Useful properties of coriander
Various seasonings and spices. we love to add in food, not only give the dish a spicy taste, but also improve our health. For example, useful properties of coriander was known in Ancient Egypt.
In cooking, are widely used as fruits (seeds) of coriander and greens (better known as cilantro). And in folk medicine, the fruit of coriander used as a sedative and for diseases of the gastrointestinal tract. An infusion of coriander fruits was used as a cold and an analgesic, to improve appetite and combat meteorism.
In modern medicine, the beneficial properties of coriander are used for the treatment of gastritis, gastric ulcer and duodenal ulcer. In this case, the fruits of coriander serve as an analgesic and antiseptic. Note that the greens of coriander in this case can not be used!
In the green of the cilantro contains vitamin C. so it was actively used to treat scurvy. And green coriander is a valuable source of B vitamins (B1, B2), vitamin P and vitamin A. It also contains potassium, sodium, phosphorus, calcium, magnesium, iron and iodine.
Drugs from fruits of coriander are used to improve digestion and appetite, as a choleretic, protivogemorroidalnoe, wound healing and expectorant. Also coriander is used to improve the taste and smell of medicine. in a highly diluted form its essential oil possesses a very pleasant odor and taste. Linalool (the substance contained in the essential oil of coriander) is added to the antibacterial drops used to treat ARVI. Coriander is also beneficial for the cardiovascular system.
Useful properties of coriander allowuse it in medicinal teas and fees. For example, the composition of cholagogue tea includes fruits of coriander, flowers of immortelle, leaves of mint and trefoil.
And cilantro is good to spice heavy food (root crops, meat, food with lots of starch). Essential oil that contains not only the fruit but also the green coriander improves digestion, so food is metabolized faster and does not leave a feeling of heaviness in the stomach. No wonder the Caucasus cilantro is added to almost all meat dishes.
You should pay attention to the useful properties of coriander and those who are going to attend a party: coriander seeds help to get rid of the odor of alcohol and slow the process of intoxication. And if a few pre-soaked in wine seeds to eat at the end of the party, in the morning you will not suffer from a hangover.
Coriander seeds are normally used for the treatment and prevention of diseases in the form of infusion or decoction. To prepare the infusion. take 1 tbsp. l. coriander powder (you can cook it yourself, chopping the fruit in a coffee grinder). Pour the coriander with a glass of boiling water and wrap it well. Let it brew for half an hour, strain.
To prepare the broth. take 1 tsp. seeds of coriander and pour a glass of cold water. Bring to a boil and simmer for three minutes. Then add water, bringing to the original volume. Once again bring to a boil, before drinking the decoction.
But keep in mind that the useful properties of coriander can fade if you abuse any drug in large doses becomes a poison. Abuse of coriander seeds can cause problems with sleep and memory, disruption of the menstrual cycle in women. The maximum dose of coriander, which can be eaten at one meal, 4 g of seeds or 35g green .
Coriander should not be consumed with some forms of gastritis, stomach ulcer and duodenal ulcer, ischemic heart disease, hypertension, thrombophlebitis, thrombosis and diabetes mellitus. Also, do not eat coriander if you are taking medications that increase blood clotting.
It is not necessary to self-medicate and take infusion or decoction of coriander without consulting with your doctor. It is better to season the food with coriander seeds and coriander greens as a preventive measure - it's tasty and useful!