Not just for cooking, my friends- this little seed also has a plethora of medicinal qualities
Coriander seed is one of those lovely spices that has a strong enough flavor to add something to a dish, but light enough that you can make a tea from it an not be overwhelmed. And the flavor's not even the best part- it's got fantastic medicinal qualities for the digestive and urinary systems!
Coriander seed is Pitta's best friend when it comes to digestive issues. Pittas have a strong digestion system, that's sometimes a little toooo strong- they often end up with an overly-acidic stomach, causing nausea, pain, and acid reflux. Just because there's lot's of acid though, doesn't mean that things are being digested well. Sometimes the system isn't working properly- maybe the proper enzymes aren't there, maybe the valves of the system aren't functioning well, and food sits in the stomach and sours with all that acid. This is a problem I had for a while, and it sucked, to say the least. It was seriously one of the most painful things I've experienced. You're stomach ends up feeling like it's been run through a pasta maker : / And coriander seed, with a couple of other spice friends, came to my rescue!
Coriander enkindles agni, the digestive fire of transformation in the body, without encouraging or increasing acidity in the stomach. This is a beautiful thing my friends! Especially for those of us suffering from digestive disorders. If you're in need of better digestion, but there's inflammation or irritation anywhere in the digestive tract, I urge you to try coriander- it can't hurt!
There are other medicinal benefits as well!
It's a carminative, so it aids in relieving gas and bloating in the digestive tract
The ground seeds help to kill worms
Cold-brewed tea made from the seeds aids in relieving painful urination due to cystitis or bladder infection
Cold-brew coriander seed tea also helps give relief from hot flashes
Seeds aid in relieving fever
Energetically, it helps in lifting the spirits when you're feeling down
Best of all, there are NO CONTRAINDICATIONS! It is absolutely safe :)
Coriander seed is pungent, bitter, and sweet, is VPK-, especially for Pitta, and has a warming energy.
This tridoshic digestive churnam, a mixture of coriander, fennel, cardamom, and cumin, is a time-tested reliever of digestive issues or upsets. You can make a tea, use it in your cooking, or both!