Coriander is an annual herb with significant medicinal properties. Scientifically it is called Coriandrum sativum.
Its leaves, seeds and essential oil are widely used for health benefits.
Uses of Coriander essential oil
The coriander oil is used for its effect on
Digestion: Its digestive role is due to its effect like carminative, Antispasmodic, digestive and stomachic.
By its carminative effect, it relieves gas in the gut. It helps in the expulsion of gas from the stomach by belching and keep away chances of acidity.
It also stimulates digestion and normalizes digestive function. Further, it can remove cramps in the gut.
It is also used as an infusion to relieve flatulence.
Sexual function: It acts as an aphrodisiac and helps to arouse sexual desire in both men and women.
Lipolytic agent: The essential oil from coriander helps to decompose fats.
As fungicide and bactericide: The essential oil is also believed to destroy fungus and bacteria. This indicates its potential antimicrobial property.
As analgesic: It helps to relieve rheumatic and arthritic pain. It can be applied as an ointment on the skin for relief.
As an antispasmodic, it helps to relieve muscle cramps and associated pain.
It is also useful to relieve the cold and toxic waste from the body.
Coriander essential oil is beneficial for nervous weakness, mental strain and also migraine headache.
This essential oil is used in the food, perfume and pharmaceutical industry too.
Side effects: Coriander oil when used in overdoses, is said to cause brain disorder and even unconsciousness.
Coriander leaves benefits: Coriander leaf is used as a regular condiment in food preparation.
It is used to impart pleasant odor and taste to the food preparation. Since it is a small green leaf, it is also easily boiled while cooking and digested when consumed.
Coriander seeds powder: The seeds of coriander can be broken into 4 equal parts. First, they are break down into two equal halves and then again into two more.
These seeds are crushed into fine powder to act as a spice to the food preparation.
Mostly added to foods like curries and meat preparations.
When added to the food, they act as carminative, stomachic and also digestive.
But excess use on a regular basis is not healthy.