Hot tea (traditional preparation)
Brewed coriander tea can help treat colds, fevers, nausea, diarrhea, menstrual cramps and
- Toast 1 cup of coriander seeds.
- Boil the seeds in 3 cups of water for 15 to 20 minutes.
- Strain the liquid only, and drink.
- You can also add ginger, paspanguwa, venivel and peppercorns to give your drink an
extra boost. You can drink the tea with a small piece of jaggery.
Coriander seed water
- To relieve pain and inflammation: Soak a tablespoon of coriander seeds in half a cup of
hot water overnight. Drink this on an empty stomach in the morning, before tea, coffee
- To relieve irritation in the urinary tract infection: Soak 2 teaspoons of coriander seeds in
a glass of water overnight and drink this with 1 teaspoon of fennel seeds, on an empty
Poultice or warm compress
Coriander seeds can be used externally as a poultice or compress to treat arthritis, joint pain,
menstrual cramps and headaches
- Warm 2-3 tablespoons of coriander seeds in 3 tablespoons of oil.
- Crush the seeds with a mortar and pestle to make a paste
- Scoop mixture into a warm, moist cheese cloth or cotton gauze fabric and tie a knot in
- Place on areas where pain relief is necessary.
- Good-quality coriander seeds are yellow/brown and should release a pleasant, slightly
peppery or spicy flavour when squeezed. Light green seeds are bitter in taste.
- Toasting coriander seeds brings out a richer flavor.
- Store seeds in a cool, dry, dark place, in airtight containers. This way, they stay well for
- Coriander is a member of the same plant family as caraway, dill weed, fennel and
mugwort. If you are allergic to these types of spices, you may have some sensitivity or
be allergic to coriander.