Monday, September 16, 2013

Cilantro or Coriander, it is your choice....

What works for some, may not work for another.  These two oils come from the same source and have the basically the same healing properties, but one comes from the actual plant & the other comes from the seed. 

Both have been used as a culinary spice for years as well as being used as the "secret to happiness". 

Both are great essential oils for diffusing to stimulate the mind and ease tension. 
The cold weather months on approaching which means eating a lot of "comfort food" for some.  Sometimes a lot of that "comfort food" can lead to indigestion.  Both are good to ease that overeating (which I don't recommend). 

Let's take a look...according to Spark Naturals

Description. Coridander and Cilantro 
come from the same plant but are extracted 
in different ways. Cilantro comes from the leaves 
(coriander from the seeds)                  
Properties:  Analgesic, antioxidant,                         
antispasmodic,Apertif, bactericidal,
digestive, carminative, fungicidal,
revitalizing, stimulant, stomachic

Historical Uses:
Used in many different cultures
in cooking from salsa to spices, Cilantro has
also been used in Chinese medicine for its
digestive and antioxidant properties.

Possible Uses:
Diffuse to stimulate mind and ease tension.
Apply topically (diluted) to help with digestive issues,
 arthritis  & sore muscles
Consume in recipes such as guacamole and salsa

Blends well With:  Bergamot, cinnamon, ginger,
 grapefruit, lemon, and Wild Orange

Cilantro Essential Oil Application:
Can be used aromatically
Can be consumed

Can be used topically (Dilute before using on skin)

Description: Coriander oil has a pleasant, sweet, 
spicy, candy-like odor. The lower notes are floral, 
balsamic, and peppery. The aroma is sometimes 
described as warm and faintly floral. Coriander is 
 also an Anti-Oxidant with a high ORAC score that 
helps with the digestive and circulatory system.

Properties: Analgesic, Antifungal, Antispasmodic and Stimulant
Historical Uses: Coriander has been used in 
Mexico and Peru as an integral ingredient in their 
chili and cooking. The Chinese believe that those 
who consume coriander seeds will be rewarded 
with immortality. The Israelites used Coriander in 
their cooking to help with digestion and 
gastrointestinal issues.

Possible Uses:
Dilute in liquid for stomach ailments. 
Coriander has a warming effect on 
the stomach which helps with gas, 
muscle spasms and menstrual cramps.
Diffuse to stimulate the mind and ease fatigue.
Mix with massage oil or dilute in bath 
to help ease digestive issues, muscle spasms, 
headaches and assist in detoxifying the body.
Blends well With
Bergamot, Cinnamon, Ginger, Grapefruit and other spice oils.
Coriander Essential Oil Application:
Can be used aromatically
Can be consumed

Can be used topically 

If one does not work for you, then try the other.   Not all essential oils work the same from person to person. 

This advice goes for ALL essential oils: 
Cautions:  Always test a small amount of essential oil for sensitivity or allergic reation.  If you are pregnant, use under a doctors care. 

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