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Tanja Kraljic Strgacic
Ayurvedic Health Practitioner
Ayurvedic Body Therapist

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CORIANDER

(Dhanyaka)

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Part used:: fruit, fresh plant (cilantro, Chinese parsley), seeds, leaves
Energetics:: bitter, pungent/cooling/pungent
Tissues:: plasma, blood, muscles, cardiovascular
Systems:: digestive, respiratory, urinary
Actions:: carminative, alterative, diaphoretic, diuretic, stimulant
Indications:: burning urethra, cystitis, urinary tact infection, urticaria, rash, burns, sore throat, vomiting,indigestion, allergies, hay fever
Precautions:: few, except high Vata with nerve tissue deficiency
Preparation:: Infusion (hot or cold), Powder (250 to 500mg), fresh juice (of cilantro)


Good household for many Pitta disorders, particulary those of the digestive tract or urinary system.

Ayurveda considers coriander specific for strengtening the urinary tract. Both the seeds and the leaves may be used in infusion for urinary tract infections. It is also used for stomach upset, indigestion and gas. The pungent taste and sigestion aiding property is suitable for Kapha. The seeds are ground into a paste and applied to skin and mouth ulcers.

It is an effective digestive agent for Pitta conditions in wich most spices are contraindicated or used with caution. The fresh juice of the herb is effective internally for allergies, hay fever and skin rashes; one teaspoon tree times a day, but it can also be used externally for itch and inflammation.

Coriander has mild blood sugar improving action, so it could be part of a diabetes dietetuic program. It is widely used, along with dry ginger as a folk remedy for cold and flu. A poultice of the seed can be applied for headache or arthritis joints. New research shows that coriander has antioxidant effects in fats. Similar properties is cumin, which is an antidote for hot, pungent food (tomatoes, chilis...) It increases digestion and absorption, and is good for diarrhea and dysentery.

Coriander, cumin and fennel seeds are related plants with similar properties. The three are often used together for digestive disorders, mainly owing to high Pitta, and are used together in various formulations to promote the assimilation of the other herbs.

Coriander is one of the basic ingredients in Indian curry, along with tumeric and cumin seed.


Sources
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The Way of Ayurvedic Herbs; Karta P.S. Khalsa, M. Tierra
The Yoga of Herbs; D. Frawley, V. Lad
Planetary Herbology; M. Tierra

by Tanya Kraljic Strgacic

 

FENNEL SEED

(Shatapushpa, what possesses a hundred flowers)

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Energetics:: sweet, pungent/cooling (slightly) / sweet
Tissues:: plasma, blood, muscles, marrow
Systems:: digestive, nervous, urinary
Actions:: carminative, stomachic, stimulant, diuretic, antispasmodic, antiinflammantory, emenagogue, galactagogue, phytoestrogenic, mild expectorant
Indications:: indigestion, low agni, abdominal pain, cramps or gas, difficult or burning urination, children's colic
Precautions:: a good general herb and spice for all constitutions
Cautions:: Pregnancy (possible)
Preparation:: Infusion, Powder (250 to 500mg)

Carminatives are typically warming, and fennel is a prime carminative. However, some authorities maintain that fennel is slightly cooling. Kalsha:: Compromise that; the digestive effects are slightly warming, and the mental effects are slightly cooling.

Fennel is the widely said to be the most sattvic spice. Anise (mishraya) has similar properties and may often be substituted. In fact, the main ingredient in fennel is anethole.

DIGESTIVE:: One of the best herbs for digestion, strengtening agni without aggravating Pitta, stopping cramping and disspeling flatulence. Fennel can be used for digestive weakness where hot spices and peppers might overheat or overstimulate. They can be taken roasted after meals, one teaspoon, by themselves or with rock salt. They combine well with cumin and coriander as tree cooling spices - Tree Seed Tea.

GAS:: Try chewing 1 tablespoon of the tasty seeds, or brew a tea with w 1 tablespoon seeds in a cup of water.

NERVES:: They are calming to the nerves, their aroma acts upon the mind and promotes mental alertness.

URINARY PROBLEMS:: They combine well with coriander. Dry-roasted it relieves pain of the testes and urinary bladder.

WOMAN:: They work to stop the griping of purgatives and can also help promote menstruation and to promote milk flow for nursing mothers. This herb has been used for centuries to promote lactation. It will also hasten a period. As a bonus, it increases libido.

ASTHMA:: Fennel contains creosol and alpha-pinene, substances that loosen lung mucus and help clear the chest, benefiting asthma. Helps bring out phlegm from the lungs.

LOWERS BLOOD PRESSURE:: Recent research shows that this spice also lowers blood pressure.

CANCER:: It is very effective for cancer patients after radiation and chemotherapy.

Sources::
The Way of Ayurvedic Herbs; Karta P.S. Khalsa, M. Tierra
The Yoga of Herbs; D. Frawley, V. Lad
Planetary Herbology; M. Tierra

by Tanya Kraljic Strgacic