Essential Oil Spotlight: Coriander

Coriander (Coriandrum sativum L.) is steam-distilled from the seeds of a plant in the parsley family. This oil is known for its woody, spicy, and sweet aroma. Coriander essential oil contains analgesic, antibacterial, antifungal, antioxidant, antirheumatic, antispasmodic, and stimulant health properties. Coriander most directly affects the digestive and hormonal systems.

Historically, coriander was used by the Chinese for dysentery, piles, measles, nausea, toothache, and painful hernias. Today, this essential oil is commonly used to help with cartilage injury, degenerative disease, muscle aches, muscle development, muscle tone, and whiplash.

Other uses for this essential oil include anorexia, arthritis, colds, colic, diarrhea, digestive spasms, dyspepsia, flatulence, flu, gout, infections, migraines, nervous exhaustion, neuralgia, poor circulation, rheumatism, and stiffness.

Application of Coriander Essential Oil and Safety Data:

Topical Application: Coriander essential oil can be applied neat (with no dilution) directly on location or to reflex points.
Aromatic Application: Aromatically, coriander is a gentle stimulant for those with low physical energy. It also helps one relax during times of stress, irritability, and nervousness. It may also provide a calming influence to those suffering from shock or fear.
Internal Application: This oil is recognized as safe for human consumption by the FDA. Coriander also serves as a wonderful flavoring agent in many recipes.
Safety Data: Coriander should not be taken internally by children under the age of 6 and should be used with caution and in greater dilution for children 6 years and older.

Ways to Use Coriander Essential Oil:

1. Diffuse
With its powerful aromatic influence, coriander adds a nice touch to some of your favorite diffuser blends. Here are just a few diffuser blends you can try out!

2. Alzheimer’s
Diffuse a blend of 1 part coriander and 2 parts lemon using an aromatherapy diffuser for 15 minutes daily.

3. Cooking
Coriander essential oil can add an amazing flavor to any of your favorite meals. Here are some of our favorite recipes that use coriander essential oil!

4. Massage Oil
Coriander essential oil can help to improve circulation, so it can be very effective in a massage oil. For an invigorating massage, combine 1 oz. (25 ml) Sweet Almond Oil with 3 drops coriander, 3 drops frankincense, 2 drops lime, and 2 drops rose in a small bowl or 1 oz. bottle. Gently rub a small amount into your muscles.

Sources:
Modern Essentials™: The Complete Guide to the Therapeutic Use of Essential Oils, 9th Edition, p. 56.
Organic Beauty with Essential Oil by Rebecca Park Totilo

Cilantro Lime Chicken with Avocado Salsa

If you’re looking for a fun new recipe to spice up your dinners, you have to try this yummy cilantro lime chicken! The flavor is rich and savory, and the salsa is delicious. This recipe is simple and can be made up ahead of time, or quickly on the spot!

Cilantro Lime Chicken

  • Servings: 4–6
  • Difficulty: Moderate
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Ingredients:

  • 4–6 chicken breasts
  • Juice of 2 limes
  • 1/2 cup (30 g) chopped parsley
  • 1/2 cup (120 ml) olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp. (30 ml) honey
  • 2 tsp. (12 g) salt
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely minced
  • 1/2 tsp. (1 g) onion powder
  • 3 drops lime essential oil
  • 5–10 drops cilantro essential oil
  • 1 drop black pepper essential oil
  • 1 drop cumin essential oil
  • 1 drop coriander essential oil

Instructions:

  1. Combine all ingredients thoroughly, and place in a plastic zip-top bag.
  2. Marinate in the fridge for at least 1 hour or up to overnight.
  3. Remove the chicken from the bag, and drain the remaining marinade.
  4. Cook the chicken over medium heat in a frying pan until cooked thoroughly and lightly browned.
  5. Top with avocado salsa (recipe below), and enjoy!

Cilantro Lime Avocado Salsa

  • Servings: Yield=2–3 cups
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

  • 2 avocadoes, diced
  • 2 tomatoes, diced
  • 1/4 cup (50 g) onion, finely diced
  • Juice of 1/2 lime
  • 1/4 tsp. (1 g) garlic powder
  • 2–3 drops cilantro essential oil, to taste
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Instructions:

  1. Combine all ingredients in a bowl, being careful not to stir so much that the avocadoes get mushed.
  2. Serve with chicken, chips, or flatbread.

