Coriander is an integral part of Indian cuisine. We regularly use coriander seeds as a spice, and coriander leaves for garnishing curries, salads, or soups.

Coriander is known all over the world for its medicinal properties. It is a great source of potassium, iron, vitamins A, K, and C, folic acid, magnesium, and calcium that can heal many health issues.

KingdomPlantae
GenusCoriandrum
SpeciesC. sativum
Binomial nameCoriandrum sativum
Common NamesCilantro, Coriander, Chinese parsley or Dhania
Indian Names Dhania or Dhaniya (Hindi), Dhaniyalu (Telugu), Kothamalli vidai (Tamil), Kothambalari (Malayalam), Dhane (Marathi), Dhoney (Bengali), and Dhaniya (Gujarati, Oriya & Punjabi)

How Coriander Seeds Can Help You

Skin Benefits

  1. Cure Skin Diseases
  2. Reduce Pimples

Hair Benefits

  1. Facilitate Hair Growth

Health Benefits

  1. Aid Digestion
  2. Cure For Cold And Flu
  3. Antidiabetic
  4. Have Antibacterial Properties
  5. Prevent Anemia
  6. Treat Conjunctivitis
  7. Prevent Menstrual Irregularities

Skin Benefits

1. Cure Skin Diseases

Coriander is quite effective in curing various skin diseases like eczema, itchy skin, rashes, and inflammation. It also helps cure mouth ulcers and sores.

What You Need

      • Coriander seeds
      • Water

What You Have To Do

Gargle with boiled coriander water to reduce and cure mouth ulcers.

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It can also be used as a cure for itchy skin and rashes.

What You Need

      • Coriander seeds
      • One teaspoon honey
      • Water

What You Have To Do

      1. Make a paste of coriander seeds with a little water and add a teaspoon of honey.
      2. Apply this paste on itchy skin for instant relief.
      3. Rinse it off after about 10 minutes.

Why Does It Work

Coriander seeds exhibit antiseptic properties that help fight skin problems like eczema and rashes (1). They also contain linoleic acid that has analgesic properties to reduce inflammation like rheumatism and arthritis (2), (3).

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2. Reduce Pimples

Reduce Pimples on face

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Pimples or acne are a recurring problem for those with oily skin as well as those entering adolescence. Coriander seeds can prove to be of great help in reducing the instance of breakouts.

What You Need

      • Coriander seeds
      • One teaspoon honey
      • A pinch of turmeric
      • Multani mitti (optional)

What You Have To Do

      1. Prepare a face mask with coriander paste, honey, and turmeric.
      2. You can also add multani mitti if you have oily skin.
      3. Apply the mask all over the face and let it dry.
      4. Rinse with cold water.

Why Does It Work

The antibacterial properties of coriander seeds work as an effective home remedy for pimples and blackheads (4), (5).

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Hair Benefits

3. Facilitate Hair Growth

Hair loss can result from weakened hair follicles, hormonal imbalances, stress, as well as improper diet. Coriander seeds prevent further hair fall and help stimulate the roots for the growth of new hair.

What You Need

      • Coriander seeds
      • Hair oil

What You Have To Do

Add some powdered coriander seeds in your hair oil and use it to massage your scalp at least twice a week.

Why Does It Work

Coriander seeds strengthen the roots of your hair and stimulate further growth, thus keeping at bay your hair fall problems.

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Health Benefits

4. Aid Digestion

Coriander seeds and fresh coriander leaves help in healthy digestion.

What You Need

      • Coriander seeds
      • Water

What You Have To Do

      1. Soak a handful of seeds in water for a day.
      2. Filter out the seeds and drink the coriander water on an empty stomach.

How Often Should You Use It

Drink it daily to cure indigestion.

Why Does It Work

Coriander seeds have antioxidant properties and dietary fiber that promote the healthy functioning of the liver and facilitate bowel movements (6), (7), (8), (9). They help in the production of digestive enzymes and juices that ease the process of digestion (10). If you suffer from indigestion, bloated feeling, and flatulence, include coriander seeds in your diet.

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5. Cure For Cold And Flu

 Cure For Cold And Flu

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A diet consisting of coriander seeds enables the healthy production of collagen that helps retain skin elasticity. It also helps heal wounds, maintain healthy connective tissues, and guards against common cold and flu.

Why Does It Work

Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that is essential for a healthy body and skin (11). Coriander has many essential vitamins like folic acid, vitamin A, and beta-carotene, and most importantly, vitamin C. Studies have shown that coriander leaves and seeds contain almost 30% of the daily recommended amount of vitamin C (12).

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6. Antidiabetic

Many doctors swear by the antidiabetic properties of the coriander seed (13).

What You Need

      • Coriander seeds
      • Water

What You Have To Do

      1. Soak a handful of coriander seeds overnight.
      2. Next morning, strain the water and drink it.

How Often Should You Use It

If you suffer from diabetes and cholesterol issues, you should drink coriander water daily.

Why Does It Work

It helps lower blood glucose, thus maintaining healthy blood sugar levels (14). It reduces the amount of LDL (bad cholesterol) and increases the amount of HDL (good cholesterol) in the blood (15). Those suffering from diabetes and high cholesterol should drink coriander water daily.

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7. Have Antibacterial Properties

Many food and waterborne diseases like cholera, typhoid, food poisoning, dysentery, etc. are caused by bacteria (salmonella). The regular intake of coriander protects you from foodborne diseases due to its antibacterial properties.

