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Botanical Name: Coriandrum sativum

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Origin: USA

Method of Extraction: Steam Distilled

Characteristics: Cilantro, Coriander Herb, Coriandrum sativum –is steam distilled to recover a mobile
liquid of light color with a pleasant herbal aldehydic aroma. The leaves are low yield and for this reason cilantro is never likely to be a cheap oil. The smell is not as sweet as coriander fruit/seed but there is a definite family resemblance.

Cilantro should not be used in place of coriander as a general rule, but it can be used in blends when both oils are featured. Typically there is an innate harmony in blending oils of the same genus and species. Cilantro is not as common in traditional aroma therapy and historically leaves were not easy to trade and transport over long distances. Dried seeds like coriander were carried along the ancient spice routes so that uses of cilantro leaf were local. It was slow developing as a distilled and refined commercial ingredient.

Tragically few aroma therapy manuals even mention cilantro but there is extensive research regarding other aldehydes and that class of oils. Doctor Kurt Schnaubelt writes extensively about aldehydes.

Aldehydes are present at greater than trace amounts in many common oils like lemon and orange. Lemongrass, cinnamon and cumin are all dominated by aldehyde content. Typically this is a class with anti-inflammatory properties. They are antiviral, antifungal and help manage the nervous system. Aroma therapists and essential oil chemists like Kimberly Keniston-Pond, Patricia Davis and Marcel Lavabre have written about the therapeutic function of aldehydes in essential oils.

Descriptions of aromas are notoriously vague but one reoccurring attribute of aldehydes is that they are regarded as clean and natural smells. Cumin is the one exception. It is in this fresh profile that cilantro offers the most potential. In aroma therapy when targeting illness that already responds to other aldehydes, use of cilantro to improve aroma is a legitimate option. In concert with lemon, lime and bergamot, monoterpene rich oils that already contain some aldehydes, an addition of 0.5 to five percent cilantro might improve the overall aroma and efficacy of the blend.

Please Note: The information on is only provided for educational purposes, and further research should be done on each essential oil to be assured of its proper usage for each individual. Aromatherapy is not meant to be a replacement for care under a qualified health professional, but should be considered a complimentary form of healthcare.

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1 oz, 4 oz, 1 lb, 1 kg


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