Plant Origin: USA
Method: Steam distillation of leaves
Cultivation: Unsprayed (grown organically but not certified)
Chemical Family: Aldehyde/Monoterpenol
Aroma: Fresh, herbaceous
Note (Evaporation Rate): Middle
Key Constituents from GC/MS Analysis: Lot #CLT-102
Cilantro essential oil may support, aid, ease, soothe, reduce, calm, relax, promote and/or maintain healthy function of the following:
Digestion (appetite stimulator, bloating, dyspepsia, gas, IBS, nausea, spasms)
Muscle aches and pain
Aromatherapy Literature Notes
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
(See Essential Oil Usage
for more information and a dilution chart
Dilute with a carrier oil
, unscented lotion
or unscented cream
and apply on area of concern or as desired. Consider using a roll-on applicator
for ease of application of prediluted oil.
or use a personal Nasal Inhaler
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. 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. Tisserand suggests: "With essential oils, fatty oil has been suggested as an appropriate first aid treatment, though the advantage of saline [eyewash] is that the eyes can be continually flushed, and this is less easy with fatty oil.” We are not aware of a case where essential oil in the eyes caused 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.
Tisserand, Robert, Tisserand Essential Training Facebook page.
Wildwood, Chrissie, Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Aromatherapy, Bloomsbury Publishing, 1996, page 262.
Worwood, Valerie Ann, The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy, New World Library, 2016, page 582-583.