Coriander essential oil
Coriander or Chinese parsley or cilantro, in Spanish (Coriandrum sativum, L. 1753), is an annual herbaceous species of the Apiaceae family. It is native to the East and, in Europe, is grown in England, France, Holland and in some areas of Italy.
It is a small plant that stands out for its particularly unpleasant odor or, at least, not appreciated by many. To emphasize the bad smell of the plant, coriander is also known as “bedbug”.
The fresh ripe fruits give off a really unpleasant smell; once dried, on the other hand, they do not emit bad odors. The person responsible for the odor is an active ingredient present in the essential oil, d-linalool; in addition to this active ingredient, in the essence of coriander we also find limonene, fellandrene, pinene, camphor and borneol.
Coriander fruits are used to prepare liqueurs and its extract is also used to prepare cold cuts, sausages, sauces and curries, and to flavor tobacco.
Coriander essential oil leaves an intense, sweet and sour fragrance at the same time.
The essential essence of Coriander is obtained by steam distillation of both seeds and leaves.
Coriander essential oil is used in aromatherapy for the following properties: digestive, anti-inflammatory, antifermentative, circulation stimulants, analgesic, anti-rheumatic, exciting, aphrodisiac, heating.
Due to its therapeutic properties, Coriander essential oil is used for the treatment of: digestive difficulties, heartburn, aerophagia, colitis, diarrhea, cystitis, menstrual pain, arthrosis, muscle pain.
It would also seem that the essential oil of Coriander acts on a psychological level to stimulate sexual desire, strengthen memory, remove stress and help overcome vertigo and dizziness.
This active ingredient can be applied topically for muscle and joint pains; in this case it is necessary to prepare coriander-based compresses to be applied directly on the painful area. The pack must be left to act for 5 minutes before removing the bandage and repeating with a second compress.
With the same criterion it can be used to stimulate blood circulation, bringing relief to tired legs and removing local pain; in this case, a 20% diluted massage oil must be prepared, applied to the painful area and massaged until completely absorbed.
Coriander essential oil can be used for internal use.
With this system, 1-2 drops of coriander essence must be taken diluted in a teaspoon of honey or almond oil: the mixture is dispersed in a glass of water and taken twice a day, for 7 days. The remedy is useful for promoting digestion, preventing intestinal fermentation and colitis.
In any case, before taking the essence by mouth, consult your doctor.
Coriander essential oil can be taken by inhalation (environmental diffusion or dry inhalation) and is useful for removing anxiety and stress. In this case, to adjust the fragrance, we recommend mixing the coriander oil with other essences such as: Bergamot, Incense, Citronella, Ginger or Clary Sage.
Regarding the contraindications, remember that at exaggerated doses, the essence of coriander can cause excitement and intoxication-like symptoms, followed by mood depression.
Furthermore Coriander essential oil is contraindicated during pregnancy and lactation and should not be given to small children.
For this reason the essence should be used sparingly and by competent persons, as it can cause serious poisoning.