Coriander or cilantro has been used for centuries in Ayurveda and Siddha preparations. The anti-inflammatory properties of this leaf has made it popular in various scientific studies as well. Not only does coriander leaf stop the breeding of bacteria, but it also soothes and treats inflammation due to bacterial infections. In addition, coriander leaf can also work as a body coolant and prevent ailments due to excess body heat.
This study reveals the methanol extract of Coriander sativum has potential in the management of microbial infections. The extract seemed to possess antimicrobial effects against E.coli, Salmonella sp and Shigella sp.
Prabhakar, K., Rajendran, S., Uma, B. & Sarayu, L. U., 2009. Antimicrobial Activity and Phytochemical Analysis of Coriander sativum Against Infectious Diarrhea. Ethnobotanical Leaflets, Volume 13, pp. 590-94.
A study found both the leaves and seed to contain antioxidants, but the leaves were found to have a stronger effect. Chemicals derived from coriander leaves were found to have anti-bacterial activity against Salmonella choleraesuis…
Parmar, N. & Rawat, M., 2012. Medicinal plants used as Antimicrobial agents : A review. International Research Journal of Pharmacy, 3(1).
Read the recipe below to see how coriander or cilantro can be used to treat UTI (Urinary tract infections).
- 8-10 Stalks Cilantro / Coriander leaves
- 1 tablespoon Parsley
- 1 small piece Fresh ginger
- 150 ml Water
- Take the said ingredients. You can use fresh or dried parsley depending on availability. Fresh coriander is key for this recipe.
- Peel and chop ginger into small pieces.
- Wash coriander leaves and chop them. Ensure you remove the roots.
- Place chopped ginger in a blender.
- Add chopped coriander leaves to the blender.
- Add dried parsley.
- Pour 150 ml water to blend the ingredients well.
- Pour the extract into a glass (need not strain) and drink!