Cilantro Coriandrum sativum

Coriandrum sativum
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  • Common Names
  • Cilantro , Chinese parsley, cilantro
  • Botanical Name
  • Coriandrum sativum
  • Family

Medicinal Uses & Benefits of Cilantro

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How to Use: Cilantro

Cilantro (leaves)and Coriander (seeds) and are names for different parts of the same plant, Coriandrum sativum, a naturally healing food in both forms. Cilantro is an excellent culinary herb that adds flavor to foods and improvse digestion. There are both scientific studies, and anecdotal evidence to support cilantro's reputation as a powerful depurative.. The herb may also have a protective effect when cooked and eaten with fish and other foods that may be contaminated with heavy metals.

Preparation Methods & Dosage :The leaves of young cilantro plants, which resemble flat-leaved parsley, are staples in Mexican, Chinese and Thai cooking, as are the roots.

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In the Kitchen: The leaves of young cilantro plants, which resemble flat-leaved parsley, and distinguished by their distinctive, strong aroma, are staples in Mexican, Chinese and Thai cooking. Consider using cilantro especially when eating foods like fish, likely to contain mercury and other heavy metals as it could be protective as well as tasty. 7

Ayurvedic Medicine ayurvedic medicinea The seeds of coriander are considered warming and good for kapha dosha. Cilantro, the leaf has a cooling energy

Cilantro Side Effects: None noted

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Plant Description

  • Flowers:shortly-stalked umbels, five to ten rays, pale mauve, almost white, delicately pretty.
  • Plant Class:Annual Herb, 1 to 3 feet high
  • Leaves:Stems are slender and branched. The lowest leaves are stalked and pinnate, the leaflets roundish or oval, slightly lobed. The segments of the uppermost leaves are linear and more divided. Intensely aromatic
  • Fruit: Seed clusters are very symmetrical and the seeds fall as soon as ripe
  • Preferred Habitat:Cultivated, full sun
  • Flowering Season:
  • Distribution:Native to southwestern Asia west to north Africa. Coriander grows wild over a wide area of the Near East and southern Europe, which forced Zohary and Hopf to admit that "it is hard to define exactly where this plant is wild and where it only recently established itself.1

Regional Traditions :Ayurvedic * Middle East *

How to Grow Cilantro

Sow directly in full sun after all danger of frost is past. Harvest seeds in late summer by cutting seed heads when ripe. Dry and store in glass jars.

books citedWorks Cited
  1. Usha Lad & Dr. Vasant Lad. "Ayurvedic Cooking for Self Healing" The Ayurvedic Press, (2006) The pungent taste and warming carminative properties of coriander are good for kapha. Cilantro, the leaf, has a cooling energy than enhances digestion without aggravating pitta. ,pp207-208
  2. Indian J Med Res. 2012 Feb;135(2):240-5 . Evaluation of disease modifying activity of Coriandrum sativum in experimental models, Pubmed NIH PMID: 22446868, (2005): A improves cognition in vascular dementia patients. Coriander produces a significant reduction in joint swelling and stops release of pro-inflammatory cytokines in the synovium that lead to this swelling. Based on the similarities of the animal model to human RA, we believe that results of our study validate the traditional use of coriandrum in the treatment of arthritis,
  3. Maud Grieve. "A Modern Herbal" Harcourt, (1931) Cilantro is mentioned in the Medical Papyrus of Thebes written in 1552 B.C. and is one of the plants which grew in the Hanging Gardens of Babylon. Ancient Hebrews added Cilantro to an herb mixture used in the ritual of Passover. ,
  4. Daniel Zohary and Maria Hopf. . Domestication of plants in the Old World, third edition, Oxford: University Press, (2000): Fifteen desiccated mericarps were found in the Pre-Pottery Neolithic B level of the Nahal Hemel Cave in Israel, which may be the oldest archeological find of coriander. p206
  5. . Removal and preconcentration of inorganic and methyl mercury , Pubmed NIH PMID: 15721537, (2005): A sorbent prepared from the plant Coriandrum sativum, commonly known as coriander or Chinese parsley, was observed to remove inorganic (Hg2+) and methyl mercury (CH3Hg+) from aqueous solutions with good efficiency.
  6. Abascal K, Yarnell E . Cilantro culinary herb or miracle medicinal plant?, Altern Complement Ther. , (October 2012;18(5):259-26): Cilantro is purported to remove heavy metals, especially mercury, from the body; however, there is very little evidence to support this claim and much skepticism of its validity. Conversely, cilantro may reduce uptake of heavy metals if ingested during exposure and may protect the liver from some toxins. With increasing loads of heavy metals in foods, the authors suggest using cilantro especially when eating foods like fish, likely to contain mercury and other heavy metals.