From the seeds to the leaves and the stems, coriander is a versatile little shrub whose culinary credentials are well established. Popular in food of the Indian subcontinent, East Asia and Central America, its warm, nutty and faintly citrusy flavour piques the senses, elevating even the most humble soup and acting as the perfect counter-balance to the heavier flavours found in meat, grains and bread.
The earliest known traces of coriander were found in Israel, though it’s unclear where the plant originates from, being abundant across both ancient Europe and Western Asia. Coriander seeds are said to have been found in the tombs of the 21st dynasty of ancient Egypt, suggesting their use in blessings, burials or possibly embalming ceremonies. Throughout the medieval period there are also suggestions of coriander being used as an aphrodisiac, and reports of it being used in conjunction with wine to help ‘stimulate’ the relevant senses.
While the leaves of the coriander plant are rich in vitamins A, C and K, as well as a range of dietary minerals, including calcium, iron, magnesium and manganese, it is the seeds that are more commonly administered for medicinal purposes. Used in tea, coriander is said to aid dietary problems, including irritable bowel syndrome, as well as assisting with toothache and neuralgia. In topical usage it is said to help rebalance levels of oil in the skin, helping to fight excess sebum and bacterial build up. Credible studies have found that coriander is effective in warding off various types of harmful bacteria.
Easily grown at home, coriander requires moderate levels of sunlight and frequent watering whenever soil becomes dry to the touch. Though less abundant than when grown outside, indoor-planted coriander still provides a high yield, giving you year-round herbal goodness to use in both cooking and homemade remedies.
In our blend, coriander is combined with citron, for an invigorating treatment that enlivens the senses and gives clarity to the mind. Warm and nutty in comparison to citron’s sharp tang, it grounds the fragrance, offering balance, calm and a sense of connectedness with the natural world.
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