The Chinese used coriander in the third century BC. According to folklore, they believed the seeds contained the power of immortality...

Coriander has a sweet, woody-spicy, slightly musky fragrance.

Nature: warming, uplifting

It is a circulatory stimulant widely used to flush away accumulations of fluids or toxins.

A stimulating, warming aroma; a reputed aphrodisiac.

Ideal in a vaporizer to revive and energize the mind and relieve fatigue, jet lag and nervous exhaustion.

Principal Actions: Detoxifying; appetite stimulant; mentally reviving.

Practical Uses

Methods of Use: application, aroma lamp, bath, diffuser, inhaler, lightbulb ring, massage, mist spray

Circulation, Muscles and Joints

The detoxifying nature of coriander helps flush away accumulations of fluids or toxins, easing the pain of arthritis, gout, rheumatism, joint stiffness, muscular aches and pains and poor circulation.

For Osteoarthritis or Rheumatism: Mix 4 drops coriander and 4 drops geranium in 20ml/4tsp carrier oil and gently massage into aching joints.

Digestive System

Coriander supports the digestive system, stimulates appetite, and is used in the treatment of anorexia, colic, diarrhoea, dyspepsia, flatulence, nausea and abdominal spasms.

To ease constipation, sluggish digestion or indigestion brought on from nervous stress: Mix 4 drops coriander, 4 drops spearmint and 2 drops cardamom in 20ml/4tsp carrier oil and massage into abdomen using circular, clockwise strokes.

To Stimulate Appetite: Mix 4 drops coriander, 3 drops palmarosa and 3 drops West Indian bay in a diffusor, or add it to 20ml/4tsp carrier oil and use in massage.

Nervous System

Coriander is reviving and energizing; it helps to relieve a fatigued state, jet lag, debility, migraine, neuralgia and nervous exhaustion.

To Ease Mental Stress or Nervous Tension: Mix 4 drops coriander and 2 drops Sweet Orange in a diffusor, or add to a relaxing bath.

Inhalation of coriander improves mental clarity and enhances memory.

To Boost Confidence: Mix 4 drops coriander, 2 drops neroli and 2 drops grapefruit. Use 2-3 drops of this blend neat on a tissue and use as an inhalation; use 6 drops in a bath, or use 4 – 6 drops in a diffusor.

To Enhance Creativity: Mix 2 drops coriander, 3 drops rosemary, 3 drops cypress and 5 drops lemon and use as an inhalation. Add 4-6 drops of this blend in a diffusor or 25ml water.

For a Discrete, Romantic Perfume: Mix 3 drops coriander, 3 drops bergamot, 3 drops geranium and 6 drops ylang ylang in 10ml jojoba oil and apply to pulse points.

Safety Data: Coriander oil is non-toxic, non-irritating and non-sensitizing. Safe for all skin types. Coriander is much milder than many of the other spice oils and has a gentler effect.

Caution: Avoid during pregnancy. Use small amounts.

Coriander Seed in Aromatherapy

Botanical Name: Coriandrum sativum

Note: Top

Parts Used: seeds

Source: steam distillation from the crushed ripe seeds from the aromatic annual herb that grows about 1 metre high, native to Europe and western Asia .

Description and Odor Effect: colorless to pale yellow liquid with a sweet, woody-spicy, slightly musky fragrance. Coriander has a stimulating, warming aroma; a reputed aphrodisiac.

Blends well with: bergamot, cinnamon leaf, citronella, clary sage, cypress, ginger, jasmine, neroli, petitgrain, pine, sandalwood and other spice oils

Applications: application, aroma lamp, bath, diffuser, inhaler, lighbulb ring, massage, mist spray

Therapeutic Properties: abortifacient, analgesic, anesthetic, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antimutagenic, antioxidant, antirheumatic, antispasmodic, antitumor, aperitif, aperitive, aphrodisiac, calmative, cardiotonic, carminative, deodorant, depurative, detoxifier, diaphoretic, digestive, diuretic, emmenagogue, febrifuge, hepatic, nervine, refreshing, regenerator, revitalizing, stimulant (circulatory system), stomachic, tonic

Safety Data: Coriander oil is non-toxic, non-irritating and non-sensitizing. Safe for all skin types. Coriander is much milder than many of the other spice oils and has a gentler effect.

Caution: Avoid during pregnancy. Use small amounts.

Chemical Composition

Chemical Composition:

Coriandrum Sativum Fruct. [coriander] Apiaceae
Representative constituents
monoterpenes (10–20%) γ-terpinene 1–8%, limonene 0.5–4%, α-pinene 0.2–8.5%, camphene trace-1.4%, β-myrcene 0.2–2% aromatic p-cymene trace-3.5%
monoterpenols (60–80%)  linalool 60–87%, geraniol 1.2–3.3%, terpinen-4-ol trace-3%, α-terpineol <0.5%
Ketones (7–9%)
monoterpenone camphor 0.9–4%
monoterpenyl geranyl acetate 0.1–4.7%, linalyl acetate 0–2.7%
Coumarins furanocoumarins
Other umbelliferone trace, bergapten trace

Coriander Seed – Quick Reference

Circulation, Muscles & Joints: accumulation of fluids or toxins, arthritis, gout, muscular aches and pains, poor circulation, rheumatism, stiffness

Digestive: anorexia, colic, diarrhoea, dyspepsia, flatulence, nausea, piles, spasm

Immune: colds, influenza, infections, measles

Nervous: debility, migraine, neuralgia, nervous exhaustion

Keyword: Soft

In European cultures, a tea or soup was made from the leaves and mixed with barley water to help a person regain strength while recovering from an illness.

Coriander Magic: if pregnant women eat coriander, their future children will be ingenious.

Coriander Seed Harmony

Add these essential oils to 20 ml / 4 teaspoons carrier oil

To speed the body's recovery from viruses:

  • 4 drops Coriander Seed
  • 4 drops Cubeb Seed
  • 2 drops Patchouli is free to access and use.
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Body Essentials

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Creating a Balanced Blend

For a balanced massage blend, combine the essential oil drops in these proportions of essential oil "notes":

  • 3 drops Base Note
  • 7 drops Middle Note
  • 5 drops Top Note

For a total of 15 drops of essential oils per 30ml (1 oz) of carrier oil.

Top notes are the first impression of the blend; short-lived, yet brilliant. Top notes are sharp, penetrating, first to evaporate, extreme, and either hot or cold. Top notes provide the "ahhhh" in a blend.

Middle notes give body to blends - the developing phase with breadth and variety. Middle notes are warm, round, soft and mellow. Middle notes often provide the bulk, 50% to 80%, of the blend.

Base Notes are the final, lasting message of the blend; they deepen your blend and draw it into the skin, giving it roots and permanence. Base notes are deep, intense, rich and sensual. Base notes should be used sparingly, about 5%, so as not to overpower the blend.

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