Cilantro is on the list as a double-duty herb because it not only beautifies your garden, as well as spicing up dishes to your health.
Cilantro, or coriander, has been in use for thousands of years. Even though it is a “trendy” herb, it can be traced as far back as 5,000 B.C. The word coriander comes from koris, the Greek word for bedbug. It was so named because the unripened seeds, as well as the leaves, are said to smell like bedbugs. The early physicians, including Hippocrates, used coriander for its medicinal properties, including as an aromatic stimulant. The crushed seeds and leaves were often used in poultices and salves.
Cilantro seeds, also known as coriander, have even been found in ancient Egyptian tombs, like King Tut’s tomb. The ancient Israelites were also familiar with coriander. In the Old Testament Bible (Exodus 17:31) we read: “The house of Israel called the name therof Manna: and it was like coriander seed, white; and the taste of it was like wafers made with honey.” Ancient Greece used cilantro essential oil as a component of perfume. In medieval times, the Romans used it to cover up the smell of rotten meat. Today, Cilantro is best known for how well it detoxifies the human body from Toxic Metal Cleansing. It is packed with micronutrients (various types of chemicals that are found in trace amounts in the foods we eat, protecting our bodies from disease, slow the aging process, and help every system in our bodies work properly). Most people recognize “micronutrients” by common names like vitamins (that can be broken down by air, heat, and acid), minerals (inorganic substances that maintain their chemical structure), and antioxidants. It also has antioxidants and other medicinal compounds that can have a huge impact on overall health.
Cilantro is one herb with fantastic flavor (at least for some) and a fantastic healer. Here are some of its benefits:
Each antioxidant has its own specific characteristics and benefits, so getting the widest variety of antioxidants is very important. In other words, eating a variety of the right foods can keep you young and disease-free longer both inside and outside.
4. Cilantro may help improve sleep quality due to its natural sedative properties.
Why cilantro plus chlorella together?
Because cilantro changes the electric charge on intracellular deposits of heavy metals to a neutral state, which relaxes their tight bond to body tissue, freeing them up to be flushed from the body.
Chlorella possesses the capacity to absorb heavy metals, before it is discharged, and to recover the bio-available fraction of the metal in the process. Chlorella eliminates heavy metals from the body – from the brain, intestinal wall, muscles, ligaments, connective tissue, and bone.(2)
- (potassium) crucial to heart function and plays a key role in skeletal and smooth muscle contraction and nerve impulse transmission. Each 100-g serving of raw cilantro leaves provides over 521 mg potassium.
- (calcium) helps regulate heart rate and blood pressure.
- (manganese) helps in bone development, wound healing, metabolism, helps the body form connective tissue, blood clotting
- (Iron) helps prevent anemia by building up blood supplies.
- (magnesium) synthesis of proteins, bone structure, helps cells communicate in many physiological processes
- (sodium) Each 100-g serving of raw cilantro leaves provides only 46 mg sodium that helps lower LDL cholesterol and reduce hypertension by lowering blood pressure!
- (Vitamin A) helps with macular degeneration, red eyes, and eye disorders.
- (Vitamin B) It acts on calming the nerves, helping to relieve anxiety and reducing the harmful effects of stress.
- (Vitamin C) helps fight off infections and urinary tract infections. The ancient Egyptians used coriander tea to treat ailments such as urinary tract infections and headaches.
- (Vitamin K) plays the strongest role in bone health, and cilantro is one of the richest herbs in this vitamin. It provides about 258% of DRI (Dietary Reference Intakes). Vitamin-K has a potential role in bone mass building through the promotion of osteotrophic activity in the bones.
- Niacin (B3) Helps improve cholesterol levels
- Folate (B9) Critical for metabolism, normal nerve development, and proper brain function.
- Riboflavin (B2) helps metabolize B6, B9, B3, and Iron and more. If you suffer from migraines, B2 has been known to decrease their frequency. B2 breaks down macronutrients like proteins, fats, and carbs and converts these key nutrients into usable energy.
8. Cilantro acts as a natural antiseptic and anti-fungal agent:
- for the skin and disorders like dermatitis and eczema.
- improving oral health.
- The antimicrobial substances in cilantro help prevent and cure smallpox too!
9. Cilantro’s natural antibacterial properties may help protect against both food- and waterborne diseases, including food poisoning and dysentery.
10. Natural Internal Deodorant
Chlorophyll in Cilantro is a great way to detox the body from the inside out. Flushing out toxins from the liver, kidney, and digestive tract helps remove excess bacteria from the body that would normally sweat out and accumulate in your armpits and feet. Bacteria dislike chlorophyll due to the high oxygen content.
Growing Cilantro From Seeds
Cilantro or coriander will grow in a great variety of locations and conditions in all zones. However, it does best in sunny locations on rich, well-composted patches that are well-drained. It is better if you sow the seeds directly in a pot in which you want it to grow in because cilantro has a long taproot and it doesn’t transplant well. Sow seeds 1/4 inches deep. Keep the soil moist until the seedlings germinate. If you have grown them in the seed tray, once the plants have formed 2-3 leaves, plant them to their final location in a pot. Cilantro needs a pot that is deep and wide.(4)
If you’re planting grocery store seeds, gently crush the seed husk before sowing as cilantro seeds are enclosed in a husk that you’ll need to crush to improve the germination rate. Cilantro can also be dried or frozen for long-term use. Freezing does retain more of the flavor, though dried cilantro is a bit more convenient to cook with.
You can add this delicious herb to smoothies, soups, stews, guacamole, salads, and yummy ethnic dishes. Here are a couple of recipes to try:
CILANTRO LIME SALAD DRESSING (for Blood Types O and A)
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- 1/2 cup honey (substitute 1/4 cup of agave for type O non-secretors)
- 1/2 cup lime juice
- 1/2 cup cilantro
- 1 clove garlic (minced)
- jalapenos (optional for blood type O)
- avocado (optional for blood type A and type O non-secretors)
Add all ingredients in a blender and blend for 30 to 40 seconds.
AVOCADO CILANTRO CREAM
- 2 Avocados ripe
- Juice of 2 limes
- 1/2 Cup of Sour Cream (*My thought not the authors is to replace sour cream with avocado)
- 1/4 Cup of Cilantro stemmed
- 1/2 Teaspoon of Onion Powder
- 1/4 Jalapeno minced (optional)
- Salt and Pepper
Place all ingredients in a food processor or high-speed blender
Pulse until the sauce becomes creamy. Check for seasoning and correct if needed
Serve and enjoy!
Cilantro Pesto Recipe
- 2 cups, packed, of cilantro, including stems
- 1/2 cup blanched almonds
- 1/4 cup chopped red onion
- 1/2 teaspoon chopped and seeded serrano chile (optional)
- 1 teaspoon Kosher salt
- 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 Toast the almonds: Heat a small skillet on high heat. When the pan is hot, add the blanched almonds in a single layer. Stir with a wooden spoon. When the almonds are fragrant and start to brown, remove them from the pan.
2 In a food processor, pulse the cilantro, almonds, onion, chile, and salt until well blended.
3 Slowly add the oil: With the food processor running, slowly add the olive oil in a steady stream.
Add more oil as needed for your use.
Whatever you don’t use, you can freeze. Line a ice cube tray with plastic wrap and fill in the individual cube spaces with the pesto. Freeze and remove from the ice tray, put in a sealed freezer bag for future use.
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