Coriander seeds Coriandrum salium
Coriander's main reputation lies with its ability to support the digestive system. Coriander is said to soothe the stomach of both adults and colicky babies. Coriander Seed is considered a carminative that will help prevent gas from forming in the intestines and will also help expel wind from the bowels. In addition, Coriander is believed to allay the "griping" (pain and grumbling in the bowels) often associated with other laxatives. As an antispasmodic, Coriander is thought to help relieve diarrhea and ease abdominal cramps. Coriander contains substances that are antibacterial and antifungal, helping to prevent infections from developing in wounds. Topically applied, the essential oil in Coriander has been used to ease the pain of rheumatic joints, sore muscles, neuralgia, and sciatica, which appear to attest to its anti-inflammatory reputation.