What Is Coriander?

Updated: Mar 18

The people of Israel called the bread manna. It was white like coriander seed and tasted like wafers made with honey. Exodus 16:31

I like to call coriander the "prodigious" herb because for a tiny mild seed, it packs a large nutritional punch. Coriander is a culinary and medicinal herb.

What is the difference between coriander and cilantro?

If you plant coriander seeds pictured above, the plant that grows is cilantro (illustrated in the graphic below). Coriander and cilantro are staple healing herbs in the practice of Ayurveda and have very different flavors. Coriander has a very mild flavor, but cilantro has a very distinctive, strong flavor. Although the flavors differ, they share the same healing properties.

How can we use coriander?

Coriander is a wonderful herb because it is compatible with all body types, and it makes food taste great. As a medicinal herb, coriander can be used both internally and externally. Here is a short summary of the benefits of coriander:

Increases digestion and absorption

☥ Helps heal exhaustion and fatigue, diarrhea, vomiting, dysentery (inflammation of lower

intestinal tract), Urinary and GI tract infections, rashes, burns, itching, inflammation,

allergies, sore throat; antispasmodic, builds appetite (anorexia)

Diarrhea, vomiting, dysentery (inflammation of the lower intestinal tract)

Urinary tract infections, stops burning urine

Kidney stones

Removes heavy metal and other toxins from the blood

Rashes, burns, itching, inflammation (coriander powder mixed with water into a paste can

be directly applied to the skin)

Allergies, hay fever

Sore throat

A healthy diuretic, coriander also helps to cleanse the body of environmental toxins. Coriander is such a mild spice, when ground, it can be used to encrust vegetables, seafood and meat. Cilantro has a stronger flavor so a little goes a long way (use very sparingly in smoothies, but abundantly in guacamole).

The herb can and does assimilate inorganic material matter, and through some mysterious and unknown alchemy converts this inert and lifeless matter into living organic material, which, when presented to the animal or human cell, is hungrily absorbed, sustaining and renewing its life process … The life process of the human cell cannot be sustained by any element or compound obtained directly from the inorganic kingdom. ☥ Dr. Edward Shook ☥ Advanced Treatise in Herbology

Nourish yourself be well and radiant.

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