Coriander Seed is an extremely versatile herb. Coriander seed has healing properties for many parts of the body. For skin, it contains cineole and linoleic acid that both possess anti-arthritic, and antirheumatic properties. These components work to reduce swelling and discomfort from these conditions. Another area of inflammation that benefits from this herb is swelling due to kidney problems.
For the stomach, coriander helps with nausea, vomiting and ulcers. It is also gives protection from salmonella which attacks the intestines. It stimulates digestive juices and aids digestion and peristaltic motion. This powerful herb assists in reducing blood pressure. It stimulates the production of acetylcholine which relaxes the blood vessels. This, in turn, reduces the probability of heart attacks and strokes. Coriander stimulates the endocrine glands which increases the output of insulin and thus stabilises the metabolism of sugar in the blood stream. This is a powerful tool for fighting diabetes.
Finally, coriander is said to be an aphrodisiac and along with other herbs can heighten the libido.
Fennel Seed facilitates weight-loss by suppressing the appetite while increasing the metabolism and acts as a natural appetite suppressant. Fennel seeds are also mildy diuretic, anti-oxidant as well as anti-spasmodic
Fennel seed is rich in minerals. Copper and iron for the production of red blood cells, potassium for regulation of cells, body fluids, blood pressure and heart rate. Manganese for the production of superoxide dismutase, which is a powerful anti-oxide.
Whole Cloves are anti-septic, anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-flatulent. White cloves also contain Eugenol which is responsible for the sweet and aromatic fragrance of the herb. Eugenol also has anaesthetic properties and is often used in dentistry. This fragrant herb also facilitates digestion and relieves constipation.
Anise Seed contains anethole which is responsible for the flavour and fragrance. Other compounds found in Anise seed as estragol, p-anisaldehyde, anise alcohol, acetophenone, pinene, and limonene. In addition, the herb contains vitamin C, vitamin A, and a broad spectrum of B vitamins including pyridoxine which is B-6 and increases the levels of GABA in the brain. Minerals are also found in Anise seed. Iron, calcium, copper, potassium, magnesium, manganese, and zinc. For example, 100g of dry seed contains up to 462%of the daily iron requirement. Copper, manganese and zinc stimulate vital enzymes such as C-oxidase and superoxide dismutase which are vital in the production of red blood cells among other things.