Coriander Essential Oil
Coriander essential oil is one of the lesser-known essential oils, derived by steam distilled seeds of the coriander plant. It is closely related to cilantro essential oil, which is derived from the leaves of the same plant. The aroma of coriander essential oil is slightly sweet whilst also being spicy and woody. Although it is mainly used as a cooking oil, coriander essential oil also has a range of numerous health benefits. Primarily, coriander essential oil can be used as a relaxant, a stimulant and to support the digestive and hormonal systems.
Primary Physical Benefits
Coriander essential oil has a range of beneficial uses for your physical health. These include:
- Aiding in a healthy insulin response;
- Promoting health digestion;
- Easing stomach pain and upset;
- Toning and rejuvenating the skin, and
- Soothing painful joints and muscle discomfort.
Primary Emotional Benefits
Coriander essential oil also has a range of emotional and mental health benefits. When used aromatically, topically or even internally, coriander essential oil can have a calming and lifting effect on the mood as well as increase energy and motivation. During mindfulness meditation, coriander essential oil can help an individual to clear their mind of harmful thoughts regarding other people’s thoughts and opinions and help them to be more accepting of themselves. This essential oil can aid in bringing a person out of their comfort zone and truly finding themselves.
In much the same way as harmful compounds such as chemical gases can be absorbed into the body and bloodstream through inhalation, the positive properties of coriander essential oil can also enter the body by breathing them in. Although coriander essential oil is not one of the most popular oils for aromatic use, this isn’t to say that doing so is not hugely beneficial. In fact, aromatic use of coriander oil can help to calm a bad mood, encourage mental clarity and increase energy. There are a range of ways in which you can use coriander essential oil aromatically, including:
- Diffusion: Using coriander oil in a diffuser will release the oil molecules around the home, making it one of the easiest ways to use coriander essential oil aromatically during your day-to-day routine. Use a good diffuser that diffuses in cool temperature or uses ultrasonic vibrations in order to diffuse the oil into the environment will ensure that the oil molecules to stay air-bound for as long as possible whilst not damaging them with heat.
- Direct Inhalation: Coriander oil is not a potent oil, therefore it can be directly inhaled without the need to dilute it. If irritation or pain follows, however, dilution may be needed. To directly inhale this oil, simply hold the bottle a few inches away from your nose and breathe in deeply. Or, you can place a couple of drops in your hands and cup them over your mouth and nose.
- Indirect Inhalation: Place a few drops of coriander essential oil on your pillowcase, a handkerchief, or a cotton ball in order to inhale it indirectly. To inhale, simply hold the item that you have put the oil on close to your face and breathe it in.
- Steam Tent: Add a few drops of coriander essential oil to warm (not boiling) water. Place a towel over your head and lean over the water to inhale the steam.
- Fans and vents: As with indirect inhalation, you can add a few drops of coriander essential oil to a cloth and place it in front of a fan or vent. This is a good alternative to using a diffuser in a room.
- Body Spray: Add a few drops of the essential oil to distilled water and place in a spray bottle to use as a body spray. Add other essential oils if you like to change the scent.
Coriander essential oil is safe for topical use on all types of skin. However, it is still recommended that you conduct a skin patch test beforehand just to be on the safe side. Topical use of coriander essential oil has a range of benefits, including:
- Sooth aching muscles
- Energize tired muscles
- Sooth painful and sore joints
- Reduce breakouts on oily skin
- Assist with healthy digestion by rubbing on the stomach
When combined with fractionated coconut oil, coriander essential oil can become a useful massage oil. Massage over the skin of the whole body or rub over muscles and joints which are sore, tired and painful. Bear in mind that prolonged topical use of coriander essential oil could cause irritation, so use with care.
As well as by adding to cooking, coriander oil can also be used topically to aid with healthy digestion. This can be done by rubbing a few drops of the oil over the stomach area after eating a meal. This can help with bloating, stomach upset, constipation and other digestive problems.
For assistance with fear and low mood, rub a small amount of coriander essential oil behind the ears or around the neck where it can be easily inhaled throughout the day. This combined topical and aromatic use of coriander oil is helpful for meditation or stressful situations.
Additionally, coriander essential oil can also be used by adding it to bath water for a soothing and mood-lifting bath. For the best results, mix ten drops of coriander essential oil with ten drops of lavender oil and two cups of Epsom salts for a relaxing, and muscle-soothing bath.
Alternatively, adding a few drops of coriander essential oil to a plain shower gel can provide you with a muscle rub that calms and soothes aching muscles each time you have a shower.
Internal use is one of the most popular for coriander essential oil, as it is a popular addition to many cookery dishes. If you have never cooked with coriander essential oil is more, ‘less is more’ is a good rule of thumb to go by when first starting out. Begin by adding just one or two drops to your cooking and adding more if needed.
Coriander essential oil can also be taken internally as a supplement. Do this by adding a couple of drops of the oil to an empty veggie capsule. Take each day after eating to aid with healthy digestion and ease any digestive problems.
If you enjoy the taste of coriander essential oil, you can also take in internally by adding to hot water, herbal tea or regular tea. Alternatively, add one drop of coriander essential oil to a drop of another essential oil that you consume regularly in drinks when making your beverage.
Using Around the Home
Around the home, coriander essential oil can be used either on its own or blended with other oils. One of the most common methods of using coriander essential oil around the home is in a diffuser for air quality and inhalation. Blend two drops of coriander essential oil with one drop each of clove, ginger and cinnamon essential oils and add to a diffuser for a warm and spicy home scent.
Coriander oil can also be added to general household cleaning items such as washing up liquid, surface cleaner or kitchen cleaning products to give them a fresh, wooden and spicy scent. Or, add it to unscented laundry detergent to freshen up your clothing.
Coriander essential oil is one of the safest essential oils to use, and is not potent. Although there are rarely any problems associated with the use of coriander essential oil, it is important that you still take a number of precautions to ensure your own health and safety before you use it aromatically, topically or internally.
If using topically, you should always conduct a skin patch test before using coriander essential oil for the first time. This is to eliminate any possibility of allergies and to see how your skin reacts to the oil. Conduct a patch test by rubbing a small drop of coriander essential oil to the inside of your arm. Coriander oil does not need to be diluted, unless you have sensitive skin in which case it may be necessary. Bear in mind that excessive use can lead to irritation.
Coriander essential oil is seen as safe to use aromatically, topically and internally by children and pregnant women. However, if you are pregnant or planning to use the oil with a child or baby, it’s advisable that you speak to a doctor or other health professional first. Keep out of the eyes, ears, and nose.