Aid Digestion with Coriander Essential Oil
Coriander essential oil comes from the seeds of the cilantro plant. This explains some similarities between coriander and cilantro oils.
However, their flavors are different; coriander is warm, nutty, and spicy with a hint of citrus, while cilantro is more herbaceous and citrusy.
Coriander oil can be used internally to promote digestion, aromatically for relaxation, topically for clear skin, and more. It’s a popular oil for everyday use. And it’s sweet, herbaceous aroma makes it a good rotation oil to use in blends to add a fresh, herbaceous note.
One of the main components of coriander oil is linalool, a monoterpene alcohol known for its toning properties. According to one study, the ingestion of linalool showed strong association with improvements in learning, memory, and overall cognitive health. Aside from promoting healthy brain function, linalool has also been known to contribute to the relaxation of blood vessels, which is helpful when the body is at rest.
Benefits of Coriander Essential Oil
Supports Healthy Digestion
Adding coriander oil into your daily routine provides soothing properties that help promote healthy digestion. You can also take coriander after eating a large meal to assist in digestion.
To use: add two or three drops to a veggie capsule.
To maintain clear skin, or to improve oily skin, use coriander oil directly on the face after showering. When you add the oil to your skin regimen, you’ll start to see a clear complexion and better looking skin.
To use: dilute with fractionated coconut oil and apply to face. Or add one drop to your favorite moisturizer.
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.
There are several soothing benefits of coriander oil for the skin and the body, especially when applied for massage. Also, after a long day, this oil will lend its topical calming benefits to your body as you rest.
To use: combine with fractionated coconut oil and apply to the back of your neck or bottom of your feet. Or you can use this diffuser blend recipe for an uplifting, yet calming aroma:
Adds Flavor to Food
Chefs use many parts of the coriander plant, including the seeds, to add flavor and spice to a variety of meals. The oil can provide a warm, spicy flavor, which makes it a favorite for many dishes.
To use: add a drop to your favorite curry recipe for an extra boost of flavor.
BONUS TIP: lavender is the most chemically similar essential oil to coriander. So, if you are out of lavender, you can find similar soothing benefits from coriander oil for skin, body, and relaxation.