By Sheetal Maurya
Cilantro aka ‘Coriander’ or ‘Dhaniya’ is a must-have spice in our kitchens. No Indian cuisine is complete without a generous sprinkle of cilantro. The cilantro plant can grow up to a height of 1 or 2 feet and contains dark green delicate leaves. It has a pungent flavor and exotic fragrance. It can be eaten in raw or cooked form both. Apart from its culinary features, it has various medicinal properties that can do wonders to our body. Ancient Greeks would use cilantro essential oil as a primary ingredient in perfumes. Let see various health, hair and beauty benefits of our humble Dhaniya now!
A Great Metal Detoxifier
Our body takes in various unwanted metals due to non-organic food, adulterated fruits and vegetable, unpurified water, smoking, cooking in aluminum vessels etc. Such metals can cause serious problems like cancer, and diseases of the heart, kidney and lungs. To avoid such situations, you can boil a handful of cilantro in a glass of water until it remains half and take it in the morning.
Also, you could add cilantro juice to cucumber juice to reap more health benefits and to make it more palatable. Cilantro has various chemical compounds that react to toxic metals and loosen out them from the tissues. It is very helpful for kidney stone patients.
Cures Menstrual Disorders
Cilantro has very effective acids that help to control the proper secretion of hormones and prevent menstrual disorders. For this, soak cilantro leaves or seeds overnight and consume them in the morning to fetch maximum benefits.
Cilantro is able to produce digestive enzymes as well as more digestive juices. It is a good source of roughage and fiber that help in relieving gastrointestinal problems.
Controls Hair Fall and Boosts Shine
Cilantro juice is a rich source of essential vitamins and proteins that help reduce hair fall, promote hair growth and add shine to it. You can make a paste of cilantro leaves by using few drops of water and extracting the juice. Apply this juice on your scalp and hair. Shampoo your hair after an hour. This pack should be used twice a week for 3 weeks for effective results. You can also infuse your hair oil with cilantro seeds. You can also prepare a hair rinse by boiling a bunch of cilantro leaves in water and cooling it.
A Natural, Internal Deodorant
Cilantro is the best internal deodorant as it is blessed with a large amount of chlorophyll that can remove excess bacteria from the body. Due to its high oxygen content, it can also inhibit bacteria, leaving the body detoxicated from inside and outside. This herb helps to keep the body deodorized and smell pleasant.
Panacea of All Skin Woes
Cilantro juice is very effective in removing blackheads and acne. For this purpose, you can mix 1 teaspoon of cilantro juice with 1 teaspoon of lime juice. Apply it on the affected areas and leave for an hour. Wash it off with warm water. Cilantro has anti-fungal, antiseptic, anti-microbial agents that can even treat dermatitis and eczema.
Boon for Oily Skin
Cilantro can absorb excess oil from the face. If you have oily skin, you can apply cilantro juice on your face and wash it off after an hour.
Cilantro is a rich source of antioxidant, Vitamin A and Vitamin C that can prevent skin cell damage and fight free radical, thus preventing early signs of ageing such as wrinkles, pigmentation and sagging skin.
Lightens Dark Lips
As stated above, Cilantro has agents to reduce pigmentation. So, if you are suffering from dark lips you can regularly apply cilantro juice on your lips to lighten their color and get a perfect soft pink lips.
Isn’t it unbelievable how this humble coriander that we get just for rupees ten can offer so many benefits to our skin, hair and health. It’s about time we increased its intake. What do you think? :))
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