Coriander (Coriandrum sativum)
Location: Coriander is cultivated in the Balkan States, Morocco, Rumania and Russia.
Extraction: Steam distilled from the seeds.
Colour and Odour: The essential oil is colourless and has a sweet, spicy-woody aroma.
Description: A small herb growing to 60cm with bright green, delicate leaves and whitish-pink flowers.
Background: Known to the ancient Egyptians and Greeks, who called it "Koris" (which means "bug"),as the fresh leaves smell of squashed bug when crushed. Both the plant and essential oil improve in odour when allowed to age. Coriander is also used in Indian curries.
Properties: Stimulant, carminative, anti-spasmodic, tonic.
Digestive System-Can be good for chronic digestive disturbances and lack of vitality. Can stimulate the appetite.
Muscular System-Useful for muscular aches and tiredness.
Emotion- Coriander's warm, provocative scent gently encourages the tired mind into action. Good for mental fatigue and can help with memory.