11 Amazing Benefits of Cilantro or Coriander Essential Oil

by Meenakshi Nagdeve last updated -

The possible health benefits of cilantro or coriander essential oil can be attributed to its potential properties as an analgesic, aphrodisiac, antispasmodic, carminative, depurative, deodorant, digestive, fungicidal, lipolytic, stimulant, and stomachic substance.

What is Coriander Essential Oil?

Coriander essential oil is extracted from the seeds of coriander/cilantro with the help of steam distillation. The scientific name of coriander is Coriandrum sativum. Coriander essential oil consists of compounds like borneol, cineole, cymene, dipentene, linalool, phellandrene, pinene, terpineol, and terpinolene, and these are the causes behind its medicinal properties.

Coriander is famous worldwide as a spice, and we are aware of some of its medicinal properties as well, such as its digestive and stomachic properties. But seldom do we care to know about its other health benefits, those mainly enjoyed when its essential oil is used.

A bottle of coriander oil with a bowl of coriander seeds and leaves on a wooden table

Coriander oil is a unique oil that can be used internally to promote digestion. Photo Credit: Shutterstock

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Coriander or Cilantro Essential Oil Health Benefits

Let’s take a look at some of the important health benefits of cilantro essential oil now.

May Increase Libido

Coriander essential oil can make your married life heavenly. It may arouse and increases the libido, as well as potentially cure temporary impotency, frigidity of both males and females, erectile dysfunctions, and general loss of interest in sex. It may stimulate certain hormones that activate the sleeping Cupid in you and puts you in a frisky or naughty mood that is ready for some bedroom fun!

May Aid in Weight Loss

People who are fed up with trying all possible methods to lose weight need to pay attention to this property of cilantro essential oil. It promotes lipolysis, which means hydrolysis of lipids, which in turn means hydrolysis or breaking down of fats and cholesterol. The faster the lipolysis, the faster you get slim and lose weight. The best part of it is that you don’t need to get liposuction, which has terrible adverse effects on overall health and costs a fortune.

May Help Treat Spasms

Tired of endless coughing? Are you unable to put your best effort into sports due to frequent cramping? Then it is high time for you to try coriander essential oil. It will relieve you of spasmodic cramps, both of the limbs and intestines as well as coughs. Finally, it also relieves nervous cramps, convulsions, and generally relaxes your body and mind.

May Help Eliminate Gas

Coriander oil literally gives the gases built up in your body a healthy outlet. Only those who suffer from gas will know how it feels when you are finally relieved of it. You might be surprised to know that each year; many people die of gas since it becomes particularly dangerous when it rises upwards, rather than downwards. It can cause severe pain in the intestines, stomach, chest, and even in the muscles. It is a good idea to have a small teaspoon full of coriander oil and eliminate excess gas in your system. It also inhibits further gas formation, so you can stay up healthy and happy.

May Purify the Blood

Cilantro oil can help clean the blood of toxins and thus acts as a detoxifier or blood purifier. It may help remove regular toxins like uric acid, heavy metals, and certain compounds and hormones produced by the body itself, as well as other foreign toxins which get into the blood accidentally.

May Reduce Pain

Components like terpineol and terpinolene make coriander oil an analgesic, which means any agent that reduces pain. This oil has been found to be effective for curing toothaches, headaches, and other pain of the joints and muscles, as well as those resulting from injuries or collisions. It reduces pain by desensitizing the affected area.

May Act as Deodorant

Like coriander, coriander oil is a good deodorant. It can reduce bad breath and eliminates mouth and body odor when used either internally or externally. When consumed or ingested, the typical aroma of coriander oil mixes with sweat and fights body odor as well as oral odor coming up from your stomach, filling your mouth. This also helps to inhibit bacterial growth in your mouth and around your sweat glands, thereby fighting odor. It can be mixed with water, then externally applied, or used as a mouthwash to get all of these benefits.

May Stimulate Hormone Secretion

It can stimulate and warm up the organ systems and various functions going on inside the body. It stimulates hormone and enzymes secretions, digestion, excretion, brain functions, and nervous system activity. It also boosts your spirits.

May Help Tone Stomach

It ensures good health of the stomach by regulating all stomach functions and toning up the stomach.

May Improve Digestion

Coriander oil has very good digestive properties. It gives prompt relief of indigestion and flatulence and its aroma also acts as an appetizer.

May Inhibit Fungal Infections

It may inhibit the growth of fungus and helps to treat fungal infections. This potential property can help treat a number of skin diseases, most of which are caused due to fungal infections. It may also help to treat the symptoms of dysentery, which is often caused by fungal growth.

Other Benefits

Coriander oil improves appetite, regulates endocrinal secretions, cures nausea, and eliminates vomiting as a symptom of many conditions.

Word of Caution: There is nothing serious in terms of health risks, but if taken in excess, coriander essential oil can make you lose control over your senses for a while, as if you are spellbound. It is a powerful agent that impacts the body, but it can also impact the mind and cause you to lose the ability to think clearly or make decisions, so be careful!

Blending: The other essential oils with which Coriander Oil can be blended with are Bergamot, Cinnamon, Grapefruit, Ginger, Neroli, Lemon, Lime, Orange and other Citrus fruits oils.

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About the Author

Meenakshi Nagdeve, Co-Founder, Organic Facts is a health and wellness enthusiast and is responsible for managing it. She has completed the Nutrition And Healthy Living Cornell Certificate Program, Cornell University, US. She holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Management from IIM Bangalore and B. Tech in Metallurgical Engineering and Materials Science from IIT Bombay. Prior to this, she worked for a few years in IT and Financial services. An ardent follower of naturopathy, she believes in healing with foods. In her free time, she loves to travel and taste different types of teas.

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