Cilantro

Cilantro Essential Oil

Cilantro and Coriander essential oils come from the same plant, coriandrum sativum, but are extracted in different ways. Coriander, with a milder odor, is extracted from the seeds while Cilantro is steam extracted from the leaves of the plant. The plant is from the parsley family and is commonly used for seasoning in Asian, Latin, and Indian foods. The Chinese also valued Cilantro for its medicinal qualities.

Properties

Analgesic
Antibacterial
Antifungal
Antioxidant
Antispasmodic
Digestive
Stimulant

Essential Oil Uses

Cilantro may be used for indigestion and has the added benefits of being an antioxidant that helps control free radicals as well as helping to leach heavy metals from the human body. It is also a strong antibacterial and anti fungicide agent.

Helps with Arthritis, colds, colic, diarrhea, exhaustion, flatulence, flu, infections, migraine, muscular aches and pains, nausea, neuralgia, poor circulation, rheumatism, and stiffness. Cilantro makes a good addition to a digestive blend.

Coriander has been long valued in Ayurvedic medicine for its anti-inflammatory properties and has recently been studied for its cholesterol-lowering and effects and use in type 2 diabetes. It is also used in skin diseases, digestive disorders, and cough and cold remedies.

Cilantro oil is rated as GRAS by the FDA and can be safely used for internal consumption.

What is the difference between Cilantro and Coriander?

The Latin name for the herb in question is Coriandrum sativum, from which it can easily be seen where the word “coriander” is ultimately derived. The word “cilantro” is from the Spanish translation of this word.

In the United Kingdom, we would refer to the leaves and stalks of the plant as “coriander” and to the seeds as “coriander seeds”: the word “cilantro” does not exist. In the United States, I now know that the leaves and stalks of the plant are referred to as “cilantro,” while the seeds are referred to as “coriander.”

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