Coriander is an annual herb that grows three feet high and is very aromatic. The plant (Coriandrum sativum) produces both coriander and cilantro. Coriander from the seeds while cilantro comes from the leaves of the plant. Although coriander and cilantro come from the same plant, their flavors and aromas are very different. Coriander has a green, floral and herbaceous aromatic description. Cilantro’s aromatic description is fresh, herbal and sweet, although some find it pungent.
Coriander essential oil is analgesic, antibacterial, antifungal and antioxidant. As such, the essential oil affects both the digestive and hormonal systems of the human body. In aromatherapy, coriander essential oil aids in relaxation during times of stress, irritability, and nervousness. Coriander has a sweet, herbaceous aroma is both relaxing and stimulating.
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. The essential oil is steam distilled from the seed of the coriander plant.
Coriander Essential Oil History
Cultivation of the coriander plant began in at least the second millennium BC in Greece. Coriander is mentioned twice in the Bible, in Exodus 16:31 and Numbers 11:7 where it tells us manna tasted ” like coriander seed.” Coriander seeds were even found in the tomb of Egyptian King Ramesses II.
Coriander grows wild over a wide area of Western Asia and Southern Europe. For centuries coriander was used to promote healthy digestion, relaxation, and to maintain a clear complexion.
Coriander Essential Oil Uses
Coriander essential oil is still used today to aid digestion and in soothing the body. The essential oil has a high linalool content which makes it beneficial to your skin.
- Diffuse when you need help relaxing or falling asleep.
- Inhale directly for a relaxing sensation.
- Take a few drops internally after eating large meals to assist with digestion.
- Helps maintain a healthy insulin response.
- Apply to oily skin to help maintain a clear complexion.
- Apply to the back of neck or bottom of feet to promote relaxation.
- After a workout, apply to legs for a soothing massage.
Directions for Use
You can diffuse Coriander 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 Coriander 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 Coriander oil.