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Monday, 23 July 2012

Ayurvedic Herb - "Coriander"


In Ayurvedic medicine, coriander is specifically recommended for balancing the Pitta dosha, (“fire”) and to remedy hot inflammatory conditions, notably in the digestive tract. In India the lashings of fresh coriander leaf are used in their food for both to prevent and remedy symptoms such as heartburn, indigestion, wind, colic and diarrhoea. Coriander enhances appetite and improves digestion and absorption of nutrients and with its relaxant and anti-inflammatory effect in the gut, to relieve spasm, griping, gastritis and nervous dyspepsia. The seeds are often combined with laxatives to prevent any griping in digestive track. The relaxant effects of coriander, due to its high volatile oil content seen in the digestive tract are also apparent in the uterus, helping to relieve menstrual problems, particularly period pain.
The cooling effects of coriander make it an excellent remedy for urinary disorders. Taken in warm decoction it helps to resolve urinary tract infections swiftly. The diuretic effect of coriander goes some way to explain its cooling and cleansing effect. It is also a  favorite remedies for reducing menopausal heat and flushes, as an adjunct to other hormone balancing herbs, is coriander water.

 They are definitely strengthening and revitalizing, and renowned for clearing the mind and improving memory when taken regularly. Through their beneficial action in the liver and digestive tract they can lessen the intoxicating effect of alcohol.


Place 3 dessertspoonfuls of coriander seeds in a cup fill it with cold water and leave overnight. Strain and drink first thing in the morning.

Coriander is easy to grow in the garden or in pots on your patio or windowsill. Indians use coriander seeds in most of their curries, you can also use coriander in summer salads, cold soups, potato dishes and vegetable juices, which will scintillates your taste buds and also improve your health and youthfulness.

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