Pressure Cooker Butter Chicken (Flavored with Essential Oils!)

Butter chicken is simple to make and commonly liked, even by those who don’t normally like Indian food. This version of butter chicken uses essential oils to achieve the exotic flavor of the dish. We used a pressure cooker (Instant Pot®) for this recipe, but you could let it simmer on the stove with similar results.

Butter Chicken with Essential Oils

  • Servings: 6–8
  • Difficulty: Moderate
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Initial Ingredients:

  • 1 can (14 oz.) diced tomatoes
  • 5–6 cloves garlic
  • 1 tsp. (3 g) turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp. (1 g) cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp. (2 g) paprika
  • 1 tsp. (6 g) salt
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 tsp. (2 g) garam masala
  • 2 lbs. (1 kg) boneless chicken thighs (see substitution note below)

Final Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup (100 g) coconut oil or butter, cut into cubes
  • 1/2 cup (120 ml) coconut milk or heavy cream
  • Pinch nutmeg
  • 2 drops cumin essential oil
  • 1–2 drops coriander essential oil
  • 1 drop cardamom essential oil
  • 1 drop cassia essential oil
  • 1 drop clove essential oil
  • 1 drop black pepper essential oil
  • 1 drop ginger essential oil
  • 1/4–1/2 cup (15–30 g) fresh cilantro or parsley, chopped

Instructions:

  1. Place all the initial ingredients into the pressure cooker. Mix the sauce well, and then place the chicken on top of the sauce.
  2. Seal the pressure cooker, and cook on high pressure for 10 minutes. Let the pressure release naturally for 10 minutes before quickly releasing the remaining pressure.
  3. Remove the chicken, and set aside. Remove and discard the bay leaf.
  4. Using an immersion blender (or regular blender with care—the liquid is really hot!), blend up the sauce.
  5. Allow the sauce to cool a little before adding the butter, coconut milk, cilantro or parsley, nutmeg, and essential oils. If you add these items while the sauce is too hot, it will be a thin sauce. Just place it in the fridge for a little bit to help it thicken.
  6. Cut the chicken into chunks before adding back into the sauce.
  7. Serve over rice or zucchini noodles or with a side of naan.

Notes/Substitutions:

  • You can substitute some or all the chicken with tofu, steamed vegetables, or shrimp. Just add 1/4 cup (60 ml) water to the sauce before cooking, then add the substituted ingredients after cooking and heat until warm or cooked through.
  • You can use frozen chicken. Just push it into the sauce before cooking and add 1–2 minutes to the cook time.

Black Bean Chili and Rosemary Cornbread

This essential oil–flavored chili and cornbread make the perfect meal for a cold evening. This recipe is easy to make whether you make it on the stove, in a pressure cooker, or in a slow cooker.

Black Bean Chili

  • Servings: 6–8
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients & Supplies:

  • 2 tsp. (10 ml) olive oil
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 1 green bell pepper, diced
  • 1 jalapeño pepper, seeded and minced (or 1 small can of green chiles)
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 lb. (450 g) organic, grass-fed ground beef
  • 1 (14.5 oz.) can dark red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 (14.5 oz.) cans black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 (14.5 oz.) cans diced tomatoes, undrained (or substitute with 5–6 large fresh tomatoes, skinned and diced)
  • 3 Tbsp. (45 ml) tomato paste
  • 1 Tbsp. (15 ml) dark brown sugar or honey (add a little more sugar if using fresh tomatoes)
  • 2 tsp. (5 g) unsweetened cocoa or cacao powder
  • 2 Tbsp. (16 g) chili powder
  • 2 tsp. (4.5 g) paprika
  • 1/2 tsp. (2.5 g) kosher salt, or to taste
  • 2 cups (480 ml) beef broth
  • 2–3 drops cumin essential oil
  • 1 drop black pepper essential oil
  • 1 drop coriander essential oil

Optional Toppings:

  • Grated cheese
  • Sour cream
  • Avocado slices
  • Green onions
  • Cilantro
  • Hot sauce

Instructions:

  1. Heat olive oil in a pan (or pressure cooker), and sauté the onion, bell pepper, and jalapeño pepper (or green chiles) for 3–4 minutes or until the onion is translucent. Add the garlic, and sauté for an additional 10 seconds. Transfer onion/pepper mixture to a bowl.
  2. Place the ground beef in the pan (or pressure cooker), and cook, stirring occasionally, until the beef has browned. Drain fat if desired.
  3. In a stock pot, pressure cooker, or slow cooker, place the onion/pepper mixture, ground beef, beans, tomatoes, tomato paste, sugar (or honey), cocoa powder, chili powder, paprika, salt, and beef broth; cook* until flavors are combined.
  4. Top chili with desired toppings. Serve with rosemary cornbread or baked potatoes.

