Essential Oil Coriander (15 mL)
Essential Oil Coriander
Coriander essential oil is extracted from the seeds of coriander with the help of steam distillation. The scientific name of Coriander is Coriandrum Sativum. Coriander essential oil consists of compounds like Borneol, Cineole, Cymene, Dipentene, Linalool, Phellandrene, Pinene, Terpineol and Terpinolene, and these are the causes behind its medicinal properties.
Coriander is famous worldwide as a spice, and we are aware of some its medicinal properties as well, such as its digestive and stomachic properties. But seldom do we care to know about its other health benefits, those mainly enjoyed when its essential oil is used.
Coriander essential oil (Coriandrum sativum L.) is not a very well-known oil. Related to cilantro essential oil (which comes from the leaves of the same plant), it’s steam distilled from the seeds of the plant. Its aroma is woody, spicy, and a little sweet.
Many people use it for food flavoring, but the health benefits of cilantro oil are also numerous. It’s primarily used to support the digestive and hormonal systems. Aromatically, it may be act as either a stimulant for physical energy or a relaxant for bad moods.
HISTORY OF USE
Coriander seed oil is extracted from the fruit (seed) of coriander (Coriandum sativum L.), which is from the parsley plant family. However, there might be 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. However, in India, it is called dhania.
Coriander seed is considered one of the earliest spices in the world. It 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.1
Coriander seed oil’s colour is clear to pale yellow colour and has a medium consistency. It emits a pungent yet sweet, woody fragrance.
Since coriander is a known spice, coriander seed oil is used to enhance the flavours of confectionery, seasoning, and sodas. It’s also used as a flavouring agent for tobaccos, gin, and liquors.
Coriander seed oil is also making a name outside the kitchen. A clinical study from Germany’s University of Hamburg Medical Center was made and confirmed that an ointment blended with six percent coriander seed oil helps treat athlete’s foot.
Because of its strong, sweet aroma and fresh vibe, coriander oil is also a valued ingredient in perfumes and soaps.
Coriander has a sweet, warm fragrance that is calming and gently uplifting. Dilute when using topically, then apply directly to target areas.
- Promotes digestion and eases stomach upset
- Aids in a healthy insulin response
- Soothes joint and muscle discomfort
- Toning and rejuvenating to the skin
Coriander seed oil has many health benefits, which are attributed to its properties, such as:
- Aphrodisiac – Ancient Egyptians used it in love potions. Its aphrodisiac property was even mentioned in Arabian Nights. Today, it is used to increase sexual drive. Coriander seed contains phyto-estrogen, which is in charge for stimulating sexual passion. It also helps with erectile dysfunction and temporary impotence.
- Antibacterial – Coriander seed oil acts as deodorant by eliminating bad breath as well as body odor. It inhibits the odor-causing bacteria in the mouth and sweat glands.
- Carminative and Digestive – This essential oil eases digestive issues such as indigestion, upset stomach, and flatulence. Recent study also shows that coriander seed oil helps fight bacteria that cause food poisoning.
- Analgesic – Coriander seed oil also aids in reducing pain. It can be used to treat toothache, muscle pain, and menstrual pain.
- Stimulant – This essential oil acts as stimulant for people who are feeling low. It also has a calming effect on those who suffered shock or trauma.
- Anti-spasmodic – Coriander seed oil is widely used by athletes because it helps relieve muscle spasm and cramps.
Coriander oil contains estrogen, which helps women overcome menstrual pain. Many women also find this essential oil helpful during their menopausal stage.
Hippocrates, the famous ancient Greek healer known as the ‘Father of Medicine’ was said to have used and recommended coriander for its many varied health benefits. Once upon a time, it was even routinely used to treat small pox.
Popular for its anti-inflammatory properties, coriander has historically been a go-to for helping to remedy a laundry list of ailments including diarrhea, mouth ulcers, anemia, indigestion, menstrual disorders, conjunctivitis, skin disorders, blood sugar disorders, eye problems, osteoporosis, arthritis, rheumatism, headaches, muscle pain and general stiffness.
Recently, even more benefits have been found. Using coriander has been called a “gateway to health” because it’s so nutritious. It’s truly a foundational food.
Coriander has potent liver-supporting properties and is an excellent source of phytonutrients and flavonoids. Coriander is a also a phenomenal source of potassium, calcium, manganese, iron and magnesium. It’s also high in vitamins: folic acid, riboflavin, niacin, vitamin A, beta carotene and a generous dose of vitamins C, A and K — all essential for optimal health, all found in coriander seed.
Caution: NEVER USE INTERNALLY without consulting professional medical help
- Not recommended for pregnant women and infants.
Individuals with serious and chronic health issues should consult an expert prior to using oils.
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