Coriander Leaf Oil
Botanical Name: Coriandrum sativum
Common Method of Extraction: Steam Distillation
Parts Used: Leaves
Note Classification: Middle
Aroma: Strength of the initial aroma is medium. The aroma of the oil is spicy, woody, fruity, sweet and herbaceous.
Largest Producing Countries: The origin of coriander is believed to be south Europe. It is now widely cultivated all over the world for its greens leaves. The seed production is mainly done in India and in countries like Morocco, Canada, Romania, Russia, Ukraine, Turkey, Egypt, China, US, Argentina and Mexico.
Traditional Use: Coriander is mainly cultivated as a rabi crop in India. It requires cool climate during growth and warm dry climate during seed maturity. It can be cultivated in all types of soils but will prosper on well drained loamy soils. It is cultivated in all over India but the main production is concentrated in states like Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Assam, Gujarat and Andhra Pradesh.
Even though Coriander leaf oil is widely used for food flavouring the health benefits of the oil are numerous. It is mainly used to support the digestive and hormonal systems. It eases stomach upsets and helps in healthy insulin response. It soothes joint and muscle discomfort and it helps in toning and rejuvenating the skin. The coriander plant has a long history of use dating back to the Neolithic age. The mention of coriander is there in ancient Sanskrit texts, Old Testament and Egyptian papyrus scrolls. It has been cultivated in Greece since the second millennium. The sseds of coriander has been in use in Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine. The leaves are are traditionally used for common digestive problems like gastrointestinal spasms, dyspepsia, and is widely used as an appetite booster. It acts as a stomachic, carminative and spasmolytic because of its high oil content and can be applied externally to the chest to treat cough and chest pains. Coriander oil is used for making medicinal teas in Germany and is also present in many laxative and carminative remedies. The oil is also used to flavour different kinds of liquor like gin like Chartreuse and Benedictine.
Blends Well With: Coriander essential oil blends well with Bergamot, Cinnamon, Clary Sage, Cypress, Ginger, and Sandalwood essential oils. It also blends well with oregano, bergamot and cilantro essential oil.
Of Interest: The seed oil of coriander is known as coriander seed oil or coriander oil. The oil extracted from the leaf is commonly referred to as either cilantro oil, cilantro leaf oil or coriander leaf essential oil. The oil extracted from the leaf is refreshing and inspiring oil. It is used for aiding digestion and in assisting with aches, arthritis and pain.
Safety Data: As a safety measure do not take any oils internally and never apply undiluted essential oils directly onto the skin without consulting a qualified aromatherapy practitioner. Use oil under proper guidance from a qualified aromatherapy practitioner if you are pregnant, epileptic, having liver damage, cancer or any other medical condition. Extreme caution should be taken when you are using oil on children and always read the recommended dilution ratio for children.