This fresh green herb from Umbelliferae (Carrot) is also known as Cilantro or Chinese parsley. The annual or biennial plant is a native of Morocco and grows to about 1 meter in height. It has sparse, fine, feathery leaves and pinkish/white flowers, which are followed by green seeds. The essential oil is produced from the seed, is an antidote to hot food, very decongesting to the liver, and is a great reducer of fire and heat in the body. It is popularly known as 'Dhania'. It is thought to be an aphrodisiac because of its phyto-estrogen content. It's also a carminative, stimulating digestion.
Coriander oil has a sweet, spicy, warm smell, is nearly colorless to pale yellow and has a watery viscosity. Properties of coriander oil include analgesic, aphrodisiac, antispasmodic, carminative, depurative, deodorant, digestive, carminative, fungicidal, lipolytic, stimulant and stomachic. It also mixes well with the following oils like Lemon, Tea Tree, Lavender, Peppermint, Cardamom, Bergamot, Clove, Clarysage, Nutmeg, Jasmine, Petitgrain, Sandalwood and Cypress. However, if there is a high intake of this oil, then it may cause kidney irritation and pregnant ladies are not supposed to intake it during that period.
Uses of Coriander Oil
Coriander oil can be useful to refresh and to uplift the mind.
It can help for mental fatigue, migraine, tension and nervous weakness.
It has a warming effect on the stomach and relieves wind and cramps, while revitalizing the glandular system.
It is helpful for alleviating rheumatism and arthritis pain, as well as muscle spasms and is useful with colds and flu.
It also acts as a general cleanser of the body, to rid it of toxins and fluid wastes.