Updated: Jan 9
The History of Coriander
Coriander has been harvested and used for thousands of years, making it one of the oldest and most adored spices and herbs record. Coriander seeds have been located in ancient ruins dating back to 5000 BCE. Rumour has it, the plant was grown in Persia and used as an aroma in the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, which is one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. The coriander seed is also spoken of in the Bible, where it is compared to manna, the substance that was miraculously supplied as food to the Israelites in the wilderness.
Coriander and Cilantro oils originate from the same plant, Coriandrum sativum, but the two are quite different and can't be substituted for one another. The flavour of Coriander is warm, nutty, and spicy, while Cilantro is more herby and citrusy. This is due to the different parts of the plant they come from. Coriander oil is from the seeds while Cilantro oil is from the leaves. Coriander and Cilantro began to spread around the world with the growth of civilisations. The ground seeds were readily used in natural remedies, especially in parts of India.
Coriander offers a spicy and earthy scent that complements citrus fruits. Still used mostly for cooking, in its highly concentrated essential oil form, Coriander has benefits beyond the kitchen. In this day and age, ground coriander can be found in most supermarkets and is commonly used in making curry, chilli and soups. Coriander essential oil also continues to be used for its health benefits as research confirms some of the healing properties that popular folklore once claimed Coriander provides.
Coriander in Numbers
A 10ml bottle will cost you £2.95, and a whole kilogram works out to be £117.95! Definitely not the cheapest, but in the grand scheme of things it is still a bargain! You should never put a price on health, but you should put a score. Coriander scores a...
Coriander Essential Oil offers a spicy, earthy scent, and complements citrus aromas wonderfully. I'm personally a big fan of Coriander and Lime. Some aromatherapists have claimed that the smell improves if allowed to age, but we don't have time for that! In the here and now I would score Coriander a...
To be completely honest, it is not the most potent smelling oil. If anything, it is very gentle and subtle. Which isn't necessarily a bad thing when blending with other oils, e.g. lime. It makes for a very complimentary partner with most citrus oils. Overall though, I will give the strength a solid...
Coriander, when used in aromatherapy, can boost mood and promote relaxation as it alleviates anxiety and stress.
Coriander essential oil is an anti-inflammatory and improves circulation, making it excellent for providing pain relief.
Due to Coriander's antibacterial and antifungal properties, it is an excellent choice for treating skin irritation.
Coriander oil promotes healthy, clean, and clear skin. The oil has soaring levels of antioxidants, which help to prevent free radical damage.
Coriander essential oil can promote healthy digestion.
Coriander hasn't blown me away with its uses. Yeah, it does have some good points, but compared to other essential oils, it's just not in the same league. Therefore it scores a...
Coriander is, without a doubt, a very popular herb. But when it comes to the essential oil, not as much. In saying that, it is still up there in terms of sales, and with each passing day, more research is being developed to demonstrate just how effective Coriander oil can be. I give Coriander oil a...
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