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Coriander Seed
Coriandrum sativum

Plant Origin: USA
Method: Steam distillation of seeds
Cultivation: Unsprayed (grown organically but not certified)
Chemical Family: Monoterpenol
Aroma: Sweet, candy-like, spicy, woody with balsamic floral base notes
Note (Evaporation Rate): Middle

Key Constituents from GC/MS Analysis: CRD-102
linalool 66.40%
alpha pinene 8.69%
gamma terpinene 5.41%
geranyl acetate 3.88%
limonene 2.85%
geraniol 1.98%

Children? Suitable
Pregnancy/Breastfeeding? Suitable
Therapeutic Uses
Coriander Seed essential oil may support, aid, ease, soothe, reduce, calm, relax, promote and/or maintain healthy function of the following:
Blood Sugar 
Digestion (bloating, dysentery, dyspepsia, gas, IBS, spasms, stimulate appetite) 
Joint, aches and pains 
Muscle, pain 
Nervous tension 

Blends well with:
Citrus oils
Spice oils
Application Suggestions (See Essential Oil Usage for more information and a dilution chart.)
Topical: Dilute with a carrier oilunscented 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. A gentle, clockwise massage over the abdomen may bring relief of constipation.

Inhalation: Diffuse or use a personal Nasal Inhaler
Consider combining Coriander with Orange or Mandarin and a touch of Vetiver for a relaxing, soothing blend.

Internal: Coriander 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" or "British" methods, it's a matter of experience and appropriate application. Schnaubelt notes in Medical Aromatherapy that Coriander's preferred method of use is internal. 
Click here for information about internal usage.

Kurt Schnaubelt, Ph.D wrote in The Healing Intelligence of Essential Oils (p. 133) that 1 drop orally may help relieve gas.
The following anecdotal testimonies have not been reviewed by the FDA.
The products mentioned are not intended to diagnose, prevent, treat or cure disease.
Information shared on the HEO website is not intended to be a substitute for medical advice given by your trusted health care provider.
We believe that essential oils are provided by the Lord to support our health and well-being.
The Lord is our wisdom, protector and healer.
(Genesis 1:29-30, Ezekiel 47:12) 
1. Coriander worked good for my husband's snoring. I just applied some on the bottom of his feet with a carrier oil. - Leann
No known hazards or contraindications. It is considered non-toxic, non-irritant and non-sensitizing.

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.
Price, Shirley and Len, Aromatherapy for Health Professionals, Fourth Edition, Churchill Livingstone Elsevier, 2012.
Schnaubelt, Kurt, The Healing Intelligence of Essential Oils, 2111, pages 131-134.
Schnaubelt, Kurt, Medical Aromatherapy, 1999, page 192.
Tisserand, Robert; Young, Rodney, Essential Oil Safety: A Guide for Health Care Professionals, Elsevier Health Sciences UK 2nd Edition 2014, page 260-261.
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, pages 582-583.