Traditionally an herb of protection an immortality, Coriander (also known as cilantro and Chinese parsley) is a strongly aromatic hardy annual herb, growing about one meter high with bright-green leaves and dainty pale pink to white flowers which produce the seeds. Native to Europe and Western Asia, naturalized in North America, and cultivated throughout the world, the oil is mainly produced in Russia, Yugoslavia, and Romania.
About The Oil
We have two Coriander seed essential oils from the ripe seeds of naturally grown Russian Coriander: a classic steam distillation and a CO2 extraction with more pronounced middle notes.
As with other plants in the Umbelliferae family such as Fennel and Caraway, Coriander seed is primarily known for its digestive properties.
Because of its high linalool content, Coriander can be toning and strengthening. It can be mildly euphoric due to linilool combined with courmarin compounds.
Coriander has been a popular aromatic stimulant and culinary spice cultivated for over 3,000 years. Coriander is mentioned in all the medieval medical texts, by the Greeks, in the Bible, and by early Sanskrit writers. 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 be 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 both the tombs of Tutankhamun and Ramses II.
The seeds and leaves are widely used in Ayurvedic medicine. A featured herb used in Traditional Chinese Medicine, the herb in Ancient China was thought to promote longevity.