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Coriandrum sativum

Coriander, also known as Chinese Parsley, is among the oldest known spice plants. It not only has long history of flavouring our dishes, but it has also been highly esteemed for its medicinal and magical powers. The essential oil is distilled from the seeds. In ancient Egypt it was placed in the coffins of the Emperor, presumably to protect them on their last journey and ensure their rebirth in the Otherworld. An incense recipe mentioned in the tales of the Arabian Nights reveals its reputation as a powerful aphrodisiac. As incense it also dispels evil spirits and cures the possessed, which is why it is associated with St. Anthony. In the Middle Ages, St. Anthony's fire was a common occurrence due to the contamination of grain with a hallucinogenic fungus. However, Coriander seeds themselves are said to be dangerous in large doses, causing stupor and hallucinations. Apparently, wine was sometimes spiced with Coriander to make it more intoxicating.

Coriander oil is for the digestive system. It stimulates appetite and eases queasiness, indigestion and stomach cramps. It also soothes menstrual cramps and PMT related bloating and stimulates menstrual flow. It should be avoided during pregnancy. It has a gentle aroma that enlivens and stimulates the senses and relieves that sense of being burned out. It is a good oil for convalescence and to get motivated when feeling lethargic or depressed. It may help overcome post-natal depression and can aid recovery after a difficult birth. It also soothes fear, anxieties, nervousness and shock.

Coriander can be used to dispel negative energies and to banish demons. It is used for protection and exorcism. It has also often been included in love potions and incense blends intended to stir the Kundalini snake from its lair. It may be included in ritual cups and cakes for a hand-fasting, especially when the bond is meant to last beyond space and time. Coriander protects the practitioner on spirit journeys and astral travels.

A woody, spicy, warm and earthy scent. Blends well with Clary Sage, Ambrette Seed, Geranium, Bergamot, Jasmine, Frankincense, Neroli, Cardamom, Petigrain, Citronella, Cypress, Pine, Ginger and Cinnamon.

Chinese parsley, Cilantro.

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