Coriander

corriander

Coriander

This is the first of my newsletters which I will be putting out fortnightly. I aim to include little interesting snippets of information about Ayurveda that I hope you will enjoy. These will include snippets on food, herbs, recipes, exercises and general well being. I aim to keep them short and sweet.
I love coriander – I think it’s one of those tastes you either love or hate 🙂 Either way it has some beautiful benefits … so read on..
Coriander is a source of vitamins A, K, and C, as well as copper, manganese, iron, magnesium, and calcium! Coriander seeds have been shown to support healthy blood sugar levels and arterial and cardiovascular health. Its energy is to cool which is why it flourishes in Summer – natures way of providing a cooling herb for our digestion which does not need overheating in hot months.

Coriander/Cilantro Actions

  • Taste (rasa) – Sweet, bitter, astringent, pungent
  • Energy (virya) – Cooling
  • Doshic action – Balances vata, pitta and kapha. Strongly reduces pitta.

Conjunctivitis is a pitta condition and I’ve recently prescribed this recipe for a client with hot, itchy conjunctivitis where chemist drops were not helping. She found this incredibly soothing.

Recipe for conjunctivitis:
Simply blend (or mix in a mortar and pestle) a handful of coriander leaves with 1/4 cup water and apply to the eyes. Apply the pulp of coriander leaves on closed eyelids.

Coriander juice can be useful to drink when you have conjunctivitis but also is a cooling drink for those experiencing hot flushes of menopause:
Blend 4 cups of water, handful of coriander, 1/2 of a large cucumber and juice from 1 lime. You can put through a muslin cloth to remove any chunky bits :0