It’s time for some more info on herbs again! This week’s Product Highlight is a herb we love to use in our food and drinks. The flavor is quite pungent and something people either love or hate. Focusing on flavor most of the time, didn’t make us realize Cilantro had so many health benefits, and so this week we would like to share these facts with you!
- Cilantro is a zesty herb which and belongs to the carrot family. It is often confused with the spice coriander, which comes from the seeds of the same plant (although in The Netherlands we use “Koriander” for both herb and spice)
- Cilantro is used to reduce chronic fatigue and depression due to carboxylic acid, which helps remove toxins from the blood
- The disinfectant and antioxidant properties of coriander help clearing up skin disorders, such as eczema, dryness and fungal infections
- Linoleic acid, oleic acid, palmitic acid, stearic acid and ascorbic acid (vitamin-C) are very effective in reducing high cholesterol levels. More importantly, coriander helps to raise the levels of healthy cholesterol (HDL)
- Do you suffer from these annoying mouth ulcers from time to time? The essential oil Citronelol is an excellent antiseptic. It helps speed up the healing process of ulcers and freshens your breath. In fact, before the invention of toothpaste, people would chew on coriander seeds to reduce bad breath!
- The essential oils Borneol and Linalool found in cilantro aid in digestion, proper functioning of the liver and can help reduce diarrhea. We know, horrible, but we have all been there! As a matter of fact, cilantro can prevent food poisoning due to a compound called dodecanol, which kills salmonella bacteria
Tip: When using this herb for cooking remove any yellow or bruised leaves and store in the refrigerator in a plastic storage bag or wrapped in a damp paper towel