Next time you feel hot and bothered,
sprinkle some cooling coriander leaves on your stir-fry or add to your juice. The seeds are also great for the
first stages of conjunctivitis and urinary tract infections. Use as an eyewash for eye redness and drink the
diuretic tea for the urinary tract. For the vast number of people
suffering from allergies such as hay fever, a daily intake of coriander leaves can often reduce symptoms.
This is attributed to the leaves natural antihistamine, vitamin C,
and bioflavonoid content, which fortifies hyper-reactive mucous
membranes. The high bioflavonoid content can also aid hemorrhoids, varicose veins, and spider veins. For cooking,
the best powder is made fresh by grinding whole seeds, lightly frying and adding to dishes. Fresh leaves can be
stored by cutting off roots, draining moisture away, and keeping them in a sealed plastic
bag in the fridge.
"Cum-an’ get it!" Perhaps the most popular spice
cooking, cumin has a rich flavor along with a wealth of medicinal
properties. Have you ever had a mix of spices offered to you
after an Indian meal? These spices, including cumin, are to help
your digestion and freshen your breath. To make your own mix at home, combine the following: 1 tsp cumin seeds, 1
seeds, 1/4 tsp ground ginger, 1/2tsp rock sugar and a pinch
of rock salt. Munch on about 1/2 tsp after a meal to ensure
Adding ground and roasted cumin or roasted cumin seeds to
dishes and drinks is the easy way to access its healing powers.
Both the black and brown cumin help to relieve gas, period
pain, and diarrhea. Taken with fennel, cumin is a popular tea
in India to increase breast milk in nursing mothers. A tea made
from the seeds is also a safe drink to give to colicky children.
For kids under six, add 1/2 tsp brown cumin seeds to 2 cups
of boiling water. Simmer uncovered until reduced to 1 cup of
water. Strain and cool to lukewarm temperature. Give 20 mls
of this warm drink to the child every hour until pain subsides.
To disguise the taste it can be mixed with peppermint tea or