Coriander Essential Oil
Coriander Essential Oil Latin name: Coriandrum sativum
Synonyms: Chinese parsley
Plant family: Apiaceae
Extraction: Distillation of the seeds
Origin: Egypt, Europe, mainly France
Plant characteristics: A strongly aromatic herb about 1 metre high with bright green, feathery leaves and small white flowers. The flowers are followed by round, brown seeds, which are distilled to obtain the essential oil.
Coriander Essential Oil characteristics: A pale yellow liquid with an orange-fruity aroma and a hint of anise.
Traditional use: Mainly for digestive conditions and emotional distress.
Coriander Essential Oil blends well with: Grapefruit, Mandarin, Fennel and Ginger.
Cautions and comments: Although the oil is weakly cyto-toxic, there are no known contra-indications in normal aromatherapy use. Experimentally Coriander is anti-inflammatory and hypoglycaemic and is used by the Chinese for diabetes as well as measles and gastroenteritis.
Main chemical constituents: Alcohols (60% – 80%), terpenes (20%).
How to Use
4-5 drops in bath, on tissue or in a vaporiser. 15 drops in 50ml carrier.
WARNING – do not apply undiluted or internally. Keep away from children and eyes. Store in a cool, dark place.