SERVING SIZE: 1 tbsp
SPECIES: Coriandrum sativum
How Can This Ayurvedic Food Make You Feel Great?
Calms the Immune System & RashesCilantro is a traditional remedy for rashes like summer poison-ivy, allergy related hives, or even just a sunburn. It is hypoallergenic due to natural anti-histamine, meaning it directly calms the immune system. To make a topical remedy for sunburn or rash, take a bunch of cilantro and put it in a blender. Strain the juice from the pulp. Apply pulp to your rash and drink the juice.
Cooling DigestiveSimilar to lime, cilantro often appears as a garnish on a spicy dish. It's cooling nature takes the edge off a hot curry or green chili sauce. You will appreciate its fresh taste cutting through any heavy, spicy dish. Cilantro aids digestion, acts as a carminative preventing gas, and burns ama (residue and waste products). There is some dispute whether cilantro is useful for chelation, the removal of heavy metals from the blood stream.
Drying & DetoxifyingIt also softens stool, and is a diuretic that clears inflammation from the urinary tract. Despite its drying effect, cilantro in small quantities does not aggravate Vata or cause constipation.
Cilantro PhobiaTo some people, cilantro tastes 'soapy' or 'buggy'. Harold McGee, in this NY Times article, "Cilantro Haters, It's Not Your Fault," writes that the Greek origin of the word "coriander" means bedbug. To the ancient Greeks, cilantro smelled like "bug infested clothes." Flavor chemists have identified the source of the revulsion to the presence of aldehydes similar to those found in soaps and certain insects. Crushing the leaves releases enzymes that break down aldehydes and destroy the 'soapy' or 'buggy' odor of cilantro. We recommend it crushed in a mortar and pestle, chopped or served as a pesto.
Fresh cilantro is the herb of choice for aggravated Pitta. Cilantro calms pitta directly in the liver & improves eyesight.
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WHY EAT AN AYURVEDIC DIET?Eating Ayurvedically makes you feel nourished and energized. An Ayurvedic diet is tailored to your individual body type and the specific imbalances you are working with at any given time. Ayurveda shows you your specific body type’s needs and what should be favored in your Ayurvedic menu. Watch as you eat less but feel more satisfied because what you are eating truly nourishes you. Since Ayurveda believes all disease begins in the digestive tract, food is your first medicine. By eating a healthy diet that’s ideal for your body, you experience optimal health.
Is Cilantro Good for My Ayurvedic Diet?
AYURVEDIC MEDICINAL QUALITIES
Experiences are PersonalExperiences vary according to the person and constitution. Individual results may vary. The list of actions below has not be approved by the FDA and should not be used to treat a medical condition.
DIGESTIVEHerbs that encourage healthy digestion.
SPLEEN-TONICAn herb that strengthens spleen function by improving strength of the blood. Spleen tonics Builds agni, brighten the person's appearances & firms up tissues.
Cleanse and Detox:
Heart & Circulation:
ALTERATIVELiterally, an herb that restores the proper function of the body. In practice, alteratives are usually blood cleansers and blood chemistry balancers. They were traditionally used to revitalize and detoxify after a long winter.
BLOOD-THINNERHerbs that thin the blood. Helpful for people with heart disease or clogged circulation.
REFRIGERANTAn herb or substance that strongly cools the body. Can be helpful in cases of heat conditions.
ANTI-INFLAMMATORYReduces inflammation in the body. Different herbs and carriers target different body systems.
ANTIHISTAMINEHerbs that interrupt an allergic reaction or calm the immune system.
ANTIPYRETICReduces a fever / febrifuge.
Kidney & Urinary:
DIURETICHerbs that promote urine formation, thereby flushing the kidneys and urinary tract while eliminating any excess water retention. As diuretics reduce water retention, they are often used to reduce blood pressure.
Liver & Gall Bladder:
CHOLAGOGUECholagogues stimulate the release of bile from the gall bladder for improved digestion.
