You see this picture? It pains me. Deep down to my very soul. Why? The acrid odor filling my kitchen. Even worse- the FLAVOR. Oh the terrible flavor!
You see, I am a part of a rather large group of people who DESPISES cilantro. Apparently there’s some sort of gene that makes you either deeply adore the flavor or be completely repulsed by it. Now, I love the IDEA of it. Cilantro really is such a gift- it gently chelates heavy metals like mercury, lead, and aluminum from the body. It contains phytochemicals that are antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral, shown in studies to destroy salmonella and the common cold. It’s anti-inflammatory, and anti-oxidant. Studies have shown it fights various forms of cancer. It’s been shown to have a calming effect, and be beneficial for sleep and anxiety.
So how do you get the benefits if you don’t particularly look forward to eating it?
My husband got the DTaP shot last year, so I promptly put him on a regimen of encapsulated cilantro to detox the aluminum, glutaraldehyde, formaldehyde, polysorbate 80, and mercury found in the shot. Pills are nice, but they do get pricey. And because they are dried and not fresh, you can lose some of the potency over time.
My daughter was also recently lead poisoned from the trim, doors, and bathtub in our home, which led me to try to find an easy way to administer the cilantro to her.
So on my last trip to Woodmans, I bought a giant bunch of fresh organic cilantro. It was really cheap. I’m not about to ruin perfectly good food by seasoning it with the herb, so I figured- hey, why not juice it? Then I can take a quick shot of it with a chaser every day and be done with it. (Honestly, I’d rather do a shot of cheap vodka than a shot of cilantro, but so be it.)
I added a bit of fresh pineapple to liven up the flavor a bit, and it surprisingly ended up making quite a bit of juice. Enzymes, phytochemicals, and good bacteria all intact, love it. I decided to store some in my fridge, and then make frozen cubes with the rest of it to preserve it long term. I love using this preservation method with juices, infusions, herbs, and even my homemade elderberry syrup. (You should see my husband’s face when he goes to the freezer hoping for ice cubes and all he finds is elderberry cubes. He’s probably going to hate me when he sees my new concoction. Ha! Oh, I adore you Matt- sorry!!)
So now I have a long-term supply of concentrated, healing cilantro juice. I made another juice with fresh pineapple and cucumber, and added a bit of the cilantro to it for my daughter. As you can see, she LOVES it. Bottoms up!
Megan Normansell (Kerkhoff), CHC, AADP, CFH
Certified Holistic Practitioner/Holistic Nutrition/Herbalist/Wild Edibles Guide
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