Magical Properties of Cilantro
Cilantro is considered an herb and a spice (see previous entry on the differences between herbs and spices). The leaves and stems are commonly known as cilantro, while the fruits (commonly known as seeds), which are usually toasted and ground before added to food, are known as coriander. In the UK, coriander is the all-purpose name used for both the leaves and stems of the plant, as well as the fruits.
Coriander/Cilantro, also known as Chinese parsley, is from Asia and Africa. Like rosemary, its element is fire and its energy is masculine. The ruling planet is Mars. Its powers include love, health and healing. Powdered coriander is added to wine to increase lust.
In Iran it is used in folk medicine as a way of reducing anxiety. In India, coriander and cumin seeds are steeped together in a tea, which is then drunk as a digestive aid. It reduces cramps and flatulence.