uses:

As an infusion, coriander has been used for children's diarrhea, digestive problems, griping, anorexia and griping. The oil is also believed to help encourage a positive mental outlook affecting creativity, imagination, confidence, memory, optimism, sincerity and enthusiasm. Modern research has shown that coriander helps promote healthy digestion and can cause a mild euphoria in people who take it. It has also been revealed to have anti-inflammatory, sedative, and analgesic properties making it suitable for arthritis and intestinal problems. Many natural health experts recommend alongside dill oil to promote pancreatic health and to control diabetes.

How to take coriander

You can mix one part essential oil to one part mixing oil and take it through diffusion, inhalation or as a dietary supplement. Coriander is considered non-toxic, non-irritating and non-sensitizing, and mixes well with other herbal supplements including lemon, tea tree, lavender, peppermint, clove, cinnamon, ginger, jasmine, and sandalwood.

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Yulia Berry is an independent health researcher and author of the best selling e-books Aloe - Your Miracle Doctor and Pharmacy in Vegetables. She distributes a weekly newsletter regarding great home remedies and has written dozens of natural health articles published on hundreds of websites worldwide. Yulia Berry's new ebook Unlocked Secrets of Curative Garlic to be released soon.

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