Coriander essential oil

Coriander essential oil information

Coriander essential oil information

General Information

Common Name: Coriander

Scientific Name: Coriander sativum

Family: Apiaceae (Umbelliferae)

Origin: Europe, western Asia, North America, Cultivated worldwide. Oil mainly produced in Russia, Bulcan states and Romania

Synonyms: Coriander seed, Chinese parsley


Essential Oil Properties and Characteristics

Coriander essential oil is colourless to pale yellow with a sweet, woody-spicy, slightly musky fragrance. Mainly linalol (55-75 percent), decyl aldehyde, borneol, geraniol, carvone, anethole, among other; constituents; vary accordingly to source.

Origin and History

Coriander is native to Europe and Western Asia although now it is cultivated worldwide. The coriander herb is strong and aromatic and stands about 1 metre high with bright green delicate leaves, umbels of lacelike white flowers, followed by a mass of green (turning brown) round seeds. There are various chemotypes of the same species found according to geographical location.

The coriander herb has a long history of use the seeds were found in the ancient Egyptian tomb of Rameses II. The seeds and leaves are widely used as garnish and domestic spice, especially in curries.

Method of Extraction

Coriander essential oil is extracted by steam distillation from the crushed ripe seeds. (An essential oil is also produced by steam distillation from the fresh and dried leaves, which contains a high proportion of decyl aldehyde).

Precautions During Use (Contraindications)

Coriander essential oil is generally non-toxic, non-irritating and non-sensitising. Stupefying in large doses - use in moderation. 

Therapeutic properties

Coriander essential oil is refreshing and comforting oil. It is also warming and good for everyday aches and pains. It can also act as an aphrodisiac.

Coriander essential oil blends well with pine, cinnamon, petitgrain, clove bud, clary sage, sandalwood, frankincense, bergamot, cypress, jasmine, neroli and ginger.