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 have very different flavors. Coriander has a very mild flavor, but cilantro has a very distinctive, strong flavor. Although their 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
Diarrhea, vomiting, dysentery (inflammation of the lower intestinal tract)
Urinary tract infections, stops burning urine
Rashes, burns, itching, inflammation (used externally as a poultice - coriander powder mixed with water into a paste can be directly applied to the skin)
Allergies, hay fever
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) Enjoy in radiant health!