Cooking with Essential Oils - Coriander

Coriander was a challenging essential oil to work with in the creation of my cookbook, "Plant-Based Cooking with Essential Oils." It is very potent and powerful in cooking, more so than the dried spice, which typically is part of a spice blend or is used in small amounts.

This is where I really came to appreciate the power of these oils in cooking. One drop is all you need, in most cases, and sometimes even less than that is best for palatable flavor. I love to add this essential oil to salt with a blend of other spices and oils to add to my power bowls, with a grain and tons of veggies.

Coriander essential oil comes from the seed of the coriander plant - the leaves of this plant are what we refer to as cilantro in the US, sometimes it will be sold as "Chinese Parsley."

One of the best things about using essential oils is that quite often, the whole plant is used in production of these potent and healing oils. From this particular plant, the coriander plant, both the seeds and leaves are used to create two distinct essential oils that are fantastic to use in aromatherapy, and also in your plant-based kitchen!

Coriander is a common ingredient in Indian and Asian cuisine, found in garam masala and curries. Outside of Asia, coriander is used in pickling, sausage making, and in beer brewing. The dried spice can lose flavor fast when ground, so many chefs prefer to grind theirs fresh, as they often do with most spices, even black peppercorns. If you don't want to bother with this - learn to use essential oils in your kitchen!

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Coriander essential oil is also the oil of integrity, specifically with oneself. Coriander reminds us that there is more than one way to do something and moves us from doing things for the acceptance of others to honoring and living from our authenticity. Each soul must learn its unique way of being, and coriander gives us courage to step out of comfort and explore who we really are.

Coriander teaches us that we are each a unique gift to the world, and supports the connection with our spirit, helping us live in our truest form.

Essential oils, when used emotionally, all have a through line - connection to our Truest Selves. It is when we are living in this alignment that we begin to unlock our purpose, create our most desired reality, and fulfill our true spiritual calling.

We are spiritual beings in a material world. Using essential oils to support all five of our bodies - physical, emotional, mental, energetic, and spiritual - can go a long way in supporting the efforts we make in our plant-based kitchen.

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