Plant/part : Herb/fruit (seeds) (source: morocco, ussr, armenia, mediteranean)
Latin name : Coriandum sativum
Family : Apiacea (umbelliferae)
Note : Top
Extraction : Distillation
Aroma: A sweet-smelling, spicy essence.
Properties: It makes a good massage blend to relieve stiffness and muscle ache. In the bath it is refreshing and stimulating.
Mainly acts on the digestive system in relieving wind and stomach cramps. Gives a warming effect on the stomach, stimulates appetite and may help with eating disorders. Seems to have some effect on bad breath. Rheumatic and arthritic pain as well as alleviating muscular spasm. Helpful with cold conditions generally such as influenza and is beneficial to the lungs, reputedly when effected by the measles virus.
Said to revitalise the glandular system and to stimulate the hormone oestrogen so may redress problems connected to the reproductive system such as irregular periods and infertility.
Chemical constituents: Linalol, decylaldehyde, borneol, geraniol, carvone, anethole.
Precautions: Warning: due to its slight toxicity this oil should be used sparingly.
Blends : Bergamot, black pepper, cinnamon, citronella, cypress, ginger, jasmine, lemon.