Latin name: Coriandrum sativum
A Remedy For
In folk medicine, Coriander has also been used to treat coughs, chest pains, bladder complaints, leprosy, rash, fever, diarrhea, headaches, mouth and throat disorders, bad breath, and childbirth complications; and in Asia, it is used for heartburn, diarrhea, hemorrhoids, measles, sore throat, rectal prolapse, and vomiting. Its effectiveness for these conditions remains unproven.
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What It Is; Why It Works Coriander has been used as an herbal remedy for centuries. In China, eating the seeds was thought to confer immortality. During the Middle Ages, Coriander was recommended as a treatment for anthrax and the epidemic illness, St. Anthony's Fire.
The seeds and their oil are the medicinal part of the plant. The essential oil in Coriander stimulates digestive juices, relieves gas, and stops stomach and intestinal cramps. In laboratory experiments, it has shown an ability to kill bacteria and fungus.
The name Coriandrum comes from the Greek "koros," or "bug," a name given the herb because of the unpleasant smell of its unripe berries. When dried, however, the berries gain a pleasantly tangy odor; and Coriander is therefore used not only as a remedy, but also as a spice in candies, bread, and some alcoholic drinks, including gin. The related kitchen spice cilantro comes from the leaves of the coriander plant, but has a different flavor and is not used as a remedy.
Avoid If... There are no known reasons to avoid Coriander.
Special Cautions Coriander poses no known risks when taken at usual dosage levels. There is a slight possibility that you could develop a sensitivity to the herb.
Possible Drug Interactions No interactions have been reported.
Special Information If You Are Pregnant or Breastfeeding No harmful effects are known.
How To Prepare A Coriander tea can be made by steeping 2 teaspoonfuls of crushed Coriander in 1 cup of boiling water for 15 minutes. Strain before drinking.
Typical Dosage Coriander is taken orally. The usual dosage is:
Crushed Coriander seed: 1 gram 3 times daily
Coriander tea: 1 cup between meals
Coriander tincture (a solution of Coriander in alcohol): 10 to 20 drops after meals
Coriander should be stored in a sealed container in a cool, dark place.
Overdosage No information on overdosage is available