Coriander Essential Oil

Medicinal Use of Coriander Essential Oil against Painful Joints and Rheumatism

Behind this herb there’s a powerful and natural antibiotic. There are lots of studies made on this plant and its essence. Luckily, everything about Coriander essential oil points towards some really great benefits.


In the first part of the article you’ll find out more about the oil and its working mechanism. You’ll get to know how to use it and in which situation. The oil of Coriander has strong anti-inflammatory effects.


It is good at soothing and relieving painful joints and rheumatism associated problems. And you’re about to find out why. Also, there will be a few simple blend recipes so you can use the oil right away.


In the second and last part of the post you can find out more information about the plant and its oil. After reading that part, you’ll be able to distinguish among the two different Coriander essential oils. Plus, there are a few safety considerations you should know about.  That is if you want to use your oil safely and enjoy its benefits more often.



Did You Know?

  • There were traces of coriander found in Crete, in a 6.000 years old perfume burner!


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The Power of Coriander Essential Oil and Remedies for Joint Problems


Botanical name: Coriandrum sativum

Texture: thin oil.

Aroma: a mild and warm bouquet of lemon and caraway, very characteristic.

Color: no color or pale yellow oil.

Other names: Arabian parsley, Chinese parsley



I’ve done a lot of research on essential oils. Yet, coriander is one of the few herbs that have been so thoroughly studied. It is a plant with a very long tradition though, so no wonder there.


Specialists still argue whether its origins are in the Middle East or in the South of Europe. On top of that, they still don’t know for sure where it grew wildly and where it was cultivated.


Apparently, some more recent discoveries show that, in Ancient Egypt, people cultivated the plant.


Regardless of where it grew and how, the important thing is that coriander is very accessible. We can find Coriander essential oil quite easily and the need to adulterate it is lower.


Read more about the adulteration of essential oils and how to choose the good quality ones.


I feel like I should make one thing very clear:


Coriander refers to the seeds of the Coriandrum sativum. While cilantro refers to the immature, fresh leaves of the same plant.


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Studies on Coriander Oil


As I was saying in the introduction, this herb is thoroughly researched. I found some pretty impressive results too. One of the studies tested the oil against Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacteria.


The test showed an effective antimicrobial activity. The oil killed almost all pathogenic bacteria, with the exception of Bacillus cereus and Enterococcus faecalis.


The oil of Coriander is especially useful against fungi and candida. It is even said that Coriander essential oil can effectively work in synergy with Amphotericin. The latter is a strong antifungal medication. It is used against Candida albicans, among other fungal infections.


How Does the Oil Work?


The oil of Coriander is among the best natural antibiotics. The way it acts is simple. It affects the protective membrane of the bacteria. This damage caused by the oil to the bacteria cells will disrupt the barrier between the bacteria and its environment.


Next, it will inhibit certain essential processes of the body, like breathing. The lack of oxygen will lead to the death of the bacteria.


It does not affect your breathing as you know it though. It affects only the oxygen intake that reaches the bacteria cells.


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The Chemical Profile of Coriander Essential Oil


I usually write about the chemical constituents of oils because of several reasons. One is to help those who want to do further research. This way you know where to start. Another reason is to help everyone understand what makes the oil efficient and how it behaves.


Its properties are given by these constituents. And another reason is that most of the constituents will be found in many other essential oils. Because of that, if you follow my blog posts, you’ll always know what those constituents do.


Coriander oil’s main constituents are:


  • 45 – 80% Linalool.
  • 2 – 10% Alpha pinene.
  • 9% Gamma-terpinene and limonene.
  • 2 – 4% Geranyl acetate.
  • 3 – 6% Camphor.
  • 2 – 4% Geraniol.


Linalool is the main constituent. It gives the oil important antispasmodic, antiseptic and tonic properties. It is also antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, sedative and antioxidant. Camphor is great as cellular regenerator.


Limonene and terpinene are good antivirals and stimulants. Pinene is a very good disinfectant and anti-tumor agent. Geranyl acetate is also antispasmodic, soothing and anti-inflammatory.


There are however, tens of other constituents that have anti-inflammatory effects. They can be found in lesser percentages, but they can definitely enhance the oil’s therapeutic effects.


As you can see, these substances can all bring something new “to the table”. Or they can enhance the basic activity of the oil, making it more potent.


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About Pain in the Joints and Rheumatism


Pain is the sign of inflammation. When a joint is painful it means there is an inflammation and maybe even an infection going on. Knees, ankles and shoulders suffer from this common joint problem all the time.


This inflammation can occur anywhere in the body or on the skin. It is the immune system’s defense mechanism. Bacteria and fungi are among the most common inflammation causing factors. That’s why Coriander essential oil is so good at soothing joint problems.


Rheumatism affects not only the joints, but the muscles and the fibroid tissues as well. Anywhere there’s an inflammation, the oil of Coriander can help.



Coriander oil can inhibit the effect of various enzymes in the body that cause pain and inflammation. Some of these enzymes are called prostaglandins. The lesser prostaglandins are produced, the smaller the pain and inflammation will be.


The flavonoids contained in this essential oil, all possess anti-inflammatory properties.


