Coriander essential oil, corriandrum sativum, can be applied externally for rheumatism, and painful joints. Often used as a fragrance component in soaps, toiletries and perfumes. Coriander essential oil is used to treat diarrhea and colic, also cystitis, urticaria, rash, burns, sore throat, vomiting, indigestion, allergies, hay fever. A good stomach tonic and very strengthening to the heart. It will stop gripping caused by laxatives and expel gas from the bowels. At one time it was considered to have aphrodisiac effects. Coriander has the reputation to repel aphids. It has been used in the form of an infusion for children’s diarrhea, digestive upsets, griping pains, anorexia and flatulence. In Chinese medicine the whole herb is used for dysentery, piles, measles, nausea, toothache and for painful hernia.
Coriander is a small, erect, annual plant; the round, finely grooved stem grows 1-2 feet high from a thin, spindle-shaped root. The brownish, globose seeds have a disagreeable smell until they ripen, when they take on their spicy aroma. The bright green delicate leaves, umbels of lace-like white flowers are followed by a mass of green (turning brown) round seeds. These seeds are hard and egg-shaped, borne in pairs, which do not separate. Native to Europe and western Asia; naturalized in North America. Cultivated throughout the world, the oil is produced mainly in Russia, former Yugoslavia and Romania.
Coriander essential oil, corriandrum sativum, blends well with the following essential oils: clary sage, bergamot, jasmine, olibanum, lemon, neroli (orange blossom), oregano, petitgrain, citronella, sandalwood, cypress, pine, ginger, cinnamon and other spice oils.
Coriander essential oil cautions - Generally it's non-toxic, non-irritant, non-sensitizing. It can be stupefying in large doses - use in moderation.
Coriander essential oil properties - Coriander essential oil clears the mind and energizes the body. Sweet and uplifting. Use it in lotions or massage for rheumatic pain. Bactericidal, balsamic, disinfectant, diuretic, expectorant, stimulant.