Botanical name: Coriandrum sativum L.
Plant Part: Seeds
Extraction Method: Steam Distillation
Description: This annual or biennial plant is a native of Morocco and grows to about 1 meter (3 feet) in height. It has sparse, fine, feathery leaves and pinkish/white flowers. 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. The Oleoresin has a strong aroma of coriander.
Color: Colorless to pale yellow liquid
Aromatic Scent: Coriander Oil has a sweet, spicy, slightly fruity, herbaceous warm smell. It has been claimed by some aromatherapists that the aroma improves if allowed to age.
Strength of Aroma: Medium
Blends well with: Coriander Essential Oil blends particularly well with Bergamot, Cinnamon Bark , Ginger, Grapefruit, Lemon, Neroli and Orange
Common Uses: Coriander is said to stimulate the appetite, ease indigestion and relieve neuralgia. The therapeutic properties of Coriander Egyptian Essential Oil are listed as analgesic, aphrodisiac, antispasmodic, carminative, deodorant, digestive, fungicidal, revitalizing and stimulating. It can aid in relieving mental fatigue, migraine pain, tension and nervous weakness. The oil’s warming effect is also helpful for alleviating pain such as rheumatism, arthritis and muscle spasms.
History: Coriander Essential Oil is indigenous to Egypt and has been in use there for over 3,000 years. Both ancient Egyptians and Greeks believed coriander had aphrodisiac properties. Its name was said to be dated back to the Greek word ‘Koris’ which means bed bug due to the fact that the plants smells strongly like these malodorous insects. In Ancient Egypt, pharaohs were buried with coriander seeds, and it was one of the plants that hung in the famous Gardens of Babylon.
Cautions: Should be avoided during pregnancy.