Coriander (Cilantro)

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Description

Coriander is native to South-Eastern Europe and grown extensively all over Europe, the Middle East, China, India, and Turkey. In the West is it is recognized as Cilantro. This herbaceous plant grows up to 2 feet in height with branching stems, featuring deep green soft, hairless bi or tri-lobed leaves. The mature plant bears small light pink colored flowers that subsequently turn into globular or oval-shaped fruits (seeds). The seeds measure about 4-6 mm in diameter with a central hollow cavity containing two vertical vittae containing important essential oils.

Coriander seeds can be ready for harvest when the plant turns brown and it’s leaves begin to dry and fall. Immature seeds are light green and taste bitter. To harvest, the crop is cut, tied in small bundles, and sun-dried for several days. Traditionally, and to separate the seeds, either the sheaves are beaten with stick or a lightweight roller is used to wear off the pods.

Uses

Coriander essential oil is favored for:

  • Aperitif – Coriander essential oil is favored to stimulate the appetite and may be helpful for those suffering from anorexia.
  • Analgesic – This oil’s analgesic properties may assist in reducing pain and discomfort such as muscle aches and strains.
  • Aphrodisiac – Coriander essential oil has been said to have aphrodisiac-like effects, promoting sexual feelings.
  • Nausea – Coriander is used for reducing or alleviating nausea or vomiting.

 

Additional Information

Weight 0.5oz
Botanical NameCoriandrum sativum
Method of ExtractionSteam Distillled
Plant Parts UsedSeeds
OriginRussia
Blends Well WithBergamot, Cinnamon, Clary Sage, Cypress, Ginger, and Sandalwood essential oils.
Aromatic ScentWoody, spicy, sweet

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How to use

For itchy skin, add 4 to 5 drops of Coriander essential oil to warm bath water and soak. You may also apply this oil directly to the affected areas. • As an anti-inflammatory, and to help relieve discomfort, mix several drops with your favorite carrier oil such as avocado or almond, and massage into skin over the affected areas. • Mouthwash – Add a few drops to a glass of warm water, swish in mouth and rinse. Do not swallow. • As an expectorant, blend several drops with carrier oil and massage generously into the chest and throat. In addition, inhale from a vaporizer, diffuser or from a cloth to help ease congestion.

Useful tips

Mix with Cinnamon oil to maintain a healthy insulin response.