Coriander – October 2015 “Liz” blog post
Obscure No More
Get the good news about this essential oil
by Liz Leopardi
When you think of essential oils, several will spring to mind first … Tea Tree, Lavender, Frankincense … but probably not Coriander.
And why not? I have no idea. But I’m going to make Coriander my public relations client-du-jour and tell you why it is so wonderful.
Coriander has a connection to the Bible, although it’s a bit obscure. Did you know that, according to scriptures in Exodus and Numbers, manna resembled coriander seed? Do you know what coriander seed looks like? Me neither (that really cleared things up). I don’t profess to know exactly how God created manna. But I will ask for the recipe when I get to the other side (because I’m sure I will be an excellent cook in Heaven).
Manna … that reminds me of an obscure song. I warned you on a previous blog that is that I think in songs and lyrics. If “ … manna burgers, manna soufflé, filet of manna, bamanna bread …” sound familiar, then you know Keith Green’s song about a long walk in the desert, “So You Wanna Go Back to Egypt.” And if you don’t know the song … https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MD9W61KZYxk
But I digress …
Known for its benefits to the digestive and endocrine systems, Coriander is especially helpful in balancing blood sugar. Do you need to rev up your circulation or lymphatic drainage? Coriander to the rescue! It is also a good go-to essential oil for aches and pains, including the especially tough ones of arthritis, rheumatism and gout.
Coriander … it has an uplifting, refreshing smell like … Coriander! Without scratch-and-sniff Internet, I’ll have to just say what the aroma does – it helps uplift you when you’re exhausted. But be careful and use it in moderation because, in high doses, it can have a narcotic effect. And it’s a no-no for pregnant women.
But those stretch marks you can get because of those bambinos? Stretch and reach for Coriander. It helps in recovery from childbirth, and helps reduce stretch marks, scars and, added to face cream, those signs of aging. Low libido, anyone? Yep, Coriander.
This wonderful essential oil also helps you recover from lengthy illness, and has properties including antibacterial, antifungal, antioxidant, and antispasmodic. Coriander can even help in cooking, added to foods to create a unique flavor and, historically used to stimulate the appetite.
So, I got curious about what Coriander seed looks like and, well, it looks like seeds but what really got my attention are the leaves. They look like cilantro because, low and behold, they ARE cilantro. Whodathunk? Doubting myself, I looked at the botanical name for the essential oil and the Wikipedia reference and, yes, both are Coriandrum sativum.
Back to Coriander essential oil. How do you learn the safest ways to use it? Get the book or the free e-book. Foundational Aromatherapy is the book by Leiann King and Brenda Wright and is available here: and at http://www.essentialforoils.com
(hint: Christmas is coming …)
Nearly half of the book is offered as a free e-book, with detailed information about 46 single oils and 25 blends: http://foundationalaromatherapy.com/ebook/
I’ve heard that the word “manna” is from the Hebrew words that mean, “what is it?” (Yes, I thought that was funny too.) Apparently only God knows what manna is, but at least we are now much better acquainted with Coriander essential oil.
Have a purrfect day!