Latin name : Coriandrum sativum Linn. (Apiaceae)
Sanskrit/Indian name : Dhankyaka
Urdu Name : Dhania, Kishniz
General information :
Coriander is an aromatic plant, which is used to flavor food. The entire plant, including its leaves, stem and seeds, have a distinct odor. In the United States and Europe, Coriander is used to flavor alcohol, especially gin.
The plant has various health benefits of the plant. Its therapeutic properties are beneficial in treating diarrhea, cholesterol, mouth ulcers, anemia, indigestion and menstrual disorders. Coriander is also a disinfectant and skin detoxifier.
Therapeutic constituents :
Coriander contains essential oils like borneol and linalool, which aid digestion and proper liver function. Cineole, borneol, limonene, alpha-pinene and beta-phelandrene have antibacterial properties. Linoleic acid, oleic acid, palmitic acid, stearic acid and ascorbic acid (vitamin C) reduce the cholesterol deposition along the inner walls of the arteries and veins (Source: www.organicfacts.net).
Key therapeutic benefits :
- The herb promotes the proper secretion of hormones, which regulate the menstrual cycle and reduce cramps.
- Coriander has detoxifying, disinfectant, antiseptic and antifungal properties, which makes it ideal for treating skin disorders like as eczema and fungal infections. Mouth ulcers are also healed by the herb.
- The chemical compounds in Coriander aid digestion and stop diarrhea.
- The presence of several acids in the herb, like oleic and linoleic acids, is helpful in lowering blood cholesterol levels.