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Coriander: The Wonder Spice In Your Kitchen Cabinet

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Coriander holds a significant spot in the home apothecary. It has an anti-inflammatory effect throughout the body and is rich in the nutrients (Fe, Ca, Zn, Mg, Vit C) that are pilfered from healthy tissues during the course of inflammation. It also helps relieve intestinal cramps/spasms, anxiety and nervous tension, and can cool down an overheated digestive system.

Do you have coriander in your kitchen cupboard?

What Do You Use It For?

Salad dressing, marinades, soups, dressings. Coriander is a common spice found in most spice racks.

It is one of those amazing spices that not only adds wonderful flavor to so many dishes but it also holds a significant spot in the home apothecary. I love it when we can just add spices to what we are already eating and benefit from the amazing medicinal qualities of the kitchen herbs and spices.

Coriander has a synergistic effect in spice mixtures. Its’ lemony taste has the talent of synthesizing diverse flavors, when mixing it with other herbs you can’t really go wrong. It goes well with hot herbs like chili and mustard and also fits right in with sweet spices like cinnamon and cardamom.

It is well-known as a pickling spice and it compliments mustard, chutney, sauerkraut, and fermented vegetables. Abundant in spice mixtures from all over the world, coriander holds a prominent place in cuisine from many cultures. Once hoarded by Egyptian Kings and taken to the tomb by Egyptian Pharaoh’s, coriander now holds a distinguished place in my squash soup and stew blends.

Going beyond flavor, it’s actually a little surprising how many things this little seed can do for you!

Common name: Coriander
Botanical name: Coriandrum sativum
Part used: Seed

Properties: Antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antifungal, antioxidant, antispasmodic, carminative, diuretic, and nervine.

Coriander relieves intestinal cramps and spasms, helps with anxiety and nervous tension and can cool down an overheated digestive system. Its affinity for both the digestive and nervous system make it the people’s herb, tending to everyday ailments.

Various Health Benefits

Coriander is yet another herb that has a superb talent in helping with all things digestive.

When we understand that most diseases are rooted in digestive problems, then the attributes of this golden brown seed take on more significance. Fortifying digestion is the number one way to reduce inflammatory complaints in the body such as leaky gut syndrome, allergies, and arthritis.

Insufficient digestion results in a chronic inflammatory process that robs nutrients from other parts of the body, eventually exhausting the nervous system. This inflammatory cascade gobbles up potassium, which depletes the nervous system and disrupts the body’s chemical balance.

Anxiety and nervousness follow hot on the heels of inflammation and nervous system depletion. Coriander has an anti-inflammatory effect throughout the body and is rich in the nutrients that are pilfered from healthy tissue during the course of inflammation. Coriander is a good source of iron, calcium potassium, zinc and magnesium, and Vitamin C.

With such an affinity for the body and so many types of food, it is no wonder that coriander is called for in recipes almost as much as salt.

How about taking your coriander out of the spice tack and putting it on your table. Sprinkle it on rice and veggies, soups and salads….

Again, what is your favorite way to use this amazing healing spice?

Kami McBride

Kami McBride is the author of The Herbal Kitchen. For 25 years she has been teaching people to use herbs in their daily lives for health and wellness. Kami helps you to de-mystify the world of herbal medicine, and is fanatic about motivating people to use herbs in their gardening, cooking, skin care, stress reduction and caring for children’s home ailments. She lives with her husband and 9 year old son in northern California and loves helping people learn how to use herbs in the home setting.

Kami McBride

Kami McBride is the author of The Herbal Kitchen. For 25 years she has been teaching people to use herbs in their daily lives for health and wellness. Kami helps you to de-mystify the world of herbal medicine, and is fanatic about motivating people to use herbs in their gardening, cooking, skin care, stress reduction and caring for children’s home ailments. She lives with her husband and 9 year old son in northern California and loves helping people learn how to use herbs in the home setting.

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