What You Need

Coriander seeds (whole or ground)

What You Have To Do

You can include it in your salsa dip, curry, or salad for extra flavor.

How Often Should You Use It

Some amounts of coriander seeds in your regular diet can prevent any kind of bacterial infection, especially from salmonella.

Why Does It Work

Coriander seeds contain a high concentration of dodecenal – a compound twice more potent than any antibiotic for salmonella (16), (17). Including coriander seeds in your diet reduces chances of food poisoning.

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8. Prevent Anemia

Did you know coriander seeds could help prevent anemia as well? Anemia results from iron deficiency and negatively impacts the efficiency of oxygen transport by blood. Coriander seeds help compensate the iron deficit.

Why Does It Work

Coriander seeds contain many essential vitamins and minerals, including iron, which helps prevent anemia (18), (19).

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9. Treat Conjunctivitis

Treat Conjunctivitis

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Considered one of the best remedies for conjunctivitis (pink eye), coriander also prevents other eye diseases and problems.

What You Need

A decoction of coriander seeds

What You Have To Do

Simply use the coriander seeds’ decoction to wash your eyes.

How Often Should You Use It

If you have conjunctivitis, try to wash the affected eye with the decoction as often as you can.

Why Does It Work

The high antioxidant content in it reduces redness, itchiness and inflammation in the eyes (20). Also, the antibacterial properties of coriander seeds help protect your eyes from contagious diseases like conjunctivitis (21).

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10. Prevent Menstrual Irregularities

Prevent Menstrual Irregularities

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If you suffer from heavy menstrual flow, then include coriander seeds in your regular diet. They also help prevent menstrual irregularities.

What You Need

  • 6 g coriander seeds
  • 1 teaspoon of sugar
  • 1 liter water

What You Have To Do

  1. Boil 6 grams of coriander seeds in half a liter of water.
  2. Add a teaspoon of sugar when the water has been reduced to half.
  3. Drink the mixture while it is still warm.

How Often Should You Use It

This mixture should be consumed thrice a day daily.

Why Does It Work

Coriander seeds contain natural stimulants that stimulate your endocrine glands to secrete and maintain proper hormone balance, which ensures that the associated pain with the cycle is reduced, and excess flow is alleviated (22).

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Caution

Those who suffer from diabetes and hypertension should monitor their health rigorously when including coriander seeds in their diet since they can cause a drastic drop in the sugar levels and blood pressure. Those who are prone to allergies should also be wary of the use of coriander in their diet since it may aggravate allergic reactions.

Selection & Storage

Selection

You will get coriander seeds from your local grocer’s store. Try to select organically grown coriander seeds.

You can also harvest coriander seeds on your own. Pick up the seeds while they are still green and fresh. Ensure that the seed heads have a little bit of the stalk. Store these green seeds in a brown paper bag by hanging them upside down. Once the seeds have become brown and completely dry, they will drop down to the base of the paper bag.

Storage

Whether you pick up coriander seeds from the market or harvest them yourself, store in a cool and dry place. Ideally, store them in an opaque and airtight container to prevent any kind of contamination or clumps from forming.

Nutritional Value

NutrientUnitValue per 100 g
Proximates
Waterg8.86
Energykcal298
Proteing12.37
Total lipid (fat)g17.77
Carbohydrate, by differenceg54.99
Fiber, total dietaryg41.9
Minerals
Calcium, Camg709
Iron, Femg16.32
Magnesium, Mgmg330
Phosphorus, Pmg
Potassium, Kmg
Sodium, Namg35
Zinc, Znmg4.70
Vitamins
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acidmg21.0
Thiaminmg0.239
Riboflavinmg0.290
Niacinmg2.130
Folate, DFEµg0
Vitamin B-12µg0.00
Vitamin A, RAEµg0
Vitamin A, IUIU0
Vitamin D (D2 + D3)µg0.0
Vitamin DIU0
Lipids
Fatty acids, total saturatedg0.990
Fatty acids, total monounsaturatedg13.580
Fatty acids, total polyunsaturatedg1.750
Cholesterolmg0

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  • http://www.stylecraze.com/members/tarunima/ Tarunima

    I read this full article Ankita !! they are awesome good points :D

  • http://www.stylecraze.com/members/Ankita_Biswas/ Ankita Biswas

    Thank you tarunima…
    That was really quick!!!!!!!! ;)

  • Martin

    Helps with cataracts also.

    • deezy

      How does it help with cataracts, I’m developing one,so i I can prevent or delay it…that’s a bonus.

      • Anonymous

        also try castor oil in the eye to cure cataracts. look it up, it cures lots o stuff

      • http://www.stylecraze.com/ StyleCraze

        Dear Deezy, prepare a mixture of equal proportions of aniseed powder and coriander seed powder. Mix it with an equal weight of unrefined sugar. Take it in doses of 12 grams every morning and evening. It is beneficial for reducing the cataract.

  • Anonymous

    try castor oil for cataracts. it cures them

  • charles

    how do I transform coriander into water

  • charles

    for high cholesterol and diabetes we are advised to drink coriander water every day. may I know whether coriander water is sold or I blend the seeds or leaves to obtain the coriander water..please advise

  • Priya

    Amazing benefits, good for cholesterol. We are trying it for past few days. It takes away lethargy and keeps us active during the day