The primary benefit of Shankhpushpi is that it is a brain tonic and improves memory and intellect. Besides that it can be used to treat epilepsy and headache. It also controls vomiting and helps to cure diabetes.
Dhaniya is synonymous to India. It gets a special importance in various Asian cuisines and adds flavour and taste to curries, breads, fries etc. Its scientific name is Coriandrum Sativum and is a part of the carrot family. It is also called cilantro and coriander in English. Both the leaves and seeds of this plant are used in cooking.
The health benefits linked to coriander is due to its high nutritional value. It is a great source of Vitamin A, Vitamin K, Folate and Potassium. Coriander has a high content of phytonutrients, flavonoids and phenolic compounds. Having very low cholesterol, saturated fat and calories makes it an extremely healthy option for your healthy eating practice. Apart from Vitamins A and K, Vitamins C and E are also present in it. A good amount of dietary fibre is found in coriander. Calcium, Iron and Magnesium too are present in this lip smacking herb.
Coriander is a good source of anti-rheumatics and anti-arthritics due to the presence of Cineole as one of its 11 components in its essential oil. Rheumatism and arthritis causes swelling which can be reduced using the essential oil obtained from coriander. It also works well on swellings due to kidney problems and anaemia. In such cases the swelling is caused due to water retention and coriander helps by inducing urination and hence release of excess accumulated water. Once the inflammation is reduced you can get rid of the tightness and stretchiness of your skin and it shall also improve its appearance.
Cholesterol levels in the blood can be reduced by consuming coriander. This plant has various beneficial ingredients such as linoleic acid, oleic acid, palmitic acid, stearic acid and ascorbic acid that work well in reducing the cholesterol level in the blood. Low Density Lipoproteins (LDL) which gets deposited in the inner walls of the arteries is considered to be the bad cholesterol. Coriander helps reduce the level of LDL too and prevents various serious cardiovascular health issues like artherosclerosis, heart attacks and strokes. Additionally it also works to increase the more helpful High Density Lipoproteins (HDL).
Coriander has multifarious benefits when it comes to taking care of your skin. It fights germs, dirt, infections and many other common everyday problems that our skin undergoes. It has antifungal, antiseptic, detoxifying, antioxidant and disinfectant properties that leave your skin clean and healthy.
Coriander is very good in reducing blood pressure. It stimulates the interaction of calcium ions and cholinergic which is a type of neurotransmitter which is also known as acetylcholine. Increased blood pressure causes an increase of tension in the blood vessels. This chemical interaction helps the vessels to relax and prevents serious health issues like heart attacks and strokes.
Coriander essential oils contain citronelol which has very good antiseptic properties. Some other components have antimicrobial properties and these together make it extremely effective for preventing wounds and ulcers in the mouth from getting worse. It is also a good way to control bad breath. Chewing on coriander seeds was a traditional practice to eliminate bad breath.
Anaemia is a condition where a person has less blood in the body. Blood is made up of haemoglobin and an important component of it is iron. Coriander is high in iron content and helps the body to produce more blood. Shortness of breath, fatigue, palpitation and problems in cognitive functions are some of the examples of the conditions caused due to lack of iron in the body. It also helps regulate the functioning of the organ systems, provide energy, strengthen the body and maintain healthy bones.
Seasonal allergies and rhinitis can be reduced by consuming coriander. Allergic reactions caused by coming in contact plants, insects and food can be controlled by applying coriander oil. It helps subdue swelling of throat and its glands.
Coriander contains an extremely high level of dodecenal which is a compound that fights a bacterium called salmonella, with more efficiency than an antibiotic. This bacterium is the most dangerous cause of food borne diseases. It is advisable to consume coriander to prevent the harmful effects of salmonella.
Being an excellent stimulant, coriander helps maintain proper levels of secretion from the endocrine glands. Hormones when secreted in the right amount and at proper intervals helps regulate various body functions and specially menstruation in women. Coriander also reduces menstrual pain.
Coriander is a must in the kitchen garden apart from its medicinal uses it is the best way to arouse the gastronome living inside everyone. The South-Asian and Indian cuisine uses coriander leaves and seeds hugely to add a sharp taste to their preparations. This is the biggest reason for its production in mass scale apart from its medicinal uses.
Coriander does not usually have any side effects but the seeds may induce allergy in those who handle it because of its volatile nature. It may cause redness and itching. Pregnant women though should not take coriander in excess.
The origin of coriander is a seat of a huge controversy. Some claim it to be a wild plant as its presence has been scattered all over history. It is found growing in all parts of the world. It is a common herb grown in kitchen gardens. It grows best in cold climates and is prone to frost if temperatures drop below zero.