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Coriander Essence

Coriander Essence


CORIANDER (Coriandrum sativum)

Family: Umbelliferae (parsley)

Source: The Essential oil is obtained from the Seeds.

Fragrance:: Spicy, slightly sweet, fresh.

Volatility: Top note.

General description and habitat: Native of southern Europe, India, North Africa, South America and former USSR; bright green feathery leaves; umbels of mauve flowers which later seed.

Principal constituents:

Coriandrol, geraniol, pinene, borneol, cymene, dipentene, phellandrene, terpinene.


History and folk use:

Thought to be one of the oldest flavorings in the world, its name is derived from the Greek koris (bug). it was cultivated by the ancient Egyptians for mixing into bread and the essential oil used in religious ceremony. In the Bible it is one of the ‘bitter herbs’ to be eaten at Passover. In India it was believed to have magical properties and was used in incantations to the gods. Dioscorides and Galen prescribed it. It was used in obstetrics, believed to ease birth and to encourage fertility.

Properties & Uses

General properties: analgesic, antispasmodic, carminative, diuretic, warming.

Primary Uses:

Facial neuralgia Fevers
Nervous facial crampsRheumatism
Shingles (face)Solar plexus cramps

Secondary Uses:

Anorexia,Appetite disorders
Heartburn / Indigestion,Poor Circulation.


Possibly an irritant so use low concentrations.

Do not take internally, it can be fatal.


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