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Coriander is traditionally known to aid digestion. Tonic and purifying, the essential oil of Coriander is used as a memory stimulant and to fight against physical and mental fatigue.
History of Coriander Essential Oil
The term “Coriander” originally alludes to the unpleasant smell of the fresh seeds, which is reminiscent of that emitted by the bug. It is a plant totally unknown in the wild, so it is impossible to know its geographical origin. We know that its seeds were already used by the Semitic peoples at least 8000 years ago, then by the Egyptians, Greeks and Romans. It is also mentioned in the Bible. In the Middle Ages, it was widespread in Europe, then introduced to America by the Spaniards during the conquests.
Its leaves are used in oriental gastronomy, but their use in the West remained fairly infrequent until the 20th century. It is only more recently, under the influence of waves of immigration that have brought new culinary traditions, that the situation has been reversed, making Coriander one of the best-selling herbs on the market.
The essential oil is taken from its seeds: a subspecies is cultivated in Eastern Europe, which is richer in essential oils.
Properties of Coriander Essential Oil
The properties of Coriander Essential Oil are explained by the presence of active compounds originally present in the seeds of Coriandrum sativum.
Digestive and carminative stimulant
Coriander Essential Oil contains limonene which acts directly on gastric motility (the ability of the stomach to move). It also has choleretic and cholagogue activity, that is, it promotes the production of bile by the liver and its release in the intestine, thus improving the digestion of fatty substances. Finally, it has a carminative action, that is to say, it promotes the expulsion of intestinal gases, while reducing their production.
Linalool has a known bactericidal, antifungal and parasiticidal action. Moreover, the limonene contained in the oil also has bactericidal and antifungal properties, especially when used in diffusion.
Linalool and alpha-pinene inhibit the action or secretion of mediator molecules acting in the pain process.
The linalool contained in Coriander Essential Oil is also involved in the contraction of smooth and striated muscles: it has an antagonistic action on the molecules involved in these processes, which helps to calm spasms.
For the well-being
Calming and sedative
Coriander Essential Oil contains linalool, which exhibits spasmolytic and anxiolytic properties. Linalool competes with certain neurotransmitters in the hippocampus which helps regulate mood, lower blood pressure, limit sleep onset and ease tension.
The molecules present in Coriander Essential Oil stimulate the nervous system and therefore help maintain good motor skills. At high doses, it can even become euphoric as its action is powerful.
Indications of Coriander Essential Oil
Thanks to the many properties described above, Coriander Essential Oil has multiple indications.
The digestive sphere
Its carminative and digestive stimulating properties make it very useful to fight against various ailments: bloating, aerophagia, colitis, colic, intestinal cramps, difficult or slow digestion…
The antiviral and anti-infectious properties of the oil allow them to be used in the treatment of all infections of viral or bacterial origin: flu mononucleosis, shingles, herpes, hepatitis and viral enteritis
Muscle and joint pain
Thanks to its analgesic properties, it is also used to relieve arthritis, osteoarthritis, muscle pain, joint or muscle stiffness and rheumatism.
For the well-being
When diffused, the oil can help restore sleep and calm thanks to its relaxing and sedative properties.
Physical and/or mental asthenia
Creativity (individual or group)
Latent depression, dark thoughts
Use of Coriander Essential Oil
Coriander Essential Oil can be used in very different ways for a wide spectrum of conditions and symptoms. Nevertheless, in case of doubt, it is recommended to contact a professional in order to collect personalized and secure information, adapted to your medical situation, your profile and your age.
Cutaneous application, massage
Dermal, it is better to apply it diluted (20%) on sensitive skin and do the allergy test because it contains linalool, a potentially allergenic component when it is highly dosed.
Stomach ache, difficult digestion: 1 drop in 4 drops of vegetable oil to apply on the stomach after the meal
Fatigue: 1 drop in 4 drops of vegetable oil to apply in massage in the lower back, at the level of the kidneys.
For ENT disorders: dilute in vegetable oil, massage the spine and soles of the fe