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Coriander Essential Oil: Uses, Benefits and Precautions

Coriander essential oil (Coriandrum sativum L.) is not a very well-known oil. Related to cilantro essential oil (which comes from the leaves of the same plant), it's steam distilled from the seeds of the plant. Its aroma is woody, spicy, and a little sweet.

Many people use it for food flavoring, but the health benefits of cilantro oil are also numerous. It's primarily used to support the digestive and hormonal systems. Aromatically, it may be act as either a stimulant for physical energy or a relaxant for bad moods.

Primary Benefits

  • Promotes digestion and eases stomach upset
  • Aids in a healthy insulin response
  • Soothes joint and muscle discomfort
  • Toning and rejuvenating to the skin

Emotional Benefits

Energetically, coriander essential oil been used to help a person honor their own needs and boundaries with more flexibility for the way in which things should be done. It may help a person who feels controlled by others or by their own demands for perfection or conformity, and helps then to let go of approval from others. It walks you outside of your own box or comfort zone to truly find yourself.

Complimentary Oils

Coriander essential oil blends well with Bergamot, Cinnamon, Clary Sage, Cypress, Ginger, and Sandalwood essential oils.

Depending on your uses for this oil, substitutes may include: Oregano, Bergamot, or Cilantro essential oils.

How to Use Coriander Essential Oil

Traditionally, coriander essential 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 Coriander Essential Oil

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 Coriander Essential Oil

  • Take a few drops internally and rub on stomach after eating large meals to assist with digestion.
  • Apply to oily skin areas to reduce breakouts.
  • Apply to sore muscles and joints or use with fractionated coconut oil for massage.
  • Rub 1 drop in the palm of your hands, cup over the nose and mouth, and breathe deeply for self acceptance.
  • Rub 1 drop in the palm of your hands, cup over the nose and mouth, and breathe slowly to increase energy.
  • To address fear, rub 1 drop in the palm of your hands, cup over the nose and mouth, and breathe slowly.

Inspiration for Using Coriander Essential Oil

Thankful Heart Diffuser Blend: 1 drops Clove, 1 drop Cinnamon, 2 Coriander, 1 drop Ginger.

Digestive Massage: In 2 oz carrier oil mix 8 drops Lemongrass, 6 drops Ginger, 3 drops Peppermint, and 3 drops Coriander essential oils.

Muscle Soother: Sooth and relax muscles and mind by adding 2 cups Epsom salt and 10 drops each Lavender and Coriander essential oils.


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

Beginner's Guide to Application and Precautions, from SustainableBabySteps.com

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