Cilantro leaf

Scientific name of Cilantro leaf: Coriandrum sativum

Name of Cilantro leaf in different languages:

English: Coriander

Sanscrit: Dhanyaka, Catra, Vitunnaka, Chatradhanya, Sugandhi, Sukshmapatra, Haridgandha, Hridya, Veshna, Kushtumburu.

Hindi: Dhaniya

Malayalam: Malli മല്ലി

Plant description:

Cilantro leaf-Coriandrum Sativum is an annual herb that is an erect,  slender plant, growing up to 50 cm tall. The leaves are green, thin, irregular in shape, broadly lobed at the base, slender, and feathery. The flowers are found in small umbels, white, and asymmetrical. The fruit is globular, up to 5 mm in diameter, and turns brownish-yellow when it is ripe.

Useful plant parts:

Leaf, seed

Medicinal uses:

Useful in digestion problems, Asthma, Allergy, TB, memory loss,  indigestion, and ulcerate colitis, relief of gastric disorders like dysentery, diarrhea, and acidity, and relief from conjunctivitis.

Ayurveda medicinal uses of Cilantro leaf

  1. Digestive Aid: Cilantro stimulates digestion, alleviating digestive disorders like indigestion, flatulence, and bloating.
  2. Detoxification: It aids in detoxifying the body, eliminating toxins, and supporting liver function.
  3. Anti-inflammatory Properties: Cilantro has anti-inflammatory effects, beneficial for conditions like arthritis and joint pain.
  4. Antibacterial and Antifungal: It contains natural agents that combat microbial infections, both bacterial and fungal.
  5. Cholesterol Regulation: Cilantro may help regulate cholesterol levels, contributing to heart health.
  6. Blood Sugar Management: It aids in stabilizing blood sugar levels, supporting individuals with diabetes.
  7. Respiratory Health: Cilantro may alleviate symptoms of respiratory conditions like coughs and congestion.
  8. Menstrual Support: It is used to ease menstrual cramps and regulate menstrual cycles.
  9. Rich in Antioxidants: Cilantro is abundant in antioxidants, protecting cells from oxidative stress.
  10. Skin Care: It’s used in skincare for its antibacterial and soothing properties, addressing skin conditions.
  11. Alleviates Anxiety: Cilantro’s calming properties may help reduce anxiety and promote relaxation.
  12. Aids Sleep: It may support better sleep quality due to its calming effects.
  13. Balances Pitta Dosha: In Ayurvedic terms, it helps balance the Pitta dosha, associated with digestion and metabolism.

Always consult with a qualified Ayurvedic practitioner or healthcare professional for personalized advice on using cilantro for medicinal purposes.

Chemical content:

Antioxidants – quercetin, thiamine, essential oils,  fatty oils, carotene,  niacin.

Cilantro leaf is one of the ingredients in the Ayurveda medicines like-

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