Coriander essential oil, or coriander seed essential oil, is steam distilled from the seeds of the Coriandrumsativum plant. The leaves of this same plant are known as cilantro, which the herb that’s used to flavor foods like guacamole.
Coriander essential oilhas analgesic, antidepressant, anti-epileptic, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, anti-mutagenic, antispasmodic, aphrodisiac, carminative, deodorant, depurative, digestive, fungicidal, lipolytic, stimulant and stomachic therapeutic properties.
It has been used for centuries to treat a variety of ailments, including poor digestion, nervous tension, low libido and gout.
1. Treat Arthritis and Gout
Mix 10 drops of coriander essential oil into a carrier oil and use the blend to treat arthritis and gout. It will quickly reduce the pain and inflammation and increase circulation around the affected joint. The increased circulation will really help eliminate the excess uric acid and urate crystals that cause gout.
It can be applied two to three times a day. You can use any carrier oil with coriander oil. Most of them have anti-inflammatory properties that will enhance the blend.
2. Prevent or Treat Bacterial Infections
Use the same 10% coriander essential oil/carrier oil blend to prevent or treat bacterial infections. Coriander oil’s anti-bacterial properties work on bacterial infections on the skin and in the body.
3. Treat Athlete’s Foot
Apply a 6% coriander essential oil/carrier oil blend to the feet to get rid of athlete’s foot. Use it twice a day, after washing the feet. You can use any carrier oil for this benefit but babassu oil, coconut oil and jojoba oil are especially good as they also have anti-fungal properties.
4. Get Rid of Ringworm
Use the 6% coriander EO blend to treat ringworm. Apply the blend two to three times a day after washing the affected area.
*A 1% to 3% dilution rate (1 to 3 drops of essential oil per teaspoon of carrier oil) is fine for everyday use. Stronger dilution rates should only be used for 10 days to 2 weeks at a time.*
5. Fight Free Radicals
Massage a 2% to 3% coriander essential oil/carrier oil blend into the skin to fight free radical damage. It is high in antioxidants which makes it very good for this purpose. You can use a 2% to 3% blend every day.
6. Control Blood Glucose Levels
Add 2 drops of coriander seed oil to a vege cap, along with 1 to 2 drops of olive oil, and take it with meals to help control blood glucose levels.
7. Improve Circulation
Massage a 2% to 3% coriander seed/carrier oil blend into the body to improve circulation.
8. Alleviate Cold and Flu Symptoms
Practice coriander seed essential oil aromatherapy to get relief from sinus congestion, cough and sore throat.
Simply add 2 to 3 drops to your diffuser, along with 1/4 to 1/2 cup of distilled water, and run the diffuser for 30 to 60 minutes at a time. You can also use a 5% to 6% coriander seed oil/carrier oil blend to get relief from chest congestion. Massage the blend into the chest and throat.
9. Relieve Constipation
Massage the abdomen with a 2% to 3% coriander seed EO/carrier oil blend to get relief from constipation. Rub the oil into the skin in a clockwise motion.
*Place a drop of a 2% coriander essential oil/carrier oil blend on an inconspicuous area of skin andwait for at least a few hours to make sure you aren’t sensitive to it.*
10. Treat IBS
Use the 2% to 3% coriander seed/carrier oil blend in the same way to treat IBS. Apply the blend in a clockwise motion each night before going to bed. You can also add 2 to 3 drops of coriander oil and 1 drop of olive oil to a vege cap and take that orally once a day.
11. Lower Cholesterol
Ingest 2 to 3 drops of coriander seed essential oil with 1 to 2 drops of olive oil to lower your cholesterol. You can take coriander seed oil in this way once a day for this benefit.
12. Improve Digestion and Increase Appetite
Massage the 2% to 3% blend into the abdomen after a big meal to improve the digestive process and increase your appetite. You can also take 2 to 3 drops with a drop of olive oil in a vege cap for this benefit.
13. Get Relief from Hemorrhoids
Apply a 2% to 3% coriander seed oil/carrier oil blend externally to help shrink hemorrhoids.
The coriander seed oil will quickly reduce the pain and inflammation, too.
