strongly aromatic annual plant growing to 20 inches
tall, with small white or pink flowers, and finely
cut upper leaves. The leaves and seeds are both
used in culinary and medicinal preparations.
Recent Japanese research suggests that Coriander
leaves can accelerate the excretion of toxic metals
like mercury, lead, and aluminium from the body
- good news for anyone suffering from the ill effects
of a mercury amalgam dental filling : eat plenty
of fresh leaves! The juiced plant is traditionally
used in the East as a remedy for allergic problems,
such as hay fever, and can be used externally as
a lotion for skin rashes and inflamed or irritated
Coriander is a euphorising, pep-up spice which eases
digestive upsets, indigestion, and flatulence (sip
an infusion of the herb - also good for relieving
bloating and griping), and stimulates digestion
- making it useful in treatment of anorexia nervosa.
Coriander can also be chewed to sweeten the breath
- particularly effective against garlic odours.
The oil also makes a useful analgesic for nerve
and muscle pains, and is effective in a lotion for
beliefs hold coriander as an aphrodisiac.
Essential oil not to be taken internally !