7 Amazing Ways You Can Use Cilantro Essential Oil
Chances are that you’ve used the herb cilantro to spice up your favorite recipe. But did you know that cilantro is also a powerful essential oil?
Cilantro essential oil comes the leaves of the cilantro plant, which also produces coriander (the seeds).
Cilantro’s main chemical component is linalool, which is a powerful natural chemical with many benefits.
A recent study suggests that linalool can help reduce sad feelings when taken internally because of its effect the on the monoaminergic system of the brain. When Linalool naturally enters the monoaminergic system, it acts on multiple receptors in the system. Once multiple receptors are targeted, the effects of linalool are more potent and long lasting than molecules that target only one receptor. Because linalool helps support brain chemistry balance in these receptors, it has the effect of reducing sad feelings.
Another recent study suggests that linalool may also help facilitate the normal process of relaxation of the blood vessels. Cilantro essential oil also contains a linalool called decanal, which has a toning or harmonizing effect on the body when ingested (source).
Benefits of Cilantro Essential Oil
Supports Brain Health
A preliminary pre-clinical study examined the effects of ingesting linalool for three months. Ingested linalool was associated with improvements in learning, memory, and overall cognitive health. It was also found that linalool improved measures of emotional health (source).
To use: add 2 drops of cilantro oil to an 8oz glass of water every morning.
Provides Antioxidant Benefits
Taking cilantro essential oil internally can do wonders for the body. It contains many natural and important components that are beneficial in bringing the body needed support.
To use: place one drop into a veggie capsule to provided your body with important antioxidant benefits.
A study in the Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmacology found that linalool “may be able to facilitate the normal process of relaxation of the blood vessels”. This happens “because linalool activates biochemical pathways in the endothelial lining of the blood vessels, which in turn relaxes the underlying vascular smooth muscle” (source).
To use: add one drop in a veggie capsule to support a healthy circulatory system.
Cleanses the Body
Sometimes a simple internal cleanse is just what the body needs. Cilantro essential oil is a great oil to use for a bodily cleanse due to its powerful cleansing and detoxifying abilities.
To use: place two drops of cilantro essential oil in a veggie capsule and take it internally to experience a cleansing and detoxifying effect that will leave your body feeling refreshed.
Supports Healthy Digestion
Have you ever enjoyed a delicious meal, but then after feel too full and lethargic? When this happens, grab some cilantro oil. It contains powerful properties that can aid in digestion.
To use: use two drops in an 8oz glass of water or in a veggie capsule.
The fresh, herbal aroma of cilantro makes it a powerful oil to help you steer clear of unwanted odors. When diffused, the oil will not only eliminate bad smells, but will also fill the room with its fresh, herbal aroma.
To use: place a few drops cilantro essential oil into a diffuser to help deodorize any room and dissipate the unpleasant aromas in the air.
Adds Flavor to Food
Just like you use the leaves of the cilantro plant to add flavor to food, you can also use the essential oil.
To use: try these recipes from doTERRA:
- Cilantro-kale pesto dipping sauce
- Cilantro lime guacamole
- Creamy cilantro lime dressing
- Vegetarian black bean burgers
- Easy cilantro garden salsa
- Jalapeño and goat cheese hummus
- Stuffed chicken tomatoes
- Spring detox juice
Oils that Blend Well with Cilantro Essential Oil
Cilantro essential oil blends well with melaleuca (tea tree), bergamot, basil, lemon, clary sage, black pepper, coriander, geranium, marjoram, cinnamon bark, and ylang ylang essential oils for diffusion.