Coriander Essential Oil

corianderLatin Coriandrum sativum – Family Apiaceae (Umbelliferae)

Coriander is also referred to as coriander seed, cilantro, oriander, and Chinese parsley.

“Coriander seed oil is anti-inflammatory, relieving rheumatism and arthritis; its antibacterial properties are useful against colds and flu. It is an effective stimulant to the nervous system.” –Aromatherapy Workbook by Shirley Price

Oil Selection Guide

Color – Colorless (clear) to pale yellow
Viscosity – Watery
Scent – Sweet, warm, spicy, slightly musky
Perfume Aroma – Top / middle note

Oil Source Information

Plant Type – Herb
Parts Used – Crushed seeds of fruit, leaves
Countries of Origin – India, Egypt, Russia, France, Morocco, Tunisia, Italy, United States, Romania
Extraction Method – Steam distillation

Known Chemical Constituents

linalol, limonene, gamma terpinene, geraniol, carvone, decylaldehyde, borneol, anethole — (will vary some according to origin)

Uses of Coriander

Coriander is used by aromatherapists and can be found in perfumery, soaps, toiletries, and veterinary and pharmaceutical products. Also used in flavoring liqueurs, meats, tobacco, and chocolate.

Coriander blends well with

  • bergamot
  • black pepper
  • cardamom
  • cinnamon
  • citronella
  • clary sage
  • clove bud
  • cypress
  • frankincense
  • geranium
  • ginger
  • grapefruit
  • jasmine
  • lemon
  • neroli
  • nutmeg
  • palmarosa
  • petitgrain
  • pine
  • ravensara
  • sandalwood
  • sweet orange
  • vetiver
  • ylang ylang

Special Precautions*

It has been advised by some that coriander oil be used with extreme caution in very small quantities and infrequently, if at all.
* See Safety and Usage.

References and Resources

See References and Resources page.

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