Did you know that too much inflammation in the body can create the perfect environment for tumors to develop? All the more reason to have your bottle of Coriander essential oil at hand then.


Certain studies on lab rats have clearly shown less inflammation when Coriander oil was used compared to steroids.


Steroids are what doctors prescribe their patients to soothe painful joints and rheumatic problems. In some cases they prescribe steroids even for skin problems.



Natural Remedies with Coriander Essential Oil


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Joint Pain Blend

You’ll need:

  • Coriander EO: 5 drops
  • Frankincense EO: 5 drops
  • Cumin EO: 5 drops
  • Olive oil: 2 tablespoons


Mix the ingredients well. Apply over the affected area with gentle massage movements. Apply as many times as necessary and keep the area warm. Try not to use the oil for more than 7 straight days.



Muscle and Ligament Pain Blend

You’ll need:

  • Coriander essential oil: 4 drops
  • Parsley essential oil: 3 drops
  • Birch essential oil: 4 drops
  • Tamanu oil: 2 tablespoons


Shake the blend well before application. Always use gentle massage movements all over the affected area. Repeat 3 – 5 times a day, for up to 7 days. If the pain doesn’t calm down in the meantime, you should visit your doctor right away.


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Concentrated Rheumatic Pain Blend

You’ll need:

  • Coriander: 10 drops
  • Frankincense: 10 drops
  • Olive oil: 2 tablespoons


Again, shake the blend well before use. Keep it stored in a dark container and in a dark, dry and cool place. Apply on the affected areas 4 – 5 times a day and keep it warm for at least half an hour. Heat eases the penetration of the oils so they can work faster.


You could also diffuse up to 6 drops of Coriander essential oil in your diffuser or candle burner. It will help with the pain and inflammation. On top of that, it will also improve your mood and relax your body and mind.


The best synergy with this oil can be obtained if you mix it with:


  • Cinnamon, Ginger, Marjoram, Juniper, and Rosemary essential oils.
  • Cypress, Bergamot, Frankincense, Sandalwood and Clary Sage also work great together.


The aromatic essence of Coriander can successfully be used against all sorts of joint problems and inflammations. You can also use it for digestion and skin disorders. But, these will be topics for future articles.



Did You Know?

  • Coriander is one of the aromatic plants that grew in the French royal domains. King Charlemagne (Charles the Great) ordered it so at the end of the 18th


Coriander Oils, Plant Facts and Safety Considerations


I have previously mentioned that there are two important parts of the plant. There are the seeds (coriander) and the leaves, fresh and immature (cilantro). Each part yields a different essential oil, with different properties.


The one I am referring to in this article is extracted from the seeds of the Coriandrum sativum plant. The method used is the steam distillation.


Coriander grows in the Central Europe, in the Mediterranean areas. Its origins however, are thought to be in the Middle East or the South of Europe. Scientists don’t know for sure.


You’ve seen what the Coriander seed oil can do and why. Now, the difference between the seed and the leaves oil is quite noticeable. The Coriander (cilantro) leaf oil is more potent than the seed oil. It is also sedative, anti-inflammatory, and antiseptic among others.


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Fresh cilantro, growing coriander.


Coriander essential oil (seed) can be phototoxic only if it is cold pressed. Steam distilled essential oils are not phototoxic!


Phototoxicity means the oil can cause severe skin reactions when exposed to the sun. Blisters, irritation, and skin sensitization are among the most common symptoms of phototoxicity. If you use them, you shouldn’t expose yourself to the sun for 24 – 36 hours after application.


Be careful though, it can be narcotic in high dosages!


Safety Considerations

  • Always test the oil for allergies. Pour a drop on a sensitive area like the wrist or the inside of the forearm. Monitor it for a few hours before using the oil on wider skin areas.
  • Also, never use this oil undiluted on the skin. Always mix it with vegetable oil, milk, yoghurt and even bath salts or honey.
  • Do not use during pregnancy and nursing.
  • Don’t use on children younger than 6 years old.
  • Never use the oil of Coriander internally without medical advice.
  • If you suffer from epilepsy, hypertension or renal failure, you should stay away from this oil.
  • Use small doses in diffusions and always ventilate the room. Leave at least 2 hours between diffusions to avoid headaches, nausea or intoxication.


When it comes to using natural remedies, essential oils are among the best. They are concentrated and potent substances. Because of that, sometimes they may need the supervision and approval of a doctor.


This depends on your purposes, of course. For diffusions and skin applications, the doctor’s approval is not usually necessary.


Still, if you want to know their opinion, ask doctors what they think about essential oils. Some hospitals have adopted Aromatherapy as a means to purify the air, get rid of foul odors and improve their patients’ and staff moods.


Coriander essential oil has proven that it is a strong antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory. It is also a good antioxidant. All these traits make it good for the soothing of painful joints and rheumatism. That is why I’ve done the necessary research, so you can get it all in one article.


What kind of remedy do you use when your joints hurt? Have the doctors recommended you natural remedies too? Or did they just give you a full list of pills to take daily?


Let us know so we can all learn as much as possible about soothing rheumatism and other inflammation pain naturally. I am also very curious if you’ve used Coriander essential oil and what you thought of it. 🙂



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