Coriander essential oil (Coriandrum sativum) is from the Apiaceae or Umbelliferae (parsley) botanical family. The fresh leaves are popularly known as cilantro, although the essential oil is made by steam distilling the seeds, rather than the leaves. It has a sweet, warm, herbaceous fragrance that has soothing and calming properties on one hand and stimulating properties on the other.
History: Coriander has been cultivated for over 3000 years and is one of the oldest known herbs. The seeds were found in the ancient Egyptian tomb of Ramses II. It is said the Egyptians used coriander seeds as an aphrodisiac. It is also mentioned in ancient Greek and Latin texts and in virtually all medieval herbal publications.
In the 17th century, the French Carmelite order used Coriander seeds to lend it’s fragrance and flavor to their toilet water. Even today, it is still used in various toiletries and in liqueurs, such as Chartreuse and Benedictine, in aperitifs, in Senne syrup and the Melissa cordial – a practice that started with the Greeks and Romans, who flavoured their wine with it.
Coriander oil and powder is used in cooking to lend a subtle but delicious flavor to cakes and other foods. In India, the seeds are used in cooking for seasoning and to keep meat from spoiling too quickly. The fresh leaves are used in Mexican salsa, tacos, fajitas and other dishes to add a distinctive flavor. Eating the leaves raw cleanses the palate after eating garlic and prevents bad breath.
Coriander essential oil is known to remove toxins and stimulate circulation. Rubbing it on the body eases muscular aches, pains and stiffness. It relieves arthritis and inflammatory conditions. Due to its estrogen-like content, coriander has estrogen-like effects and helps regulate menstruation and control pain related to menstruation. Many women have found it useful during menopause. And many more when recovering from a difficult childbirth.
Research: Studies at Cairo University show that coriander lowers glucose and insulin levels and that it supports pancreatic function. It also strengthens the pancreas. In addition, it supports healthy digestive and circulatory system functions.
It may also help with arthritis, diarrhea, respiratory infections, indigestion, poor circulation, rheumatism, gout, general infections, measles, headaches, nausea, neuralgia, skin conditions such as ache, psoriasis and dermatitis, and stress.
Coriander is very high in antioxidants and has an approximate ORAC score of 2,982,996 (TE/L). TE/L is expressed as micromole Trolox equivalent per liter.
How to use: For dietary or topical use. When using as a supplement, dilute one drop in 4 fl. oz. of liquid such as soy or rice milk.
Safety Data: Coriander is generally considered non-toxic and non-irritating, however there is a possibility of irritation on sensitive skin. Cross sensitivity has been reported with fennel and anise; considered a known allergen. If pregnant or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician.
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Item No. 3527m 5ml, Coriander essential oil