I want to tell you about one of my favorite oils. It’s Coriander Seed! You might be familiar with Coriander Seed, the seasoning in your kitchen, so you can imagine that it has a spicy aroma. The Latin binomial is Coriandrum sativum. The leaves of the Coriandrum sativum are also used as cilantro fresh and steam distilled into cilantro essential oil.
Coriander Seed essential oil is very high in the constituent linalool. Linalool is commonly known as a CNS depressant. High amounts of linalool are also present in Lavender, Rosewood and Ho Wood.
Coriander has a very deep, low base note aroma that is very similar to Rosewood and Ho Wood.
I love to use it in anything I’m blending that should promote relaxation. It’s a great base note because it adds complexity to your blend and aroma. It mixes very well with Orange, Bergamot and Lavender. You can add a few drops of Lavender and Coriander essential oil to your oil for a relaxing massage, to an unscented body wash to use in your bath, or add some to your favorite unscented lotion.
I find Coriander to be highly underrated because when I think about essential oils with a good base note, oils like Patchouli, Myrrh, and Sandalwood. One thing all of those oils have in common is that they are expensive. Coriander is such an amazing value because it’s one of the more affordable base notes for blending or perfumery. People often talk about using Ho Wood. It’s trendy right now. Ho Wood is an oil from China, that been partially isolated. Why would you want a cheap Chinese isolate when you can have this rich Coriander from Eastern Europe?
If you’re interested in blending on a budget, this oil is indispensable. That’s why it was chosen to be among my first line of oils.
Coriander is known to have been used by medieval European witches. It’s a seed, so it is especially healing for the sacral chakra. This oil has so much depth, I could go on for days. It would blend well with Geranium and Lavender in a romance blend.