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Coriandrum sativum

Latin Name: Coriandrum sativum
English Name: Coriander
Sanskrit / Indian Names: Dhanyaka, Kustumburi

An annual herb, with small, white or pinkish purple flowers borne on compound terminal umbels.
The aromatic odor and taste of coriander fruits is due to an essential oil. The chief constituent of the oil is coriandrol. The fruits are considered anti-microbial, astringent, carminative, diuretic, tonic, stomachic, antibilious, refrigerant and aphrodisiac.

An infusion of the seeds is useful in flatulence, indigestion, vomiting and other intestinal disorders; it is also used in bleeding piles, rheumatism, neuralgia, caphalagia, and locally, in eye-infection. The dried seeds are reported to possess diuretic and aphrodisiac properties.