Cilantro oil, USA - According to New Choices in Natural Health, edited by Bill Gottlieb of Prevention magazine, practical uses for Cilantro include anger management, burns, insect bites and stings. Although the uses described call for fresh Cilantro, there is little doubt the creative Aromatherapist will add Cilantro essential oil to blends already targeting the listed conditions. Dr. Vasant Lad, Director of the Ayurvedic Institute in Albuquerque, New Mexico recommends Cilantro and Chamomile oils to help calm sudden anger. Dr. Lad also recommends fresh Cilantro juice as a dressing for burns, bites and stings.
Holistic professionals should keep in mind that since Cilantro oil is actually distilled from the leaf of Coriandrum Sativum the oil’s aroma bears a striking resemblance to Coriander oil, distilled from the seed of the same plant. In blends it may very well prove a better choice. Coriander is described by Michele A. Williams, author of Only the Essentials, as “herbal, woodsy, and sweet.” Williams says Coriandrum Sativum is relaxing, uplifting, refreshing and may help memory. She recommends blending it with Citrus, Sage and Fir Needle. In addition, cilantro oil has many culinary uses and has found many uses in Asian and Mexican cuisines especially in salsa and other dishes which would normally call for the fresh herb.
One of my personal favorite blends to diffuse is cilantro and lime oil. Just a few drops of each in the diffuser and I feel refreshed and alive!