Plant Origin: USA
Method: Steam distillation of leaves
Cultivation: Unsprayed (grown organically but not certified)
Chemical Family: Aldehyde/Monoterpenol
Aroma: Fresh, herbaceous
Key Constituents from GC/MS Analysis: Lot #CLT-102
Pregnancy/Lactation? No known hazard or contraindication.
Analgesic, antioxidant, antispasmodic, anti-rheumatic, bactericidal, digestive, fungicidal, revitalizing, stimulant (cardiac, circulatory, nervous system) and stomachic.
Accumulated fluids and toxins, anorexia, arthritis, colds, colic, diarrhea, dyspepsia, exhaustion, flatulence, flu, gout, infections (general), measles, migraine, muscular aches and pains, nausea, neuralgia, piles, poor circulation, rheumatism and stiffness.
Robert Tisserand wrote: "There are no essential oils that help chelate heavy metals, including cilantro. Cilantro, the plant, does chelate heavy metals, but the essential oil does not. There are no essential oil constituents with the molecular structure needed for chelation." (Comment made on the Essential Oils and Detox Theory article.
Robert Tisserand wrote: “Perhaps paradoxically, some essential oils have shown liver-protective effects in animal studies. This is NOT detoxifying the liver, but protecting it from toxicity from a specific substance, for example from chronic alcohol abuse or high-dose acetaminophen. Toxic effects may include oxidative stress and fatty liver. This will not apply to you unless you are taking these substances. And it may not apply at all, since currently there is no clinical evidence - no evidence that this works the same in humans as it does in rodents. It’s also important to understand that the essential oils which are the strongest antioxidants with liver-protective effects (clove, thyme, oregano…) only have this effect in low doses. In high doses the effect reverses, becoming pro-oxidant, and this is potentially harmful, especially to the liver. Therefore an essential oil heavy “detox” program makes little or no sense. You can read more on this topic here: Essential Oils and the Detox Theory
Application Suggestions (See Essential Oil Usage for more information and a dilution chart.)
Topical: Dilute with a carrier oil and apply as desired.
Internal: Cilantro is suitable for internal use within safe parameters if such use is deemed appropriate. We feel that internal use is rarely *needed* and should only be used with respect for how concentrated the oils are. HEO does not advocate internal use of essential oils without appropriate knowledge and understanding of how to administer, for what purpose, how much, which essential oils, safety concerns and so on. In our experience, essential oils are generally more effective used topically with proper dilution or inhaled. Kurt Schnaubelt Ph.D. notes that "French aromatherapy literature contains many references to using oils orally." He goes on to note that "generally 1 drop is always enough when ingesting essential oils." A potential toxicity hazard could occur when untrained people use essential oils orally and ingest too much. Keep in mind that while medical doctors or health care practitioners may prescribe essential oils for internal use, they are trained and experienced in the safe application of essential oils. It is not a matter of using "French aromatherapy" or "British" methods, it's a matter of experience and appropriate application.
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Generally non-toxic, non-irritant, and non-sensitizing. Tisserand notes that there are no known hazards or contraindications.
Avoid contact with the eyes and other sensitive areas. Essential oils are both lipophilic and hydrophobic. Lipophilic means they are attracted to fat—like the membranes of your eyes and skin. They are also hydrophobic, meaning they do not like water. Flushing with water will only send the essential oil back to the eye's membranes. Applying a carrier oil will create another fat for the essential oil to be attracted to other than the membranes of the eyes or skin. We’ve not known this to cause permanent injury or long-term discomfort, but if you feel concerned, please call your health care provider.
Battaglia, Salvatore, The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy, 2002, pages 286-287.
Tisserand, Robert; Young, Rodney, Essential Oil Safety: A Guide for Health Care Professionals, Elsevier Health Sciences UK 2nd Edition 2014, pages 259-260. Robert Tisserand Essential Training Facebook page.