HYPOLIPIDEMICScrapes fats / cleanses blood vessels
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HOW DOES EATING AYURVEDICALLY MAKE YOU FEEL?Eating Ayurvedically makes you feel nourished and energized. Food digests with ease when right for your body type (dosha). Healthy digestion is seen as the cornerstone of well-being in Ayurveda. Healthy digestion generally prevents illness. If you do get sick, a strong digestive fire reduces the severity of illness and increases your resilience. It also improves your mood. Once you begin eating Ayurvedically, you will feel refreshed, vital and strong.
View Other Ingredients for SummerCilantro is recommended for Summer. Check out these other Summer foods here.
Comments & Impressions of 'Cilantro'Do you like 'cilantro'? Why or why not? What makes it unique? Is there something you'd like to know about 'cilantro'?
Thank goodness! I just adore cilantro, here is where a craving, health and desire meet!
In general, hot spices like black pepper, turmeric, and cumin can balance the cold quality of cilantro...
a traditional home remedy forThis information has not been validated by the FDA and should not be used to treat a medical condition.
SkinAcne - general, Acne - painful, Bruise easily, Cellulite, Easily hot, Red/flushed skin, Rosaceae, Sensitive to Poison Ivy, Skin red after mild abrasion, Skin sensitivity to chemicals, Sun damage/burn, Warm & rosy skin
DigestionAnal Itching, Bad breath, Burning abdominal pain, Craving Crunchy Foods, Crohn's Disease, Duodenal Ulcer, Food allergy, Gas, irregular digestion, Gastritis, H pylori infection, Hyperacidity, Irregular/small appetite, Leaky Gut Syndrome, Mercury / Amalgam Fillings, Metallic Taste in Mouth, Pain above belly button, Receding gums, Sores inside mouth, Stomach Ulcer, Ulcerative Colitis, Yellow teeth
Mind Stress SleepAnger, irritable, ambitious, analytical, At odds with church / religion, At odds with family, At odds with local community, At odds with nationality / culture, Conflict makes me angry, irritable, Difficulty waking up, Excessive sleep, Feel rejected / unliked / unappreciated, I'm different from others / unique, Judgmental, Migraines, Sharp language, Sleep deep & long, trouble waking up, Tired in morning
Blood and CirculationAutoimmune Disorders, Blood dark in color, Bloodshot Eyes, Chronic Fungus infection, Drug/penicillin allergy, Flushes Easily, Gall Bladder Inflammation, Heat aggravates my skin, High Blood Pressure, Hot Flashes, Multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS), Puffy under eyes / Bags, Sweat often, Teeth marks on tongue edges, Water Retention, Yellow eyes / sclera, Yellow tongue coating, Yellowish skin
Kidney Bladder UrinaryBladder infection, Burning/painful urination
PoopExplosive elimination, Frothy Stool / with Bubbles, Soft Stool, Stool entirely liquid, no solid pieces, Stool formed, but porous & airy, Stool in mushy pieces mixed with liquid, Stool thick mud, Yellow stool
Cleanse and DetoxGeneral Malaise
Weight LossHashimoto's Thyroiditis
About the AuthorJohn Immel, the founder of Joyful Belly, teaches people how to have a healthy diet and lifestyle with Ayurveda. His approach to Ayurveda exudes a certain ease, which many find enjoyable and insightful. His online course Balance Your Ayurvedic Diet in a Week provides tools for gracefully healing with Ayurveda to thousands. John also directs Joyful Belly's School of Ayurveda , which specializes in digestive tract pathology & Ayurvedic nutrition. John and his wife Natalie recently published Explore Your Hunger: A Guide to Hunger, Appetite & Food.
John's interest in Ayurveda and digestive tract pathology was inspired by a complex digestive disorder acquired from years of international travel, including his public service work in South Asia. John's commitment to the detailed study of digestive disorders reflects his zeal to get down to the roots of the problem. His hope and belief in the capacity of each & every client to improve their quality of life is nothing short of a personal passion. John's creativity in the kitchen and delight in cooking for others comes from his family oriented upbringing. In addition to his certification in Ayurveda, John holds a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Harvard University.
John enjoys sharing Ayurveda within the context of his Catholic roots, and finds Ayurveda gives him an opportunity to participate in the healing mission of the Church. Jesus expressed God's love by feeding and healing the sick. That kindness is the fundamental ministry of Ayurveda as well.