Cilantro (Coriandrum Sativum L.) is extensively used around the world as a condiment to garnish and add flavor to various culinary dishes. In ancient Greece, cilantro essential oil was used for making perfume, while the Romans used it to mask the odor of rotting meat.
One of the most effective natural cleansing herbs, cilantro is excellent for a heavy metal detox. In a study, after consuming large and regular amounts of cilantro, many people reported a reduction in the feeling of disorientation resulting from mercury poisoning. Cilantro’s strong antioxidant activity decreases oxidative stress. It is also useful in managing diabetes as it helps lower blood sugar levels.[3,4]
Cilantro For Anxiety
Anxiety affects one-eighth of the world’s population. It is a normal response of the body to increased stress levels causing nervousness, apprehension, fear and worrying. If left unchecked, anxiety can lead to all sorts of disorders and may trigger symptoms such as palpitations, chest pain, tension, irritability, headaches and sleep disturbances.
Experimental studies show that cilantro exhibits anti-anxiety activity. The anxiolytic activity (anxiety-relieving) of cilantro is associated with its essential oil content and flavonoids. Linalool, an essential oil in cilantro, calms the central nervous system, has anticonvulsant properties (reduces the severity and frequency of seizures in various types of epilepsy).[5,6] Cilantro also improves sleep quality, which further keeps anxiety in control.
How To Take It
- Chop 2-3 sprigs of fresh cilantro finely. Put them in a tea infuser and place it in a teacup. Pour boiling water over it and steep for 10 minutes. Have this twice daily to ease anxiety.
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