Botanical Name: Coriandrum Sativum
Common Method of Extraction: Steam Distillation
Parts Used: The leaf of coriander is used for direct consumption. The oil is extracted from the seeds or dry fruits.
Note Classification: Middle
Aroma: The aroma is a combination of odours. It has a woody aroma yet it is sweet, musky and spicy. It adds freshness to the product it blends with.
Largest Producing Countries: The largest manufacturer of coriander oil is Egypt. Other countries are Ukraine, Mexico and Russia.
Traditional Use: There is proper documentation of the use of coriander oil during the ancient times. Ancient Egypt and China were known to use this oil. Corainder seeds were found in the tombs of King Tutankhamun and Rameses II in Egypt. Chinese have used this in ancient days for nausea, measles, dysentery, hernia and more..
Coriander oil is antispasmodic, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antifungal, sedative, antioxidant, stimulant, antirheumatic and analgesic. It is yellow in colour. Some of the constituents of coriander are rutin, pinene, linalool, anethole, quercetin and camphor. For long Chinese believed and they still believe that it increases the longevity of a person and also eases pain. They believe it is good for the stomach and heart. The sweet aroma is said to be uplifting, from which it gets it sedative property. A whole lot of health issues are treated with coriander oil. Migraines, stiffness, colds, arthritis, diarrhea, flu, measles, anorexia are some of them. Diabetes patients use this oil because it is said to control the glucose and insulin level and is also effective for hypoglycaemia. Problems of the pancreas and intestines can be treated with coriander oil. It is very good in treating the issues related to oily skin. Spasm caused in the digestive system or spasms caused in the muscles can be effectively controlled by using coriander oil. Excessive sugar, alcohol and eating craving can be controlled by coriander oil.
The use of coriander for culinary purposes is very well known. The leaf, the dry fruit or seeds are used as ingredients in many dishes made all over the world. It gives an appetising flavour and the aroma is exhilarating. It is used in some perfumes and soaps. It is said to be very effective for spiritual upliftment. New energies are created and deeper connection to the divine is created.
Blends Well With: Coriander blends well with many oils. Some of them are cypress, sandalwood and citrus oils like grapefruit and orange. It combines well with spices like nutmeg, ginger and frankincense. For good massage or restful sleep, it is blended with lavender oil.
Of Interest: This plant was one of the earliest herbs to be panted in North America. It was brought as early as 1670. In America it was used for culinary purposes. Chinese believe that coriander oil increases longevity.
Safety Data: The FDA has given the GRAS certificate which means it is Generally Regarded as Safe for consumption. This is mostly used in food and medicines to be taken internally rather than external application. The oil as such cannot be used by children below six years. Very high doses of coriander oil can leave one dazed or stunned.