Dr. Michael H. Alderman former president of the American Society of Hypertension after an 8 year study, found those in the lowest sodium consuming quartile had more than four times as many heart attacks as those on normal sodium diets.
The Carrot Family (Umbilliferae): Plants of the Airy Element
Symbolising: Love, Well-Being and Intelligence
In the United States the fresh plant is called cilantro and the tiny dried fruit is called coriander. In many other parts of the world both plant and seed are called coriander.
Random Tidbits (not necessarily factual)
- One of the longest recorded histories of all the spices-one of the medicinal plants mentioned in the Medical Papyrus of Thebes (written in 1552 BC)
- According to Pliny: “the best (Coriander) came from Egypt,”and from thence no doubt the Israelites gained their knowledge of its properties.
- When the Children of Israel were nourished by manna in the wilderness they claimed it was…”as coriander seed.” And the people went about, and gathered it, and ground it in mills, or beat it in a mortar, and baked it in pans and made cakes of it ; and the taste of it was as the taste of fresh oil.”
- Coriander is an ingredient in absinthe
- Used to be made into a coriander ale as the volatile oils are extracted more readily by alcohol than water.
- In 17th century Paris-it was the principal ingredient in Eau de Carnes a concoction used as liqueur or a cologne.
- The Africans are said to have called this herb by a similar name goid, which Gesenius derives from a verb gadad, signifying ‘to cut,’ in allusion to the furrowed appearance of the fruit.
- Originally in the northern countries of Europe, the chief consumption of coriander seed was in flavoring certain alcoholic liquors (gin). For which purpose it was largely grown in Essex.
- Veterinary surgeons employ it as a drug for cattle and horses.
- The Chinese believed the seeds had the power of conferring immortality.
- Turner says (1551): “Coriandre layd to wyth breade or barly mele is good for Saynt Antonyes fyre”
- Fruits and leaves posses totally different flavor and cannot be used as substitute for each other.
- It’s name (Greek koris) means bug and it has been used planted around gardens to repel bugs (it can also be made into a spray for bug repellent).
- Re-establishes harmony between the functions of blood and nerves and therefore cheers up and satisfies heart and mind.
- Was grown in the Hanging Gardens of Babylon.
- If used too freely the seeds become narcotic.
- The Hungarians called it cig¡nypetrezselyem “gypsies’ parsley”
Extra Pungent and Powerful…
“It is truth, garlic gives man youth.”
–cry of 5th century Greek garlic street hawkers
Allium sativum has been called many things from bountiful bulb to poor man’s treacle
Liliaceae: Lily Family. The other members of this family-the onion and leek, also contain many of the same compounds that are in garlic to a lesser degree and are therefore used quite similarly in most cases.
Garlic is the name given to the leek (herb) with gar (spear) shaped leaves and phallic flowers. Perhaps referring to the belief that garlic imparts warlike properties and raises passion. Its Latin name Allium sativum is derived from al = burning, sativum= harvested. It is uncertain exactly where it originated but it is believed to be from either Central Asia and/or Siberia.
William Harvey who published a revolutionary book The Motion of Blood in 1628, was intrigued by a folk remedy for colds which placed a clove of garlic in the stockings overnight. This generally led to the smell of garlic on the patient’s breath the next morning, and reinforced his ideas of how blood circulated around the body. The other well-known connection between garlic and blood is the herb’s traditional property of repelling vampires.
Garlic was also reported to destroy a magnet’s power of attraction. Galen described it as the rustic’s theriac, (meaning heal-all or antidote to poison). Garlic has been used for thousands of years for both culinary and medicinal purposes all over the world.