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Cilantro Essential Oil: Uses, Benefits, and Precautions

Cilantro essential oil (Coriandrum sativum L.) is steam distilled from the leaves of the same plant as Coriander essential oil, which is distilled from the seeds. I don't find it to be widely used, but recent research shows some promises benefits of the oil. The aroma is herbaceous, fresh, and slightly citrusy. Although it's probably most commonly used for cooking and flavoring, these properties also suggest that it might be helpful for detoxification, digestive support, and more.

Primary Benefits

  • Rich in antioxidants
  • Aids digestion
  • Powerful cleanser and detoxifier
  • Soothing to the skin
  • Flavors foods (think salsa!)

Emotional Benefits

Its close relation to coriander may mean it has similar emotional benefits as well, such as relief from stress, and energetic support in helping a person honor their boundaries, find courage, process the events of life, and stay true to their authentic self. Or you can just add it to your tacos. It's all good.

Complimentary Oils

Depending on your uses for this oil, substitutes may include: Peppermint, Coriander, Fennel, or other essential oils.

How to Use Cilantro Essential Oil

Traditionally, cilantro oil uses these application guidelines. Click the banner to understand what each symbol means and to learn how each is used safely and effectively:

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Precautions of Cilantro Essential Oil

Can cause skin irritation, especially on sensitive or already irritated skin. Always test for skin sensitivity prior to widespread use and use on the feet when possible. Excessive use of any oil can lead to skin sensitization. Keep out of eyes, ears, or nose. Not all oils are created equal, so test brands carefully, and never use an oil in a way not recommended by its maker.

Popular Uses of Cilantro Essential Oil

  • Take daily during a body cleansing regimen.
  • Add to stir fries, salads, and dips to experience Cilantro’s distinct flavor and internal health benefits.
  • Diffuse with citrus essential oils for a fresh, herbal aroma.
  • Apply one to two drops to minor skin irritations.
  • Dilute with fractionated coconut oil and apply to the bottoms of the feet to aid the body in detoxification.

Inspiration for Using Cilantro Essential Oil

Lime and Cilantro Rice: Mix 4-5 drops Lime essential oil, 2-3 Drops Cilantro essential oils and 1/2 cup chopped cilantro into prepared Basmati rice.

Yummy Flavors: Mix 1-2 drops into hummus, guacamole, salsa, or dips.


Not all oils are created equal. Because of a lack of industry standards and a lack of regulation on terms such as "natural" or "pure", much of what you find at the drug store is NOT a therapeutic grade of essential oil and may lack real quality or even contain contaminants or adulterants (way more common than you'd think).

A LOT goes into creating a high quality essential oil. A good brand should follow these guidelines:

  • Proper plant varieties
  • Each plant grown indigenously for the healthiest plant
  • Grown without chemical pesticides, herbicides, etc
  • Harvested with precise timing to ensure peak properties
  • Extracted with proper temp and pressure to preserve oil molecules
  • Third-party testing of every batch
  • Stand behind the internal use of their oils

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