Coriander (Cilantro or Chinese Parsley Leaf) Essential Oil (Coriandrum sativum)


Coriander may also be referred to as cilantro or Chinese parsley. It is typically processed using steam or hydro distillation as a method for extracting oil from the seeds or leaves.


Coriander oil comes from the seeds of the Coriandrum sativum plant. It has a warm, spicy scent. It has both calming and stimulating effects.

Coriandrum sativumis the botanical name for this intriguing plant. Both a seed oil and a leaf oil is commonly produced. Each oil offers different properties, so it is important to know whether you are working with the leaf oil or the seed oil.

Essential Facts

  • Aroma Description:

    Exotic Fresh Fruity Herbaceous Lemony Sensual Slightly spicy Warm Woody

  • Common Name(s): cilantro or Chinese parsley
  • Synonyms(s) for Coriandrum sativum: Coriandrum diversifolium, Coriandrum globosum, Coriandrum majus, Coriandrum melphitense, Selinum coriandrum, Sium coriandrum, Sium testiculatum

  • Botanical Family: Apiaceae
  • Botanical Genus: Coriandrum
  • Chemical Family: Monoterpenols
  • Major Compounds: Linalool, a-Pinene, Gamma-Terpinene, B-Pinene, p-Cymene
  • Perfumery Note: Middle
  • Consistency: Medium
  • Strength of Initial Aroma: Medium
  • Color: Pale Yellow
  • Indigenous Country: Ukraine
  • Cultivation: Distiller is Certified Organic
  • Processing Methods: Steam or Hydro Distillation
  • Part Typically Used: Seeds or Leaves
  • Shelf Life: 4-5 years
  • Ethically and sustainably sourced Ethically and sustainably sourced
  • Organic Organic
  • Vegan Vegan

Essential Details

Cautions & Safety

Cautions when using Coriander:

Tisserand and Young do not indicate any known hazards for Coriander Seed Oil or Coriander Leaf Oil (Cilantro Oil). Reading Tisserand and Young's full profiles for these two oils is recommended. [Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young, Essential Oil Safety (Second Edition. United Kingdom: Churchill Livingstone Elsevier, 2014), 259-261.]

Safety Precautions for Coriander:

Do not take any oils internally and do not apply undiluted essential oils, absolutes, CO2s or other concentrated essences onto the skin without advanced essential oil knowledge or consultation from a qualified aromatherapy practitioner. If you are pregnant, epileptic, have liver damage, have cancer, or have any other medical problem, use oils only under the proper guidance of a qualified aromatherapy practitioner. Use extreme caution when using oils with children and be sure to first read the recommended dilution ratios for children. Consult a qualified aromatherapy practitioner before using oils with children, the elderly, if you have medical issues or are taking medications. For in-depth information on oil safety issues, read Essential Oil Safety by Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young.


Coriander Articles or Publications: