Coriander (Coriandrum sativum) also known as Cilantro or Chinese Parsley because of its broad flat leaf, has a long and interesting history dating back to pre-Egyptian times.
Coriander was found in King Tutankhamen’s tomb, is mentioned in the Bible as a native of eastern and southern Europe, and the seeds and roots were used by the Chinese more than 5000 years ago.
Historically coriander was used to expel worms and parasites from the body, and to settle vomiting.
Today we know that coriander does have a mild calming effect on the body. It is also very effective at chelating heavy metals such as lead, mercury and aluminium, that accumulate in the body. For this reason it is an excellent detox food, and a central component of chelation therapy.
Including coriander in the diet regularly is easy. It has a delicate yet distinct flavour, slightly peppery. It is commonly used in Asian meals – stir-fry, curries etc., and it is great in all sorts of salads.
One of my favourites is coriander pesto. This is a fantastic detox meal as it contains your greens, garlic, lemon juice and fresh olive oil. If you like you could add a tablespoon of turmeric to really rev up the health benefits.
You can find a recipe for coriander pesto here.
So next time you are at the markets or planting your herb garden, don’t forget the coriander – mother nature’s detox herb!
Contact me at the Brisbane Naturopath clinic if you would like more healthy recipes or food ideas.