6 Ways to Use Coriander Oil For Complete Skin Care
Perhaps you’ve already heard about the health benefits of essential oils, but there are a lot of essential oils out there, and each one can do different things. So, while you reach for the soothing lavender oil, or the popular and minty tea tree, don’t forget to add one more essential oil to your collection that is great for your skin: coriander.
What is Coriander Oil Exactly?
Coriander oil (Coriandrum sativum L.), is an oil produced from the seeds of the coriander plant, better known as cilantro. However, don’t confuse cilantro essential oil with coriander oil. Coriander oil is made from the seeds of the plant which are steam distilled; cilantro oil is produced from the leaves.
Coriander widely spread through France, Spain and parts of Russia after being introduced to Europe in the 18th century by the Egyptians. The health benefits of coriander oil have been used for centuries!
What does it smell like? It’s aroma is described as woody, spicy, and a little sweet. Coriander oil blends beautifully with aniseed, anise-star, bay, bergamot, black pepper, cardamom, cinnamon, cumin, dill, geranium, ginger, lemon, myrtle, neroli, niaouli, nutmeg, orange (and other citrus fruit oils), sandalwood, clary sage, cypress and rosewood.
What Can Coriander Oil Do For Your Skin?
Since coriander oil is packed with “free radical destroying antioxidants, complexion-friendly minerals, skin boosting vitamin C,” and anti bacterial, antiseptic, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory AND detoxifying properties, it’s only right that coriander gets added to your skin care regiment. Here’s how:
1. Tone and rejuvenate the skin
- Toss a handful of fresh, rinsed coriander leaves, 2 egg whites and 1/2 cup uncooked oats into a food processor.
- Blend till everything is well mixed and reaches a thick, paste-like consistency.
- Apply this paste to freshly cleansed face; let is sit for 10-15 minutes or until it hardens, then rinse off.
2. Reduce breakouts (pimples/blackheads/moles) in oily skin areas
- Add 1 teaspoon each of lemongrass, coriander and chamomile to a pan.
- Add 1 cup boiling water and let it cool for an hour.
- Pour the herbs and water in a blender and blend on high till it seems like a paste.
- Apply this paste to cleansed skin for 20 minutes, then wash with warm water. End with a final splash of cold water.
3. Treat itchy and dry skin
- Make a paste of coriander seeds with a little bit of water and a teaspoon of honey.
- Apply paste over the itchy skin for instant relief.
4. Treat sunburns/wounds/scars
- Soak 1 tablespoon powdered coriander seeds in 1 cup of sunflower, almond or olive oil; let infuse for a week.
- Apply this oil all over your body at night, especially concentrating on areas that have been sunburnt, wounded or scarred. Repeat daily.
5. Treat cracked lips
- Prepare a mixture of 2 teaspoons of coriander juice and 1 teaspoon of lemon juice.
- Apply this all over the lips and leave overnight. Wash off next morning and repeat the same for a few days to reveal smooth pink lips.
6. Smooth Skin
- Toss 1/2 cup of oatmeal, 1/4 cup of milk, 1/4 cup of chopped cucumber and 1 handful of fresh coriander into a food processor or blender.
- Blend for about a minute, till the mixture starts looking smooth; spoon it out into a glass bowl.
- Apply this mixture on your face and let it sit for 20 minutes or until hardened; then rinse.
Essential Oil Precautions
As beneficial as essential oils are to your health and well being, it is important to test for skin sensitivity prior to any widespread use. Even if you pass the skin sensitivity test with flying colors, using any essential oil excessively can cause skin sensitivity since essential oils are highly concentrated and potent.
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You can test any essential oil by diluting and patch testing it, as well as starting with small amounts. Keep in mind that although essential oils are used aromatically, topically, internally, and externally i.e. around the home, not all oils are meant for internal use.
It is also important to keep in mind that not all brands of essential oils are created equally. Choose a trusted brand, and NEVER use an essential oil in a way that is not recommended by the maker!
A good brand uses the proper plant varieities grown from their indigenous regions. The plants should be grown without chemical pesticides, herbicides etc., and a good brand would have their oils third party tested. It’s also a good sign if the brand approves internal use of their essential oils.
Finally, keep all essential oils away from your eyes, ears and nose. If you are pregnant or have a serious health condition, consult your physician before using essential oils.
Additional Health Benefits of Coriander Oil
Coriander oil is certainly not a one-trick pony! In addition to supporting healthy, radiant skin, coriander oil can be used for the following benefits:
- Curing stomach gas and stomach cramps
- Reducing fever
- Improving menstrual flow
- Reducing hair loss
- Supporting healthy circulatory function
- Increasing libido
- Decreases sweating
- Increasing energy
- Stimulating liver and spleen
- Treating vertigo
- Supporting a healthy pancreas function
- Treating bad breath
- Promoting digestion
- Aiding in healthy insulin response (when mixed with cinnamon oil)
- Soothing joint and muscle discomfort
- Curing fungal infections
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