Ayurveda and Spices: Coriander

 Coriander is a delicious spice with many healing benefits. It makes a great household remedy for pitta disorders, in particular those which affect the digestive or urinary systems. Those with a pitta nature or imbalance tend to have overheated digestion, such as heartburn and acid indigestion, and most digestive spices are too heating for pitta. But not coriander! It has a cooling energy that calms and soothes overheated digestive issues while simultaneously kindling digestive “fire.” Coriander is also good for flatulence, griping and bloating. Other spices with similar properties are cumin and fennel.


Coriander is the seed of the cilantro plant, which is also cooling and supports good digestion. The fresh juice of the plant can be applied externally for skin rashes, itch and inflammation.


By Dr. Marisa Jackson-Kinman, C.A.S., P.K.S., A.Y.T., Faculty at the California College of Ayurveda