20 November 2008

Coriander herb is growing about 1 meter high with bright-green leavens and dainty white flower as well as bunches of fruit that turn from green to brown as they ripen. Coriander has been a popular aromatic stimulant and culinary spice cultivated for over 3,000 years.

Indigenous to the Holy land, Coriander was compared by the Ancient Hebrews to the manna provided by God to the Children of Israel and was one of the bitter herbs eaten during Passover. The Ancient Egyptians believed it to the 'secret to happiness' and combined it with fresh garlic in wine to be drunk as an aphrodisiac. In fact, Coriander seeds were found in the tomb of Ramses II.

Botanical Name
Coriandrum sativum

Part of Pant used
Seeds (An oil distilled from coriander leaves, also known as cilantro)

Origin
Europe and Western Asia, naturalized in North America, and cultivated throughout the world. The oil is mainly produced in Russia, Yugoslavia, and Romania

Color
Pale Yellow

Consistency/Viscosity
Thin to medium, watery viscosity

Perfumery Note
Middle

Aroma
Sweet, herbaceous, spicy, woody, slightly fruity

Strength of Initial Aroma
Medium

Extraction Method
It is extracted from its botanical matter using steam distillation process

Constituents and Chemical Composition
Linalol, Linalyl Acetate, Germacrene, Geranyl Acetate, decylaldehyde, borneol, geraniol, carvone, anethole

Therapeutic Properties
Anticonvulsive, antiseptic, antidepressant, aphrodisiac, astringent, bactericidal, carminative, deodorant, digestive, emmenagogue, euphoric, nervine, nerve tonic, sedative and stomachic

Uses for Health Benefits (Indications)
  • Clary sage oil is used to calm the nervous system, particularly in the case of stress, depression and insomnia
  • It is a good tonic for the womb and female functions in general
  • It is good for relieving muscle pains, digestive and kidney disorders and for the skin
  • Traditionally has been used as a digestive tonic
  • The seeds and leaves are widely used in Ayurvedic medicine
  • A featured herb used in Traditional Chinese Medicine as a tonic of the Stomach and Heart
  • Traditionally classified as an herb of protection, Coriander oil imbues a feeling of peace, security, and steadfastness all of which are related to the earth element
  • Similar to Cardamom, Coriander seed oil strengthens the function of the Spleen-pancreas and Stomach, and therefore invigorates the intellect
  • Coriander essential oil may help with respiratory infections, gout, measles, skin conditions (acne, psoriasis, and dermatitis)
  • Due to its estrogen content, Coriander oil may regulate and help control pain related to menstruation

Precaution

  • Clary sage should be avoided when consuming alcohol
  • It is non-toxic but large doses can lead to a headache
  • It must be avoided during pregnancy
  • Always test a small amount of essential oil first for sensitivity or allergic reaction. If pregnant, use under a doctor's care
Blend With
Frankincense, Geranium, Jasmine, Juniper, Lavender, Pine, Sandalwood, Bergamot, Black Pepper, Cinnamon, Citronella, Clary Sage, Cypress, Ginger, Neroli, and Petigrain

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