Coriander (Coriandrum sativum) is an annual herb that grows three feet high and is very aromatic.
Coriander seed oil is extracted from the fruit (seed) of coriander, which is from the parsley plant family. There is often some confusion between coriander and cilantro. Coriander and cilantro are similar, but have several differences.
The word “coriander” technically describes the whole plant, but depending on geography, coriander and cilantro have different descriptions. In the United Kingdom, the leaves of the plant are called coriander and the seeds are called coriander seeds. In the United States, the leaves are called cilantro and the seeds are called coriander.
Coriander seed was one of the earliest spices in the world and was used for culinary and medical purposes in Babylonian times. It was also mentioned in the Bible, and was found in tombs of pharaohs as a symbol of eternal love. Coriander is said to have its name etched in numerous Sanskrit texts dating more than 7000 years.
It is indigenous to the Mediterranean region and has been used throughout the history of various traditions both for culinary and medicinal purposes. It was prevalently used for indigestion, stomach ache, nausea and other gastrointestinal disorders.
Coriander seeds have been used for centuries to aid digestion, and is still used today for this same benefit. Coriander has a high linalool content which helps skin maintain complexion. Coriander can be soothing to the body.
Coriander’s sweet, herbaceous aroma is both relaxing and stimulating, making it a good rotation oil to use in blends to add a fresh, herbaceous note.
Scientific Research on the Benefits of Coriander Essential Oil
What does the scientific research say about the benefits of Coriander?
Well, I can’t say specifically. The FDA won’t let me because they don’t regulate essential oils. So, if you’d like to learn about the research, you have two choices:
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- Go this government website and search. You can use phrases like “coriander essential oil“. It’s quite simple and you’ll find some very interesting information.
- Take a few drops internally after eating large meals to assist with digestion.
- Apply to oily skin to maintain a clear complexion.
- Apply to the back of neck or bottom of feet to promote relaxation.
- After a short workout, apply to legs for a soothing massage.
Directions for Use
- Diffusion: Use three to four drops in the best essential oil diffuser of your choice.
- Internal use: Dilute one drop in 4 fl. oz. of liquid.
- Topical use: Apply one to two drops to desired area.
- Promotes digestion
- Helps maintain a clear complexion
- Promotes relaxation
Aromatic Description: Green, floral, herbaceous
Collection Method: Steam Distillation
Plant Part: Seed
Main Constituents: Linalool, α-pinene, γ-terpinene, camphor