*Cooking Times:

  • Stovetop (in stock pot): Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer for 30 minutes.
  • Pressure Cooker: Cook on high pressure for 8–10 minutes, then release pressure naturally.
  • Slow Cooker: Cook on high for 1–2 hours or low for 4–6 hours.

Cornbread is the perfect pairing with chili. Place little bits of cornbread in the bowl to scoop up with some chili, or mix up a little honey butter and spread it on the cornbread for a delicious side dish.

Rosemary Cornbread

  • Servings: 6–8
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients & Supplies:

  • 6 Tbsp. (85 g) butter
  • 1 cup (155 g) cornmeal
  • 3/4 cup (90 g) flour
  • 1 Tbsp. (12.5 g) sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp. (7 g) baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. (2 g) baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp. (1.5 g) salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups (360 ml) buttermilk (or 1 1/2 cup milk + 1 1/2 Tbsp. white vinegar or lemon juice)
  • 1–2 drops rosemary essential oil

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 425°F. Place butter in an 8″ (20 cm) baking dish (or standard bread pan), and put in the oven so the butter will melt.
  2. If you don’t have buttermilk on hand, stir together 1 1/2 cups (360 ml) milk and 1 1/2 Tbsp. (23 ml) white vinegar or lemon juice. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, mix together the cornmeal, flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  4. In a separate bowl, add the eggs, and lightly beat. Then add the buttermilk and essential oil. Whisk together until combined.
  5. Remove the baking dish from the oven, and rotate the pan to coat the sides in the melted butter.
  6. Pour the wet ingredients and melted butter into the dry ingredients, and fold together until there are no dry spots (the batter will still be lumpy).
  7. Pour the batter into the prepared baking dish, and bake for 20–25 minutes (30 minutes in a standard bread pan) or until the top is golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the middle of the cornbread comes out clean.
  8. Remove the cornbread from the oven, and let it cool for 10 minutes before serving.

Essential Oil Spice Mixes for Savory Dishes

Essential oils can add a lot of flavor to cooking, but sometimes even a drop is too much for the dish. These spice mixes are an easy way to add a hint of additional flavor to your cooking with the help of essential oils! You may even enjoy adding a little to your plate if you like to salt your food.

AromaTools sells empty spice jars that are perfect for these spice mixes in 2 sizes: 1 oz. glass and 4 oz. plastic. Most of these recipes include ingredient lists for both sizes, so you can make these recipes in either jar. If you would like to try them out before making a larger batch, just follow the 1 oz. recipe. We also designed some labels that you can print onto our blank label sheets (large blank label sheet or small blank label sheet):
Large Labels (fit the larger jars)
Small Labels (fit either jar size)

One important thing to remember when using these spices—use them like you would salt. If you want more of the essential oil flavor, add more oils to the salt mixture, or add a toothpick or a drop of essential oil to the dish after cooking it.

Another tip: Make sure to use a slightly coarse salt (kosher salt and Himalayan sea salt are recommended). Do not use table salt—it will make these taste too salty. Also avoid the really coarse salt if you plan on adding more to your dish just before eating (unless you happen to like biting into large chunks of salt full of essential oil flavor . . . which isn’t necessarily a bad thing).

With Father’s Day just around the corner, try making these as a gift for the man who loves to cook!
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Falafel Hummus Dip

Are you ready for a new flavor of hummus? Try out our falafel hummus dip! We accidentally discovered this dip when we were coming up with our recipe for baked falafel. If you love hummus, you need to give this recipe a try!

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Baked Falafel with Essential Oils

This Middle Eastern dish tastes fantastic with the addition of essential oils! Falafel is normally deep fried, but you can also pan fry it or even bake it as a healthier alternative. Falafel can be eaten plain, with Lemon Tahini Sauce (see recipe below), on a salad, or in a pita with tomatoes and cucumbers.

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