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romatherapy Materia Medica

(Coriandrum sativum)

© Kathi Keville, Mindy Green
 (Excerpted from Aromatherapy)

Regardless of its reputation as a love potion, the 14th-century nuns of St. Just included coriander in their Carmelite water, a scent and complexion product that remained popular for the next four centuries. Coriander dominated Eau de Carnes cologne, a longtime Paris favorite, and still is used in the modern Coriandr‚ perfume. It may seem a surprising choice for a fragrance, let alone an aphrodisiac, but the secret is to blend it with other oils. Grown in Russia, coriander is used mostly as a flavoring and to provide the materials to manufacture many synthetic fragrances. It scents soaps and deodorants.

Family: Apiaceae (Umbelliferae)
Extraction: Distilled from the seed. It has a distinct spicy, sharp odor.
Medicinal Action: Coriander soothes inflammation, rheumatic pain, headaches, cystitis, flu, urinary inflammation, intestinal gas and diarrhea, and is antiseptic.
Emotional Attribute: Uplifting and motivating, the scent relieves stress.

Associated Oil:
Cilantro --This oil is distilled from coriander leaves, the popular herb that flavors Mexican, Chinese and Thai foods.

About The Author
Kathi Keville has studied herbs since 1969. Her attraction to fragrant plants led to an involvement in aromatherapy. Her other books include Herbs for Health and Healing;......more
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