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Coriander is one of the most commonly used herbs and spices in the world.
It is suggested by archaeological evidence that it was cultivated by the ancient Egyptians, and folklore mentions it in ancient Persia and among the Hanging Gardens of Babylon – it’s even written about in Sanskrit texts.
It now grows wild over a wide area of Western Asia and Southern Europe. The oil has a range of uses, but is primarily extracted to tone skin, relieve pain, and improve personal odour.
Coriander seed essential oil can cleanse and tone skin.
The sun’s UV rays can expose our skin to free radicals, which can cause cell damage and make our skin appear more weathered over time. Coriander seed oil contains high levels of antioxidants, which help to prevent free radical damage and keep skin looking fresh and youthful.
Not only that, but the antibacterial properties in coriander seed oil can help to prevent acne and blackheads by cleansing the skin of the responsible microbes. Combining a few drops of coriander seed oil with a vegetable carrier oil or your favourite facial cleanser can help to create a clear, healthy glow.
It can provide pain relief.
Coriander seed oil is an anti-inflammatory, and it also improves circulation. This allows it to ease swelling in sore joints and muscles and promote circulation in those areas to speed up the healing process.
In this way, coriander seed oil can also reduce the pain of menstrual cramps and soothe headaches. Using a few drops of diluted coriander seed oil and applying topically can help to reduce pain and stimulate the body.
It can improve personal odour.
Coriander seed oil’s antimicrobial effects aren’t just useful for cleaning the skin. Coriander seed oil is also able to inhibit bacterial growth in the mouth and prevent the built up of unpleasant odours on the breath.
Try oil-pulling by combining a few drops of coriander oil with a vegetable carrier oil and swilling around the mouth for fresher breath.
Coriander oil has also been found to have a similar effect around sweat glands – it can inhibit the growth of odour-causing bacteria and act as a natural deodorant.
It may increase libido.
One of the oldest uses of coriander seed oil was as an aphrodisiac. Ancient Egyptians used coriander seed as a symbol for eternal love and would include it as an ingredient in love potions.
People believe this aphrodisiac effect may be due to the component phytoestrogen, which has been connected to improving erectile dysfunction and stimulate hormone production leading to increased sex drive.
Compared in the Bible to manna, coriander is written about in countless ancient texts, every one of them praising its varied benefits.
Today coriander is well known for its ability to add flavour to foods, and is gaining attention in the world of aromatherapy as a versatile home remedy.
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