14. Boost Liver Function
Massage the abdomen with a 2% to 3% coriander seed EO/carrier oil blend to help cleanse and protect the liver. Begin at the upper right area of the abdomen, directly over the liver, and work your way down, gently massaging the oil into the skin.
*Do not use excessive amounts of coriander EO. It can cause you to feel a bit scatter-brained.*
15. Alleviate Muscle Spasms
Massage cramping muscles with a 6% coriander seed EO/carrier oil blend to stop muscle spasms.
You can use it up to several times a day, as needed.
16. Get Relief from Menstrual Discomfort
Massage a 2% to 3% coriander seed oil/carrier oil blend into the lower abdominal area and lower back to get relief from menstrual cramps and reduce excessive flow.
17. Control Mood Swings
Practice coriander essential oil aromatherapy to help regulate mood swings. Add a few drops of oil to your diffuser and run it for 30 to 60 minutes several times a day.
18. Soothe Sore, Stiff Muscles
Apply the 6% coriander seed essential oil/carrier oil blend to sore, stiff muscles from hard work or a hard workout. It will ease the pain, increase circulation and reduce inflammation.
19. Get Pain Relief
Use the 6% coriander seed oil/carrier oil blend to get relief from aches and pains. You can massage it into any area of the body for relief. For headaches, practice coriander seed aromatherapy or gently massage it into the temples and forehead. If you need quick headache relief, simply take a few deep inhales from the coriander seed essential oil bottle.
*Buy high-quality, 100% pure coriander seed essential oil if you are going to ingest it. Some essential oil manufacturers will blend coriander with other oils before they sell it.*
20. Treat Fatigue
Practice coriander seed essential oil aromatherapy to treat fatigue. Just 30 to 60 minutes of aromatherapy will leave you feeling refreshed and ready to take on your next project.
21. Treat Neuralgia
Use the 10% coriander seed essential oil/carrier oil blend to get relief from neuralgia pain. For faster relief, you can blend a few drops of coriander seed EO into 1 teaspoon of aloe vera gel and apply that to the painful area. It has to be aloe vera gel, though, as it must have a thick consistency.
The coriander oil will absorb into the skin much more quickly when blended with aloe gel. Aloe gel gives faster relief while carrier oils provide less immediate but longer-lasting benefits.
22. Freshen Breath
Add a few drops of coriander EO to an 8-ounce glass of water and rinse your mouth with it to freshen your breath.
Its natural antibacterial and anti-fungal properties will kill germs and fungus like candida (thrush) and give your breath a fresh, clean fragrance.
23. Eliminate Body Odor
Blend 2 to 3 drops of coriander essential oil into 1 teaspoon of a light carrier oil and apply it to underarms to help eliminate body odor. Its natural antibacterial properties quickly kill the bacteria that causes odor. You can also include it in a natural deodorant recipe. Coriander essential oil blends well with citrus oils like grapefruit, lemon, bergamot and orange, neroli oil and ginger oil.
24. Get Rid of Acne
Apply a 2% to 3% coriander EO/carrier oil blend to acne to soothe the skin. Coriander’s antibacterial properties will quickly heal the acne. Any carrier oil can be used; however, almond oil, argan oil, babassu oil, grapeseed oil, jojoba oil and rose hip seed oil are all excellent for treating acne.
25. Relieve Nervous Tension
Practice coriander essential oil aromatherapy to relieve nervous tension. Simply add a few drops to your diffuser and run it for 30 to 60 minutes. If you tend to experience nervous tension while you are away from home where you can’t enjoy aromatherapy, keep the coriander essential oil bottle in your purse or pocket. When you begin to feel the tension rising, simply take a few deep inhales from the bottle.
26. Boost your Libido
Enjoy a 30- to 60-minute coriander seed EO aromatherapy session to boost your libido. It is naturally uplifting and enhances a deeper connection between partners through spiritual bonding. Try turning on the diffuser for a little aromatherapy while enjoying a romantic, candle-lit dinner with that special someone.
Was this list helpful to you? Coriander essential oil is a spice oil with a warm, spicy-sweet, woodsy fragrance that most people find very soothing. This essential oil is one of those “all-purpose”-type oils that is great for a wide variety of conditions. Coriander is high in linalool and is a great substitute for lavender when you run out of it or just want a spicy scent rather than floral.
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