Both cilantro and coriander come from the coriander plant (Coriandrum sativum), an aromatic, annual herb that grows three feet high. The word cilantro is Spanish for coriander. Cilantro essential oil is steam distilled from the leaves of the plant and has powerful cleansing and detoxifying properties. In aromatherapy, cilantro helps cleanse and freshen the air.
Although cilantro and coriander come from the same plant, their flavors and aromas are very different. Cilantro comes from the leaves of the plant while coriander from the seeds. Cilantro has a fresh, herbal and sweet aromatic description. Coriander’s aromatic description is green, floral and herbaceous.
The fresh, herbal aroma of cilantro essential oil makes it great for cooking. In fact, all parts of the plant are edible, but the fresh leaves and the dried seeds are the parts most often used in cooking for many cuisines throughout the world.
Cilantro Essential Oil History
The culinary uses and additional benefits of Cilantro have been documented for centuries. Cultivation of the cilantro plant began in at least the second millennium BC in Greece. Cilantro grows wild over a wide area of Western Asia and Southern Europe. For centuries Cilantro was used to promote healthy digestion, relaxation, and to maintain a clear complexion.
Cilantro Essential Oil Uses
Besides digestion, cilantro acts as a powerful cleanser and detoxifier for the body. Applied topically, cilantro is very soothing and cooling to the skin, and it adds a fresh, herbal aroma to any essential oil blend when diffused. Cilantro’s culinary uses are endless, adding a flavorful twist to meats, salads, dips, and guacamole.
- Add to stir fries, salads, and dips to experience cilantro’s distinct flavor.
- Place two drops in a veggie capsule for a cleansing and detoxifying effect.
- Diffuse with citrus essential oils for a fresh, herbal aroma.
- Assists with digestion after over-indulging in a meal.
Directions for Use
You can diffuse cilantro essential oil, rub it on your skin and take it internally.
- Diffusion: Use three to four drops in the diffuser of your choice.
- Internal: Dilute one drop in 4 fl. oz. of liquid. You can also place two drops in a Veggie Capsule and take with water. When cooking, use only a drop or two as a little goes a long way.
- Topically: Apply one to two drops to the desired area. You may want to dilute with Fractionated Coconut Oil or other natural oil to minimize any skin sensitivity.
As with all essential oils, please be aware of possible skin sensitivity. Keep cilantro essential oil out of the reach of children. Avoid contact with eyes, inner ears, and sensitive areas. If you are pregnant, nursing, or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician before using cilantro essential oil.