Wednesday, June 08, 2011

Celebrating Cilantro

I have to admit, I am a fairly recent convert to this leafy herb.  I have only recently learned to really appreciate the distinct flavor that it brings to any dish.  I used to just leave it out of a recipe, as a matter of habit... but now that I am enjoying it, I am seeking out recipes that call for it. 

And, I have just learned, through reading the April 2010 issue of Health Magazine, that it also has many health benefits, too.

Here are 4 they list:
  1. Cilantro is a natural diuretic.  It will help reduce bloat, aid digestion, and prevent nausea.
  2. Cilantro's essential oils kill salmonella and E.coli.
  3. Cilantro has anti-inflammatory properties.  You can ease sore joints and muscles by applying a mixture of chopped cilantro and aloe vera gel to the affected area.
  4. The oils in cilantro sooth irritated skin.  A mask made from a blended mixture of avocado, lemon juice, cilantro, and avocado oil will calm and hydrate.
Featured Recipes using this herb:


  1. Elle,

    I LOVE cilantro and had no idea of it's awesome health promoting properties! Thanks so much for sharing! :)

  2. I was surprised to learn thse things too.

  3. Thanks for the info on cilantro! You know, that picture of you on Foodbuzz was the first I'd ever seen of you, it took me a minute to make the connection! For some reason it won't let me follow this blog, so I'll be seeing you on your other one!


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