Coriander is often mistaken for cilantro and though they do come from the same plant, the two are still different. In the first stage of the plant’s growth, it is still referred to as cilantro, but once it has flowers and seeds, it’s named coriander. The plant can be found in many countries, including China, where it’s called Chinese parsley, but also in the U.S., Europe and India. The oil is harvested from the seeds of the coriander plant and has a strong, slightly sweet aroma.
Here are the top uses and benefits of coriander essential oil:
1. Alleviates digestion problems
In ancient cultures, coriander has been used together with other herbs for digestive complaints. It releases gases in the stomach and promotes smoother digestion. Those who often feel uncomfortably full or bloated can also find relief in taking coriander oil.
2. Aids in treating infections in the urinary tract
Coriander is also helpful for decreasing the pain produced by urinary tract infections. It also benefits your total body health as it can encourage the body to heal more quickly.
3. Regulates blood glucose levels
A natural way to control your blood sugar levels for those with diabetes is by eating more coriander or using coriander oil in aromatherapy as well as in massage when combined with a carrier oil. Its therapeutic effect is in part due to its ability to assist the body in producing more insulin.
4. Helps lessen anxiety and tension
It has also been shown to lower feelings of anxiety, aiding in bringing the body back to a calm state. Because of this, it’s an excellent way to cope with insomnia and promote better quality sleep. Coriander extract can be used either in its powder or oil form.
5. Has antibacterial properties
When diluted with other essential oils, coriander oil can also be safely used on some skin problems. It’s effective for combating microbes and other bacteria. It can also assist in the treatment of various other health issues related to fungal and bacterial infections.
6. Relieves muscle pain
One reason coriander works well against digestive problems is because it’s also an analgesic and anti-spasmodic. It relaxes the muscles to stop the occurrence of spasms. Use it to ease your stomachache, reduce discomfort and menstrual pain, and inhibit the contractions of muscle cramps.
7. Lowers blood pressure
Another health condition that coriander can be used for is hypertension. It manages and lowers blood pressure levels and at the same time, it works as a diuretic, flushing out toxins from the body by encouraging the release of urine.
8. Contains antioxidants
Aside from treating existing conditions, the antioxidants in coriander increase your body’s natural protection and repair its cells. These antioxidants strengthen your body to prevent diseases linked to premature aging, the degeneration of the body’s muscles and tissue, and cell damage caused by free radicals.
9. Increases Libido
Coriander oil is known for its ability to arouse and increase libido and is also said to assist with impotency, frigidity of both males and females, and to increase sex drive in general. I T helps in these areas as it stimulates sexual hormones – putting you in a frisky mood for increased fun in the bedroom!
10. Weight Loss
Tried a lot of ways to lose weight? Coriander oil stimulates lipolysis, which is the breakdown of fats and we know that more fat being broken down = more weight loss (always a good thing!). means hydrolysis of lipids, which in turn means hydrolysis or breaking down of fats and cholesterol. Wondering how lipolysis works? Take a look at the video below!
Coriander Essential Oil Recipes
Thankful Heart Diffuser Blend: 1 drops Clove, 1 drop Cinnamon, 2 Coriander, 1 drop Ginger.
Digestive Massage: In 2 oz carrier oil mix 8 drops Lemongrass, 6 drops Ginger, 3 drops Peppermint, and 3 drops Coriander essential oils.
Muscle Soother: Soothe and relax muscles and mind by adding 2 cups Epsom salt and 10 drops each Lavender and Coriander essential oils.