Latin Name: Coriandrum sativum
Family: Umbelliferae (Apiaceae)
Extraction Method: Steam Distilled
Aroma: Fresh, Lemony and scentual
Coriander is an herb which grows 11 to 13 inches in height. It is native to Russia and Romania, North Africa and some plants are found growing wild in parts of England. The dried seed (not the essential oil) is used as a flavoring agent in many Indian dishes and the leaf which is known as cilantro is a staple for many Mexican dishes. All parts of the corainder herb is utilized for cooking.
On an emotional level, corainder essential oil is known to possess relaxing qualities due to its normally high linalool content. Linalool is responsible for possessing antianxiety and sedative properties. Coriander has been referred to as being motivating and uplifting. The aroma aids in relieving stress. This oil is wonderful when blending with other calming essential oils such as lavender. The aroma may not be as pleasant when blending on its own. Known as an Herb of protection and of Immortality, corainder can imbue a feeling of security, peace and earthy permanence.
Because of its linalool component, coraiander has been used to support rheumatic pain, headaches, inflammation, intestinal gas and cystitis flu. This is because therapeutically linalool is known to be antioxidant, analgesic,anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antifungal, antispasmodic and immunostimulant. Corainder is gently warming which makes it so beneficial for conditions of pain. The Coriander seed has also been used in treatment of anorexia nervosa because of its stimulating action on the appetite.
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*Please note: This information is not to replace physician advice or to be used as treatment or diagnose of a disease.