Cilantro has been used in food and traditional medicine for thousands of years. The bright, citrusy herb contains antioxidants, such as linalool, that have anti-inflammatory properties. Modern research methods are discovering support for some of the health claims attributed to this plant.
Some health benefits of cilantro may include:
- Brain Health
- Reduced Anxiety
- Blood Sugar Management
- Prevent Foodborne Illnesses
Fresh cilantro is often paired with lime as an addition to curries, soups, and Asian dishes. Although both the leaves and stems are edible, the stems have a somewhat bitter flavor. Many people prefer to cut the leaves from the plant before adding to recipes or to chop and add the stems sparingly.
Prevention Magazine (June 2022) and Amy Rothenberg, N.D. show us some favorite home uses.
Linalool also has anti-bacterial properties, so use this exfoliant on acne-prone skin to reduce oil buildup. With a mortar and pestle, crush 4 to 5 springs cilantro with 1 to 3 tsp lime juice. Stir in 2 Tbsp regular table salt and add a few drops of your favorite essential oil such as grapefruit or eucalyptus oil. Massage into your T-zone in a circular motion. Rinse and pat dry. This recipe makes enough for one use. If you have sensitive skin, do a patch test first.
GENTLE LIQUID SOAP
This cleanser is mild on skin. Blend together 1 cup cilantro leaves (stems removed) and 2 Tbsp honey. Stir in 2 Tbsp grain flour such as oat, brown rice or quinoa (not wheat and 2 tsp fragrance-free or unscented liquid soap such as castile soap. Store in the refrigerator in a lidded glass jar; it keeps for about 2 to 3 weeks.
Cilantro Lime & Mustard Dressing
- 2 cups olive oil
- 4 cloves garlic peeled
- 2-3 Tbsp fresh lime juice
- 1-2 tsp spicy whole grain mustard or to taste
- 1-1 ½ cups cilantro leaves stems removed
- Blend all ingredients to a smooth consistency.
- Store excess in a lidded glass jar in the refrigerator for up to 2 months.